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Gators put first place on the line against Georgia



The Florida men's basketball team will attempt to rebound from Tuesday night's disappointing loss at Kentucky when they travel to play Georgia Saturday afternoon.

Despite the loss, the Gators remain tied for first place in the SEC East with Kentucky and South Carolina, so Saturday's game is critical both for the Gators' title hopes and their psyche.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said he expects his team to be able to put the Kentucky loss behind them and be well-prepared for Georgia, although he doesn't expect it to be easy.

"Anytime you go through any level of experience in life that can be somewhat disappointing, it can do one of two things,'' Donovan said. "It can discourage you or it can heighten your awareness and heighten your focus. And I think in most situations this year when we’ve come off something like that, our guys have come back, worked hard and they’ve done a good job. So I don’t think this is anything different for us mentally. Coming off a loss you want to respond and you want to play well in this game.''

Georgia is 9-15 overall and 0-9 in SEC play. Head coach Dennis Felton was fired one day after the Gators defeated the Bulldogs 83-57 on Jan. 28. With LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee still remaining on its schedule, this is a game that falls into the must-win category for Florida.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:47pm]


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