This is it, the make it or break it game in the SEC for Georgia. Last season Georgia (5-3 SEC) used its win over Kentucky (8-0 SEC) in Lexington to propel themselves to an Eastern Division title. This season Georgia needs a win just to keep pace with the Cats.
Kentucky, the only undefeated team in the SEC, is on pace to be a number one seed by the time that bids are issued in a few weeks. The Cats are also lapping the field in the SEC.
Florida (8-1 SEC), who seems to be UK's only competition, was administered a beating in Lexington last Tuesday night. And although Florida is only one full game behind Kentucky, the Gators can only split the season series with the Cats and don't appear to be any sort of threat to Kentucky's dominance.
The only way that Georgia, with its 5-3 mark in SEC play, can crawl back into the division race is to beat the Cats tonight and then again when the two reunite in Athens.
Should Georgia lose, they can kiss any hopes of winning the division goodbye. Lose and you are out.
Getting into the NCAAs won't be a problem for Georgia. They have some impressive wins from earlier in the season and they need only three more wins to get to the .500 mark in SEC play (which almost guarantees them a spot in the tournament) and they have not yet played South Carolina, the league's worst team.
That sinking feeling surrounding the Georgia basketball team is due to the fact that they have allowed all three SEC losses to get away from them. Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt all slipped past the Dawgs. "We've run into some teams on the road who just shot the lights out," said Jim Harrick.
Winning on the road in conference play is the most difficult thing in college basketball. But now Georgia is up against the wall. Their season will swing positively or negatively based on their performance tonight. They have no choice; they must win.