UGA Basketball

Georgia Upsets No. 10 Kentucky 77-70

The Georgia Bulldogs upset the 10th ranked Kentucky Wildcats 77-70 Saturday afternoon in Athens. Georgia has now won nine games in a row, their longest streak since the 1982-83 season.

Kentucky (12-3, 0-1 SEC) came into the game ranked 10th in the AP and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia’s last win against Kentucky was in Lexington in 2009 (90-85). Their last win over the Cats in Athens was a78-69 overtime victory back in 2007.

The win improved Georgia’s overall record to 12-2 and 1-0 in the SEC.

Trey Thompkins led the Dawgs with 25 points and 7 rebounds. And he was 11-of-12 from the free-throw line and hit some key baskets down the stretch. Also scoring in double-figures were Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17), Travis Leslie (15) and Dustin Ware (10).

Georgia was 22-of-49 from the floor (44.9%) and only attempted 9 three-pointers (3 were good). Instead of raining three’s, the Bulldogs attacked the basket to score and draw fouls.

That strategy worked. Georgia shot 34 free-throws and, amazingly, made 30 of them. That’s an 88.2% average, easily their highest of the season.

I would consider this the second “signature win” for the Georgia program under Mark Fox. Last year, the Dawgs upset no. 8 Tennessee at home.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a huge SEC road game at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, January 12. The game will be televised by the SEC Network at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Road games at Vanderbilt always give the Bulldogs fits, as they do most opposing teams. A road win would be nice and it would be Fox’s first in SEC play. Georgia went 0-8 on the road in conference play last year.

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