Dawgs respect but don't fear Cats

ATLANTA – The mighty Kentucky Wildcats await Georgia in today's quarterfinal game at the Georgia Dome.

"I still feel like we are the underdog," said senior Damien Wilkins. Georgia has beaten Kentucky twice this season. Conventional thinking is that the Bulldogs need to beat Kentucky to get into the NCAA Tournament.

"I don't know if we've got their number or not," said Wilkins. "But we'll match their intensity and aggressiveness."

Speaking of numbers, Kentucky is fighting for a number one seed in next week's NCAA Tournament. Their chances are better now that Saint Joseph's lost in their conference tournament today. Still, the Wildcats have will have to face the one team that could keep them from realizing their number one seed hopes: the Georgia Bulldogs.

"I have great respect for Kentucky. They are always consistent in going about the things that go into winning," said Georgia head coach Dennis Felton. The Wildcats are by far the most successful team in SEC basketball history. But this season the Cats are 0-2 against the Dawgs.

"You are going to have to beat Kentucky. They are never going to show up not ready to play or show up not motivated to play hard," said Felton, who knows what he is talking about.

The Bulldog coach might just have something up his sleeve with regard to the Wildcats. He has never lost to them in his career. That impressive statistic includes two wins at Rupp Arena.

"I believe in the power of words," said Felton. "I have put a lot of thought into what I say to the team. I don't know what I am going to say tomorrow. I guess that I have to dream that up."

Ashley Judd and the rest of the Kentucky faithful call this year's host city of the SEC Tournament "Catlanta". Tomorrow the Judd and her fellow felines hope that Felton's dreams turn into nightmares.

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