Around the Dome – Georgia v. Kentucky III

ATLATNTA – Around the Dome – Georgia v. Kentucky III. News and notes from the Georgia Dome.

Kentucky came out of the gate intense and ready to play. Their start to the game looked like it might be too much for Georgia to handle but the veteran Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game.

"I don't think that we competed as well as we should have at the start of the game," said Damien Wilkins.

His head coach agreed: "They came out on fire. I thought that they competed with lots of effort and intensity," said Dennis Felton.

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Kentucky's intensity on defense at the start of the game was outstanding. Their pressure on the ball in their man-to-man is as good as I have seen against Georgia this season.

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Tubby Smith warned the officials that Georgia was tapping the ball away from Wildcat players after the Bulldogs scored. The Kentucky bench warned its players to watch out for Georgia's Chris Daniels. He clears space for himself using his elbows. Kentucky was not happy with that.

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Kentucky's defense was so powerful that it disrupted Georgia's offense. The Bulldogs were not able to get a rhythm on offense and were forced quite often to start their offensive sets with 10 seconds to go in the shot clock. According to Felton, Kentucky's defensive tempo caused problems for the Dawgs.

"Kentucky's intensity made for a much quicker pace today," he said.

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The Georgia offense is just works better with Jonas Hayes in the game. His post presence is looming for the opposition. Even though he is not very tall in terms of basketball size, he uses his body well in order to get position and compete for rebounds.

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At one point during the first half the Kentucky bench was warned by the officials that they were complaining too much. The officials told the players and coaches on the bench to sit down and stay quiet.

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Georgia allowed the Cats to jump out to a ten point lead which made the Catlanta crowd come to life.

Levi Stukes did not have a big day but when his team needed him the most, he nailed a huge 3-pointer to get the Dawgs within one point of the Wildcats. It was his first basket of the afternoon.

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Georgia had way too many missed opportunities at the end of the first half. The Bulldogs were horrible from the free throw line going only 2-8 from the line a pathetic 25%. Free throws were the reason that Georgia lost the game in the end.

"If we had shot free throws the way that we normally do we would have won the game going away," said Felton.


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