On a two-game winning streak, Tennessee basketball travels to Athens, Ga. to face the UGA Dawgs Wednesday night. Here is our preview for the UT Volunteers.
One day after the news broke that redshirt freshman Arizona State Sun Devils transfer center Uros Plavsic will be eligible to play immediately, Tennessee basketball takes its two-game winning streak back on the road. The Vols are looking to build on their newfound momentum.
Rocky Top heads to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs, four days after a one-point win over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Currently, they have a 10-5 record overall, a 2-1 SEC record and a 1-0 SEC record overall.
UT enters this game with three personnel changes in the past month: Lamonte Turner having season-ending shoulder surgery, Santiago Vescovi joining the roster as a midseason enrollee, and Plavsic now being eligible. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s match-up Wednesday night.
Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs
When: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Stegeman Coliseum; Athens, Ga.
Live stream: WatchESPN
The change in personnel for the Vols also changes the identity of the team. They replace a veteran guard with an inexperienced European guard and a seven-foot freshman center. Plavsic allows Rick barnes to play a lot bigger than usual, and he’s probably going to try to start doing that in the future, even if it doesn’t happen in this game.
Georgia comes in under second-year head coach Tom Crean with a 10-5 record, just like the Vols. However, they are on a two-game losing streak, having lost to the Kentucky Wildcats and Auburn Tigers on the road.
Still, UGA has a quality win against the Memphis Tigers on the road earlier this month, and Memphis did beat the Vols in Knoxville in December. Five-star recruit and No. 1 2019 prospect Anthony Edwards has been a star, averaging nearly 19 points a game.
As a result, this will be a difficult team for Barnes and co. After this, they remain on the road with a trip to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, a place that’s always difficult. So Tennessee basketball needs this win to avoid a potential collapse. They need to keep up their momentum, as the two-game losing streak ended a skid of losing four of five games.