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ATHENS, Ga. - Kentucky's penultimate game of the regular season once again comes with potentially critical NCAA Tournament ramifications, as most bracket analysts have the Cats teetering on the edge of the bubble line.
The Cats remain difficult to figure out, having gone 3-2 without star freshman forward Nerlens Noel, and are in dire need of a road victory to prove their worth away from Rupp Arena. A victory over Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum would put the Cats in the driver's seat for the No. 2 seed in next week's SEC Tournament, which would come with a double bye until Friday's quarterfinals.
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Tonight's officials for Kentucky-Georgia: Jim Burr, Michael Stephens, Randy Ayers
Weren't many students lined up today - I mean, like 10 - when I got here about an hour ago so atmosphere may not be near as big an issue tonight.
And if you haven't seen Kentavious Caldwell-Pope play very much, he's really, really good. Scored in double figures every game this season. But keep an eye on freshman PG Charles Mann. He's got really good size and could have a mismatch against Ryan Harrow/Julius Mays.
The crowd is pretty sparse just 25 minutes before tip...
The crowd is so feverish the Georgia video boards were showing show of the Braves' spring training game for a minute.
Kentucky starters according to video boards: Goodwin, Harrow (who is from nearby), Cauley-Stein, Poythress, Mays
SEC coordinator of officials Gerald Boudreaux in the house tonight.
Ryan Harrow is from Marietta, 80 miles from Athens. Georgia actually thought they might land him when he was leaving N.C. State before Kentucky swooped in. Will be interesting to see how he plays tonight in front of family, friends.
Unless there are a lot of Georgia fans disguised as red seats then Kentucky is going to have a pretty large fan contingent tonight.
Hey, Georgia playing Word With Friends for big money in pregame video. Drops a symbiotic in the video.
Archie Goodwin throws up a wild shot on a drive and is still down. Was holding his neck.
Julius Mays just picked up a foul and immediately went crazy on Alex Poythress. Looked like he wasn't happy with a switch.
MEDIA TO (15:44) - UGA 5, UK 4; If you were looking for an inspired UK early, well, um, it hasn't been. 0-4 from FT line doesn't help.
Game being called tight so far. Good for us.
Julius Mays just came to bench rubbing his right thigh and appeared to mouth the trainer, 'I did something'. Keep an eye on that.
MEDIA TO (11:50) - UK 13, UGA 7; Cauley-Stein with a deft pick of UGA guard in backcourt and dunk; Will have 1 FT after timeout
Not a great start for Ryan Harrow, who has missed two drives to the basket that should be easy money.
I completely disagrees with bob knight.
Polson was wide open...he should have shot that 3.
I see Hop just beat me in here ... I just wanted to post something in order to keep Matt from setting the record for the longest thread in HOB history just talking to himself.
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Kentucky is 1-of-7 on FTs. One. Of. Seven.
That was not offensive goal tending.
MEDIA TO (7:49) - UK 16, UGA 15; Bulldogs erased early 6-point deficit with an 8-1 run; Cats 1 of last 7 from the field
Kentucky has now made only 1 of last 9 FG, 1 of 8 total free throws, including front end of 1-and-1
That play sums up Kentucky's season: Poythress doesn't really bother to block out on FT, UGA gets offensive board. No hustle, urgency
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