SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Georgia at Kentucky

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Georgia visits Kentucky on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Georgia 0.458 0.304 0.661 210 669 252 135 60 249
Georgia OPP 0.444 0.325 0.608 206 629 230 106 63 243
Kentucky 0.460 0.323 0.766 169 656 250 90 85 219
Kentucky OPP 0.384 0.295 0.647 174 549 186 85 53 215

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Statistical Leaders

Georgia Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Anthony Edwards Georgia 19.1 109 69 38
Rayshaun Hammonds Georgia 13.8 91 33 20
Sahvir Wheeler Georgia 7.8 52 23 6
Tyree Crump Georgia 7.3 43 9 29
Donnell Gresham Jr. Georgia 6.4 36 26 10
Toumani Camara Georgia 6.2 42 18 3
Christian Brown Georgia 4.0 23 18 4
Tye Fagan Georgia 3.9 27 12 1
Rodney Howard Georgia 1.3 8 3 0

Georgia Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Rayshaun Hammonds Georgia 42 98 140 8.2
Donnell Gresham Jr. Georgia 30 57 87 5.1
Anthony Edwards Georgia 11 69 80 4.7
Toumani Camara Georgia 26 48 74 4.4
Tyree Crump Georgia 5 37 42 2.5
Sahvir Wheeler Georgia 8 32 40 2.4
Christian Brown Georgia 12 26 38 2.2
Tye Fagan Georgia 12 15 27 1.6
Mike Peake Georgia 9 13 22 1.8
Rodney Howard Georgia 10 11 21 1.4
Jordan Harris Georgia 5 15 20 2.5
Amanze Ngumezi Georgia 5 12 17 2.4
Stan Turnier Georgia 1 2 3 0.4
Jaykwon Walton Georgia 0 3 3 0.4
Jaxon Etter Georgia 0 1 1 0.1

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 13.7 81 51 20
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 13.7 64 62 29
Nick Richards Kentucky 13.4 90 47 0
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 13.1 64 82 12
Nate Sestina Kentucky 6.9 31 22 13
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 6.8 42 10 1
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 5.5 38 15 3
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 3.5 23 9 4
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 1.9 9 6 3

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 46 86 132 7.8
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 19 57 76 5.4
Nate Sestina Kentucky 25 50 75 5.4
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 4 69 73 4.3
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 5 66 71 4.2
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 13 54 67 4.2
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 19 39 58 3.4
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 14 17 31 1.8
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 6 24 30 2.1

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Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena

NCAA RPI

Georgia: 73

Kentucky: 27

Georgia Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Donnell Gresham Jr. G 6′-3″ 195 SR Saint Paul, MN
1 Jaykwon Walton F 6′-7″ 205 FR Columbus, GA
2 Jordan Harris G 6′-5″ 195 SR Iron City, GA
3 Christian Brown F 6′-6″ 215 FR Hopkins, SC
4 Tyree Crump G 6′-1″ 185 SR Bainbridge, GA
5 Anthony Edwards G 6′-5″ 225 FR Atlanta, GA
10 Toumani Camara F 6′-8″ 220 FR Hollywood, FL
11 Jaxon Etter G 6′-4″ 205 FR Woodstock, GA
14 Tye Fagan G 6′-3″ 185 SO Logtown, GA
15 Sahvir Wheeler G 5′-10″ 180 FR Houston, TX
20 Rayshaun Hammonds F 6′-9″ 235 JR Norcross, GA
24 Rodney Howard F 6′-11″ 245 FR Ypsilanti, MI
25 Amanze Ngumezi F 6′-9″ 235 SO Savannah, GA
30 Mike Peake F 6′-8″ 220 FR Chicago, IL
32 Stan Turnier G 6′-4″ 185 FR Louisville, KY

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 198 SO Cartersville, GA
1 Nate Sestina F 6′-9″ 234 SR Emporium, PA
2 Kahlil Whitney F 6′-6″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
3 Tyrese Maxey G 6′-3″ 198 FR Garland, TX
4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 247 JR Kingston, Jamaica
5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 188 SO Havre De Grace, MD
10 Johnny Juzang G 6′-6″ 214 FR Los Angeles, CA
11 Dontaie Allen G 6′-6″ 200 FR Falmouth, KY
12 Keion Brooks Jr. F 6′-7″ 205 FR Fort Wayne, IN
13 Riley Welch G 6′-0″ 185 JR Littleton, CO
14 Brennan Canada F 6′-6″ 198 FR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 235 FR Lexington, KY
23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 228 SO Fort Pierce, FL
33 Ben Jordan F 6′-9″ 250 SO Olive Hill, KY

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Scouting Report


Kentucky (13-4, 4-1 SEC) defeated Arkansas 73-66 on Saturday in Fayetteville. The two teams traded leads early in the first half, however, Kentucky took a 6 point lead with 8:15 left in the first half. The wildcats led for the rest of the half. In the second half Arkansas retook the lead at 46-44 on a pair of Mason Jones free throws. Kentucky, however, took the lead for good on Tyrese Maxey’s free throws with 5:58 to play in the game. Kentucky won this one off of rebounding (47-29). The Wildcats also had better shooting. Kentucky out-shot the Hogs 44%-33% from field goal range, 36%-31% from behind the arc and 74%-66% at the free throw line. Nick Richards led the Cats in scoring with 17 points. Arkansas’ Jones led all scorers in the game with 19 points.

Guard Tyrese Maxey leads the Wildcats in scoring (13.7). With 20 made threes, Maxey is also a threat from beyond the arc. Immanuel Quickley (13.7 ppg), Nick Richards (13.4 ppg), and Ashton Hagans (13.1 ppg) are UKs other key scorers. Richards is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 7.8 per contest. Kentucky is fifth in the SEC in scoring offense (74.1 ppg) and fifth in scoring defense (63.8 ppg). The Cats have improved some from three point range making 32.3% of their attempts (5th/SEC). But from field goal range the Cats make a over 46% of shots, third best in the conference. UK also leads the conference in free throw shooting hitting on 76.6%. The Cats are also solid rebounders with a plus 6.3 rebounding margin.

Georgia (11-6, 1-3 SEC) fell to Mississippi State 91-59 on Saturday in Starkville. State led the entire game except for a brief time early in the first half. State’s lead reached with 20 (66-46) with 7:58 remaining in the game and 30 (81-51) with just under four minutes to go. The MSU dogs won this win their superior inside game hitting almost 68% for field goals. Neither team relied heavily on the 3-point shot but State hit twice as many of those shots (6) as Georgia (3). Forward Reggie Perry led State in scoring with 22 points. Perry also pulled down 12 rebounds to complete a double-double. Georgia’s Anthony Edwards led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

Anthony Edwards (19.1 ppg) leads Georgia in scoring. He’s also the top 3-point shooting threat with 38 made threes. Forward Rayshaun Hammonds (13.8 ppg) is the only other double digit scorer for the Bulldogs. Georgia has a sound offense and is fourth in the SEC in scoring offense (77.6 ppg). The Bulldogs are fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (45.8%). Georgia is 13th in the SEC in scoring defense (74.3 ppg). Georgia also struggles in field goal defense (13th, 44.4%) and 3-point defense (12th, 32.5%). Two more superlatives, Georgia is second in the SEC in assists (14.8 apg) and second in steals (7.9 spg).

This is a game where Kentucky should be the clear favorite. They are playing in Rupp and Georgia has problems defending. If UK sleep walks through the game it could get hairy though. The Dogs can put points on the board.

Georgia-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 80, Georgia 74


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN.

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