8:00 PM ET, March 3, 2010
Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Wall scores 24 to lead Kentucky, which clinches share of SEC title
ATHENS, Ga. -- John Calipari waited until Wednesday morning's shootaround to remind his Kentucky players they were playing for more than a national championship.Sensing they needed a lift, Calipari said he told his players, "Stop. Do you understand what we're playing for today?"The answer was the Southeastern Conference championship. After the coach's reminder, No. 3 Kentucky clinched at least a share of the regular-season title by beating Georgia 80-68 on Wednesday night.
• Kentucky opened the second half with a 12-0 run and never looks back, clinching the top seed in the SEC tournament.
• The Wildcats had a season-high 14 blocked shots; Georgia had zero.
• John Wall led Kentucky with 24 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season. Patrick Patterson added 17 points and 10 rebounds, his 30th career double-double and ninth of the season.
• Georgia suffered its 10th SEC loss of the season, the fifth time in six seasons the Bulldogs have had 10-plus conference losses.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-57 (.544)||25-62 (.403)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-24 (.333)||7-20 (.350)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-12 (.833)||11-14 (.786)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|