Win is key to Georgia's NCAA hopes

Georgia is still on the NCAA bubble despite their loss to South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia. But the challenge in front of them is significant.

They must beat a Florida team that is still emotional after the post game celebration got too rowdy following the Bulldogs' win a few weeks ago.

"I anticipate Georgia to go in and play hard," said Florida's Billy Donovan. The post game floor-storming in Athens lead to Florida alleging star player Matt Walsh was punched by a Georgia student after the game.

The passion of the Georgia-Florida rivalry is most certainly heated and the importance of positioning for the NCAA makes this game critical for both teams. Florida is without doubt in the NCAA but the Bulldogs are not. However, Donovan thinks that Georgia deserves a shot at the Big Dance, too.

"I think you could probably make a very strong case for 7 or 8 [SEC] teams being in. Georgia is very talented and very experienced - a very senior-oriented team," he said.

"Florida is one of the best teams in our conference," said Georgia's Dennis Felton.

The Gators' are fighting for second place with South Carolina, a team that they have beaten twice this season already. Georgia is looking to sweep the Gators for the first time since 1997 and is trying to beat Florida for the third time in their last four trips to Gainesville.

"We realize we'll have to play well on Wednesday to have a chance," said Donovan. Beating Georgia will more than likely give Florida the number two seed in the SEC Tournament and therefore and first round bye.

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