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Kentucky Wildcats to face face Georgia Bulldogs in SEC Tournament quarterfinals

UK has big challenge in UGA's Frazier, Maten.

It's Round 3 for Kentucky and Georiga.

After playing a pair of hotly contested games during the regular season, the Wildcats and Bulldogs will square off again in the SEC Tournament as UGA advanced with a 59-57 win over Tennessee on Thursday in Nashville. 

J.J. Frazier scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists to lead Georgia (19-13) past the Volunteers. The game also marked the return of the Bulldogs' Yante Maten, who played for the first time since suffering a minor knee injury Feb. 18 against Kentucky. The 6-foot-8 forward finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

No. 8 Kentucky (26-5) swept Georgia in the regular season, but both games were extremely competitive. The Cats escaped with a 90-81 overtime win at Rupp Arena on the strength of Malik Monk's 37-point explosion as UK played without injured point guard De'Aaron Fox. Kentucky won 82-77 in Athens, Ga., outlasting a 36-point effort by Frazier after Maten went down early in the game. 

Frazier has averaged 26 points per game in his last three matchups against UK.

"They have a great basketball team," Georgia coach Mark Fox said after his team's win over the Vols. "They have a team that can cut down the nets in April. I mean, they have a great team, a complete team. They shoot the ball, they attack the basket, they have low-post play, they're great defensively, they're extremely well-coached.

"It's an extremely hard game to play, and what we've done the last couple of times hasn't worked, so we're going to have to come up with something different because they're terrific and it's a huge challenge."

It's a major opportunity for Georgia, which is currently eighth among Joe Lunardi's "bubble teams" currently out but seeking to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

Kentucky and Georgia will tip off at 1 p.m. ET at Bridgestone Arena. 

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