The Georgia Bulldogs (13-16; 4-11) have slowly progressed over the season, improving ever so slightly, game by game.
Kentucky, however, has gotten A LOT better since the last time these two teams met in Athens.
The game seemed over from the start, with Kentucky opening up a 7-0 advantage prior to Coach Mark Fox’s first timeout 17:25 into the first half.
Before Georgia knew what had hit them the Wildcats had built up a 37-19 lead, due largely in part to the fact that Kentucky knocked down 6 three-pointers before the break. It didn’t help matters that in the first half the Dawgs were an icy 8 for 27 from the floor.
Things only got worse for the Bulldogs after the intermission as the Cats sank 9 more shots from beyond the arc, where they finished the game above 55%. At one point in the second half, Kentucky connected on 7 consecutive three-pointers which put them up 72-31 with 9:41 left to play.
This perimeter onslaught from the Wildcats was unbearable to watch, and after the smoke had finally cleared Coach Calipari’s team had cruised out of Rupp Arena with a 79-49 victory.
Once again, Georgia was lit up by senior guard Darius Miller, who led all Wildcat scorers with 17 points.
Sophomore Donte Williams was the one and only bright spot for UGA, leading his team with 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds. Williams was relentless on the offensive glass, throwing down a multitude of put-back dunks off of his teammates’ misses.
The Dawgs obviously did not match-up well on paper with this #1 Kentucky team heading into the game, and shooting 33% from the floor and just 3 for 19 from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help.
Georgia was carted into Rupp arena on a serving platter as huge underdogs, and they definitely played their part in the blowout loss in Lexington on Thursday.
Hopefully Coach Fox’s team can regroup quickly so that they will be prepared to take on South Carolina in Athens this Saturday, a game that UGA must win if they hope to stay out of the SEC cellar.