The Lady Bulldogs visit the Tennessee Lady Vols. Here is our women’s basketball Volunteers preview.
Thursday night will mark the first time this season the Tennessee Lady Vols take the court ranked in the top 25. In the midst of a six-game winning streak and two top 25 wins on the year, Kellie Harper’s team comes into the game ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.
Heading into Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. will be the Georgia Lady Bulldogs. UGA is coming off back to back wins over the Florida Gators and Auburn Tigers, and their only loss on the year is to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
In their most recent outing, the Tennessee Lady Vols held off the LSU Tigers 64-63 on the road. Before that, they beat the Arkansas Razorbacks, who were ranked No. 13 in both polls at the time and are now No. 17 in the AP Poll ad No. 16 in the Coaches Poll, in a convincing 88-73 win. Here is all the information you need for this matchup.
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UT’s last win as a top 25 team in either poll was back on Thursday, Jan. 30 in 2020, when they beat the Vanderbilt Commodores on the road 78-69. They then went on a five-game losing streak, dropping out of the top 25 of both polls by Tuesday, Feb. 18. However, they were ranked in both polls the last time they faced the Lady Dawgs, winning 73-56 back on Jan. 12, 2020 at home.
Led by sixth-year head coach Joni Taylor, Georgia is having a major bounce-back year after last season’s 17-14 record and 7-9 SEC record. Returning four of five starters, including all four leading scorers, and being able to establish depth with nobody averaging over 27 minutes a game has proved to be very valuable.
Taylor is trying to get this team back into March Madness for the first time since the 2017-2018 season. That year, she went 26-7 and 12-4 in the SEC while reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Despite not being in the top 25 of either poll just yet, Georgia is receiving votes in both, and they are actually No. 16 in the NET rankings, nine spots higher than the Tennessee Lady Vols. For what it’s worth, they are No. 15 in the RealTime RPI, 37 spots higher than UT.
Simply put, Georgia would be another quality win for Rocky Top. They already have two, as just like Arkansas, they beat the Indiana Hoosiers when they were ranked No. 13 in both polls at the time. Indiana is now No. 18 in both polls. Their only loss, meanwhile, is in overtime at the West Virginia Mountaineers. Beating UGA would be another huge boost for them.
After Georgia, the Tennessee Lady Vols will visit the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are also having a very successful season with a 10-1 record heading into Thursday, at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs will host the Ole Miss Rebels at the same time.