Georgia men’s basketball will play Tennessee on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Athens. Find below the game time, TV channel and how to watch online.
ATHENS ― Georgia basketball (14-11, 5-8 SEC) is fighting like mad just to get to .500 in SEC play and keep its flickering postseason hopes alive. Tennessee (19-6, 9-4) is striving to stay on top and forge a Top 4 finish in the league to set itself up for a postseason run. Both teams have only five regular-season games left in which to do it – two of them against each other.
Something’s got to give.
The first matchup is Saturday at UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum. And while that hasn’t exactly been a house of horrors for visiting opponents ― the Dogs are 9-3 at home ― the Volunteers are vulnerable away from Thompson-Boling Arena. They’re 6-3 in road games and lost to Alabama by 28 points the last time they ventured out of Knoxville. So, they can be had.
Without a doubt, though, Georgia and coach Mark Fox need this one worse. An NCAA favorite when the season started, the Bulldogs haven’t played like an NCAA Tournament team since mid-January, dropping six of seven games. But that was before pulling off an overtime stunner over Florida on Wednesday night. The 72-69 victory was Georgia’s first in Gainesville since 2002. It was made possible only after the Bulldogs wiped out a 7-point deficit in the final 90 seconds and got a pair of 3-pointers from star forward Yante Maten in the last 15 seconds of regulation to force overtime.
“Yante’s a winner,” Fox said after the game, in which Maten finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. “Most people just see him play. They don’t know him as a young man. He’s a terrific person and he’s a great Georgia Bulldog and that was obviously a great shot at the end.”
The Bulldogs’ victory moved them from up to 69 from 83 in RPI. Tennessee, meanwhile, is a solid 13.
SEC Network broadcasters no doubt will focus on the front-court matchup of Maten – the SEC’s leading scorer and rebounder at 19.5 and 8.7 per game – against Tennessee forward Grant Williams, the Volunteers’ leading scorer and rebounder at 16.2 and 6.0.
“I’m not sure there are two better power forwards anywhere right now,” Fox said.
But for the Bulldogs, it’s all about what they get out of anybody else. Five Georgia players scored in double figures against the Gators, which was an anomaly. The Bulldogs have had little in the way of consistent offense outside of Maten, who remains their only player among the top 48 scorers in the SEC. Meanwhile, Georgia hasn’t gotten nearly enough help beyond the arc. The Vols have four of the SEC’s top 20 3-point shooters and have recorded 53 more 3-point baskets than the Bulldogs’ 149.
Georgia brought sophomore Tyree Crump off the bench to relieve an injured Turtle Jackson and played him 26 minutes against the Gators. He responded with three 3s and scored 13 points to provide some perimeter scoring pop and added five assists. The Bulldogs will need similar production versus the Volunteers Saturday.
Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Game info, details
- Time: Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET
- Date: February 17, 2018
- Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens.
- Records: Georgia 14-11 overall, 5-8 SEC; Tennessee 19-6 overall, 9-4 SEC.
How can I watch the game?
The game can be watched on SEC Network.
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: Sophomore Tyree Crump
- Guard: Senior Juwan Parker
- Forward: Freshman Nicolas Claxton
- Forward: Senior Yante Maten
- Forward: Freshman Rayshaun Hammonds
What’s next for Georgia?
Georgia plays South Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C.