The Georgia basketball team plays host to the #13 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum. This is by far the biggest game for Georgia this year. It’s 100% a must win game.
By The Numbers
On paper, it looks like this is Kentucky’s game to lose, but just a few short weeks ago, it took all the Cats had to beat UGA at Rupp. This time the game is in Athens, and it should be a good one.
Kentucky comes in with one of the nation’s highest scoring offenses. They score 89.1 points per game on 48.4% shooting. Their defense isn’t too shabby either, giving up only 73.1 points per game. They rebound well too, grabbing 40.4 boards a game.
Georgia scores 72.4 points per game on 44.5% shooting. UGA has statistically the best scoring defense in the SEC, giving up below 70 points a contest. They rebound 38 rebounds a game.
Players to Watch
The viewers will be delighted to watch this game because 2 of the best players in the SEC will be going head to head. These players are Malik Monk and Yante Maten.
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The 6’3 Freshman guard, Malik Monk of Kentucky, is a baller. Every time Kentucky needs a big basket, Monk hits it. He’s a definite lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft. Monk is an elite scorer and leads the SEC with 21.7 points per game.
Yante Maten has got to stay out of foul trouble and be very affective if the Dawgs want to pull this upset off. Maten has proven to be a force down low all season long. He averages 19.4 points per game (3rd in the SEC) and grabs over 7 rebounds per game.
In the first meeting, Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox sat out with an ankle injury. It showed as Kentucky was not nearly as quick up the court as they usually are. Fox is the fastest point guard in the nation and draws a lot of comparison to former Kentucky star, John Wall.
Both freshmen on Georgia’s roster should be highlighted for Saturday. Jordan Harris and Tyree Crump have both seen the court more than usual lately. Jordan Harris has played very good defense all year, and hits the 3 ball well. Crump is an offensive threat who can push UGA over the top in this game.