Georgia begins play in the 2014 SEC Tournament on Friday with tip off slated for approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs will take on Ole Miss who came from behind to defeat Mississippi State on Thursday.
The Rebels trailed 44-35 at the half but rallied in the second half behind Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson who finished with 21 points each.
Georgia earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and tied Kentucky for the second best record in the SEC with their 12-6 conference mark. The Bulldogs have won two straight and eight of their last 10 games.
The Bulldogs took the only regular season meeting between the two teams thanks to a late free throw by Charles Mann in a 61-60 victory at Stegeman Coliseum. Mann did a little bit of everything in the first matchup finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Henderson led the Rebels with 24 points the first time around.
Gaines tied Mann for the team lead in scoring at 13.4 per game and his improvement has been critical to Georgia's success down the stretch. He's averaging 19.1 points over his last five games and is helping stretch the defense with some solid shooting numbers from three-point range. Gaines has made 21 of his last 36 three-point attempts.
Game Date/Time: Friday, March 14, 9:30 p.m. (approx)
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: SEC TV, ESPN3
Radio: Bulldog Radio Network
(8) Missouri vs (1) Florida 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Tigers survived in double overtime on Thursday escaping with a 91-83 win over Texas A&M. Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown combined for 50 points in the win and Missouri will need another huge performance against the Gators. Florida comes in as the top ranked team in the country and finished a perfect conference season going 18-0. The Gators defeated Missouri 68-58 in the only matchup between the two teams during the regular season.
(13) South Carolina vs (4) Tennessee (ESPNU) 25 minutes after 1 p.m. game is finished
South Carolina pulled off its second straight upset victory on Thursday as they knocked off Arkansas 71-69. The Gamecocks won just five conference games during the regular seasons but have already won twice in the first two days of the tournament. Tennessee earned the No. 4 seed and a double-bye by winning their last four games to finish with an 11-7 record. The Vols defeated South Carolina 72-53 during the regular season.
(7) LSU vs (2) Kentucky 7 p.m. (SECTV/ESPN3)
Shavon Coleman scored 15 points to lead LSU past Alabama 68-56 Thursday night. The Tigers advance to take on the No. 2 seed Kentucky in Friday's quarterfinals matchup. The Wildcats come into the tournament struggling having lost three of their last four games. The home team won both of the regular season matchups.