Georgia vs. Miss. State

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* If Mississippi State can get consistent shooting from Ravern Johnson, it can make a deep run in the tournament. Johnson went 3-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half, a big reason why the Bulldogs are up on Georgia 40-26 at halftime.

* Nothing frustrates me more than a big man playing like a shooting guard. Georgia power forward Trey Thompkins is aptly named. At 6-foot-9, 247 pounds, Thompkins has the body to develop into of more dominant inside players in the SEC. Instead, he’s too fascinated with taking shots from the 3-point line.

* It doesn’t look like Georgia will make a miracle run this time around. Mississippi State is too athletic and plays to its size. MSU junior Jarvis Varnado is already at a double-double in the closing minutes. And Kodi Augustus has provided a nice lift off the bench. Sayanara to Georgia, the 2008 defending tournament champs.

* I wouldn’t be surprised if Mississippi State gives South Carolina some problems tomorrow. The only issue for the Bulldogs will be matching up with the quickness of South Carolina point guard Devan Downey.