Date: Saturday, February 29
Time: 5:00pm CDT
TV/Streaming: SEC Network
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 23-15
Most Recent Matchup: January 2019, Arkansas won, 70-60.
2019-20 Record: 14-14 (4-11)
Head Coach: Tom Crean (2nd season, 25-35)
This season hasn’t been what Georgia fans expected. The commitment of top ranked Anthony Edwards built the hype for the season, but his surrounding cast just isn’t good enough. Georgia ranks last in the SEC in 3-point percentage in conference play and also leads the conference in turnovers. While Edwards has been fun to watch, the rest of the team just hasn’t.
Rayshaun Hammonds will be key for these Bulldogs against an undersized Arkansas team. The 6-9 Junior is already averaging 7.1 rebounds per game to go with his 12.4 points. Anthony Edwards is going to get his. There is no slowing him down. How effective Hammonds can be may be determine the outcome of this game.
2019-20 Record: 18-10 (6-9)
Head Coach: Eric Musselman (1st season)
Arkansas seems to have their swagger back after 2 straight home wins with Isaiah Joe back in the lineup. Now it is about winning games. The Razorbacks can’t afford to lose as the majority of the Bracketologists have the Hogs as one of the First Four Out. With 3 regular season games remaining plus the SEC Tournament, there is still plenty of time to work their way to a NCAA Tournament bid.
Head Eric Musselman hasn’t been afraid to change up the starting lineups the last few games. Sophomore big man Ethan Henderson was the newest insertion into the first 5 and he took advantage. 9 rebounds and 3 blocks were both career highs for Henderson. It will be interesting to see if Musselman will stick the hot hand.
Arkansas has won 7 out 9 in the series and are 6-9 all-time in Athens. Georgia does not defend well and their offense rests on Anthony Edwards’ shoulders. Arkansas will key in on Edwards and should have no issues scoring. I think the Hogs will win this one to give Musselman his 5th road win in his first season. That would be an incredible feat!
Score Prediction: Arkansas 78, Georgia 68
Like many in our state, I didn’t have a choice in who my favorite team would be growing up. I was raised on Razorback. I remember watching the early season games on ARSN or conference games on JP Sports. My first favorite players were Brandon Dean and Joe Johnson. Great memories. I never thought years ago I would be writing about Arkansas Basketball. I don’t have a journalism background or anything like that. When given the opportunity, I wanted to challenge myself with something new and it has been a blast!