LIVE: Georgia looks to strengthen NCAA bid against Florida

Ladies and gentleman of the Bulldog Nation: Here's the critter you've learned to hate.

Ladies and gentleman of the Bulldog Nation: Here's the critter you've learned to hate.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hello. This is the week I was scheduled to check in on the Braves at spring training in Orlando, and it just worked out that there was a pretty good college basketball game tonight on the way.

Georgia, which I think will have a strong enough resume to get into the NCAA tournament, nonetheless has a chance to remove some of the doubt tonight when it faces 13th ranked Florida at the O’Connell Center (7 p.m., ESPN2).

This will be a significant test for the Bulldogs, who are coming off a huge 69-63 road victory at Tennessee (whose athletic department before long I believe will officially become an extension of San Quentin. The Volunteers’ football, basketball and baseball programs all have been under NCAA investigation.)

The Dogs (18-8) have shown that they can play with Florida (21-5), having lost to them in double overtime at Stegeman Coliseum last month, when a desperation 30-footer by the Gators’ Erving Walker at the end of the first overtime tied it. But Florida has won five straight and eight of its last nine since a surprising home loss to South Carolin.

Georgia catches a break in that forward Chandler Parsons, the Gators’ leading rebounder, is expected to miss his second straight start with a thigh bruise, although he could see some playing time.

OK, here’s the latest on the Dogs’ tournament chances. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, in his latest “Bracketology,” lists Georgia among the “most talked about bubble teams” at No. 41 overall. Here’s what he wrote:

Playing in the tougher SEC East, the Bulldogs can survive a loss at Alabama if they can pull the upset at Florida on Thursday night. Georgia has been a .500 team since mid-January and is far from secure without at least one more quality win on its resume.

In Lunardi’s most recent projected bracket from Monday, he has Georgia as a No. 10 seed in the East Regional with a first-round match-up against Washington.

That’s it for now. I’ll be live blogging as much as possible during the game while trying to work on the post-game column. Have any thoughts on tonight’s game?

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Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
6:45 pm

Basketball is boring.

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
6:46 pm

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
6:47 pm

This shows how boring basketball is. There’s no race for first on a basketball article. No one clicks it…

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
6:48 pm

“Have any thoughts on tonight’s game?”

Yes, I do……Go Gators!!!!

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
6:50 pm

How come nobody has written about the hockey tournament this weekend? Georgia is playing along with 7 other SEC schools, but this is apparently less important than a regular season basketball game.

curley

February 24th, 2011
6:51 pm

If it’s not Duke, then it is boring…

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
6:54 pm

And in other news, football season is still not here. Let’s just cover the sports nobody watches.

Dawg4life

February 24th, 2011
6:55 pm

Oh, we are talking basketball????? Snnoozeeeeeeeeee………. wake me up in oct.

Chi Town

February 24th, 2011
6:56 pm

Puppies going down in Tuscaloosa next week.

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
6:57 pm

What do you mean no football? We just finished with recruiting and spring is just around the corner. Tonight is a nice diversion between the two.

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
6:57 pm

I’d rather watch the grass in Sanford stadium grow than watch basketball and baseball until football season.

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Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
6:59 pm

I agree, Jeff. This is the best time of the year for college basketball. There’s a lot riding on every game left.

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
6:59 pm

I hope Coach O’Conner was teaching Rebound practice for the DAWGS for this game. UGA needs to bloodie some noses on the Gatos team. LOL

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
6:59 pm

Swarles,
Then why are you on a blog about basketball?

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

But how is this more compelling than The Real housewives of Atlanta?

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

Hoops time . . .

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
7:03 pm

Good question Beast from the East. Maybe the same reason that you’re a Florida fan on a Georgia basketball article. Because you are allowed to and want to.

Swarles Barkley

February 24th, 2011
7:03 pm

5150…. it isn’t

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
7:04 pm

Price puts Dogs up 2-0 …. Quite a few empty seats in here for a 13th ranked team.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:04 pm

Welcome Techies!!!!!

One of the 3 times a year you vicariously live out your dreams through the Florida Gators!!

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:05 pm

Announcers seem VERY pro-Gators

saban

February 24th, 2011
7:05 pm

Hey with basketball the dawgs can have a winning season and get ready for the 2011 beatdowns.

Boise State 50 Georgia 8. New daddies everywhere.

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
7:05 pm

UGA good early ball movement.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:05 pm

Jeff Schultz,

I know i have given you heck at times….. But I want to be your friend.

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

Swarles,
Fair enough, but I have to say that UF is a little part of this article, wouldn’t you?

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

D A DoubleU G … No flowers? … Well, OK.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

Saben,

Must not be much to do in Dadesville tonight, huh?

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:08 pm

Is there an uglier logo than the Gator head??

Well, yes. That bug they use on North Ave.

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

Gators with their first lead.

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

Double GAG,
How about the Uga logo? There is nothing uglier than that. Except for maybe my divorce settlement.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:10 pm

I feel like Trey Thompkins forces up a lot of crap.

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

So does Walker from time to time.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

That G you speak of brings a joyful tear to my eye every every time i see it.

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

Not the G. The Dawg face. The G looks fine.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

I have 2 on the back of my red pickup truck.

For some reason the Techies make fun of me for it.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

the Dawg face is horrible. Ive always hated it.

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
7:13 pm

It is FAST FAST right now.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:14 pm

Jeff Schultz,

Do you think a close loss by UGA tonight helps or hurts our bubble-case??

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
7:14 pm

DA Double
Stop calling out TECH fans when you have been on the Tech Blog and Tech articles all M-F..ing day.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:15 pm

Price is having a good game down low.

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2011
7:15 pm

8-0 run since Florida had lead.

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
7:15 pm

I want the Gators to win tonight, but it wouldn’t break my heart if UGA pulled this one out. It would surely punch their ticket. I like Fox and would like to see him be successful there. The Gators are already a lock….just working on improving their resume at this point.

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
7:16 pm

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:16 pm

I hate Tech.

I don’t deny it. I LOVE busting your chops.

Tech is UGA’s little pet bee. I can talk smack to or about you all I want. I expect the same from you. Welcome to a BITTER SOUTHERN RIVALRY

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:17 pm

The only reason you Techies are here is because you vicariously live through Florida.

They own us like we own you. And you wish you could be them.

5150 UOAD

February 24th, 2011
7:18 pm

DA Double
What you didn’t work today? You ahve been on as much as me today? I had 4 jobs yesterday and 3 tomorrow but a funeral today.

D A DoubleU G

February 24th, 2011
7:20 pm

WE have held Vernon MAcklin quiet thus far. He made Trey Thompkins look like a high schooler last meeting.

Beast from the East

February 24th, 2011
7:20 pm

Dawgs shooting lights out so far.