Georgia basketball opens up its SEC slate on the road against No. 3 Tennessee on Saturday. Below you can find information on the game time, tv channel and online information for the game.
Georgia enters the game with an 8-4 record, and is coming off a win over UMass. Tennessee has lost only once this season, and that came on a neutral court against Kansas.
Georgia Basketball-Tennessee: Game time
The Georgia basketball game against Tennessee tips starts at 3:30 p.m. ET. This the Bulldogs’ first SEC game of the season.
Georgia Basketball-Tennessee: TV Channel
The Georgia basketball game can be seen on SEC Network.
Georgia Basketball-Tennessee: How to watch online
You can watch the Georgia Basketball game using the WatchESPN app.
Georgia Basketball-Tennessee: How can I listen on the Radio?
The Georgia Basketball-Tennessee game can be heard on the radio on WSB 750 AM. Scott Howard and Chuck Dowdle will be calling the game on radio.
Georgia Basketball projected starters
*Per Georgia Sports Information
G: William “Turtle” Jackson, senior
G: Teshaun Hightower, sophomore
F: Rayshaun Hammonds, sophomore
F: Nicolas Claxton, sophomore
C: Derek Ogbeide, senior
What Tom Crean had to say before Georgia basketball-Tennessee game
On playing Tennessee for the SEC Opener…
“We have to play them at some point, so it’s fine. They are playing really well and they are an outstanding team. They are very good at every facet of the game and are extremely well coached, so it will be a tough challenge.”
On readiness of the matchup…
“I have no idea. We can’t mirror in practice what we are going to see in them. They have a physicality and a toughness that we will have to deal with. Obviously, we are playing there and it is a tough environment I’m certain. They play with a tremendous amount of toughness and physicality and grit, and we are going to have to match that or we won’t have a chance.”
On Tennessee having an edge because of a more veteran team…
“I don’t know. It is what it is. They are a really good team. I don’t know, because I haven’t played them yet, we haven’t coached against them. We just have to go in there and be ready to compete.”
On tough slate to open SEC play…
“I’m not looking at it like that, I’m just ready for this one.”
On Grant Williams similarity to Nicolas Claxton as far as versatility…
“You can’t guard him with one guy. We are going to have to guard him as a team. Most importantly, their whole team is good. They don’t have many weak points so it isn’t about individual matchups. It is about our team defense against their offense.”
On previous home crowds importance going forward…
“It’s extremely important. It makes all the difference in the world for us. We are getting better, we are improving, and we love it. That is how you build a program and have stability. When you have those crowds, everyone can feel it and everyone can be a part of it and the energy of it and the ownership of it. The recruits see it and it is great for the team on the floor.”
On football being over if more attention goes to basketball…
“I think Georgia fans focus on what is playing. I don’t feel any different. We didn’t have any games when football was playing, so it isn’t much of a difference there. Does that mean more fans will pay attention? I don’t know. I think the fans have been great. I think Georgia fans across the board are great.”
On relishing games against top teams…
“We just want to win the game. We just have to compete. They [Tennessee] don’t take possessions off. They compete at a very high level. They have been at it for awhile and they have been building their program for awhile and they have a lot of traction in it right now. We are just getting started, but we have to go in there and matchup in the sense of competition, intensity, and being on the glass. We can’t go in there and give them live ball turnovers, because that will be a disaster for us.”
On Nicolas Claxton improving…
“He is getting better, but he has to get better and he has to continue to get better. He is improving, but that is the whole trick, you keep getting better throughout the season. We don’t have anybody on this team that can sit back and take a deep breath and can think that they’ve reached any type of success rate. We are not even close to that. It is all about the improvement and creating challenges. The biggest difference for him [Claxton] is now the mindset of most coaches in the league are aware of him and the players are aware of each other, so now he and the whole team is going to have to deal with a new level of preparation, because there aren’t some of the guys that are in there that were there in the past. Like Yante Maten, J.J. Fraizer, those type of people. They aren’t there. It increases what they will have to deal with and the attention they will get.”
On Nicolas Claxton…
“We aren’t going to pack on a ton of weight [on him] in the next couple weeks. We just have to play harder and longer. That is the biggest problem I’ve had with this team behind closed doors. We just have to learn to play harder longer. Working hard we do, that isn’t the issue. It is like talent versus skill. A lot of people have talent, but do you have skill. Skill comes out when you are under pressure, well it is the same thing when playing hard. We work hard everyday, we sweat, we get after it, but the bottom line is you have to play harder longer and you have to be in a tremendous mindset of competition in the way that you can be. That remains to be seen for us. We are improving there, but now we are into this gauntlet [SEC season] and we have to see how we are going to continue to build through that.”
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