Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: With UGA Next, UK Can't Afford to Look Ahead to UF

Jimmy SurmonteCorrespondent IFebruary 29, 2012

Kentucky Wildcats PF Anthony Davis
Kentucky Wildcats PF Anthony DavisAndy Lyons/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats haven't lost a game in 2012 and they would like to keep it that way creeping into conference and NCAA tournament time.

With victories over Georgia and Florida this week, Kentucky will have swept Southeastern Conference play and head into the SEC tournament on a swell 22-game winning streak.

Easier said than done.

In Kentucky's last game, Vanderbilt managed to instill a little fear at Rupp Arena. With a lineup that boasts three potential first-round picks (Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins, Festus Ezeli), the Commodores took a one-point lead into halftime.

However, a Wildcats squad led by future first overall pick in the NBA draft Anthony Davis was too much for Vandy in the second half.

Davis' jumper with 1:10 left and the shot clock dwindling down would end up being the likely dagger in the Commodores' hopes of an upset in Lexington.

Kentucky would take home the victory, 83-74.

Something Kentucky cannot afford to do down the stretch is shoot the three like it did against Vanderbilt. A paltry 2-of-10 from the three-point line is embarrassing.

The best player in college basketball went off for 13 points in the second half and finished with 28 points on 10-of-11 shooting, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

Up next for the Wildcats are the Georgia Bulldogs.

The last thing Kentucky needs to do is overlook its matchup tomorrow night versus Georgia and fast-forward to its finale Sunday afternoon in Florida.

The Bulldogs, the second worst team in the SEC at 13-15 (4-10 SEC), might be looked upon as a cakewalk for the Wildcats, especially at home.

In their last game against one another in Athens, Ga., a little over a month ago, Kentucky went on to easily defeat Georgia, 57-44, behind a combined 33 points from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Darius Miller (19 off the bench).

With Georgia riding high after pulling off a 76-62 upset Saturday night versus the Florida Gators, Kentucky needs to take care of business tomorrow night in front of its home crowd and not look ahead to its battle in Gainesville on Sunday.


Prediction: Kentucky 77, Georgia 59