Basketball Preview: Georgia vs. Kentucky

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

Georgia (17-10, 8-6 SEC) vs. Kentucky (19-9, 8-6 SEC)

Time/place: 8 p.m./Rupp Arena

Broadcast: Lincoln Financial Sports, 940-AM

About Kentucky: Former Bulldog coach Tubby Smith is under heavy fire in Lexington, Ky. If the season ended today, the Wildcats would be the fifth seed in the Eastern Division, which is very unfamiliar territory. That comes one season after the Wildcats were forced to play on the first day of the SEC Tournament (meaning they weren't the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in their division) for the first time in 27 years. Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart addressed the tide turning against Smith on Monday by releasing a statement. The statement, as relayed by the Lexington Herald-Leader, indicated Barnhart will wait "until the most critical part of the season is complete" before making any decisions about Smith's future. Smith, who is in his 10th season at Kentucky, would be owed $4 million in buyout money if he is fired after this season, the Herald-Leader reported. Kentucky has lost four of its last five games. … Today is Senior Day in Lexington. Forwards Sheray Thomas and Bobby Perry and center Lukasz Obrzut will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

About Georgia: The Bulldogs already are in uncharted water under fourth-year coach Dennis Felton. Their 17 victories are the most of the Felton era. … The Bulldogs' final regular season game, a 4 p.m. home contest against Tennessee, will be shown on Lincoln Financial Sports. … Georgia beat Kentucky 78-69 in overtime in Athens on Jan. 24. It has only defeated the Wildcats twice in the same season five times. … Point guard Sundiata Gaines is the first Georgia player with more than 100 assists in two consecutive seasons since Rashad Wright did it from 2001-04. Gaines had 101 assists last year and has 118 so far this season.

Up next: Georgia vs. Tennessee (4 p.m., Saturday, Athens); Kentucky vs. Florida (12 p.m., Saturday, Gainesville, Fla.)


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