Originally created 01/26/00

Georgia faces tough SEC test against Kentucky



After trouncing South Carolina last Saturday, Georgia gets a bigger Southeastern Conference test tonight when No. 16 Kentucky visits Athens. Game time is 8 p.m., and Fox/Sports Net South will televise the contest.

Georgia beat South Carolina by 28 points Saturday, led by guard D.A. Layne's 20 points. Since moving from point guard three games ago, Layne has made 52 percent of his 3-pointers, well above his season percentage of 36.4.

Layne's play will be important tonight, but the Bulldogs' inside game holds the key. Kentucky center Jamaal Magloire has record consecutive double-doubles in points and rebounds and has seven in the last 11 games, including 23 points and 15 rebounds in an overtime victory over Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt, the surprise team in the SEC, visits South Carolina tonight at 7:30.

South Carolina started last week with an encouraging four-point loss at then-No. 4 Auburn, but ended with the ugly, 28-point defeat at Georgia.

The Gamecocks (9-9, 1-4 SEC) have played four ranked teams in their past five games, but they're not yet done with the tough competition. Tonight's game against the No. 20 Commodores (12-3, 3-2) marks the beginning of a four-game stretch against ranked opponents. South Carolina plays at No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday (5 p.m., JP) before playing host to No. 10 Florida next Wednesday.

PEACH BELT:

Augusta State will play host to a pair of hot teams.

Kennesaw State (12-3, 5-1) will look to extend its winning streak to seven games when it faces the Jaguars (7-9, 3-3) at 7:30 p.m. The Kennesaw State women's team (14-2, 5-1), which is No. 13 in the nation and has won 12 of its last 13 games, will play the Lady Jaguars (8-7, 3-4) at 5:30 p.m.

Augusta State's leading scorer, Katie Lawrence, tore her anterior cruciate ligament with 0.6 seconds left in Saturday's 72-67 loss at USC Spartanburg and is out for the season.

USC Aiken (11-5, 3-4) travels to Clayton State (7-9, 3-4) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Pacers (11-6, 3-4) and Lady Lakers (5-12, 1-6) will play at 5:30 p.m.

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