Both Georgia (9-7, 1-3) and Florida (9-7, 1-3) will be looking to shake themselves out of a four-way tie for 9th in the conference when the teams lock up in Athens tomorrow. For UGA, the season thus far is going about as expected as the Dawgs were pegged to finish 13th in the SEC prior to the start of league play. Florida, however, has been a bit of a disappointment considering the media predicted the Gators to be the 5th best team in the conference before the season began.
The only common opponent that these two teams share currently is Tennessee, who bested Florida 78-67 in Gainesville last weekend; however, that result was a heck of a lot more competitive than the 46-point drubbing the Dawgs took at the hands of the Vols in Knoxville earlier this month.
Now that we’ve transitioned to conference play, statistics in SEC games become far more insightful than cumulative season stats. At this point, I’m not interested in how Rayshaun Hammonds performs against a Savannah State, Sam Houston State, Illinois State or Texas Southern; his play against conference competition, which hasn’t been stellar thus far (6.7 ppg), is a much stronger measuring stick.
Without further adieu, here is how the Dawgs and Gators stack up numbers-wise through four SEC games:
- Scoring offense: Florida 12th (65.2), Georgia 13th (64.8)
- FG%: Georgia 12th (38.8%), Florida 14th (36.6%)
- 3-Point%: Florida 9th (30.8%), Georgia 14th (24.5%)
- 3-Point FG per game: Florida 3rd (9.3), Georgia 12th (6.3)
- Turnover margin: Florida 1st (+4), Georgia 13th (-3.8)
- Scoring defense: Florida 3rd (67.8), Georgia 11th (80.2)
- FG% defense: Georgia 11th (44.7%), Florida 12th (45.4%)
- 3-Point FG% defense: Georgia 12th (35.4%), Florida 14th (38.1%)
- Rebounding margin: Florida 10th (-3.8), Georgia 13th (-6.8)
- Blocked shots: Georgia 1st (6.5), Florida 12th (2.8)
- Steals: Florida 7th (6.5), Georgia 10th (5.8)
- Defensive Reb.%: Florida 7th (67.5%), Georgia 14th (61.5%)
Other than a few outliers, both of these teams are near the bottom of the SEC in more than a few important categories. Neither squad has been impressive offensively, though Florida’s team defense hasn’t been too shabby. Statistically, I’d say the Gators have a slight edge, but the fact that the game is in Athens should tip the scales in UGA’s favor a bit. In other words, I expect a competitive game tomorrow.