Kentucky leads the all-time series with Georgia 125-26, including an 11-1 advantage in SEC Tournament matchups.
For Kentucky, avoiding an upset was the first step toward achieving success in the postseason. In the past five games, his point totals have been 17, 4 (at Kentucky), 24, 19 and then the 20 on Thursday.
Cal will tell you he isn’t surprised to play Georgia. The Wildcats will have to advance without freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who is still day-to-day after suffering an injury to his ankle in practice on Tuesday. Vanderbilt watched while dressed in street clothes on the bench.
United Kingdom will play Georgia in their first game of the SEC Tournament. Calipari also said Thursday that however long Vanderbilt is out, freshman 7-footer Nick Richards and 6-10 sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones will have bigger opportunities. “The joy I saw on his face, it was just awesome”.
“It was hard to see him go down”, Washington said.
Vanderbilt has come on strong late in the year for the Wildcats. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 21 points in the first game, in which the Wildcats topped the Bulldogs 66-61 but were unable to cover as 9.5-point favorites. The Wildcats would go on to win four straight before losing to Florida in the regular season finale.
“We’re obviously really excited about the future with the recruiting class we have coming in”, Drew said.
“I have been ultra-aggressive”, he said, “but mainly my shots have just been falling”. At one point in the second half, Maten actually drew up a play on head coach Mark Fox’s whiteboard.
The key for the Bulldogs is to not use all of their energy right away, as they could sputter while Kentucky gains ground after it finds its legs following close to a week off. “Not at all”, Calipari said on the SEC teleconference. “We’ll miss him. It’ll be harder to play without him”. “I used understandable English, no bad words, and we just talked about how we needed to improve in the second half, and they did it”.
The Georgia men’s basketball team dropped its quarterfinals matchup in the 2018 SEC Tournament against Kentucky, 62-49, Friday afternoon at Scottrade Center.
The younger Porter who reclassified to play with his older brother at Missouri had a great game and helped bring the Tigers back into the contest. “Our whole thing was: ‘Let’s get into their legs. That’s hard to do”.
“I haven’t considered it but that’s always an option”, Maten said.
Georgia was playing its third game in as many days, and fatigue may have gotten to them. That’s good news for Georgia moving forward since it now knows it has a point guard budding with potential. Georgia shot 29 percent from the floor, Kentucky 43 percent.
“Well, it was $40 a piece inside so yeah we got a good deal out here. We tried to get into their legs with their third game and three days and we had to keep running”. However, the Bulldogs covered and are 3-1 against the spread in their last four with Kentucky. TV/Radio: ESPN, 98.1 FM, WBUL, Lexington.