Date: January 25, 2014
Tip-off Time: 1:30 p.m.
TV Channel: SEC TV (Check Local Listings), ESPN 3
The Georgia Bulldogs (10-7) are coming off of a 21-point victory against the South Carolina Gamecocks and looking to pull a huge upset against a much better team: the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats (14-4). It’s actually pretty interesting because these teams are tied for 2nd in the SEC at the moment, both at 4-1. Good thing we have other statistics to look at.
Quite honestly, the Dawgs don’t have a real chance in this one unless Kentucky does something terribly wrong, or a Bulldogs team that we haven’t seen shows up. The Wildcats have the 9th best adjusted offense in the country and the 37th adjusted defense in the country according to KenPom.com. These numbers are both much better than Georgia’s. Kentucky scores 118.1 points per 100 possessions, and only allows 95.9.To put that in perspective, Georgia scores just 106.2 points per 100 possessions and allows 102.2. That is 140th and 132nd in the country, respectively.
Kentucky’s got four players averaging more than 10 points per game, but the obvious guy to look out for is Julius Randle. The freshman forward is averaging a double-double this season with 16.7 and 10.6 rebounds per game. Georgia hasn’t played a team with this much talent since taking on Florida. We all know how that one turned out. But, to give Georgia a bit of credit they do have a win against a top 25 team this season (Missouri) so I guess there’s a chance.
Vegas has the Bulldogs as 14-point underdogs in this one and it’s really not too surprising. Georgia fans are just going to want to weather the storm for this one–there’s not much else to do.
Stay tuned for more information as it comes, and a game recap to follow.