By RICHARD CHEEKS
The postseason has arrived, and the Cats will open their defense of the SEC Tournament Championship as the #1 seed on this afternoon.
By virtue of their 2 point win over Tennessee today in the Tournament’s second round, the Cats’ opponent will be Georgia. This same Georgia team all but had the Cats beat at Rupp Arena earlier this season. However, the Cats survived because Malik Monk drained a corner jump shot at the end of regulation, to extend the Cats into an overtime. In a more recent rematch in Athens, the Cats escaped with a thin victory despite trailing for much of the game.
Now these teams square off for a third time, in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament.
GEORGIA enters this game with a 19-13; 9-9 SEC regular season record and a winner over Tennessee in today’s second round 8-9 matchup. Georgia has won six of its last eight games, losing only to the Cats by 5 and at #39 Arkansas by 18.
GEORGIA enters this game with an ANE of 0.129 points per possession against strength of schedule of 0.1072 ppp (#19). The Cats enter this game with an ANE of 0.289 ppp against strength of schedule of 0.0955 ppp (#28).
The ANE analysis indicates a Kentucky win by 13 points, 79-66, at apace of 72 possessions. This would produce game efficiencies of 1.092 ppp and 0.912 ppp. Pomeroy sees this game in Kentucky’s favor by 10 points 80-70 at a pace of 71 possessions. Vegas opened favoring the Cats by 10 points.
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