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Georgia (8-6) at (7) Florida (13-2)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 14, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: O'Connell Center (11,548) -- Gainesville, Florida. Television: ESPN U. Home Record: UGA 7-1, UF 9-0. Away Record: UGA 1-2, UF 2-2. Neutral Record: UGA 0-3, UF 2-0. Conference Record: UGA 2-0, UF 2-0. Series Record: Florida leads, 108-99.

GAME NOTES: The seventh-ranked Florida Gators will attempt to stay perfect at the O'Connell Center on Tuesday night when they play host to the Georgia Bulldogs in SEC action.

Georgia waded in mediocrity during its non-conference schedule with six wins and six losses, but it has shined since entering SEC play. The Bulldogs opened up league action on Jan. 8 with a 70-64 overtime victory at Missouri, thus ending the nation's longest home winning streak, and they followed that up with a 66-58 home victory versus Alabama on Saturday.

Florida suffered a pair of difficult road losses this season at Wisconsin (59-53) and Connecticut (65-64), but it has otherwise been flawless, running out to a 13-2 record, including a 9-0 mark at the O'Connell Center. The Gators are also off to a 2-0 start in the SEC, beating South Carolina at home (74-58) before outlasting Arkansas on the road on Saturday, 84-82 in overtime.

The Gators lead the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 108-99, which includes 11 straight victories at home.

The Bulldogs set the tone early in their most recent contest by opening up an 11-point lead over Alabama at the half, and while their advantage dipped to just three points midway through the second stanza, they hung on for the impressive victory. It was a poor field-goal shooting afternoon (.326), but they held Alabama to just 36.5 percent from the floor and outscored it at the free-throw line, 31-16. Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines both poured in 22 points, with Mann doing so on a busy day at the charity stripe (13-of-18) and Gaines draining 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Georgia has steadily outpaced its opponents this season, shooting 46.8 percent from the field for 71.2 ppg while allowing 68.4 ppg on 40.2 percent shooting. It also boasts an impressive +4.1 rebounding margin, but its lackluster free- throw percentage (.648) has been a detriment. Mann leads the way with 14.1 ppg on 46.5 percent from the field but has more turnovers (39) than assists (38). Gaines (12.2 ppg) and Nemanja Djurisic (10.5 ppg) also score in double figures on a nightly basis.

The Gators had their hands full on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena, one of the most difficult places to play in the country. After trailing by two in the waning seconds, they forced overtime on a Scottie Wilbekin bucket, and they took control in the extra session by opening up on an 11-3 run. They shot a modest 42.4 percent from the field and committed a game-high 17 turnovers but made up for it with nine 3-pointers and a solid showing at the foul line (25- of-34). Dorian Finney-Smith dominated in the paint with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Wilbekin poured in 18 points off the bench and Michael Frazier and Patric Young registered 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Florida's offense has been stellar all season long, as it shoots 46.4 percent from the field for 72.7 ppg, but it stands among the nation's elite thanks mostly to its stout defensive effort, allowing a mere 60.3 ppg on 39.8 percent shooting. The squad's leading scorer Casey Prather (17.0 ppg, .624 FG percentage) missed the Arkansas win with a bone bruise and is questionable for this contest. Wilbekin (12.9 ppg, 3.7 apg, 2.1 spg) is a spark plug on the perimeter and Frazier (11.9) has made 39-of-81 from 3-point range (.481). Young (11.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Finney-Smith (10.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) are an imposing duo in the frontcourt.

Georgia has stepped up its play since entering SEC action, and things could get interesting if Prather is again unable to suit up for Florida, but the Gators have been so dominant at home that they should be able to dismiss the Bulldogs with or without him.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida 70, Georgia 59

01/14 10:33:49 ET

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Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
2nd
WVU 44
NCSU 43
 
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
Final
NOP 88
POR 114
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
Final
HOU 97
ATL 104
Final
DAL 99
SAN 93
 
4th
DEN 58
IND 60
 
1st
LAC 22
MIL 19
 
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
Final
AFA 38
WMICH 24
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BGU 20
SALABAMA 7
 
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
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YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
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JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
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BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
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OREG 83
DELST 70
 
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Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
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KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
Final
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
Final
DAY 78
BU 62
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CLMB 82
HOF 77
 
Final
GMAS 86
IONA 81
Final
TOWS 53
LAS 67
Final
MAN 73
MRGST 69
 
Final
CCST 76
YALE 84
 
Final
PEPP 63
RICH 65
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
Final
KYST 71
TEXAM 64
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
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UMKC 104
INCWORD 110
 
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IDST 50
CALST 59
 
Final
NIOWA 56
IOWA 44
Final
SIUE 61
UWMIL 56
 
Final
TEX 78
LBSU 68
 
Final
TCU 88
TXSA 57
Final
ARK 85
SEMIZ 67
 
Final
NCOL 69
JVST 60
 
1st OT
ARST 64
LEH 64
 
2nd
NMST 57
NMU 65
 
2nd
WASH 66
OKLA 64
 
Final
GRCN 81
STED 55
 
2nd
WEBER 73
WLVRN 59
 
2nd
WVU 44
NCSU 43
 
1st
SDST 36
BST 26
 
Half
GONZ 28
CPSL 20
 
2nd
PAC 31
FRES 24
 
Half
PORT 50
MNTST 29
 
Half
CSNO 27
TAMCC 23
 
Half
UTST 28
SDKST 28
 
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BYU
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UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
Final
CLB 3
CHI 2
Final
BUF 1
COL 5
Final
PIT 3
FLA 1
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
MON 4
OTT 1
Final
TOR 4
PHI 7
Final
NYI 3
TAM 1
Final
NJD 0
WAS 4
Final
MIN 5
NAS 6
 
1st Intermission
VAN 2
CAL 0
 
1st
SJS 0
STL 0
 
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
4th
SFX 35
SDC 21