Date: January 8, 2014
Tip-off Time: 8:00 PM ET
TV Channel: SEC TV (Local in Atlanta on Peachtree TV), ESPN3
Coming off of back-to-back losses by double-digits including a big-time defeat at the hands of George Washington last week, things don’t get any easier for Mark Fox and the Bulldogs, as they travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers in the SEC opener on Wednesday. Missouri is currently ranked #21 in the country by the coaches, and at 12-1, they are an incredibly dangerous team, especially on their home floor.
The more “advanced” numbers at KenPom.com have Missouri just outside the top-40, but at any rate, they are very talented and have a nice homecourt advantage. Mizzou is led by their backcourt of Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, each of whom are averaging more than 18 points per game, and as a result, the team ranks in the top-40 nationally (out of over 300 teams) in offensive efficency, scoring 112.9 points per 100 possessions.
Because of the perimeter talent, there will be a big-time emphasis on UGA’s perimeter defense (and offense, as well), and that falls on the Charles Mann/Kenny Gaines combination. The Dawgs have officially been outscored on the season after their latest loss (yikes), but the offense has been much better than the defense, and if they are to stay close in a raucous environment, the 3-ball will be Mark Fox’s best friend.
Las Vegas has made Missouri between an 11 and 12-point favorite in the game (depending on where you look), and that tells a pretty clear picture of what’s “expected” by the pundits. Georgia hasn’t shown much of an ability to rise up and win a game like this on the road, and it will take the team’s best effort on the entire season in order to escape with a victory.
Stay tuned for more information as it comes, and a game recap to follow.
Topics: Georgia Bulldogs