SEC men’s basketball continues tonight in Athens, GA with the Georgia Bulldogs hosting the Texas A&M Aggies. The teams face off for the first time this season with Georgia looking for another home game win against Texas A&M. The Aggies sliced their losing streak of three games after a close 89-81 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Bulldogs are headed into tonight’s game hot off of a 93-82 win at home over LSU. The Aggies and Bulldogs are tied for ninth place with LSU. All three teams are trying to secure a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament. While A&M’s win against Vanderbilt may have locked in their standings in the NCAA tournament, it is crucial for them to beat Georgia tonight to avoid playing five consecutive games to win the SEC championship. The SEC tournament starts next Wednesday.
Texas A&M (18-11, SEC 7-9)
Tyler Davis led the Aggies with 22 points and nine rebounds against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Freshman T.J. Starks , another double digit scorer, slapped 18 points on the board. Admon Gilder added 11 to the score board, while D.J. Hogg grabbed 16 points for the Aggies which finishes off the four of double digit scorers for Saturday’s game against the Commodores. The Aggies are going into tonight’s game fully aware of Georgia forward, Yante Maten’s season average of 19.1 points per game. Coach Billy Kennedy believes this game is crucial to both teams in order to advance comfortably.
— Texas A&M Basketball (@aggiembk) February 27, 2018
Georgia (16-12, SEC 7-9)
Georgia men’s basketball is on the prowl for another home game win after torching the LSU Tigers on Saturday. This game was crucial for their advancement in the SEC tournament standings, but their chances to enter the NCAA tournament are not as likely as tonight’s opponent, Texas A&M. Senior forward, Yante Maten had a whopping 27 points and 11 rebounds against LSU, while freshman forward, Rayshaun Hammonds scored a career high of 21 points. Georgia’s offense had their top performance on Saturday giving them their season high in points scored with 93 against LSU. They are heading into tonight’s game hoping to ensure first-round bye in the SEC tournament. While the Aggies have scored no less than 80 points in six of their last eight games and are 17-1 when leading at halftime, Maten is the second leading scorer in UGA history with 1,797 career points. Tonight’s game is senior night for the Georgia Bulldogs, and a lot is on the line.
Dawg Nation, tip off is at 8:30 but get their early on Wednesday. Senior Night ceremonies honoring Yante, Juwan & Pape will begin at 8:15.
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 26, 2018
Tip off for tonight’s game is set for 8:30 PM ET at the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia.