Kentucky vs. Georgia: Full Game Preview

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Kentucky vs. Georgia: Full Game Preview
Kentucky
(20-9, 4-7 away)
Georgia
(14-15, 11-8 home)
Venue: Stegeman Coliseum
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 07, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kentucky A Goodwin 13.8 N Noel 9.5 R Harrow 3.2
Georgia K Caldwell-Pope 18.0 K Caldwell-Pope 6.9 C Mann 2.8

On Thursday, Kentucky heads to Stegeman Coliseum to take on Georgia. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Wildcats are 6-2 against the Bulldogs over the last four years. The last time they played they won 79-49 on Mar. 1, 2012.

Kentucky is currently in second place in the SEC and Georgia is in eigth.

In their last game on Mar. 2, Archie Goodwin put up 14 points and five rebounds for the Wildcats in a loss to Arkansas, 73-60. He leads the team with 13.8 points per game. In a 78-68 victory over Tennessee on Mar. 2, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put up 25 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. He leads the team in points with 18.0 per game, rebounds with 6.9 per game, and steals with 2.1 per game.

Kentucky has a statistical advantage over Georgia in one significant category, scoring, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Bulldogs, 74.8 points per game to 60.4 points per game. A key area of strength for Georgia is free throw rate at 44.2, which ranks first in their conference (and 18th nationally).

Georgia StatSmack

  • A for effort, but Kentucky has emerged victorious against Georgia the last three times they've played.
  • Kentucky is a better shooting team (48.5 percent vs. 41.4 percent) than Georgia this season.
  • Kentucky attacks the glass, with more rebounds (38.3 per game vs. 34.8 per game) than Georgia this season.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Kentucky currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (963 to 960) than Georgia, per the NCAA.
  • Kentucky has more wins over the last 5 years than Georgia (162 vs. 93).
  • Archie Goodwin is ranked 10th in the SEC in points.
  • Kentucky has a better record at home than Georgia this season (15-2 vs. 11-6).
  • Kentucky embarrassed Georgia by 30 points the last time they played (Mar 01, 2012).
  • Be afraid. Kentucky has blown out more teams than Georgia this season (10 blowouts vs. zero).
  • Over the past 10 years, Kentucky has had more players drafted by the NBA than Georgia (19 vs. four).
  • Since 1998, Kentucky has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Georgia (32 vs. three).
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 32 10 9 2 2 4 2
B Archie Goodwin 32 14 4 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 12 6 1 0 0 2
B- W. Cauley-Stein 22 8 6 1 1 2 1
B- Julius Mays 32 10 3 3 0 0 1
B- Kyle Wiltjer 24 11 4 2 0 0 1
C+ Ryan Harrow 28 10 3 3 1 0 2
C- Jarrod Polson 13 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Jon Hood 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
UGA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ K. Caldwell-Pope 34 18 7 2 2 1 2
C N. Djurisic 24 8 4 2 1 0 2
C Donte` Williams 24 5 5 0 0 1 1
C- Charles Mann 21 7 3 3 1 0 3
D+ V. Williams 20 5 2 2 1 0 2
D+ Brandon Morris 16 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Marcus Thornton 22 4 4 1 0 1 1
D+ S. Brantley 18 3 1 1 0 0 1
D John Florveus 17 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Kenny Gaines 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
D John Cannon 9 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Tim Dixon 11 2 2 0 0 0 1
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