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.
- 2010-11 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball Schedule – Sicemdawgs.com
- Georgia-Kentucky Box Score – ESPN.com
- Bulldogs Upset No. 10 Kentucky 77-70 – GeorgiaDogs.com
- Dawgs Knock off No. 10 Kentucky ($) – UGASports.com