Georgia basketball has struggled in SEC play when it took on the top teams in the SEC. That trend continued Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Arkansas scored with ease for most of the afternoon, and with J.J. Frazier battling second half foul trouble, the Bulldogs struggled to keep pace in an 85-67 loss.
The Bulldogs, who played again without the injured Yante Maten, finish SEC play 18-13 and 9-9 in SEC play while Arkansas moves to 23-8 and 12-6 in conference play. Against the top four teams in the conference this year — Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and Arkansas — the Bulldogs went 0-7.
The Bulldogs and Razorbacks played a back-and-forth game in the first half as Arkansas held a narrow 38-37 halftime lead. Frazier and Derek Ogbeide led the way for the Bulldogs as the two combined for 21 of those first-half points.
But the Razorbacks got off to a 10-2 run to start the second half. And when Frazier picked up his fourth foul with 15:07 left in the game, the Bulldogs faltered. Arkansas began to stretch the lead and Georgia never got back into the game.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Bulldogs. If Georgia is going to play in the NCAA Tournament, it will need a strong performance in next week’s SEC Tournament.
Player of the game: J.J. Frazier
Frazier finished with 24 points but he had zero assists in the game. Ogbeide was the only other Bulldog to finish in double figures, as he had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Stat of the game: Field-goal shooting
Arkansas shot the ball incredibly well, hitting 56 percent of its shots. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs made just 31 percent of theirs. It’s a make-or miss league, and Georgia missed a lot.
Turning point of the game: Frazier’s fourth foul
When Frazier picked up his fourth foul, the Bulldogs trailed 52-44. By the time he re-entered the game just before the 12-minute mark, Arkansas had stretched the lead to 14. The Bulldogs never got the deficit back down to single digits.
What’s next for Georgia basketball
The Bulldogs will head into the SEC Tournament and will play on Thursday as the No. 8 seed after South Carolina was upset by Ole Miss on Saturday night. Georgia will play No. 9 seed Tennessee (1 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
Kentucky has clinched the No. 1 seed and Florida is locked into the No. 2 seed. Georgia has reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in the past three seasons.
Georgia basketball box score