No, Georgia won't catch Kentucky in the SEC standings. And they probably won't catch Florida either. This weekend Georgia could use a win over the Cats and/or the Gators to catapult to an impressive NCAA seed. But win or lose, Georgia should use this weekend to prepare for the NCAA tournament.
Georgia plays Kentucky in Athens on Sunday, and then plays host to Florida on Tuesday night. Its sort of like an NCAA regional is being held in Athens. They need practice in NCAA-like situations and let me tell you that they have that atmosphere this weekend.
If Georgia is going to become an elite basketball program, which is the goal, they are going to have to start winning difficult three-day back-to-back game stretches. All NCAA tournament weekends are played with one day off between games, just like this weekend in Athens. The only way that you become an elite college basketball team is by learning how to win tough back-to-back games that are scheduled right on top of one another.
This three-day stretch will do more to get Georgia ready for the NCAA tournament than any other part of their schedule. And now, thanks to Tony Cole's revelations on ESPN, the Dawgs have higher that average media coverage on them. Just like during the NCAAs.
Win or lose this weekend, Georgia should take advantage of their situation and prepare for the games that really matter in March. Two difficult teams, back-to-back games, and abnormal media coverage. It already seems like March Madness is here.