SEC office negotiates with Alabama, Georgia’s No. 1

ATHENS – The SEC’s league office gave Georgia basketball an opportunity to make a statement with the revised schedule that it sent out Thursday afternoon.

At least that’s the positive way of looking at it.

The Bulldogs (14-9, 7-9 SEC) will host first-place Alabama (18-6, 13-2) at 2 p.m. on March 6 at Stegeman Coliseum (TV: CBS).

The game with Tide essentially replaces 12th place Texas A&M (8-7, 2-6) on the Georgia schedule.

The rescheduling means Georgia will have played four of the SEC’s top six teams twice this season: Alabama, LSU, Florida and Ole Miss. To date, the Bulldogs are 3-4 in those games.

South Carolina (13th) is the other team UGA will have played twice, assuming the game scheduled for 1 pm this Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum.

Alabama battered the Bulldogs on Feb. 13 at Tuscaloosa, 115-82, hitting a remarkable 60 percent (18-of-30) beyond the 3-point streak, while Georgia struggled to be just 2 of 19 out of three.

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The Bulldogs played porous defense that day at Coleman Coliseum, unable to stop the ball in transition and were trapped in the helping defense.

Alabama fans reveled in the victory and took to social media to keep taunting Georgia fans who have been frustrated by the soccer team’s inability to beat Tide with Kirby Smart (0-3).

Alabama basketball moved up the scoreboard over Georgia in the final minutes of the last game, falling behind three despite holding a 20-plus point lead.

Georgia has since rebounded to win two of its last three games, beating NCAA tournament teams Missouri (80-70) and LSU (91-78) at Stegeman Coliseum.

Still, when the SEC tournament odds were released earlier this week, Georgia was a 100-1 underdog. The league tournament will take place March 10-14 at Bridgestone Arena, with approximately 3,400 fans (20 percent) authorized to attend.

The final schedule change, as a result of the postponement of games due to COVID-19, means that Georgia will not be able to play Texas A&M this season.

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