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Hogs Blow Out Visiting Dawgs

Will Morrison

Mike White's team was beaten on the road for the second game in a row, this time losing to Arkansas 97-65. 

The Dawgs were out of this one by halftime, with Arkansas leading 43-23 at the midway point. Arkansas was able to score at will, shooting 59% from the field to UGA's 36%. The Bulldogs did, however, shoot better from the three point line as they were 40% from the arc to Arkansas’s 33%. It seems as if the NBA's dunk contest continued in this game as Arkansas' Ricky Council was dunking all over Georgia in the first half. The Hogs defense smothered the Bulldogs offense early and forced 8 turnovers with 2 blocks. Arkansas also assisted on 12 of their made baskets, while Georgia only had 3 assists on its made field goals in the first half. The Hogs out rebounded UGA 16-12 in the opening period.

The second half wasn't any better for Georgia as the rout continued. UGA finished the game making 19/52 shots from the field to go 36% and was 33% (6/18) from three-point range. Arkansas rarely missed, shooting a stellar 63% (37/58) from the field and making 11/20 (55%) three pointers. Not many teams could win against a team that shot over 60% from the floor and 50% from the arc.

The Dawgs caught a red hot Hogs team, and there was not much they could do to stop them. The Razorbacks were able to get 20 points off of 13 UGA turnovers. Georgia lost on the boards 33-29, but they did have 7 offensive rebounds, which UGA has struggled to get most of the season. One of the few positives for Mike White's team is that they made 21/27 (77) from the charity stripe. 

The Razorbacks had three players finish in double figure, with two of them having 20 plus points. Anthony Blank played 31 minutes and had 10 points with 8 assists. Nick Smith Jr., who averages 9.9 points per game, exploded for a career-high 26 points and was 5/8 from three. Ricky Council came off the bench and played 28 minutes while scoring 22 points. 

Georgia also had three players in double figures as Kario Oquendo, Justin Hill, and Jabri Abdur-Rahim all eclipsed the mark. Justin Hill had 10 points on 3/7 shooting, and Abdur-Rahim had 12 points on 3/6 shooting with two made threes. Kario Oquendo was the leading scorer for the Dawgs, as he scored 20 points on 7/18 shooting from the floor. 

Georgia is currently on a two-game skid as their record is now 16-12 and 6-9 in conference play. They will look to get back in the win column against a 20-8 Missouri team this weekend. Tip-off in Stegman Coliseum is set for 1:00 PM EST on Saturday and the game will air on SEC Network. 



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