United Kingdom advances past Georgia in SEC Tournament

United Kingdom advances past Georgia in SEC Tournament

He returned for Thursday's tournament game against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs played Kentucky close on New Year's Eve in Lexington in a five-point loss. First, No. 12 seed Georgia took down a threatening Missouri squad complete with preseason Player of the Year candidate Michael Porter Jr. on Thursday.

But Kentucky still has to win three games in three afternoons to claim the school's 31 SEC Tournament championship. Then, Alabama knocked top seed Auburn out of the tournament with a furious second half in Friday afternoon's opening quarterfinal.

The Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Kentucky Wildcats in one of the SEC Tournament games on Friday, start time at 3:00 PM ET, at Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO. Their last game almost a week ago, an 80-67 loss to Florida, highlighted the defensive and offensive consistency woes that have plagued the team for much of their 21-10 campaign.

The Bulldogs received 21 points and ten rebounds from Yante Maten on 6-15 and 7-10 at the stripe. And just like that, Georgia's upset hopes vanished, excellent Bulldog defense aside. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 21 points in the first game, in which the Wildcats topped the Bulldogs 66-61 but were unable to cover as 9.5-point favorites. Sexton had 58 points in his first two SEC Tournament games - putting him ahead of Allan Houston's record pace of 98 points.

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Riley LaChance scored 17 points to lead the 13th-seeded Commodores, who made 9 of 32 shots (28.1 percent) in the first half.

Kentucky has the huge offensive advantage and especially so if they control the pace.

Kentucky: The Wildcats played without forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who was injured during practice earlier this week. Kentucky vs Georgia tv channel schedule is on ESPN. Kentucky had been looking good with four straight wins before ending the regular season with a loss at Florida.

Coach Will Wade told the media that the injury was "one of those freak things" that occurred when he was diving for a loose ball. From there, Kentucky jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back. If there's any magic in March, it'll consist in answering opponents' best shots, and then answering with their ever-ready reservoir of young talent. Georgia faces fourth-seeded Kentucky in Friday's quarterfinal - and it was United Kingdom coach John Calipari who hyped Georgia as the high-seed threat that could make a run in St. Louis. Next up, the Crimson Tide.