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No. 8 Kentucky overcomes slow start to beat Georgia in overtime

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Kentucky found itself down 12-0 and blew a late second-half lead but rallied behind guards Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe for a 90-81 overtime SEC home win over Georgia on Tuesday night.

The No. 8 Wildcats (18-4, 8-1) snapped their two-game losing streak as they played without freshman guard De’Aaron Fox, who sat out the game due to illness.  Kentucky clearly missed Fox’s presence on both ends of the floor. Using a new starting lineup featuring Isaac Humphries that slid Derek Willis to the three, Kentucky didn’t get going until Monk started hitting shots.

The freshman erupted for 37 points as he got hot from the perimeter and went 7-for-11 from three-point range. It was yet another performance for Monk to add in his Player of the Year discussion, especially since Fox was out o the lineup on Tuesday. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe also had an outstanding overall floor game for the Wildcats as he just missed a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

One concerning thing about this win for Kentucky is the lack of help from anyone besides Briscoe and Monk. Without Fox on the floor, the Wildcats needed another scorer to help those two but nobody could really get going. Freshman big man Bam Adebayo (12 points) had a late three-point play and got going a bit in the second half and overtime but he was quiet for too long.

Georgia (13-9, 4-5) looked like they were going to capitalize on the Wildcats’ uninspired start but they eventually gave up that lead and found the game tied by halftime.

Junior forward Yante Maten continued to show that he’s one of the most underrated players in the country as he finished with 22 points. Senior guard J.J. Frazier (23 points) and big man Derek Ogbeide (career- high 18 points, 13 rebounds) also had solid games for the Bulldogs.

Georgia missed out on a golden opportunity to get a win that could put them in the NCAA tournament discussion since the bubble is so soft. The Bulldogs won against Texas over the weekend but they’ve now lost four of five SEC games. It doesn’t get any easier for Georgia from here as they have back-to-back games against ranked teams with a road game at South Carolina and a home game against Florida.

VIDEO: Things get heated between players and coaches during Missouri/Georgia

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Things got heated right before halftime of the Georgia and Missouri game on Saturday.

With players from both teams holding onto a loose ball after the final shot of the half, some jawing and light pushing between players started before both sides were on the floor. Coaches from both sides seemed to steal the show from there in this one as they started getting in each other’s faces before being separated.

It’s hard to really call this is a “bench-clearing” incident since it was halftime and the teams were headed to the locker room, but from a surface level it seems like the coaches were the ones getting more involved than the players.

It doesn’t appear any punches were thrown. Not sure if any sort of suspensions will get handed down from this but some fines or other discipline might happen.

(H/t: Andrew Kauffman)

Five-star 2017 power forward trims list to eight

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One of the top prospects in the Class of 2017 announced on Monday that he’s trimmed his list down to eight schools. 6-foot-10 power forward Wendell Carter Jr., a native of Atlanta, revealed his final list Monday afternoon on Twitter with some of the nation’s best programs making the cut.

The final eight schools in the running for Carter’s commitment are Arizona, California, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Kentucky and North Carolina.

The power forward position in the Class of 2017 is loaded, with Carter joining the likes of DeAndre Ayton and Mohamed Bamba at the head of the class. Seeing perennial powers on Carter’s list comes as no surprise given his skill level, with both in-state power conference programs still in the mix as well. The inclusion of Harvard may surprise some, but Carter’s performance in the classroom has opened that door for him should he choose to go that route.

Something else to keep in mind when it comes to Carter’s recruitment: how guard Gary Trent Jr. approaches his recruitment. It’s been reported in the past that the two friends are hoping to attend the same school. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, as recruiting tends to be a fluid situation, but it is something to consider as Carter, Trent and the rest of this class makes its decisions as to where they’ll attend college.

Georgia’s Juwan Parker granted medical redshirt

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.

Parker, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in Georgia’s exhibition game against Armstrong State but missed the regular season. He originally suffered the injury in the 2014-15 season, when he averaged 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting 14 games.

Parker will be a junior in the 2016-17 season.

Georgia also announced that forward Osahen Iduwe will transfer after averaging 0.5 points in 18 games.

Iduwe, from Nigeria, attended Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2012-13 and St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, in 2013-14.

No. 16 Kentucky outlasts Georgia to advance to SEC tournament title game

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Kentucky had a huge outing from its backcourt of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray as the No. 16 Wildcats ran away with a 93-80 SEC tournament win over Georgia.

The win in Nashville puts Kentucky (25-8) in the SEC tournament title game on Sunday against Texas A&M, who split the SEC regular-season title with the Wildcats.

Ulis finished with 25 points and five assists on the afternoon while Murray set the new Kentucky freshman season scoring record (passing Brandon Knight) while scoring 26 points and collecting six rebounds.

Georgia (19-13) led the game at halftime, 49-43, behind a platoon system that was put in place to help the Bulldogs stay with the fresher Wildcats. Playing their third game in three days, Georgia ran out of gas in the second half and couldn’t keep up with Kentucky as the loss likely keeps them out of the NCAA tournament. Entering the day, Georgia found itself on the Next Four Teams Out list on the latest CBT Bracketology, so the Bulldogs needed this win over Kentucky to likely get in.

The Bulldogs were led by 20 points from Yante Maten and 19 points from J.J. Frazier.

Although Skal Labissiere didn’t contribute a big game on Saturday, Kentucky got a solid game from Derek Willis, as he had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Labissiere is likely going to be an inconsistent presence at best through the rest of this season, but as long as Kentucky has one of its big men playing well, they’re going to be tough to beat if Ulis and Murray are rolling.

During the regular season, Texas A&M picked up a win over Kentucky, 79-77 in overtime, in a game that most people remember for Isaac Humphries’ controversial technical foul. This one on Sunday could have some important NCAA tournament seeding implications as the winner likely gets bumped to the No. 2 or No. 3 line.

Maten leads Georgia past No. 25 South Carolina, 69-56

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Yante Maten scored 18 points, Kenny Gaines had 17, and Georgia beat No. 25 South Carolina 69-56 on Tuesday night, giving the Gamecocks their third loss.

Georgia led by 10 points at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

J.J. Frazier scored 13 points – all in the second half – and hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes for Georgia (12-8, 5-4 Southeastern Conference). The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak.

South Carolina (19-3, 6-3) was denied its attempt to reach 20 wins for the first time since 2008-09, when the Gamecocks finished 21-10.

Sindarius Thornwell led South Carolina with 18 points.

Michael Carrera had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Gamecocks, ending his streak of three straight games with 20 or more points.

No other South Carolina player scored in double figures.

The Gamecocks fell to 2-3 in SEC road games.

Georgia scored the last six points of the first half, including a jam and a layup by Maten, for a 33-23 lead over the cold-shooting Gamecocks.

Georgia took a big lead at 39-26 early in the second half before Duane Notice and Thornwell hit consecutive 3s for the Gamecocks. A basket by Carrera capped a quick 8-0 run to cut the lead to 39-34.

The Bulldogs led 50-48 before two straight baskets by Gaines stretched the lead back to six points. Frazier hit a 3-pointer from the corner for a 59-52 lead.

With only 1:49 remaining and the shot clock about to expire, Frazier hit an unlikely 3 while falling back into the Georgia bench for a 62-53 lead.


Frazier was trapped when he jumped over the South Carolina bench on the opening possession of the second half. He finally walked around the bench as Georgia passed the ball around on the other end of the court and then sprinted to join his teammates before catching a pass and calmly making a 3-pointer for his first points of the game.


South Carolina: Carrera was called for his fourth foul with 31.3 seconds remaining and then was given a technical, ending his night. As the hot scorer entering the game, Carrera was the target of Georgia’s student section, who booed when he touched the ball. … The Gamecocks made only 6 of 28 shots (21.4 percent) from the field in the first half and was 18 for 57 (31.6 percent) for the game.

Georgia: Junior F Kenny Paul Geno had two points in his first start since the first seven games of the season. Georgia has recently tried Houston Kessler, Derek Ogbeide and Mike Edwards at the small forward spot. Ogbeide, a freshman, was the Bulldogs’ first substitute. … Charles Mann had 11 points.


South Carolina hosts No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Georgia hosts Auburn on Saturday.