Florida at Georgia Preview

The Gators have already clinched a number two seed in the SEC tournamentt, however, that shouldn't lessen the intense rivalry that exist between the Bulldogs and Gators. Inside, we break down the game.

TIP 9 p.m.

Site Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)

TV ESPN with Dick Vitale and Dan Shulman

Radio Gator Radio Network

Setting the Scene
No. 4 Florida tamed the Auburn Tigers 73-70 and picked up its 24th regular season win to set the school record...The previous record of 23 was set by the 1994 and 2000 Final Four squads...Florida has won four straight games...UF is off to its best conference start in school history, as the Gators are 12-2, reaching the 10-win mark in SEC play for the fifth straight year, a first in school history...A win tonight would give the Gators their first 13-win SEC season since the league went to a 16-game format in 1992...The Gators have reached 12 SEC wins for the third time under Donovan...UF is 5-1 vs. ranked opponents this year and has won 17 of the last 23 contests vs. ranked foes...The Gators have won four consecutive meetings at the Stegeman Coliseum...UF's last loss in Athens was Feb 7, 1998 (87-77)...The Gators look to sweep the series for the third time under Donovan...UF has won seven of the last 10 meetings vs. the Bulldogs...Donovan is 8-5 vs. UGA...Tonight's game is the last regular season road game for the Gators...Florida has won 20 road games during the last four years, tops in the SEC...Florida has won 20 consecutive games when scoring 70 points or better and are 118-29 under Donovan when scoring 70-plus points...The Gators are 14-9 in the month of March during the last four-plus seasons...Tonight's game is the first of back-to-back contests on national television...UF is appearing on the ESPN network for the seventh time this season (4-2 record)...The Gators return home March 8 to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Senior Day...Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. on CBS.

Scouting Georgia
Georgia enters tonight's game with just over 48 hours rest after falling to SEC East-leading Kentucky on Sunday...The loss enabled the Gators to clinch a bye in the first round of the SEC Tournament, ensuring no less than a second place finish...Jarvis Hayes continues to lead the Bulldogs at 18.1 points per game, as the junior dropped 25 on the Gators in their first meeting on Jan. 11...Ezra Williams gives the Bulldogs two ideal long range threats, as he is second on the team in scoring at 16.9 ppg ...Georgia leads the SEC in scoring at 79.8 ppg...The Bulldogs had won four straight before the loss to Kentucky.

Last Meeting
Florida 66, Georgia 63 || Jan. 11, 2003 || Gainesville, Fl
With a buzzer beating 3-pointer, Florida freshman Anthony Roberson lifted the Gators over Georgia, 66-63 in Florida's SEC home opener of the season...UF is now 4-0 against ranked opponents this season...UF is now 6-1 under Billy Donovan in SEC home openers...Roberson scored a personal best with 23 points...Senior Justin Hamilton put in another terrific performance keeping Georgia's Ezra Williams scoreless in the second half...David Lee also recorded his third double-double for his career making this his second in the last three games.

Starting Lineups

Florida Gators (24-4, 12-2 SEC)
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
15 Matt Bonner F 6-10 240 Sr.
44 Matt Walsh F 6-6 205 Fr.
24 David Lee C 6-9 235 So.
01 Anthony Roberson G 6-1 180 Fr.
12 Justin Hamilton G 6-3 207 Sr
Georgia Bulldogs (17-8, 9-5 SEC)
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
50 Chris Daniels F 6-7 220 Jr.
55 Steve Thomas F 6-8 240 Jr.
24 Jarvis Hayes G 6-7 220 Jr.
5 Ezra Williams G 6-4 235 Sr.
3 Rashad Wright G 6-3 190 Jr.

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