The Southeastern Conference Tourney showdown between the Georgia Bulldogs (16-16, 6-13 SEC) and the Florida Gators (19-12, 11-7 SEC) will take place at Bridgestone Arena. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
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In the Bulldogs’ last contest, they had no trouble getting past the Ole Miss Rebels, 81-63. Rayshaun Hammonds was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Georgia played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.609 (above their season average of 0.505) and a free throw rate of 0.255 (above their season average of 0.234). For those same stats, Ole Miss put up marks of 0.441 and 0.186, respectively.
The Gators are trying to rebound after their 71-70 loss to the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats in their last game. Scottie Lewis was the game’s high scorer with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Kentucky had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 (above their season average of 30.4). Florida, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (13-17; 76.5 percent).
Florida could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense faces off against one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Gators currently rank 48th in offensive efficiency, while Georgia ranks 280th in defensive efficiency. It will also be a tale of two styles as the fast-breaking Bulldogs rank 40th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Gators rank 319th.
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Florida ranks 32nd in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while Georgia ranks 199th (35.9).
The Gators rank 24th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Bulldogs rank 121st (3.3).
Florida ranks 46th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Georgia ranks 135th (6.5).
The Gators’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 5.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 77.6 points per game (1.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 81.6 points per game (6.0 above their season average).