The No.14 Kentucky Wildcats are improving every game as they get deeper into conference play. Saturday they hope to continue to show growth as they play the Georgia Bulldogs at home. Game starts at 1:30pm EST on ESPN3.
The Cats have beat the Dogs 115 games in the 141 games they have played all-time and Saturday’s matchup should add another one for Kentucky in the history books. Unlike other teams Kentucky has played Georgia does have some size, but that has not translated into rebounds. They are coming off a huge win over South Carolina at home, 97-76, but have struggled on the road this year winning just 1 of their 4 road games.
John Calipari and some of the fans have been worried about Willie Cauley-Stein, that is why freshman big man Dakari Johnson has seen more minutes the past couple games. Calipari took to Twitter to ease fans with this tweet:
A little birdy told me that Willie was in the gym late last night. In practice today, he was unbeleievable. He was the old Willie today.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 23, 2014
This could be a great game for Kentucky’s big men. Georgia does not have the length and depth at the center position like the Wildcats do.
Matchup to watch:Julius Randle vs. Donte’ Williams
Randle is about 20 lbs. heavier than Williams, but this should be the best matchup on the court. Can Williams’ experience help against the talented freshman? We shall see.
Randle averages 16.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Williams doesn’t score much, just 5.9 per game, but he has picked it up on the boards of late.
Like most Kentucky games, this one will start out close and will probably head into the half with a lead over the Bulldogs, but not a huge one. This will be a game underneath, Kentucky will win the boards 43-27. Georgia also struggles from the free stripe, so Kentucky will be able to pull away in the second-half.
James Young will be the star of the first half with 13 points heading into the locker room, including three threes. He will end the game with 18.
Julius Randle will have another double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Kentucky wins 88-67.