Still, this team was anything but downtrodden making its way back to Lexington after suffering only its second loss of the season. After all, the Wildcats were in a position to win on the road despite their worst shooting effort of the season. They made just 35% of their shots; including an abysmal 2-22 from three-point range, both season lows. The team came out flat and found themselves down by 19 points against the second highest ranked team in the SEC on their home floor.
They had just come off a game just two days earlier, while the Volunteers played with four days rest. Yet despite all this, the Wildcats knotted the game with just 2:13 remaining in the game. They were down just two points with under a minute remaining - pretty impressive.
The Cats must now regroup on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs, one of the best, if not THE best sub-.500 ballclub in the nation. This will probably not be an easy game for Kentucky. Georgia was a real load for the Cats to handle in their first meeting in Rupp Arena. Kentucky shot poorly that game as well, and Georgia played them pretty much straight up in the first half. The Cats won that one by eight.
Since that game the Bulldogs have not enjoyed a great deal of overall success. They do have home victories over Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Florida, all upper-tier SEC teams. But Georgia is most famous for losing heartbreakers, a 4-point loss to Ole Miss, a 3-point loss to Mississippi State, a 1-point loss to South Carolina and a heart-breaking 2-point overtime loss to Vanderbilt. Despite their disappointing 13-14 record, the Georgia Bulldogs have developed a nasty habit of beating or playing the really good teams tight.
Trey Thompkins has been really lighting it up for Georgia, scoring over 20 points per game in his last five contests. Slowing him down will be a key to a UK victory.
In Athens, Georgia has won four games in a row and five of their last six contests. The game will be important to both teams. For UK, they will look to maintain that slim 1-game SEC lead over Vanderbilt. For Georgia, they are currently tied for last in the SEC East with South Carolina. They will be looking to beat the Cats to get out of the cellar before the SEC Tournament.
UK has shot better than 30% from three point range only once in their last seven games. The Cats are shooting less than 21% from three point range in that 7-game stretch and are now second to last in the SEC in three-point shooting.