SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Georgia

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Kentucky visits Georgia 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
Kentucky 0.461 0.290 0.801 125 483 195 68 60 162
Kentucky OPP 0.385 0.303 0.660 122 398 140 61 37 173
Georgia 0.470 0.311 0.663 171 546 208 107 52 203
Georgia OPP 0.424 0.324 0.614 156 478 161 86 41 199

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Statistical Leaders

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Tyrese Maxey 13.8 58 47 16
Ashton Hagans 12.9 50 60 8
Immanuel Quickley 12.7 44 46 18
Nick Richards 12.7 66 33 0
EJ Montgomery 7.8 36 5 1
Nate Sestina 7.3 22 21 8
Keion Brooks Jr. 5.8 31 11 3
Kahlil Whitney 4.4 22 9 4
Johnny Juzang 1.7 6 6 2

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards 32 66 98 7.5
Nate Sestina 16 41 57 5.7
EJ Montgomery 17 39 56 5.6
Tyrese Maxey 3 50 53 4.1
Ashton Hagans 4 48 52 4.0
Immanuel Quickley 7 34 41 3.4
Keion Brooks Jr. 14 29 43 3.3
Kahlil Whitney 13 15 28 2.2
Johnny Juzang 5 19 24 2.0

Georgia Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Anthony Edwards 18.4 83 46 27
Rayshaun Hammonds 14.1 74 23 12
Tyree Crump 8.6 38 9 27
Sahvir Wheeler 8.6 46 15 5
Donnell Gresham Jr. 7.2 30 25 9
Toumani Camara 5.9 30 14 3
Christian Brown 4.5 20 14 4
Tye Fagan 3.8 21 6 1
Mike Peake 3.2 13 5 1
Rodney Howard 1.4 7 3 0

Georgia Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Rayshaun Hammonds 36 82 118 9.1
Donnell Gresham Jr. 26 44 70 5.4
Anthony Edwards 8 56 64 4.9
Toumani Camara 20 37 57 4.4
Sahvir Wheeler 6 29 35 2.7
Tyree Crump 4 29 33 2.5
Christian Brown 10 19 29 2.2
Mike Peake 9 13 22 2.2
Tye Fagan 10 14 24 1.8
Rodney Howard 9 9 18 1.5

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Georgia-Stegeman
Stegeman Coliseum

NCAA RPI

Kentucky: 36

Georgia: 37

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

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

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Scouting Report


Kentucky (10-3, 1-0 SEC) opened its season on Saturday at home against Missouri. The Cats led by 3 points at the half before winning 71-59. The difference in this game was Kentucky making 10 more free throws than Mizzou attempted. Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points. Quickley was UK’s only threat from three making 4 of 8. The rest of the Wildcats went 0 of 8. Kentucky as a team excels at free throw shooting making 80% of them as a team. Meanwhile from 3-point range the Cats are struggling making just 29% with Quickley leading the way. Rebounding is another area in which the Cats shine. They are currently third in the SEC in rebound margin (+6.5). UK has five players that average more than four boards a game led by 6-foot-11 Nick Richards with 7.5 rebounds per contest. No scouting report is complete without mentioning guard Ashton Hagans who is running away with the assists lead in the SEC with 95 so far. The second player (Lamonte Turner of Tennessee) in assists is 17 behind Hagans.

Georgia (10-3, 0-0 SEC) closed out its preconference schedule with a big time resume building 65-62 win at No. 9 Memphis on Saturday. Georgia also has good wins over Georgia Tech and SMU but Memphis was the Bulldog’s first win in a road venue. Rayshaun Hammonds, a 6-foot-9 forward, led the Bulldogs in the win over Memphis with 15 points. The Bulldogs had balanced scoring at Memphis with three other players scoring double figures. Hammonds doesn’t just score. He’s third in the conference in rebounding averaging 9.1 a game. Guard Anthony Edwards leads the Bulldogs in scoring (18.4 ppg). He and fellow guard Tyree Crump each have 27 three pointers made so far this season. A key reason for Georgia’s success so far this season is their ability to get offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs are third in the conference in that category. A couple other interesting Georgia accomplishments stat wise. Georgia is second in the in steals per game and first in the conference in assists per game. However, when you look at the SEC players stats no Georgia player is listed in the assists or steals categories. This indicates that team ball being played in Athens.

This is another tough one to predict. Two very talented teams squaring off Stegeman Coliseum. I think the Bulldogs prevail in this one but it could go either way.

Kentucky-Georgia Prediction

Georgia 74, Kentucky 72


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN.
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