Georgia Bulldogs @ Kentucky Wildcats (14): Open Game Thread

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Today, the Georgia Bulldogs travel north to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena.  Here are the particulars, as always courtesy of UKAthletics.com:

Georgia @ Kentucky
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Date & Time Sat., Jan. 29, 4:00 p.m. ET
Coverage TV: ESPN
Radio: BBSN
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Location Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.


Georgia comes into this game off a stinging loss in double overtime to the Florida Gators in Athens, and it will be interesting to see if that tough loss effects the Dawgs positively, or negatively.

Coach Mark Fox's crew comes to Lexington healthy but needing a win in a big way.  The Dawgs were expected to do pretty well in the East this year, and while a 2-game losing streak won't doom their chances, it certainly makes an SEC championship much, much harder.

For Kentucky, they simply cannot afford to let Georgia beat them twice and hope to win the East.  A loss on the road to Georgia is forgivable, but to lose to them at home and break the long 20+ game winning streak the 'Cats have going in Rupp Arena would not be.

More after the jump.

Keys to a Kentucky victory:

  • Physical toughness.  The Wildcats were manhandled by Price, Barnes and Thompkins in Athens.  They must play much tougher inside this game.
  • Kentucky must shoot a good percentage from three, and take only good shots.
  • The Wildcats must put pressure on the Georgia guards, particularly Gerald Robinson Jr.  Robinson was a major reason the Dawgs won in Athens.  They must make post feeds harder than they did down south.
  • Make free throws.  Kentucky should get to the line plenty today, and they must make shots.

Keys to a Georgia victory:

  • Dominate the Wildcats physically.
  • Make open 3-point shots. The Dawgs aren't a great 3-point shooting team, so they will get some looks.
  • Win the offensive rebound battle.
  • Get every loose ball.

Kentucky needs this game just as bad as they needed the game last weekend in South Carolina.  A home loss will definitely impact their seed in the NCAA tournament, and will pave the way for the Gators, making their path much easier to an SEC title.

Let's go, 'Cats, let's chain them Dawgs!

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