The Kentucky Wildcats have not had a “trap game” all season and Georgia will be no different. We can’t look ahead to Florida Saturday or behind to, well, the losses because we MUST focus squarely on the Georgia Bulldogs.
For those who don’t understand the concept of a “trap game,” it is as follows:
Trap Game: A game that is played before or after a tough rival opponent.
Now that we’re all on the same page, since Calipari’s arrival on campus, UK has had to be mindful of such games before we play Louisville or Tennessee or Florida because teams tend to “let their guard down” or “underestimate the opponent” and end up either losing the game or making the win much tougher than it should have been.
In any of the prior three seasons Cal has been our Head Coach, this game against Georgia would be a “trap game” if there ever was one.
Not this year.
Kentucky doesn’t have any “trap games” because we can’t overlook anyone. Our struggle with effort and consistency is so great that we have to treat every game as legit because this team isn’t like some we’ve had in the past. We have smashed only two legit D1 teams this season (South Carolina-22 and Mississippi State-30) and have been manhandled by Florida (17), Tennessee (30), and Arkansas (13).
So now we have Georgia coming up. They sit at 14-15 on the season, (8-8) in the SEC where they are 8th. By all accounts this SHOULD be a trap game but rest assured that it is not. Sure they’ve lost to the likes of Youngstown St. and Iona, hung tough with UCLA only to lose by 4 and they were whitewashed at Florida by 33 and 17 at Home, but they have managed to do something UK could not and that is sweep Tennessee. More to the point, they beat Tennessee on the road.
We went to Thompson-Boling and where the Volunteers handed our asses to us with a 30 point ribbon. Georgia left Thompson-Boling with a 6 point victory.
Kentavius Caldwell-Pope is their leading scorer at 18 ppg and rebounder at 6.9 per game. Kentucky does not have a player with those numbers, though Poythress is averaging 6.1 rpg.
And to make this a little more interesting and infinitely tougher, this game is at Stegeman Coliseum.
Make no mistake this is NOT a trap game and a loss here would likely remove an At-Large bid for the Wildcats on Selection Sunday.
Listen, Georgia isn’t a legit threat most of the time, and to be fair neither is Kentucky, but this is NOT a “trap game.”
It is a(nother) MUST WIN!
On, On, U of K