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Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs: game preview and stats comparison

Dear Us, Us Wailers and Gnashers of Tooth. We think we got it bad? Poor Dawg Sports hasn't posted anything in its Basketball category since July 5th, 2008, and that was to blame basketball for Georgia not being ranked higher in the Rivals' combined sport rankings. No, instead, they're imploring readers to follow women's gymnastics. Yeeeahhhh.

In contrast, Vol fans must feel like their basketball team has just completed the NCAA Tournament and still has season left. We played a bunch of Tournament teams (Georgetown, Gonzaga (twice), Marquette, Belmont, and Kansas) and lost the last game of the "season." Shoot (woo for basketball exclamations!), beginning the SEC season almost seems like a break or preseason or something.

Look at the Players to Watch chart below. See anything interesting? I'll give you a minute. It's like Georgia has none. None more players to watch. Really that just means that they don't have any players ranked in the top 100 of any of those categories, but still, this is the first time this season that that's happened. Gonzaga had something like four players in that chart. I hate those guys, especially the furry one.

And which SEC teams not dressed in offensive (to everyone else) orange are in the Top 25? Once again, I'll give you a minute because proving negatives takes time. And again, the answer is none. None more SEC teams in the Top 25.

So maybe today is the day that we see what we've been waiting to see. Aggressive, in-your-face, chaotic defense. Fast break slams. Multiple out of bounds turnovers. The patented Bruce Pearl post-time out guaranteed bucket designed plays.

Maybe. Or maybe the brutal pre-SEC schedule has shaken the confidence of this young team. Maybe the losses and struggles have caused the team to look for answers elsewhere when we should have just realized that we were young, the competition was strong, and we just needed some time. Maybe.

Anyway, I have only one Joel's Key to the Game today. (Hey, if Jay Biles can do it, so can I.) Don't even bother with the three-point shots. Look, it's not really our strength this season, okay, Cam Tatum's first half against the 'Zags notwithstanding. And if Georgia does one thing well, it's defend the arc. I don't really know who all they've played (um, a bunch of church leagues, by the look of it), but they have generally good defensive numbers across the board (woo for basketball puns!), so you know.

Aaaaand now that I've completely disregarded the Georgia Bulldogs thereby destining (woo for gerunds!) our beloved Vols to look something like this at noon . . .

. . . I'll leave you with the stats:

KEY STATS COMPARISON
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Category
Rank
Actual
Rank
Actual
Scoring Offense
7
84.2
174
68.4
Scoring Defense
297
75.0
107
64.4
Scoring Margin
72
9.2
138
4.0
Field-Goal Percentage
95
45.5
170
43.6
Field-Goal Percentage Defense
228
44.0
58
39.9
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game
118
6.8
194
5.9
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage
244
31.0
128
35.2
Three Pt FG Defense
223
0.349
31
0.297
Free-Throw Percentage
117
70.3
309
62.0
Rebound Margin
17
8.2
123
2.5
Assists Per Game
13
17.7
123
14.3
Assist Turnover Ratio
44
1.19
229
0.85
Blocked Shots Per Game
91
4.0
29
5.2
Steals Per Game
141
7.2
72
8.2
Turnovers Per Game
214
14.9
298
16.9
Turnover Margin
149
0.6
Personal Fouls Per Game
290
20.8
67
16.9
 
PLAYERS TO WATCH Tennessee logo
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Category Player Rank Actual Player Rank Actual
Points PG        
FG%        
3-Point FG PG        
3-Point FG%       Tumbleweed
FT %      
Rebounds PG Wayne Chism
34
9.3
Assists PG  
Blocks PG  
Steals PG  
Assist-TO
Ratio
Bobby Maze
52
2.21