The Bulldogs have connected on 33.9% of its three-point attempts this season, which ranks No. 6 in the SEC. That is one aspect of Georgia’s game that Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl respects.
“They are making seven-plus (three-pointers) a game,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They have three or four guys that are really shooting it. They are shooting it well at home. They don’t foul. They do a good job of not sending you to the free throw line a lot.”
Several of Georgia’s leaders in three-point shooting are Jabari Abdur-Rahim and Mardrez McBride, who are shooting 36.4% and 34.8% respectively from beyond-the-arc. Jaylin Ingram is considered a threat as well, although he has only played in seven of Georgia’s 13 games to this point in the season. He has made 9-of-17 from three-point range, with his best game taking place on Nov. 30, when he made 4-of-5 shots in Georgia’s 73-54 win over Hampton.
Although Georgia has found success from three-point territory, stopping long-range shots has been a strong quality of Auburn’s defense this season. According to recent data from TeamRankings.com, Auburn has allowed opponents to succeed on just 26.2% of their three-point shots, which is No. 5 in the country. If Auburn can continue its’ defensive dominance, especially behind the efforts of Johni Broome and Dylan Cardwell from the bench, this is a battle that could go Auburn’s way.