Dawgs gear up for Tigers

It's been almost two years since Georgia played in an SEC Tournament game. Making matters worse for the Dawgs in terms of positive experiences associated with the event is the fact that Ron Jirsa was the last Georgia head coach to lead the Dawgs to victory in the SEC Tournament back in 1998.

But Georgia is still trying to make the Big Dance; that is the end goal anyway. And the Bulldogs don't just need one win. Actually, Georgia probably needs to win at least two games in Atlanta to get into the NCAAs. They have not done that since they got to the SEC finals in 1997.

"Personally, I'm really excited about the chance to coach and compete in my first SEC Tournament," said Georgia head coach Dennis Felton.

Because of their win over Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs get to take on rival and SEC West #4 seed Auburn in the first game of the tournament.

"They're dangerous in this tournament," said Auburn Coach Cliff Ellis of Georgia. "They beat Kentucky twice, and that kind of catches your eye."

The winner of the game will play the Wildcats in the quarterfinals.

"We're excited to play against Auburn. They're a challenging team because they have two qualities that make it tough for us - the have terrific size and they have a lot of athleticism," said Felton.

The Tigers won the only game between the two 57-54 on February 7th in Auburn.

"They will be a really good challenge for us to have to find a way to win in our first game in the tournament," said Felton.

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