Dawgs get ready for Gators

ATHENS – It's not the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party but it's still a pretty big deal.

Georgia hopes to pick up where they left off when they host Florida in Athens on Tuesday night. The Florida game is being carried by ESPN. The Bulldogs upset highly ranked Kentucky for the second time this season on Saturday.

"I certainly felt a very high level of intensity from their team at the outset of our second game (with Kentucky)," said Felton of the win over the Cats. "I thought (Kentucky) brought a lot of emotion, a lot of energy."

Kentucky felt like they let their guard down the first game against Georgia. They came to Athens looking to settle the score with the Bulldogs.

"It was kind of a confrontational energy. It's good stuff. It's what makes college basketball special. It raises the stakes," said Felton.

But Georgia "scared" Kentucky according to Tubby Smith and the Cats collapsed underneath Georgia's pressure. The win gave Georgia its 2nd sweep of the Wildcats in three seasons.

"We're wanting to become a program where every single game we play is that way," added Felton.

Georgia is not at that level yet; half of Georgia's 10 losses are by more than 20 points. However, the Bulldogs have shown the ability to beat teams that have better records than they do.

"Georgia has had some great wins this year," said Florida's Billy Donovan. "They're a team that plays very aggressive. They have great leadership."

Donovan should know. Georgia upset his highly ranked Gators last season in Athens.

"Florida obviously is one of the best teams in the country," said Felton of the once number one ranked Gators. "They're just so talented and offensively explosive. Their full-court press also happens to be a major part of the game."

Georgia has had problems with the press particularly when Rashad Wright has not been in the lineup. However, Wright is expected to be at 100% for the game with Florida.

"They're very tough to defend," said Felton.

If Georgia stands any chance of beating the Gators they will have to continue to play solid defense. Now, with their hopes for an NCAA berth dangling by a very small thread is not the time for Georgia to have one of its trademark inconsistent back to back stretches.

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