The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team heads to Georgia for its next two games as it visits Savannah State Thursday before meeting the defending Southeastern Conference Tournament Champions Georgia on Monday night. Both games are slated for 6 p.m. starts local time.
A&M-Corpus Christi, which is 5-5, visits Savannah State for what will be the ninth meeting between the teams, while the Islanders will be facing Georgia for the first time in school history. The Tigers are 6-4 after downing Kennesaw State 53-49 on Tuesday night, while the Bulldogs are 6-3 after a one-point win over Virginia Tech, 67-66 on Dec. 10.
The Islanders, who lost 82-59 to Oklahoma State on Sunday for their first home loss of the season, are 8-0 all-time versus the Tigers with the last meeting coming in the Flint Hills Resources Islander Invitational in December of 2005. No player on the current Islander roster played in that game, while SSU's Chris Linton is the only player from the Tigers, who saw action. He led all players with nine rebounds in the game.
Entering the game, no Tiger is averaging double digits. Rashad Hassan leads the way with 9.4 points a game, while Raye Bailey is netting 9.3. Linton leads Savannah in rebounding with 5.3 a game, while the Tigers have nine players playing double-digit minutes. They began the week ranked 11th in the nation in steals with 10.3, while the Islanders are 14th with 10.1.
On Monday, the Islanders will take on the Bulldogs, who have a Saturday afternoon contest against Wofford. Terrence Woodbury leads Georgia in scoring with 12.2 points a game. Trey Thompkins, who missed four games earlier this season, is second in scoring with 11.2 a contest in five games. He leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 a game.
It will be the first time A&M-Corpus Christi and Georgia have met. The Islanders are 0-5 versus the league all time with two meetings versus Mississippi State and single games with Alabama, Auburn, and Louisiana State.