It won't be just Brooklyn's Finest but the nation's finest on display when the best college basketball team in the land, the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers (3-0), take on the Georgia Bulldogs (1-2) in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn.
Indiana has crushed its opponents (Bryant University, North Dakota State and Penn State) by an average of 41 points, while Georgia has dropped two in a row to Youngstown State and Southern Mississippi by a combined 10 points.
On paper, it sure doesn't look good for the Bulldogs. But there's a reason they play the games—anything is possible.
Here's everything you need to know heading into this Big Ten vs. SEC showdown.
When: Monday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Live Stream: ESPN3
Who Might Not Play for Georgia (via USA Today)
No injuries to report
Who Might Not Play for Indiana (via USA Today)
Hanner Mosquera-Perrera, F (Suspension): Out
Peter Jurkin, C (Suspension): Out
Derek Elston, G (Knee): Out
Georgia Player to Watch: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G
As Georgia's leader in scoring (20.3 points per game), rebounding (6.0) and steals (4.0), this 6'5" sophomore is one of the most explosive dunkers in the nation. Fearless when he attacks the rim, his biggest problem is that he doesn't do that nearly enough, settling for outside shots far too often.
While his shot is technically sound, it's inconsistent—which makes the fact that he's accounted for nearly a third of the shots that Georgia has taken this season a problem.
Caldwell-Pope is shooting 35 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the arc, yet he's hoisting up 17 shots per game—and 10 of those are coming from three-point range.
That being said, he's a tenacious defender, an excellent rebounder and someone on whom Indiana will need to keep an eye all game long.
If he gets hot, he can take over the game.
Indiana Player to Watch: Cody Zeller, C
The favorite to win the Naismith Player of the Year award, the 7'0" sophomore leads the Hoosiers in points (17.7), rebounds (8.7) and blocks (2.0) while chipping in nearly two assists and two steals per game.
He's incredibly agile and fluid around the rim, has a plethora of post moves that he uses effectively to score and has no qualms about banging down low and getting physical in the paint despite his skinny frame.
While Zeller can be moved down on the blocks by bigger post players, his ability to alter and block shots makes him a force in the middle for the Hoosiers on both ends of the floor.
Prediction: Indiana 95, Georgia 66
While Georgia is the best team that Indiana has faced thus far, there's a reason the Hoosiers are ranked No. 1 in the nation and the Bulldogs, well, are losing to teams like Youngstown State and Southern Miss.
This is a mismatch in every possible way. Caldwell-Pope will get his points because that's what he does, but the Bulldogs have no chance of stopping the Hoosiers from doing whatever they want to do with the ball in their hands.
Expect this one to get out of hand early.