Dawgs get set for game with Kentucky

ATHENS - Georgia returns home for a Tuesday night matchup with Kentucky at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs improved their seasonal record to 11-5 overall, 1-2 in SEC play, with a 64-61 victory in overtime at South Carolina three days ago.

Georgia vs. Kentucky

The win in Columbia was significant on several fronts: 1) it was Georgia's first road victory over an SEC team in almost two years, a 16-game streak that reached back to a win at Kentucky in January of 2004; 2) it was Georgia's first win over USC of the Dennis Felton era; 3) it was Georgia's first win this season in which the Bulldogs trailed inside the 5-minute mark of regulation.

• The USC win also added to Georgia's small but growing list of teams the Bulldogs have beaten with winning records. Just four of the Dogs' 11 wins fall into that category.

• Georgia head coach Dennis Felton credited his team's most recent win to its defense. Indeed, Carolina shot just 37 percent from the field, the lowest against Georgia in the past 10 games.

• Georgia's first look at a Western Division team comes this Saturday against Ole Miss and, in fact, starts a string of four straight games against the West.

Georgia - Kentucky Series

• Tonight's game is the 126th all-time meeting between these two schools. Kentucky leads the overall series, which started in 1921, by a 104-21 count.

This record does not exclude a pair of Georgia wins in 2002 which were later vacated because of NCAA sanctions.

• Though Georgia has won just 21 times in this series, four of them have come in the past four seasons.

• For anyone who has lived the past nine years in a cave, UK coach Tubby Smith coached two Georgia teams (1996-97) to a combined 45-19 record and consecutive NCAA Tournament berths before leaving for Lexington. His eldest son, G.G. Smith, played four years at UGA and ranks 3rd on the schools' career assists list with 440.


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