Georgia Basketball Seeks 20th Win and War Eagle Payback in Auburn


The Georgia basketball team travels to Auburn to play the Tigers for a 20 win regular season and validation of Tuesday’s effort against Kentucky.

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There is one task left to complete before the Georgia basketball team turns to post season play. The Bulldogs sank into the season’s lowest valley on Valentines Day when the Auburn Tigers embarrassed a depleted and discouraged Georgia team. It was one of Auburn’s two high points this season.

On Saturday, the Dawgs can send the Tigers to their own deep dark valley and claim a 20 win regular season by defeating the War Eagles in the season finale. It will be the Tigers last game before next November. Nothing could be sweeter than to know a resounding defeat at the hands of Georgia is the Tigers’ last memory of the 2015 season.

The Bulldogs have had an extra day to recover from the disappointing final five minutes of the Kentucky contest, an extra day to reflect on what it means to drag  Kentucky into the under four-minute timeout inside a rocking and rolling Stegeman Coliseum.

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The Dawgs have what it takes to pay back the Auburn Tigers with interest.

While Georgia was standing toe to toe with Kentucky on Tuesday evening, Auburn allowed Missouri to recover from a seven point deficit in the final 3 minutes to lose in Columbia.

Georgia defeated Missouri in a name the score game last weekend.

“We played hard, but the things that have been getting us all season long got us at the end.” Coach Bruce Pearl told Pearl Wesley Sinor

The Dawgs’ assignment could not be more clear: make sure those things get Auburn one more time.

In the first meeting between the two teams, Georgia played without conviction at the outset but fought back to within one at the half. The Dawgs, clearly a tired bunch on this night, remained a half step behind the Auburn offensive attack for 40 minutes.

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On a night when Georgia turned the ball over only 10 times and shot 85 percent from the free throw line, the difference in the one point loss was Auburn’s ability to shoot above its average from the field – 40 percent to 45 percent and from behind the arc 41 percent to 34 percent.

The game will be a physical contest if Auburn’s play in February is any indication. But expect to see a different breed of bulldog.

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