Gave it our all. They have Malik Monk and we don't.
We lost by 9, but it was an overtime game. UGA was right there. If we had some outside shooting in the first half against their zone, we would have blown them out. Like I said, they have Malik Monk and we don't. He can rise up over defenders and knock down shots. Monk scored 37 for the game and was 7 of 11 behind the arc.
Disappointed that we missed key free throws. Yante missed two straight that we vitally needed. Turtle missed one that would have put Georgia up three before their final possession.
All in all, no complaints here. I don't particularly care for putting KPG in without having other scorers on the floor, but even so, Geno had a nice drive and dish to Ogbeide. I suppose that it's not playing Tyree Crump earlier in the year that I have issue with. Hard to expect him to come in at Rupp and do much. Even still, Fox coached well enough to win.
J.J. didn't have his best game, struggling in the first half. Hard to take him out, though, because we just don't have many other scoring options. Frazier bounced back in the second and really toughed it out, especially after getting knocked in the head.
Really concerned that Turtle Jackson is not giving us much of a lift. Kind of dribbles it around 30 feet from the basket. Glad he can help break the press. But like I said, if he does break the press and gets fouled, then he has to be able to knock down the free throws.
Anyway, after J.J. Frazier graduates, UGA could be in trouble. Tyree Crump plays like a short two guard, and I fear that Teshaun Hightower will play like a tall one.
Yante played a great game. He had a few turnovers here and there, but he was doubled all night, so a few miscues are to be expected. Maten still outplayed the higher ranked Bam Adebayo and Wenyen Gabriel. Yante ended up with 22 points and 5 boards.
Great game for Derek Ogbeide. He's a load in the post. 18 points and 13 boards on 7 of 9 shooting is one of the best games by a UGA big man at Rupp that I can remember.
Jordan Harris, for one, was not scared. He was 3 of 5 from the field and 2 of 2 from long range. When he gets his confidence up and his turnovers down, he will score a lot of points for Georgia.
Give it to Kentucky, though. They find a way to win.
UGA is 13 and 9 overall and 4 and 5 in the SEC. In danger of sliding down into the lower reaches of the SEC if we don't steal at least one of these next two.