Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Kentucky

ATHENS - Josh Kendall takes a look at Georgia's game with Kentucky.

Georgia (11-6, 3-2 SEC) vs. Kentucky (15-4, 4-1 SEC)

Time/place: 7 p.m./Stegeman Coliseum

Broadcast: Lincoln Financial television, 940-AM

About Kentucky: Strangely, the Wildcats come into the game unranked. Kentucky, which was No. 25 last week, is now second in the "also receiving votes" category of the Associated Press poll. Despite not being ranked, Kentucky is sixth in the RPI this week. … The Wildcats are led by Atlanta native Randolph Morris, who is averaging 16.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a junior. … Guard Joe Crawford, one of the nation's most highly sought-after players three years ago, is finally starting to assert himself. He's averaging 14 points per game. … Kentucky is winning with defense this year. It is third in the SEC in points allowed (63 per game) and 10th in points scored (72.3 per game).

About Georgia: This game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m. but was changed to accommodate television. … The Bulldogs haven't beaten Kentucky since 2004, Dennis Felton's first season. … Guard Terrence Woodbury has rejoined the team after missing Saturday's game due to a death in the family. … Georgia has three players in the SEC's top 24 in scoring – Mike Mercer (15.1 ppg, t9th), Takais Brown (14.2, 15th) and Levi Stukes (12.5, 24th). Brown is fourth in the league in shooting percentage (58.7 percent). Gaines leads the league in steals (2.56 per game).

Scouting report: Georgia will be in second place in the SEC East if it wins today, but conference standing has little meaning this time of year, senior Steve Newman said. ""Right now it doesn't really matter where you stand," Newman said. "We just have to try to win as many games as we can." Saturday's strong first-half showing against Alabama has further buoyed the Bulldogs' internal hopes that they'll make the NCAA Tournament this year. Georgia is No. 51 in the RPI this week. The Bulldogs' biggest challenge will be stopping the 6-foot-11 Morris. He hits nearly 60 percent of his shots and creates open shots on the perimeter because of the attention paid to him inside.

Up next: Georgia vs. LSU (3 p.m., Sunday, Athens, Ga.); Kentucky vs. Tennessee (1 p.m., Sunday, Lexington, Ky.)


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