Dawgs travel to Florida

ATHENS - Georgia begins the homestretch of its regular season with a mid-week contest at Florida. Almost two months have passed since these two teams first met in Athens, where Florida took a 90-72 victory.

Georgia vs. Florida

• The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 15-12 record, 5-9 in SEC games. Their overall mark represents a 7-game improvement from last season, their SEC record an advancement of 3 games from 2005. Most recently, however, Georgia dropped an 83-68 decision at Miss. State, a game in which the visiting Bulldogs led at halftime.

• Georgia begins this week in a tie for fifth place with South Carolina in the SEC Eastern Division at 5-9. The Bulldogs would win any tie-breaker with the Gamecocks by virtue of their sweep of the two matchups with Carolina this season.

• Georgia, however, is trying to avoid entering next week's SEC Tournament as the East No. 6 seed for the second year in a row. Since the league was pared into divisions in 1992, Georgia has yet to hold that position twice, let alone consecutively.

• The Bulldogs conclude the regular season by playing host to Arkansas -- which ranked 28th in AP Top 25 balloting this week -- in a Sunday afternoon contest that wraps up the SEC schedule.

Georgia - Florida Series

• Tonight's game is the 190th meeting between Georgia and Florida. Florida leads the series -- which ranks as the most frequent among all series in Georgia basketball -- by a 95-94 count. This record excludes a pair of Georgia victories (2002 in Gainesville, 2003 in Athens) that were later vacated because of NCAA sanctions.

• Florida gained this advantage in the series by winning the past four meetings, going back to the second matchup of the 2004 season.

• In the past 10 years, Georgia has had virtually as much success in Gainesville as any other SEC venue. Over that span, Bulldog teams have posted four wins, second only to the five recorded at Vanderbilt.


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