UGA (20-9) comes to town to play us (19-10) in a game that could decide the #5 SEC team in the NCAA tournament.
First off, Trey Thompkins (who torched us last year in Athens) may not play according to this. Normally I like to see a team at full strength, but we're fighting for our at-large bid lives so if he doesn't go I'll go ahead and say "YEAH BA-BEE!" Let me stress how much this hurts UGA's inside game and their defense. Chris Barnes is the likely replacement, but I suspect we'll see an assortment of Barnes, Donte' Williams, and Connor Nolte filling the gap.
If that's the case then Travis Leslie (14.2) and Gerald Robinson (12.6) will have to pick up the slack. Dustin Ware is probably their best 3 point shooter while Jeremy Price will have to help out on the boards and get some garbage points.
Keys to the game:
- Pound it to Green and Hines (especially with no Thompkins)
- Get Mitchell involved early. He seems to pout and lose focus.
- Control the boards. UGA is +5 per game on the season.
- Movement on offense. Against UF there was bad spacing and a lot of spectating.
Prediction: both teams need this badly, but we need it more than they do as all of UGA's losses have been to teams in the RPI top 50. I think we roll them without Thompkins as they'll struggle to score. We'll struggle too, but we'll get enough in the basket to win by 9.
Game time is 1:30PM EST (12:30PM CST) on the SEC Network. If you're in metro ATL it's on the radio at 750AM or 95.5 FM (UGA side). It's also on espn3.com.