It’s time for the Kentucky Wildcats to get to 30-0 if the can, but they must do it on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs. Tonight’s tilt in Athens figures to be Kentucky’s toughest remaining game, although it’s never an easy proposition to play the Florida Gators as the Wildcats must do on Saturday in the final regular-season game of the year.
|When:||Tuesday, March 3rd|
|Where:||Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia|
|Radio:||UK Sports Network|
|Streaming:||Live Video Via WatchESPN|
Essentials for victory
Offensive rebound — Georgia is a very good defensive rebounding team. If Kentucky wants to leverage their league-leading offensive rebounding, they are going to have to work very hard.
Guard the three — Georgia likes to shoot threes, and they are good at it, especially at home. Kentucky must force Georgia to put the ball on the floor.
Get the ball into the post — The Bulldogs struggle to defend the post. Kentucky must make sure that Karl-Anthony Towns and Dakari Johnson get plenty of touches.
Attack the rim — The Dawgs are not particularly deep. If Kentucky can get into their bench by drawing fouls, it would be a very good thing.
Play with poise — This will be a large, hostile Georgia crowd, as big as they ever get in Athens. The Wildcats must not be distracted by the partisans in the stands, and play with the kind of poise that befits a #1 team.
This doesn’t look like a particularly tough game on paper, but it will be. The Bulldogs desperately want a win to validate their NCAA hopes, raise their seed, and insulate them from an early out in the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats are chasing history, so they must respect that history and try to do it proud.
If Kentucky comes to play, they will be very tough to beat. If they come in half-cocked or unfocused, this could be a barn-burner.