Kentucky basketball: Keys to victory game preview vs Georgia

The Cats are looking to continue winning.

Kentucky   s Antonio Reeves brings the ball up court against Mississippi State   s D.J. Jeffries
Kentucky s Antonio Reeves brings the ball up court against Mississippi State s D.J. Jeffries / Scott Utterback/Courier Journal / USA

Kentucky has another game at home, and they are hoping to start another winning streak. Meanwhile, Georgia is looking to continue their winning streak as they knocked off South Carolina in Columbia on Tuesday night. Georgia has played only three true road games this season, so this will be a test for the Bulldogs. Kentucky and Georgia are both 3-1 in conference play, so this will be another tough game for the Wildcats.

Georgia Snapshot

Georgia is led by senior guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim is the leader of this Georgia team. He leads the Bulldogs in points per game with 12.8 points. The next player to keep an eye on is Niagara transfer guard Noah Thomasson. Thomasson has averaged 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists throughout his first 17 games as a Bulldog.

Georgia does not led the conference in any stats, but they are still good. They shot 35.2% from the three-point line, with Abdur-Rahim leading the way as a 41.5% three-point shooter. Blue Cain, Noah Thomasson, and Justin Hill also shot above 35% from the three-point line, so Kentucky fans should be prepared for another team coming to Rupp making threes, because this is one of the teams that can actually make the three-pointer in the conference.

Offensive firepower

As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, Georgia loves to shoot and make the three-point shot. Kentucky is in the same exact boat. Kentucky is number two in the conference with three points, while Georgia is number four in the conference. There is a high chance we could see close to 50 three-pointers in this game. When you combine three pointers attempted for Kentucky and Georgia, it is 49.3 three pointers attempted. That is insane to think about.

With all of that being said, Georgia only scores 75.5 points per game, which is ninth in the conference. Kentucky scores 90.8 points per game, which is first in the conference. The crowd will be a big factor in this game. Rupp is supposed to be one of the best arenas in the country, and tomorrow is a great time to prove that.

Kentucky's defense

Since the Texas A&M game, the Kentucky defense has been a massive talking point on social media and in the Kentucky locker room. The Cats showed massive improvement in the midweek game against Mississippi State. Kentucky slowed Mississippi State star guard Josh Hubbard, who has been a bright spot for the Bulldogs the whole season. He only scored three points on 1-11 shooting from the field. They will have to play good on defense tomorrow because could be a close game.