Kentucky defense overwhelms Georgia

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON — It’s hard to imagine any college team could miss 21 straight shots from the field and go almost 18 minutes without a field goal.

Yet Georgia did exactly that here Tuesday night while falling 82-48 to Kentucky.

Georgia finished the game 11 of 50 — 22 percent — from the field. The 11 field goals were the fewest in the country this season by a Power 5 team.

“It was us and them both. Now we are back playing defense,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “We are really working on our team defense.

“The ability to fight through a possession, to scramble, to not only play your man but play one more. If you make it an emphasis, they will do it. I thought we did some good things when they tried to throw it in the post today.”

Jamal Murray (24 points), Tyler Ulis (14) and Derek Willis (11) combined to outscore Georgia 49-48. That trio was a combined 18 of 33 from the field.

Skal Labissiere was only 3-for-9 from the field — a better percentage than any Georgia player had — but did pull off seven rebounds. That included one where he outfought a Georgia player who fouled him to keep control the ball, something he has not done in recent games.

“Our defense was very, very disappointing,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “You have to give them credit for making open shots. You are wide open and really good players like they are will make them. I think they are playing their best basketball and obviously today they were better than us.”

3 comments

  1. It’s nice to see Willis getting some points and recognition…I knew he had it in him, he had to play behind so many….there was not time for him last year, his confidence was down behind all of those players. Hey, he’s ok now….love watching him hustle, roll on the floor, grab rebounds with two hands and make a menace of himself! I was a little disappointed that Wynyard did not play, I thought there was more than a big enough lead to put him in. Cal eluded to the fact he might play tonight. Oh well, I’m not the coach.

  2. Great game! Love seeing the defense and the hustle. Nice to see open shots falling. Actually I’m glad Wynyard didn’t play. I really don’t see wasting a redshirt year this late in the season, unless we have an injury to the front court. He needs to learn mature and adjust to American basketball. GO CATS!

    1. They have an injury in the front court, Poythrus. Why save Wynyard with another big recruiting class shaping up? Let the guy play to see what he can do when you have a team down by 30. It’s silly.

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