Georgia Bulldogs: Darius Miller

How the game was won: Top-ranked Kentucky (29-1, 15-0 SEC) steadily built a 37-19 halftime lead on senior night and used a 20-3 run early in the second half to remove any hope of a comeback for Georgia (13-16, 4-11). The Wildcats’ 79-49 win marks the widest margin of defeat for a Mark Fox-coached Georgia team, replacing an 89-61 loss at Missouri in 2010 and the largest SEC loss, replacing a 70-48 loss at Florida this season.

Stat of the game: 15. Kentucky connected on a season-best 15 3-pointers, including a run of six consecutive made 3-pointers in the second half as the Wildcats pulled away to lead by as many as 41 points. Kentucky finished 15-for-27 from 3-point range, while Georgia was 3-for-19.

Player of the game: Darius Miller. One of only two seniors on the Kentucky roster, Miller made the most of his final appearance at Rupp Arena. He went 5-for-9 from 3-point range and led the Wildcats with 17 points.

What it means: Kentucky cruised to its 21st straight victory, continuing one of the most dominant runs by an SEC team in recent memory. The Wildcats let Georgia hang around for two-thirds of the game before pulling away for a 57-44 win earlier this season in Athens. There were no such dramatics Thursday for a Georgia club that upset Florida in its last game. The highlight for Georgia was that Donte Williams matched a career high with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Record performance: Kentucky extended the nation’s longest winning streak in its 52nd consecutive game at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats have never lost at home under coach John Calipari.

Game rewind: Kentucky 57, UGA 44 

January, 25, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- For a while there, Georgia gave its fans reason to believe.

Facing top-ranked Kentucky as a heavy underdog Tuesday night, Georgia stood toe-to-toe with the mighty Wildcats and a packed house at Stegeman Coliseum was rocking.

“It was definitely fun to play,” said Georgia senior guard Dustin Ware, the most experienced member of the team. “It was one of the best crowds we’ve had since I’ve been here.”


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