ST. LOUIS — If Georgia is going to extend this season, and extend the UGA careers of Yante Maten and possibly Mark Fox, then it’s only appropriate that it has to go through Kentucky.
Through the years, Kentucky has been the team that most epitomizes Georgia’s inability to get the breakthrough win during Fox’s coaching tenure.
Kentucky has eliminated Georgia in the SEC Tournament in three of the previous four years and will try to make it four in the past five years. Georgia last beat Kentucky five seasons ago, during the regular season, and since then is 0-10 against Kentucky.
But there have been some close calls.
During last year’s regular season. Georgia nearly won in Rupp Arena, felled by a last-second Kentucky shot to force overtime, and then later Georgia played the Wildcats close in Stegeman Coliseum before falling by five. When the team’s met in the SEC quarterfinals, Kentucky won more comfortably.
Two years ago during the SEC semifinals, an undermanned Georgia threw everything it had at Kentucky, with Fox subbing so liberally that at halftime Kentucky coach John Calipari said “the other guy is coaching his butt off.” Georgia led late in the second half, but an injury to J.J. Frazier ultimately helped the Wildcats pull it out.
Three years ago, with Bill Belichick, Charles Barkley and Ashley Judd in the crowd at Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia had a 9-point lead in the second half on Kentucky, threatening to end what to that point was an unbeaten season for the Wildcats. But Georgia couldn’t hold on.
Can Georgia finally break through? Or will the stay in St. Louis end after two games?
Georgia-Kentucky basketball: Game info, details
- Time: Tip-off is at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET, or 30 minutes after the completion of the Auburn-Alabama game, which tips at 1 p.m.
- Date: March 9, 2018
- Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis.
- Records: Georgia is 18-14 overall, Kentucky is 21-10.
How can I watch the game?
The game can be watched on ESPN.
How can I live stream the game?
The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.)
Projected Bulldogs starting lineup
- Guard: Junior Turtle Jackson
- Guard: Senior Juwan Parker
- Forward: Freshman Rayshaun Hammonds.
- Forward: Senior Yante Maten
- Forward: Junior Derek Ogbeide
What’s next for Georgia?
If it wins, Georgia would play the winner of the Auburn-Alabama game in the SEC semifinals on Saturday afternoon. If Georgia loses, it would be a candidate for the NIT, though not a shoo-in.