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'Dawgs look to finish strong against the Tide

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Fox's Georgia Bulldogs squad returns home to Stegeman Coliseum for Senior Day this afternoon to finish the regular season against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game can be seen at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN2.

Georgia (16-12, 9-8 SEC) completed a series sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia Thursday night, holding on for a 74–72 victory.

Alabama on the other hand fell to Arkansas on Wednesday to drop to 17-12, and 8-9 in conference play. The Tide lead the all-time series against the Bulldogs 90-48. But with a win this afternoon the Red and Black can even the series of games played in Athens at 30 apiece. They could also insure their NIT chances a bit against the possibility of some regular season conference champions falling in the upcoming conference tournaments, thereby snatching a bid from the 'Dawgs.

A solid showing in the SEC tournament is still necessary to get the Bulldogs safely to the second most prestigious postseason tournament in college basketball. But the Hoop Hounds have already accomplished some pretty impressive things already this season. They've finished .500 or above in conference for the fourth season in a row, a feat never accomplished before in Bulldog history. They've also won more SEC games over the past two, three, and four seasons than any comparable two, three, or four season period in the SEC era. A ten win conference season is something that doesn't happen every day in Athens. In fact, prior to the current streak that began in 2013-2014, Georgia hadn't had a 10 win SEC season since 2002-2003. All of which is to say, today is another day to continue building momentum going into the postseason, and a 2016-2017 campaign that should see Georgia return some experience in both the front and back court. Plus, it's never not fun to beat the Tide. Until later . . .

Go 'Dawgs!!!