In a game that featured a ton of future NBA talent, the Kentucky Wildcats proved to be too much to handle for the Georgia Bulldogs. On Kentucky Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, and Nick Richards are all looking forward to having their names called in June while on the Georgia side, they are led by one of the top prospects in the country Anthony Edwards. It certainly made for a fun showdown.
The Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia was packed with 10,000+ screaming fans for Tuesday night’s huge conference game. This was Kentucky’s first road conference game of the year and they certainly came out jittery. They started 0-4 from three and Anthony Edwards led a great first half for Georgia finishing strong in the paint and his jumpshot was on, spraying a couple threes from deep. Georgia also looked very strong defensively as well in the first half, holding Kentucky to just 31 points and carried a 6 point lead going into the half.
The second half began and Kentucky started to climb their way back into the game. They were forcing turnovers defensively and forced up to 14 for the night, as well as found success attacking the rim offensively. Tyrese Maxey was in his bag offensively showcasing his talents of finishing in the paint whether he was using his deadly floater, or hitting one of his double-clutch reverse layups. His 17 points were crucial in the victory. Nick Richards was incredibly efficient once he got himself out of foul trouble going 8-11 from the field and finished the game with 17 points. He has proven to be an absolute force so far this season, and when he is at his best, so is this team. Quickley was also spreading the floor nicely hitting all 3 of his 3-point attempts and he finished the game with 15 points of his own.
Defensively, the Cats were forcing Georgia to settle for jumpshots and it paid dividends for them. Georgia went 5-23 from three this game and that simply will not cut it against a team like Kentucky. Kentucky kept Edwards out of the paint and he started to cool off in the second half. Edwards went 3-9 from three to go along with his 23 points, which led the team. Edwards is a special talent and if whoever drafts him and get him to consistently attack the basket, he will be a problem at the NBA level.
For Kentucky, their biggest takeaway form this game was their awful free throw shooting. They went 10-20 from the line and they understand that they will not win too many games leaving so many points at the line. They have improved in that area so far this season, and hopefully for them this game is a little speed bump. Kentucky hosts Alabama on Saturday afternoon so tune in and catch this exciting team in action!
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