The Official #16 Tennessee vs. Georgia Game Thread, 8:00 PM ET, ESPN2

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#16 Tennessee Volunteers: 13-4 (6-4 SEC)



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Georgia Bulldogs: 12-6 (5-6 SEC)



GAME 18 | TENNESSEE vs. GEORGIA - Feb. 10, 2021 | 8:05 p.m. ET | Thompson-Boling Arena (4,191)

Line: UT -12.5
O/U: 140.5

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THE SERIES

• Tennessee leads the all-time series with Georgia, 96-61, dating to 1913. This is the 158th meeting overall and the only regular-season meeting set for the 2020-21 campaign.
• The Bulldogs have dominated this series in recent years, winning seven of the last 10 meetings.
• In last season's lone meeting, No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 26 points to lead UGA to an 80-63 win in Athens.
• The Vols hold a 59-15 edge when the series is contested in Knoxville and have won two straight over the Bulldogs on Rocky Top.
 
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LAYUP LINES

• Tennessee was originally scheduled to host Florida Wednesday, but the Gators' COVID-related pause led the SEC to make adjustments.
• Tennessee is No. 10 in the latest NCAA NET ratings, with four wins over teams in the top 30.
• Freshman wing Keon Johnson's 27 points at Kentucky Saturday marked the highest scoring output by a Vol this season. He now leads the team in scoring during SEC play with 11.7 ppg and is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week.
• Johnson and fellow freshman Jaden Springer (23 points) highlighted a four-guard lineup that helped UT erase a 10-point second-half deficit and win their second straight at Rupp Arena.
• Since shifting to a bench role three games ago, sophomore Josiah-Jordan James is averaging 9.7 points and 9.0 rebounds.
• Senior Yves Pons is a top-10 finalist for the Julius Erving Award and one of 15 candidates for Naismith Men's Defensive Player of the Year.
 
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DEFENSE WINS

• Tennessee ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 59.6 points per game.
• According to KenPom, the Vols lead the NCAA in adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing only 86.1 points per 100 possessions. College teams typically average close to 70 possessions per game.
• The Vols are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game while converting those turnovers into 17.4 points per game. Tennessee's turnover margin stands at +4.4 (10th nationally).
• Tennessee has forced 13 of 17 opponents to turn the ball over on 20 percent or more of their possessions.
• Tennessee has allowed only two opposing player to score 20 points all season.
• Reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year Yves Pons has 101 blocks in his last 48 games (dating to the start of last season).
 
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ABOUT GEORGIA

• After needing to largely overhaul the roster coming into the 2020-21 season following NBA departures by Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds, along with the graduation of its lone senior starter from last year in Jordan Harris, Georgia has experienced mixed results as we pass the midway point of the season. After starting the year 7-0, the Bulldogs dropped six of their first eight SEC games. But UGA is currently riding a three-game win streak and sits at 12-6 overall and 5-6 in SEC play heading into Wednesday's game.
• Through 18 games, UGA has been led by sophomore guard Sahvir Wheeler, who leads the team in both scoring (13.6 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg). His 7.5 assists per game also lead the SEC by two assists per game over Vanderbilt's Scotty Pippen Jr. Wheeler has logged double-digit assists on five different occasions this season.
• In the frontcourt, forward Toumani Camara ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game and leads the team and ranks seventh in the SEC in rebounding, with 7.2 boards per game. Camara, like Wheeler with assists, has eclipsed double-digit rebounds five times this season.
• Off the bench, graduate student Andrew Garcia has been incredibly productive to help provide depth for UGA. Through 18 games, Garcia is the team's third-leading scorer and rebounder with 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, despite averaging just 17.8 minutes.
• Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. It is also considered to be a "Public Ivy" school, or a public institution that offers a similar academic experience to an Ivy League university.
 
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ABOUT GEORGIA

• After needing to largely overhaul the roster coming into the 2020-21 season following NBA departures by Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds, along with the graduation of its lone senior starter from last year in Jordan Harris, Georgia has experienced mixed results as we pass the midway point of the season. After starting the year 7-0, the Bulldogs dropped six of their first eight SEC games. But UGA is currently riding a three-game win streak and sits at 12-6 overall and 5-6 in SEC play heading into Wednesday's game.
• Through 18 games, UGA has been led by sophomore guard Sahvir Wheeler, who leads the team in both scoring (13.6 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg). His 7.5 assists per game also lead the SEC by two assists per game over Vanderbilt's Scotty Pippen Jr. Wheeler has logged double-digit assists on five different occasions this season.
• In the frontcourt, forward Toumani Camara ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game and leads the team and ranks seventh in the SEC in rebounding, with 7.2 boards per game. Camara, like Wheeler with assists, has eclipsed double-digit rebounds five times this season.
• Off the bench, graduate student Andrew Garcia has been incredibly productive to help provide depth for UGA. Through 18 games, Garcia is the team's third-leading scorer and rebounder with 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, despite averaging just 17.8 minutes.
• Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. It is also considered to be a "Public Ivy" school, or a public institution that offers a similar academic experience to an Ivy League university.
I think Georgia is the oldest institution in the Southeastern Conference and Tennessee is the second oldest institution in the Southeastern Conference.
 
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I knew we had struggled recently with Georgia but losing 7 of the last 10 is way worse than I imagined. Be nice to string some good performances in a row the next few games and see the offense start to gel by running it through the freshmen.
 

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