Georgia Bulldogs vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 1/17/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Georgia Bulldogs vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Rupp Arena is the location where the Kentucky Wildcats (11-6) will take on the Georgia Bulldogs (13-4) on Tuesday.
The Georgia Bulldogs faced off with Ole Miss and took home the win by a score of 62-58 in their last game. When it comes to fouls, the Bulldogs walked away with 9 and Ole Miss finished the game with 14 fouls. They also converted 3 of 19 attempts from downtown. Ole Miss finished the game at 62.5% from the free throw line by burying 5 of 8 tries. Furthermore, Ole Miss grabbed 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Ole Miss distributed 13 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. With regard to the defense, Georgia allowed 42.4% from the field on 25 of 59 shooting. They also recorded 11 assists in this matchup while creating 10 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When it comes to pulling down boards, they earned 33 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 13 of their 14 tries for a rate of 92.9%. Georgia ended the contest having earned a 35.6% field goal percentage (21 of 59) and made 7 out of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kario Oquendo is a player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He recorded 15 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played for 28 mins and pulled down 2 boards. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor but wasn't able to get an assist.
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Georgia will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 13-4 so far this season. They cough up possession 13.9 times per game and as a squad are committing 14.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Georgia is grabbing 39.1 boards per game and is sitting with 204 assists for the season, which is 311th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Bulldogs are hitting 34.2% on shots from 3-point land (120 of 351) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 70.5 points per game (213th in Division 1) while going 42.2% from the floor.
Defensively, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 12.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 fouls. They are giving up 27.7% on 3-point attempts while they are 50th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (63.9). The Bulldogs defense is allowing a FG percentage of 40.9% (412 of 1,008) and they surrender 33.1 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 128th in the nation in giving up assists with 212 relinquished this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Kentucky Wildcats got the victory with a final of 63-56 against Tennessee. In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Kentucky allowed Tennessee to get 21 in all (3 offensive). They went 14.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 3 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 10 at the charity stripe (70.0%). The Wildcats permitted Tennessee to knock down 23 of 57 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.4% in this matchup. Overall, the Wildcats went 18 for 51 from the floor which had them shooting 35.3%. Regarding three-point shots, Kentucky made 5 out of their 16 tries (31.3%). They were able to bury 22 of the free throw tries for a clip of 88.0%. Tennessee committed 24 fouls for the matchup which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Wildcats were able to collect 29 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 39 for this game.
Antonio Reeves ended up having an impact for the Wildcats in the game. He accumulated 18 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist for the contest. He converted 4 out of 10 in this game for a rate of 40.0%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
Kentucky has a mark of 11-6 on the campaign. The Wildcats commit 15.5 personal fouls per game and they connect on 67.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 16.5 times per game (27th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 11.9 times per contest. Kentucky has accounted for 1,284 points this year (75.5 per contest) and they average 39.3 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Wildcats are shooting 45.6% from the field, which ranks 130th in Division 1.
The Wildcats are ranked 114th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 66.8. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.2% from the floor (139th in college basketball). The Kentucky defense gives up 34.1% on 3-pointers (118 of 346) and opponents are making 72.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 11.5 assists and 31.2 total boards per game, which has them ranked 102nd and 33rd in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Georgia
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