The now 10-3 Georgia Bulldogs knocked off the Memphis Tigers, winning 65-62 and coming from behind down the stretch.
As expected, the Bulldogs two leading scorers were superstar freshman Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds, combining for 25 points. Taking on the one-loss tigers in Memphis, the Bulldogs were a heavy underdog.
Don’t tell them that.
Tom Crean’s Bulldogs snapped the Tigers 10-game win streak, and now, they’ll go back home and look to welcome the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats will be just one game removed from arguably their most impressive victory of the season against Louisville.
Crean noted how the team’s confident was growing from the start of the season to now, and that’s just not ideal for what should be a raucous crowd preparing for Kentucky in just a few days.
The Bulldogs were dominant on the defensive end, not allowing Memphis to score down the stretch. The Tigers second-leading scorer was out which certainly impacted the final result.
That said, outside of their loss to Arizona State, Georgia has taken care of business this season when the favorite. Their two other losses were to Michigan State and Dayton, two of the nation’s better teams.
With Kentucky coming to Stegeman Coliseum in just three days, the Bulldogs will have to prepare for arguably the best team they’ll face all season.
The matchup of two star freshman in Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Maxey will be something to keep an eye on in this Tuesday night outing. Edwards, when asked about the start of SEC played, noted that he’s ready for the crowds and the atmosphere.
Another storyline to watch is Ashton Hagans, who suffered an ankle injury vs. Missouri that has him questionable to play in Athens.