3-Point Shot: UK-Georgia preview


Isaac Humphries blocking Florida player

Josh Ellis

UK (17-6. 7-3) v. Georgia (13-8, 6-4)

Tipoff: Tuesday, 9 p.m., Rupp Arena TV: ESPN Radio: UK Radio Network

Three points of emphasis for the UK-Georgia game on Tuesday:

Bulldogs getting hot

In Georgia’s last two games, it upset No. 20 South Carolina and followed with a 10-point win against Auburn, pushing the lead to 25 at one point. The two consecutive wins bumped up Georgia to a tie for third in the SEC.

The Bulldogs will need solids outing from J.J. Frazier (16.3 ppg and 4.4 apg) and Yante Maten (15.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg) if they wish to accomplish what to team has done against UK this season – beat the Cats in Rupp Arena.

“They’re always really solid. They really execute offensively how (Georgia head coach Mark Fox) wants to play,” UK assistant coach John Robin said. “A little bit more of a pattern-type team with reads off certain plays. They’ve gone this year with this lineup. They’ve had a little bit more ball screen action because of the three guards they’re playing: (J.J.) Frazier, (Charles) Mann and (Kenny) Gaines together a lot.”

More Isaac Humphries

With senior forward Alex Poythress sitting out of Saturday’s win over Florida due to injury, freshman Isaac Humphries saw and increase of minutes. The Australian native scored four points – the first time he’s scored since Dec. 12 – and corralled six rebounds in his 15 minutes of play.

UK head coach John Calipari was pleased with Humphries’ performance, saying he earned himself potential playing time in the near future.

“Yes, he earned his space, and I’m so happy for him because he has worked so hard and hasn’t had the opportunity, and what he did was he took advantage, and we all look and say, he needs to play,” Calipari said. “Let him play. And then you’ve got to stop waiting on some other guys, you’ve got to say, hey, he deserves it.”

Flurry of Murray

Jamal Murray has been unstoppable as of late. Against Florida, the freshman guard scored 35 points, which tied the record for most points in a single game by a UK player in the Calipari era.

He has only scored in single-digits once this year, and that was in the second game of the year. Don’t expect Murray to cool down, as his points per game average should continue to climb after the Georgia game.