Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats
Georgia Bulldogs Preview
The Georgia Bulldogs built a nine-point lead on Kentucky in the teams’ first meeting and went into halftime up 37-31 before fading and losing 78-69 on Jan. 7. Guard Anthony Edwards, who scored 23 points in that contest, comes into the rematch averaging 19.1 points on the season after scoring 19 in a 91-59 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday in Georgia’s latest outing.
Georgia is 5-61 against Kentucky in Rupp Arena and hasn’t won on Kentucky’s home floor since a 90-85 decision in March 2009. Overall, the Bulldogs have dropped 13 in a row to the Wildcats, with Georgia’s last win coming in March 2013. Coach Tom Crean is concerned about his team’s rebounding woes after Mississippi State outrebounded Georgia 40-22.
Kentucky Wildcats Preview
The Kentucky Wildcats bounced back from a disappointing loss at South Carolina on Wednesday with a grind-it-out win at Arkansas on Saturday despite coach John Calipari’s ejection at the 8:19 mark of the second half. They fell behind 47-44 to the Razorbacks after the technical free throws but went on a 17-2 run to pull out a 73-66 decision. Forward Nick Richards is a tough matchup for the Bulldogs.
He and guard Tyrese Maxey had identical numbers (17 points, seven rebounds) in the teams’ first meeting, with Richards getting 13 and five, respectively, to lead a second-half surge that saw the Wildcats outscore the Bulldogs 47-32 and pull out a victory. Kentucky has won five of its past six games, with four of the wins by single digits.