Friday, January 24, 2014
Kentucky vs. Georgia Pre-View
The Cats extended their SEC record to 4-1 with their 68-51 win over Texas A&M Tuesday night in Rupp. Saturday, Georgia comes into Rupp with an identical SEC record as Kentucky, but with a couple of impressive wins.
The Bulldogs have wins over then #21 Missouri in overtime on the road and beat Arkansas 66-61 in overtime as well. So, needless to say, this Georgia team should not be overlooked.
Here's some information on the Bulldogs to get you a little bit prepared for the game Saturday afternoon...
LOCATION: Athens, Georgia
MASCOT: Uga (Live), Hairy Dawg (Costumed)
Kim Basinger- Actress
Bill Goldberg- NFL (Falcons), WCW/WWE
Josh Holloway- Actor (TV show LOST)
The B-52's- Music Group
Colonel Charles A. Beckwith- Credited with the creation of the special forces unit 'Delta Force'.
The Bulldogs come into the game with a record of10-7 (4-1) and they are on a two game winning streak beating Arkansas and South Carolina. This should be a battle between two longtime SEC teams.
Here's how the Dawgs and Cats stack up against each other...
BY THE NUMBERS:
PPG: 71 80
RPG: 38 43
APG: 10 12
SPG: 5 4
BPG: 5 7
TPG: 13 13
FG%: 45 47
FT%: 65 67
3P%: 33 31
Just by looking at the stats, this should be a fairly easy game for the Cats...SHOULD BE. But, as we have seen over and over this season, Kentucky seems to struggle against teams that they should handle very easily there's no reason to expect anything different on Saturday as they have given us no reason to believe otherwise, YET. Could this be the game where Kentucky finally flexes it's muscles against an opponent that it should dominate? Or will it be like every other game this season?
A couple things Kentucky can do to make it easier on themselves is HIT FREE-THROWS, LIMIT TURNOVERS and rebound the ball on the offensive end. Also, the Cats will have to guard the three as Georgia has a tendency to get hot from deep and I would expect no less when they come to Rupp.
I said earlier that Kentucky and Georgia were long time SEC foes, here's a look at the history between the two programs...
Kentucky leads the all-time series with a record of 115-26. The last meeting in March of last year in Athens with the Bulldogs coming out on top by a score of 72-62.
The first ever meeting between the Cats and Dawgs came way back in 1921 with the Cats winning 20-19. The longest win streak of the series belongs to Kentucky at 20 starting in 1950 and finally coming to an end when the Bulldogs won 49-40 in Athens in 1967.
Kentucky needs this win to stay within reach of Florida who leads the conference with a record of 5-0 with their win over Alabama last night. Georgia needs this win to try and build a resume for March. Who wants it the most? We will find out, Saturday...