Kentucky had a chance on Saturday to pick up a good road win at Arkansas, but the physical play and the pressure wore on the young cats. That win would have most likely put Kentucky firmly into the tournament, but now with no room for error they will travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs who are better than their record shows.
Georgia just beat Tennessee who was looking like the hottest team in the SEC after beating Florida, and Kentucky a week earlier. Ryan Harrow will once again be the key for Kentucky if they want to get a road win in conference play on Thursday. When Harrow runs the team, and becomes a leader the team they look 10 times better. Georgia doesn’t play really high pressure defense like Arkansas, but he will still have to expect a full court press, because of Kentucky’s issues throughout the whole year with turnovers.
Julius Mays wasn’t a factor at all in the loss at Arkansas, but Kentucky will need Mays to knock down a couple of threes, and if a big shot is needed he is usually the guy who takes it. When John Calipari was asked why Mays always seems to take the big shot, Cal responded with ” He isn’t afraid to miss the big shot”, and I have a feeling a big shot will be needed in this game.
The Key on defense for Kentucky to get a much needed win will be shutting down or containing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He is by far the Bulldogs best player, and will most likely turn pro after the season. He is playing like an All-SEC player this season, and will give Kentucky problems if they don’t keep a hand in his face at all times. I expect Archie Goodwin, and Julius Mays to get the duty of guarding Caldwell-Pope.
Kentucky won’t go into a really hostile environment like they did on Saturday, and matter of fact there are still tickets available for the game. So if any Kentucky fans want to make the trip I am sure Coach Cal, and the players will appreciate that.