SEC foes will battle when the Georgia Bulldogs (10-5, 0-2 SEC) clash against the Tennessee Volunteers (10-5, 2-1 SEC) at Stegeman Coliseum. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Bulldogs Free Preview
The Volunteers barely escaped the South Carolina Gamecocks in their last contest, 56-55. John Fulkerson was Tennessee’s leading scorer with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Getting to the free throw line was one of Tennessee’s biggest strengths. They had 28 free throw attempts, six more than South Carolina.
In the Bulldogs’ last matchup, they were beaten by the No. 5 Auburn Tigers, 82-60. With 12 points and nine rebounds, Rayshaun Hammonds had a solid game for Georgia. Auburn had an effective field goal percentage of 0.605 (above their season average of 0.528). Georgia, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.340 (above their season average of 0.206).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Volunteers won the lone contest last season, 96-50. The Volunteers played a perfect game. They had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.578 and a turnover percentage of 10.7. The Bulldogs were 0.330 and 17.7, respectively, for those same stats.
It will be a showdown of opposite paces as the up-and-down Bulldogs will look to push the slower-paced Volunteers. The Bulldogs currently rank 19th in possessions per game while the Volunteers are 309th.
Tennessee at Georgia Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Georgia, ATS Winner – Georgia, O/U – Over
The Bulldogs rank 46th in steals per game (8.1) while the Volunteers rank 155th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
Tennessee averages 5.9 blocks per game, which ranks 12th in the NCAA. Georgia ranks 107th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
Tennessee ranks 19th in three pointers allowed per game (17.7) while Georgia ranks 190th (23.2).
The Volunteers rank 29th in assists allowed per game (10.2) while the Bulldogs rank 150th (13.2).
Tennessee averages 37.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 100th in the country. Georgia ranks 211th in rebounds allowed per game (37.4).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, down from 4.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Volunteers have scored an average of 62.4 points per game (3.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.6 points per game (3.3 above their season average).