Cats taks out Dawgs: Opinions & Observations

ATHENS – Dean Legge's opinions and observations from Georgia's basketball game with Kentucky.

Thoughts: The most striking thing about the game was not what happened on the floor – it was what wasn't happening in the stands. I can remember – and I have been around the Georgia basketball program for some time – a game against Kentucky where the Cats had so few fans. I'm not sure if the Tuesday night game was the reason (although I've seen Cat fans pack Stegeman on a weeknight before), or the team's 0-2 start in conference play. I think it has a lot more to do with Kentucky's play than anything else. This is not a good Kentucky team – if fact it's not a good team at all.

Georgia's rebounders – their threes, fours and fives – have got to start getting after it. Kentucky's 11 first-half offensive rebounds kept the Cats in the game. Kentucky's work (or skill) on the offensive boards allowed them 11 second-chance points – way too many if you are planning on winning a game in the SEC.

Trends: Georgia's big men continue to be outperformed by others at that position. That trend must change if this seasons' conference schedule is going to be a success.

What won the game: Kentucky got a ten-point lead about midway through the second half and never let go of it. Georgia settled for jumpers – thanks in part to their hot shooting in the first half – but it let them down. Patrick Sparks' three-pointer to extend the Cats' lead to 15 finished the Dawgs off.

Player of the game: Rajon Radno is a star – the rest of Kentucky's players are average, or they were tonight. Rando is scary with the ball in his hands. He might be an average shooter, but he's sneaky and has no problem creating his own scoring opportunities.


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