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Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats (1): Senior Night Open Game Thread

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Welcome to A Sea of Blue's Senior Night open game thread for the Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats SEC basketball contest. Tonight is the night our two seniors, Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas, will be honored and thanked for their outstanding careers as student-athletes. Senior Night festivities at Kentucky are very much like a pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims -- it is something every Kentucky fan simply must see for themselves once in their lifetime.

Game particulars as follows:

Georgia @ Kentucky
Kentucky vs. Georgia
Senior Night
Thurs., Mar. 1 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.
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Georgia comes into this game having just upset the Florida Gators in Athens, and Mark Fox & Co. are working very hard to build some momentum for next year's Bulldog campaign in which they hope to make a return to the NCAA tournament.

Kentucky is on a 20-game winning streak at the moment, and on a 51-game home wining streak, the longest such current streaks in the nation at this level. Kentucky has a ton to play for tonight, notably the honor of their two seniors, and for this close-knit team, that should be all the motivation they need, and then some.

To win this game, Kentucky needs to:

  • Get to the line. Georgia puts teams on the line a lot, and UK is very efficient from there.
  • Be patient. Georgia is not a very good defensive team, and they will yield good shots if Kentucky will just be patient on offense.
  • Run wen they can. I think Georgia is going to try to crash the glass in this game because of UK's slight vulnerability there due to Anthony Davis' shot-blocking. That should produce some excellent fast-break opportunities.
  • Be fearless, and be aggressive on defense. That's never a problem for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and I'd like to see the rest of the team follow suit.

Kentucky has all kinds of advantages in this game, and it is in Rupp Arena. A loss here would represent a complete and catastrophic breakdown of some kind, and that's not what we need on the last week of the regular season. Let's keep it consistent, keep the intensity high, and give this Georgia team all the respect due a major college foe.

Go, 'Cats!