When: Saturday, January 9th, 4 p.m. Eastern
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Georgia Schedule (Last Ten Games)
11/24 - vs North Carolina Ashville - W 79-58
11/27 - vs Jacksonville State - W 67-64
12/2 - Saint Louis -W 64-56
12/6 - at Virginia Tech - L 74-62
12/9 - at St. John's - L 66-56
12/19 - vs Illinois - W 70-67
12/23 - vs Florida Atlantic - W 77-60
12/30 - vs Pepperdine - W 64-47
1/2 - at Missouri - L 89-61
1/5 - vs Georgia Tech - W 73-66
1/9 - at Kentucky - SEC Network 1/9 4 P.M. Eastern
Georgia Statistical Leaders
Trey Thompkins - 15.9 points per game
Trey Thompkins - 8.2 rebounds per game
Dustin Ware - 2.7 assists per game
Ricky McPhee - 39.3 percent three-point percentage
Albert Jackson - 1.4 blocks per game
Ricky McPhee - 1.8 steals per game
Georgia Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 65.6
Points Allowed Per Game: 64.5
Field Goal Percentage: 44.2
Three Point Percentage: 33.8
Free Threw Percentage: 71.7
Assists Per Game: 12.2
Turnovers Per Game: 14.7
Georgia is a team in a transition period. New head coach Mark Fox is still feeling his way around his roster and working to improve the current parts. Talented sophomore Trey Thompkins is an all-conference candidate and capable of dominating a game at times with his athleticism and skill. Thompkins scored 19 points and pulled in 11 rebounds during Kentucky's last meeting with the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Travis Leslie is second on the team in scoring and rebounding (12.8 and 5.5). Ricky McPhee and Dustin Ware round out the backcourt for the Bulldogs. Ware had a big game last season when Georgia upset Kentucky on senior day in Rupp (18 points and five assists).
Georgia has ten players who play 10 minutes per game, although only two players score in double figures for the Dogs.
The Bulldogs have good victories over a solid Illinois team and a top 20 Georgia Tech squad this season, however a blowout loss at Missouri and an early season loss to Wofford are alarming. Georgia is a fairly young team, though, so inconsistency shouldn't be a surprise.
Expect Kentucky to do what it normally does. John Wall will look to score in transition while in the half court game, expect Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins to use their skills in the post to wear down the Dogs. Kentucky can't allow this young team to stay in the for too long, otherwise Georgia could hang around and make it closer than the experts think. The deciding factor will be Kentucky's defense. After all the hard work during the holiday break, Calipari expects his defense to continue to improve. If the Wildcats play stifling defense, Georgia will struggle to keep it close.
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