Georgia gave #14 Kentucky just about all it wanted in front of an electric and star-studded crowd in Stegeman Coliseum tonight. Alas, the ‘Dawgs fell short of their second big upset in a row, falling 78-69 to the Wildcats.
The Bulldogs played some excellent basketball in the first half, with a cast of players contributing while Kentucky concentrated on shutting down Anthony Edwards. Edwards managed to get his anyway, finishing with 23 points on the night, and the Red and Black staked themselves to a 37-31 lead at the half.
But the Athenians lost momentum down the stretch, falling behind at the 8:00 minute mark then going three minutes without scoring late in the second and watching Kentucky build a lead they would never surrender. There were some positives from this one, including some solid defensive work against UK star freshman Tyrese Maxey. Georgia rebounded the ball well at times and avoided the wholesale turnovers that often dog the ‘Dawgs against the Lexingtonians.
Ultimately this one feels like a statement that could have been made but ultimately wasn’t. Georgia just ran out of gas against Kentucky, though they made it a bit further down the road than usual before it happened.
The Red and Black will get another chance to prove itself Saturday night when the Bulldogs travel to #5 Auburn. I hate Auburn. Until later...