Twelve things to know about tonight’s Georgia-Kentucky game

Twelve things to know about tonight’s Georgia-Kentucky game, which tips off at 8:04  in Stegeman Coliseum:

1. Georgia (13-14, 5-9 SEC) will be playing its eighth game this season against an opponent ranked in the nation’s Top 25 at game time. The Bulldogs are 3-4 in such games, including 3-1 at home. Kentucky  (27-2, 12-2 SEC) is ranked No. 3 in this week’s AP poll.

2. A Georgia win would complete a sweep of home games vs. SEC East opponents, following victories in Stegeman over Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida.

3. A Kentucky win would clinch a share of the Wildcats’ 44th SEC championship.

Ricky McPhee

Ricky McPhee

4. It will be Senior Night, with Georgia’s three seniors — guard Ricky McPhee, forward-center Albert Jackson and forward Tyler Whatley — being honored in a pregame ceremony. All three will start, per coach Mark Fox’s practice of starting his seniors in their final home game.

5. McPhee, a former walk-on, has started every game  this season and leads the team in minutes played.  He said Tuesday that “not in a million years” would he have  expected to be in this position — starting for the Bulldogs against the No. 3 team in the country. “I’m just truly blessed to be part of the program,” said McPhee, a Parkview High graduate who walked on at Georgia two years ago after transferring from Gardner-Webb.  “I’ve just tried to work my way up the ladder.”

6. The game is Georgia’s fourth reserved-seat sellout of the season and is expected to be the second complete sellout after the student-ticket allotment is sold. Georgia had no sellouts of any sort last season.

7. Kentucky and Georgia are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the SEC in rebounding margin. Kentucky averages 9.8 more rebounds per game than its opponents and Georgia 4.3 more per game than its opponents.

8. Three of the SEC’s top five rebounders will be on the floor – Kentucky’s 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins (10.3 rebounds per game) and 6-foot-9 Patrick Patterson (7.6) and Georgia’s 6-foot-9 Trey Thompkins (8.1).

9. Kentucky made just 2 of 22 shots from 3-point range in a 74-65 defeat at Tennessee on Saturday, the Wildcats’ second loss of the season. Over their past four games, the Cats are 12-for-73 (16.4 percent) from behind the arc.

10. Kentucky has three players averaging in double-figure points per game: freshmen John Wall (16.8) and Cousins (16.2) and junior Patterson (14.9). Georgia’s Thompkins is second in the SEC in scoring at 17.9 points per game.

11. Georgia is 24-111 all-time vs. Kentucky, including 15-37 in Athens.

John Calipari

John Calipari

12. Kentucky coach John Calipari on the Dogs: “[They] just absolutely thumped Tennessee, who beat us. Vanderbilt, Florida . . . you can go right down the line, they have beat everybody on our half. The biggest thing is that they are really disciplined in what they do and how they play, and they don’t change for 40 minutes. They are very physical. [Travis] Leslie is athletic.  Thompkins is about as good as there is in our league. . . .  They have a couple guys shooting threes. Their point guard is shooting better now. . . . [It is] a hard game for us, a hard game to win, especially coming off of what just happened to us [the loss at Tennessee].”

So what are your thoughts about tonight’s game?

49 comments Add your comment

ATLNick

March 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

First…Hopefully the Dawgs make a statement and keep building for next year!

NC Dawg

March 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

What a great time for a signature win.

Michael Foster

March 3rd, 2010
2:29 pm

I’m pumped. Feels great to be able to look forward to Georgia basketball games again.

Debose

March 3rd, 2010
2:31 pm

Will Mark “2-7″ Richt be there tonight?

Chris

March 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

It would be great for the Dawgs to put a final stamp on what has been a very surprising season. Yes…..playing .500 ball is better than anyone expected. However, the worst thing that could have happened is for Tennessee to wake them up before arriving in Athens.
This one could get ugly.

chipperdawg

March 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

We might get “out manned” be we WILL NOT be out coached. This will be a good game to watch. CMF will have our boys ready to go with a great game plan, but, once again, we might run outta gas. Bench was better on Sat. vs. Gators though!

DawginLex

March 3rd, 2010
2:47 pm

Debose,

Coach Richt will be there. You won’t be though. Late shift at the Waffle House. I like mine scattered and smothered.

83-66 Cats I hate to say.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

debose, no, but Mark “90 wins in ten years” Richt might show.

Herschel Talker

March 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

Mark Fox > Paul Hewitt

Mark Richt < Paul Johnson

Without-a-clue

March 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

DeBose: Are you any kin to Da’Rick?

Mr. Holmes

March 3rd, 2010
3:05 pm

Hey Talker, you forgot: 30 > 24

Cherokee

March 3rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Herschel Talker……….Take CMR over man boobs any day to the week. Johnson will be gone from Tech in 2 years.

kydawg

March 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Would love to have a win over the Cats…but agree with DawginLex that UK will be focused thanks to Tenn. But here’s hoping for a miracle!!! GO DAWGS!!!

Herschel Talker

March 3rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Mr. Holmes and Cherokee:

Man boobs has fire and demands excellence. CMR does not demand excellence and settles for mediocrity. It pains me to say it, but I think the nerds have a better leader than we do. I could give examples left and right. Let’s go with one simple one for now:

In 2009, Man boobs went 10-3 and won the ACC. Man boobs subsequently fired his crappy DC.

In 2008, CMR went 10-3, didn’t win even the SEC East, and his D got steamrolled in any big game we played (Bama 31-0 at the half, UF 41-17, Nerds 45-42). CMR subsequently told us that assessing Willie Martinez wasn’t even on the table for discussion. Were it not for Stafford and Knowshon, we may have gone 8-5. You know it, I know it, and deep down he knows it. But he chose to stick with Willie the train wreck. And furthermore, CMR told us that his performance didn’t even merit a review!

Man boobs demands excellence. CMR settles for mediocrity.

Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves.

superDawg

March 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

You can not win them all.

cmr

March 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

8=====D (knowsho) 8===D (stafford) 8==D (cox) 8=D (me)

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

wildcats in a blowout tonight I am afraid they just have to much power and they are awake and getting primed for a run at the title . no matter what happens tonight the Gym Dawgs have made strides this year maybe it will keep getting better . of course Calipari could get in hot water and take a job somewhere else in a year or two and then Fox takes the job in Kentucky , something like that has happened before i think.

NewnanDawg

March 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

This has been by far the best season of basketball in the time I have been a season tix holder (5 years). I was hoping that Felton would get things going, but it started off bad and got worse, with a great weekend (SEC championship) thrown in to keep us from firing him earlier. Fox has vastly improved the players and the entertainment value on the court. The difference in the in game coaching is nothing short of amazing. Anyway, looking forward to the game tonight and cheering on the seniors in their final home game.

FYI, check out Connor Nolte’s (walk on transfer) blog and game day trick shots at passersremorse.com. Coach Fox’s shots from Saturday made ESPN’s top ten and Ricky’s from today is just sick. Fun stuff!

Go Dawgs!

Thom

March 3rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Love and completely support the two Coach Marks. Could not find better anywhere. GO DAWGS! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Dawgs 2010

March 3rd, 2010
4:05 pm

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March 3rd, 2010
4:17 pm

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Hoops Junkie

March 3rd, 2010
4:19 pm

Georgia will get absolutely smoked tonight. Hell, if Auburn blew your doors, I’d wince to think what Kentucky will do!

DTC

March 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

Hoops junkie, you show your lack of knowledge of this years games, by your comments. GA almost beat KY at KY when they were still undefeated.

DTC

March 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

I am curious on how we are doing on recruits for next year. Does anyone have any good uptodate info?

NewnanDawg

March 3rd, 2010
4:51 pm

DTC – The top guy we have for next year is actually not a recruit; it’s Gerald Robinson JR., a transfer sitting out right now. Most say he is the best guard on the team right now. Cady Lalane (forward signed) seems to be a bit of a project, but Coach Fox is doing very well with development from what I can tell. I have seen several recruits at games, but really have no idea where we stand with anyone. Fox is very good about keeping business in house, and I don’t have time to follow it that closely. However, with Coach Pierson (great recruiter we got off of the old Alabama staff) and the things I have heard from Nevada fans about Coach Fox’s recruiting abilities, I feel pretty good about us signing 1 or 2 more quality guys. The real showing of how good Fox is will be next year’s class when the kids have had a chance to see the direction of the program, facility improvements, increased fan support, etc.

Go Dawgs!

SoCal Dawg

March 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

DTC

March 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

Thanks Newnan Dawg. I have always been a UGA fan, but admittedly have not followed the basketball program that closely until we signed Fox. Was excited when we signed Tubby Smith, but we lost him and I have to admit that I lost the same kind of interest I have had this year. I think Fox is a high quality coach, that I hope we can keep long term. If we can keep him, I think UGA can be turned into a major powerhouse in baskerball. Again, thanks for the info. I had not heard about Robinson. I read a few weeks ago about a kid that is from out west, that he is interested in UGA because of Fox’s days at Nevada. Do you know anything about him?

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 3rd, 2010
5:04 pm

The powers that be will need to get started after tonights beat down by Kentucky on the 21 million dollar cow stench removal at the Stegosaurus. No way Kentucky loses 2 games in a row delusional mutt fans! Kentucky owns UGA in football and basketball this year….. HA HA HA HA ….

Tuckycat

March 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

The “Cats” have something to prove to themselves, to bad its them Dawg’s that are going to get there butts handed to them.

Dawg Gone It

March 3rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Good article. Thank you for it.

Go get ‘em DAWGS!

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

BTW what is Mark Bradley smoking suggesting that Fox should be SEC coach of the year???? Maybe he should go ahead and declare UGA hoopsters SEC tournament Champions and going all the way to big danceand winning it all LOL!!!!!!!!!!

VinceVanGo

March 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

Let’s look a bit at next year, but not close out on this year yet! If Georgia can get to the NIT and make some noise there may be some late recruits to take notice and come on board. However I think that Mark Fox was wise not to commit all of his scholarships too early or for this year. Saving one or two for future years is probably wise. Now to next year. If Thompkins & Leslie stay as they both should, with Ware, Price and Barnes the Bulldogs could start 2 seniors and 3 juniors, all with vast experience in Coach Fox’s system. Throw in the transfer, Gerald Robinson Jr. with Vincent Williams, Ebuka Anyaroah, Demario Mayfield, and incoming Cady Lalayne and the Dogs will be deep, experienced, and hungry. The Sky’s the limit. Bring in a late 3-4 star recruit and who knows how far they go in Fox’s second year. The Georgia basketball future look very bright.
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VolsRule

March 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm

Dogs will get THUMPED!!!!!

Fox has done a good job – but KY is playing for a title tonight.

The difference between these programs is HUGE – and it will show tonight.

KY wins by 15 – minimum – and probably 20 or more.

While UGA has had a few good games – look at the blow out losses to MO, Florida, Auburn, MS State.

I will be rooting for the Dogs tonight – but KY is incredible.

Gator Bob

March 3rd, 2010
5:51 pm

Go Dawgs! A win for UGA will help out Vandy, TN and KY.

LOWNDES COUNTY

March 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

SAVE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND SIC EM DAWGS!!!

ONELOVE

Joseph

March 3rd, 2010
6:03 pm

Dawgs avenge loss in football!

Stinger

March 3rd, 2010
6:46 pm

Two words. Who Cares?

MontyP

March 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

Georgia coulda/shoulda beat UK in Lexington. I think they will pull off the upset tonight. UK’s strength of schedule is 37 and UGA’s is 13. Georgia is a hardened team that has been tested and very resilient. UK has as many 2 point wins and UGA has 2 point losses. Georgia is oh so close to having a 20-7 record. Make a statement Dawgs!

fan

March 3rd, 2010
7:21 pm

Hershel talker why dont you switch sides if you like CPJ so much. until then stop crying about CMR, he’s not going any where.

superDawg

March 3rd, 2010
7:26 pm

stinger how did you get out of jail?

Yellow Fuzz

March 3rd, 2010
7:29 pm

1. 45-42
2. 45-42
3. 45-42
4. 45-42
5. 45-42
6. 45-42
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8. 45-42
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10. 45-42
11. 45-42
12. 45-42

Glad it still stings you preseason number 1 AH’s

See you in November for the sequel

Iraq Dawg.... HOOAH!

March 3rd, 2010
7:40 pm

^^^^ give it up dude.

GoDOGS1

March 3rd, 2010
8:26 pm

Stinger- Three words: Obviously, you do.

CATSRSECKINGS

March 3rd, 2010
10:34 pm

UK whips the poochies..44th SEC Title..Sweeps the Dawgs in Football and Basketball..UK is the King..and always has been..

Jason

March 4th, 2010
1:35 am

12 things?? A little overkill, don’t you think?

Lance

March 4th, 2010
1:40 am

Yellowfuzz, the “sequel” has already been played. Do the numbers 30-24 ring a bell? How about 8 of the last 9?

Herschel Talker

March 4th, 2010
9:02 am

fan at 7:21pm –

Just what we need in our fanbase – more idiot blind homers such as yourself. Call it like it is, chump. How about you actually give counterpoints to what I said, you imbecile, rather than spewing your nonsense?

Hoops Junkie

March 4th, 2010
9:09 am

No DTC, you show your lack of knowledge. I said if Auburn can blow your doors…..which they did. And Kentucky did too.

NewnanDog, I’m not sure which Nevada fans you are speaking of but they are ill-informed. The knock on Fox was he did good with Trent Johnson’s recruits (Fazekas, etc) but when it came time to play with whom he recruited, that is when they started failing to make progress and The Dance. Look it up. Straight truth.

NewnanDawg

March 4th, 2010
9:42 am

Hoops Junkie – yes, Auburn beat us pretty bad.That happens sometimes to a team in a rebuilding situation. They don’t have the maturity to maintain winning intensity every game. However, we came within a whisker of sweeping Vandy, a much better team, and did beat them and several other ranked teams this year. Prior to Fox, several of our close losses would have been blowouts and we would have lost several of the games we won.

Also, whenever a coach leaves, there will be people who throw stones on his way out. There are some stories out there that Fox was not a good recruiter, but plenty that say otherwise. You are obviously not a Dawg fan; you try to pick a couple of negatives out that you can find and pound on them to paint a distorted picture. UGA might not ever be a nationally dominant bball program, but we are headed in the right direction to make the tourney on a regular basis and to be a threat in the SEC every year.

Go Dawgs!