Kendall's Take: Dawgs host Kentucky

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's take on Georgia's basketball game with Kentucky.

Georgia vs. Kentucky

Time/place: Today, 9 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.

Broadcast: ESPN

Records: Georgia is 11-5 overall, 1-2 SEC; Kentucky is 10-6 overall, 0-2 SEC

About Kentucky: The Wildcats are struggling mightily under former Georgia coach Tubby Smith. For the first time since 1999-2000, the Wildcats have lost three straight games…. Center Randolph Morris is averaging 14.5 points in the two games since returning from NCAA suspension. … Former Felton player Patrick Sparks, normally a deadly shooter, is struggling. He's shooting 35.9 percent from behind the 3-point line and 36.8 percent overall.

About Georgia: The Bulldogs have thoroughly committed to their youth movement inside. Junior Steve Newman didn't start and didn't play Saturday against South Carolina. Terrance Woodbury took his place and played 22 minutes. Younes Idrissi played 21 minutes and had seven rebounds before fouling out. … Point guard Sundiata Gaines has had 25 assists in the last six games.

Scouting report: The Wildcats aren't the team they usually are, but they're still the Wildcats. On top of that, they'll be desperate to get their first conference win. Expect Kentucky to go early and often to center Randolph Morris, who could have a career-night against Georgia's experienced post players. At guard, Georgia has more quality depth, but Kentucky has Rajon Rando, who is capable of neutralizing the Bulldogs' pressure defense with lightning quick drives to the basket.

Up next: Georgia vs. Ole Miss, Saturday, 5 p.m.; Kentucky vs. South Carolina, Saturday, 1 p.m.

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