The Georgia Bulldogs basketball team begins a tough 3-game stretch tonight at Western Kentucky. The game will be televised by ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. ET. Georgia is 5-1 on the season, winners of four straight after an embarrassing loss to Loyola-Illinois in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
On Sunday, Western Kentucky upset the 3rd ranked Louisville Tigers 68-54 on a neutral court in Nashville. The Hilltoppers are now 3-2 with wins over Louisville, Southern Illinois and Campbellsville. WKU’s two losses came at Houston and at Murray State.
Tonight’s matchup between Georgia and Western Kentucky is the final game of a four game series that was signed when Dennis Felton was hired. The series was part of Felton’s contract at WKU, meaning any team that hired him away had to play the Hilltoppers in a 4-game home-and-home series.
In the first game of the series in 2004, Western Kentucky beat Georgia in Athens 71-61. The Bulldogs traveled to Bowling Green in 2005 and beat the Hilltoppers 69-65. Then in 2006, WKU beat the Dawgs in Athens 70-67. Due to a scheduling dispute, the schools did not play in 2007.
The Bulldogs and Hilltoppers first played during the 1982-83 season, and have met a total of seven times. Georgia currently holds a 5-2 record in the series. Dennis Felton is 1-2 against his old school.
After tonight’s game, Georgia travels to play the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-0) on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Chicago (12;00 p.m.; ESPNU). The Dawgs return home to face the Virginia Tech Hokies (4-3) on Tues., Dec. 9 (7:00 p.m.; FSN South).
Hopefully, the Dawgs can go 2-1 through this stretch. The more likely scenario is a 1-2 record, with the sole win over the Hokies in Athens. After all, Dennis Felton’s Bulldogs are abysmal on the road.