Georgia faces LSU, then perhaps Florida, in SEC tournament

semerson@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 9, 2013 

ATHENS - After another heartbreaking road loss, Georgia's plans for the SEC tournament are set: First LSU, and with a victory, then Florida.

Georgia fell to Alabama, 61-58, on Saturday afternoon, with the Crimson Tide's Trevor Releford hitting a halfcourt shot at the buzzer. The Bulldogs rallied from 17 down at the half and 14 down in the second half, tying it with under a minute to go.

Georgia will be the No. 8 seed after Saturday's results around the conference. That means a matchup on Thursday at 1 p.m. against ninth-seeded Alabama.

The winner of that game then faces top-seeded Florida, on Friday at 1 p.m.

Georgia defeated LSU in January in Athens, 67-58. Both teams finished 9-9 in SEC play, so the Bulldogs' head-to-head win is the reason it will wear the home jersey in Nashville.

Florida swept Georgia during the regular season, with the Gators winning by 33 in Gainesville and by 17 in Athens. The Bulldogs did lead at halftime of the game in Athens, which was on Jan. 23.

Here is the field and the schedule, which still has to wait till tonight to become official:

Wednesday
Game 1: No. 12 South Carolina, Mississippi State or Auburn vs. No. 13 South Carolina, Mississippi State or Auburn, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: No. 11 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 South Carolina, Mississippi State or Auburn, 10 p.m. ET

Thursday
Game 3: No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 LSU, 1 p.m. ET
Game 4: No. 5 Tennessee vs. Game 1 winner, 3:30 p.m. ET
Game 5: No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 6: No. 6 Missouri vs. Game 2 winner, 10 p.m. ET

Friday
Game 7: Florida vs. Game 3 winner, 1 p.m. ET
Game 8: No. 4 Alabama vs. Game 4 winner, 3:30 p.m. ET
Game 9: No. 2 Kentucky vs. Game 5 winner, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 10: No. 3 Ole Miss vs. Game 6 winner, 10 p.m. ET

Saturday
Game 7 vs. Game 8 winner, 1 p.m. ET
Game 9 vs. Game 10 winner, 3:30 p.m. ET

Sunday
Championship, 1 p.m. ET

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