Loss lowers Dawgs' chances of Big Dance

Georgia lost to Florida Wednesday night and with the loss the Bulldogs made it much more difficult on themselves to accomplish their goal of getting into the NCAA tournament.

A bid is not totally out of the question for the Dawgs but they will have to get deep into the SEC Tournament next weekend in Atlanta to be considered. Even then the Dawgs will likely need help. Other bubble teams collapsing in their final games of the season would help Georgia's chances.

The good news for the Dawgs is that the other SEC teams that needed wins to get into the NCAA Tournament did not have good nights either. Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee all lost as Vanderbilt and LSU needed comebacks to win.

"Now we have to be hopeful. If we can beat Vanderbilt we will start talking about the (NCAA Tournament). We certainly are not confident about it without a win over Vanderbilt," said Dennis Felton.

Rashad Wright gave Georgia its first lead of the night at the mid point of the second half. He then gave Georgia a 4 point lead a few moments later. It was their largest lead of the night at 50-46.

"The fact that we came back and took the lead in this place with the deficit we had made me very proud," Felton said.

The Gators outplayed Georgia in several areas: Florida outscored Georgia 15-3 at the end of the game; The Bulldogs were not able to convert numerous free throw opportunities; and Georgia was just 4 of 21 from three point land.

"If we could have made a couple of threes the whole game would have changed. But when we didn't make them it made it much more difficult to come by points," said Felton.

The closing minutes did not go the way that Georgia wanted. Florida did outscore the Dawgs but Georgia imploded with self-inflicted miscues.

"There was an opening there. We could have gone up six but we missed some free throws and I think that gave Florida hope," he said.

Chris Daniels led Georgia with 17 points. The Bulldogs play Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Daniels and the rest of the seniors will be recognized before tip off. It will be their last regular season game in Athens. Georgia is now 14-12 (6-9 SEC).

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