Sunday , Dec , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulldogs and Badgers meet in Atlanta

Athens, GA (Sports Network) – The nation’s fourth-ranked team takes its game
on the road today as the mighty Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten take on the
slumping Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC.

Wisconsin is a sensational 13-1 overall for the first time since 1928-29
and has won nine straight games since suffering its only loss to Missouri
State. All but two of the 13 wins have come by double figures, and the
Badgers are coming off a 98-40 thrashing of Gardner-Webb. While many of the
club’s victories have come over lesser non-conference opponents,
Pittsburgh did fall victim to Wisconsin two weeks ago.

Georgia got off to a tremendous 8-1 start, but the squad has since lost
two straight games. After falling to Georgia Tech on the road, the Bulldogs
took on another ACC team on Thursday, losing to Clemson by a 75-60 final.
While they are just 1-2 in true road games, they do own a solid 6-1 home

Georgia has won both of its previous meetings with Wisconsin, but the programs
haven’t squared off since 1989.

Wisconsin has been dominant this season to say the least, as it is outscoring
its opponents by an average of 20.2 ppg. The Badgers are racking up 78.4 ppg
on 49.6 percent shooting from the floor, and they are holding opponents to
58.2 ppg on 40.2 percent efficiency from the field. Clearly, Alando Tucker is
one of the top players in the Big Ten Conference, as he is scoring 20.0 ppg on
50.5 percent shooting from the floor. He gets some help offensively from
Kammron Taylor (12.4 ppg) and Brian Butch (11.5 ppg). Butch posted 17 points
and 12 rebounds in the blowout victory over Gardner-Webb, and Taylor
contributed 13 points. Tucker struggled in that clash, as he finished with 11
points on 4-of-12 efficiency from the floor. Still, the Badgers connected on
59.3 percent of their field goal attempts, including a 12-of-20 showing from
three-point range, and they were 16-of-19 from the foul line.

Georgia is in a bit of an offensive slump, but the club is still averaging
86.8 ppg on 52 percent shooting from the floor, including 43.2 percent from
three-point range. Mike Mercer is the top performer for the Bulldogs, as he is
netting 16.8 ppg. Takais Brown pitches in 14.1 ppg, and Levi Stukes adds 13.9
ppg to the lineup. In the 15-point loss to Clemson last time out, Terrance
Woodbury paced Georgia with 14 points off the bench. Brown and Mercer added 13
points for the Bulldogs, who got a mere five points to go along with eight
turnovers from Stukes. The team turned the ball over 26 times, perhaps the
most obvious contributing factor in defeat. The Bulldogs are pulling down 39.6
rpg, 7.5 rpg more than their foes.