March 4, 2009

Preview: Georgia at UK

WHEN: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m.

WHERE: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

RECORDS: Georgia - 11-18, 2-12, Kentucky - 19-10, 8-6

COACHES: Georgia - Pete Herrmann (2-7 as interim coach). Kentucky - Billy Gillispie (37-23 in 2nd season at Kentucky)

NEXT GAME: Saturday, vs. South Carolina, 2 p.m..

ON THE AIR: WSB 750-AM

TV: Raycom

Last time out

Most recently, the Bulldogs dropped an 89-67 decision at Arkansas on Sunday after¬noon. After leading midway through the first half, Georgia allowed Razorback runs of 7-0 and 9-0, and it never seriously threatened the 47-30 halftime deficit. Freshman Trey Thompkins overcame early foul trouble to score a game-high 20 points, his fifth 20-point effort of the season and second of the SEC schedule. The loss at Arkansas assured Georgia of going winless against the Western Division for the first time since theleague expanded in 1992.

On deck

Wednesday's game is the 134th all-time meeting between these two schools in bas¬ketball. Kentucky leads the series, as it does against all of its longtime SEC brethren, by a lopsided count: 110-23. The Wildcats took the first meeting between these two teams 68-45 on Jan. 18 in Athens. Kentucky took two of three games last season, the final meeting a 60-56 Georgia victory in overtime in the SEC Tourna¬ment second round at Atlanta. Just two elements of suspense remain for Georgia as the regular season hits the home¬stretch: 1) how Georgia can affect the Eastern Division race with its final two games (@Ky., home vs. SC) and 2) which team it will face from the Western Division in the 3:15 p.m. game on Thursday, March 12 at the SEC Tournament.

This and that

Still rounding into shape after a high ankle sprain in October, freshman Trey Thompkins has nonetheless managed to emerge as the Bulldogs' leading offensive threat and their top rebounder. Were he to maintain his team-high pace, Thompkins would be the first UGA fresh¬man to lead the Bulldogs in those two catego¬ries since Jumaine Jones in 1998. Thompkins also leads the Bulldogs in blocked shots (28). ... Georgia ranks 11th in the SEC (and 309th nationally) in free-throw percent¬age at 61 percent, but it's not because of Terrance Woodbury or Trey Thompkins, who have made 79 percent of their com¬bined 147 attempts from the line. The 10 other Bulldogs who have tried free throws this season have a combined accuracy rate of 56.5 percent (191x338). … The Kentucky game represents Georgia's last opportunity to avoid a winless season on the road for the first time since 2005. Georgia won just twice on the road last year, once in the SEC season (@Auburn)...

Probable Starting Lineups

Georgia

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG

F - 30 Terrance Woodbury 6-7 221 Sr. Virginia Beach, Va. 13.6 4.6

F - 33 Trey Thompkins 6-9 247 Fr. Lithonia, Ga. 12.5 7.2

C - 34 Albert Jackson 6-10 265 Jr. Earlington, Ky. 4.5 3.8

G - 23 Corey Butler 6-3 195 Sr. Decatur, Ga. 6.4 3.9

G - 3 Dustin Ware 5-11 182 Fr. Powder Springs, Ga. 7.1 3.3*

Top Reserves

G - 5 Zac Swansey 6-1 175 So. Dunwoody, Ga. 4.7 3.0*

F/C - 4 Chris Barnes 6-8 240 So. College Park, Ga. 4.0 3.9

Kentucky

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG

F - 21 Perry Stevenson 6-9 207 Jr. Lafayette, La. 7.5 6.1

C - 54 Patrick Patterson 6-9 235 So. Huntington, W.Va. 18.6 9.1

G - 5 Ramon Harris 6-7 218 Jr. Anchorage, Alaska 4.8 3.5

G - 13 Michael Porter 6-3 198 Jr. Modesto, Calif. 3.7 2.7*

G - 23 Jodie Meeks 6-4 208 Jr. Norcross, Ga. 25.1 3.6

Top Reserves

G - 1 Darius Miller 6-7 223 Fr. Maysville, Ky. 4.9 3.2

G - 34 DeAndre Liggins 6-6 202 Fr. Chicago, Ill. 4.8 3.2*



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