Georgia will face a quick turnaround on Saturday when they take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs garnered a hard-fought 75-73 win on Friday while Kentucky knocked off LSU 85-67.
Charles Mann put the Bulldogs in front for good with a driving layup with just 17 seconds remaining against the Rebels. The win was Georgia's 19th of the season and despite finishing tied for second in the conference, the Bulldogs still have work to do to gain an berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky came into the conference tournament struggling having lost three of their last four games. LSU was able to trip a 16 point deficit to just three points in the second half before the Wildcats pulled away for good. James Young led the way with 21 points while Julius Randle finished with 17.
Kentucky won the lone regular season matchup between the two teams 79-54 back in January. The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 45-32 in the second half to pull away. Aaron Harrison finished with 15 points while Randle added 14. Willie Cauley-Stein was a big factor inside finishing with eight points, six steals and six blocks.
Kenny Gaines and Juwan Parker both sat out that game due to injury. Brandon Morris led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Marcus Thornton added 10. Georgia turned the ball over 20 times in that earlier meeting and ball security will be a huge key on Saturday.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 15, 3 p.m.
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: Bulldog Radio Network
(4) Tennessee vs (1) Florida (ABC) 1 p.m.
Florida overcame a lackluster first half to blow out Missouri 72-49 on Friday. The Gators improved to 30-2 on the season and won their 24th straight game. Tennessee defeated South Carolina 59-44 to set up Saturday's semifinal matchup. The Gators took both regular season matchups against the Vols during the regular season winning 67-41 at home and 67-58 in Knoxville.