Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats
The Kentucky Wildcats try to get up of the mat by beating the doormat of the SEC East. It is safe to say if UK loses this game then they would have to win the SEC Tournament to get into the Big Dance.
Kentucky 19-10, 8-6, 12-5(home), RPI #66
Georgia 11-18, 2-12, 0-9(away), RPI #205
Kentucky has won 8 of the last 10
Kentucky has won 4 of the last 5 at Rupp Arena
Last Meeting - Kentucky 68 Georgia 45
The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to just 31 percent shooting in a blowout win in Athens. Kentucky sank 20 of 26 free throws in the rout and were led by Jodie Meeks' 22 points in a return to his home state. Georgia failed to have a single player score in double digits.
What Kentucky Must Do To Win...
1. Protect the Ball
Kentucky's biggest downfall this year has been turnovers where they rank near the bottom of Division I-A with nearly 18 per game. Wildcats can't afford to let a Georgia team with nothing to lose hang around by turning the ball over.
2. Turn the Game Into A Battle of Free Throws
Kentucky is one of the best shooting free throw teams in the country at 77.5 percent while Georgia ranks near the bottom at 62.8 percent as a team.
What Georgia Must Do To Win...
1. Terrance Woodbury Goes Off
Woodbury needs to channel Jarvis Hayes and have an outstanding game to give Georgia a chance. The senior had 32 points in UGA's biggest win of the year against Florida.
2. Be Efficient on Offense
The Dawgs have really struggled scoring on offense averaging only 0.9 points per possession which ranks 313th in Division I-A.
Kentucky is down after going 0-2 in big games last week, but I think they bounce back nicely by blowing out Georgia. Both teams are right around .500 against the spread as of late so the 17 point spread should be pretty accurate.
Kentucky wins by 15-21 points
Season: 21-20 SU through 3/1
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