Kentucky Wildcats at Georgia Bulldogs
Kentucky Wildcats Preview
The Kentucky Wildcats won their SEC opener on Saturday, 71-59 over Missouri, but point guard Ashton Hagans suffered a low ankle sprain that had him listed as “day-to-day” on Monday in advance of the team’s first conference road game. Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley can handle the ball and score, but they lack Hagans’ court vision.
Junior big man Nick Richards has been an emerging player for UK this season, saying he’s “pretty confident” after back-to-back double-doubles (he has six in 13 games after having just one in his first two seasons). A season-long question, though, will be this team’s shooting prowess from 3-point range as it is hitting a mere 29.0 percent.
Georgia Bulldogs Preview
The young Georgia Bulldogs are as ready as they can be for this big home game in a sold-out arena against a blueblood, coming off just their second road non-conference win over a ranked team ever — 65-62 at No. 9 Memphis. It was also their first victory over a top-10 team anywhere since 2011.
That speaks to a certain level of toughness for a team with nine true freshmen, one of whom is future lottery pick Anthony Edwards, a guard who can match Kentucky’s athleticism and aggressiveness. He is averaging 18.4 points per game heading into his SEC debut. Georgia is 8-0 this season at Stegeman Coliseum.