Date: March 15, 2014
Tip-off Time: 3:25 PM ET (Approximate)
TV Channel: ABC, ESPN3 (Online)
The stage is set. Mark Fox and the Georgia Bulldogs have the match-up they needed in order to gain some national respect, as they are set to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. Georgia narrowly escaped with a win over Ole Miss in the quarters, but a win is a win at this stage in the game, and that provides life moving forward.
Kentucky, obviously possesses one of the biggest names in college hoops, and the Wildcats looked incredibly good in dismantling LSU in the quarterfinals. They have multiple projected NBA lottery picks on the roster, and as a result of that, this will be a tall task for UGA. Still, the Wildcats aren’t exactly a flawless college basketball team, and they have inexperience at multiple positions to go along with a seeming lack of direction offensively without a “true” point guard to speak of in the rotation.
Georgia fought through many obstacles in route to their quarterfinal victory, and at times, this seems like a team of destiny. With that, though, there is the reality that they could be out-classed in this spot, and playing Kentucky is a significant step up in competition from the likes of Ole Miss and the middle-class of the SEC. In fact, the Wildcats blew out Georgia earlier in the season (a 25-point loss in late January), and while that doesn’t necessarily indicate anything for Saturday, it’s not the most encouraging sign.
Las Vegas hasn’t set a line in the game as of Saturday morning, but with KenPom projecting a 5-point loss, it’s easy to remember that no one is under the illusion that Georgia has more talent in this one. It will be a total team effort in order to grab the victory, especially in an atmosphere that could easily include more blue than red.
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