Kentucky buries Georgia 79-49 in Rupp

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.

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6 thoughts on “Kentucky buries Georgia 79-49 in Rupp

  1. It’s a good thing I’m not a gambling man….I really didn’t see this coming. Then again, if you got outshot from the 3-point line 15 to 4 or whatever it ended up, it’s not going to be pretty.

    Silver lining, regardless of the outcome on Sat, we can’t finish in the basement. Carolina has locked up that spot. We can finish 10th and avoid the dreaded 10pm game(s) by beating USC and having LSU top Auburn.

    The seniors deserve a nice send off. Come to the Steg on Sat and bring a few friends. GO DAWGS!

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    1. Mathematically, Carolina has the bottom spot locked up.

      But if UGA drops both games to USC this season than I think I count them as the SEC’s worst team.

      Hopefully the Dawgs can just take care of business on Saturday.

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  2. Kentucky played like an NBA team. Talented players .Donte looked great against the #1 team in the country. Vince Williams does not look ready to be the starting PG next year. Has not improved from the early season. Brantley not as advertised. It seems to me the incoming freshmen will be needed to play a significant role next year. Hopefully, KCP will be more consistent. Nemi and Donte will be an inside force next year. Desperately need an outside shooter. Thornton a question mark. He seems to have a shooters stroke from the foul line.

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    1. Jerry,

      You are right about Kentucky playing like an NBA team – I imagine that by this time next season the Wildcats’ starting five will be dispersed among NBA teams.

      You also have some pretty accurate assessments of most of next year’s UGA team.

      However, I think that Vincent Williams may do better next season knowing the point guard role is his to lose. Since SEC play started, Williams has seen his playing time drop significantly due to a need to keep either GR2 or KCP on the floor at all times. He did play quite well in non-conference games against Notre Dame, Xavier, Colorado, Georgia Tech and USC, when he was getting nearly 20 minutes per game – averaging over 8 points in those five contests. Lastly, he has been one of the more consistent three-point shooters this season, making over 33% of his attempts (a part of his game that we often overlook).

      You are spot on in your analysis of Sherrard Brantley – But good news: Kenny Gaines is coming and should immediately surpass him on the depth chart.

      Thornton’s offense appears like it may be a handicap throughout his career, but I do like the kind of “lunchpail”, hard-nosed defender persona that he has seemed to embrace.

      Lastly, I totally agree with you about KCP. He needs to become more consistent, and I also think he needs to assert himself more on offense (which I think he will next season). The more shots KCP puts up, the better chance UGA has of scoring.

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  3. Thornton kind of reminds me of some ways of Jonas Hayes, a guy who got progressively better as a scorer with each passing year (if I remember correctly). He will continue to be an important contributor to the Dawg team. I think you are spot-on with respect to Vince Williams, who could end up having a big senior year. Also, KCP does become the man on offense next year (having often deferred to GR2 this year). You may not even recognize the guy, who has the potential to lead the SEC in scoring. Not sure that would be good however, if the other guys stand around and watch (as they used to with Nique in the oden days) or if the big numners prompted KCP to go pro after only two years.

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