COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- No. 25 Georgia plays its first road game since the news broke of its off-the-court scandals when it closes Southeastern Conference play on Sunday against South Carolina.
Georgia (18-8, 10-5 SEC East) has played a pair of home games since the allegations by former Bulldog Tony Cole became public. Now the Bulldogs visit Columbia, where they just 12-23 all time.
"Georgia has struggled at South Carolina recently," embattled coach Jim Harrick said. "I just hope we can go in there and play well this weekend. Winning seven of eight going into the SEC tournament would be a great lift for us going into the postseason."
The Bulldogs pulled out an 82-81 victory over Florida on Tuesday as Jarvis Hayes nailed the game-winner with 15 seconds left. Hayes led Georgia with 21 points and backcourt mate Ezra Williams added 20.
Hayes scored 26 points and Williams added 16 as Georgia posted a 79-66 victory over South Carolina (12-14, 5-10) on February 22. Chris Warren scored 15 points for South Carolina, which shot just under 38 percent.
"We found out two weeks ago how good Georgia is," Gamecocks coach Dave Odom said. "They are stocked at every position and go seven-deep. They are well-coached and play as well as anyone as a unit. They have a great supporting cast. They are just a really good team and a team that will be a very difficult one for us right now."
South Carolina is 0-6 against ranked opponents this season.
The game has no impact on the SEC standings. Georgia is third out of the East and will meet Arkansas in the first round of the SEC tournament. South Carolina is the East's fifth seed and will face Alabama.