Georgia is catching Arkansas coming off a big, emotional win against Kentucky.
That was the scenario in January before the Bulldogs beat the Razorbacks in Athens 66-61 in overtime.
They meet again Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.
This time Arkansas turns around to play a hot Georgia team after the Razorbacks on Thursday night got their first victory, 71-67 in overtime, in Rupp Arena since Feb. 9, 1994. Arkansas is on a four-game winning streak.
“Going into Kentucky to win is one thing in itself,” Georgia senior post player Donte’ Williams said. “They’re a good team. When we played them here, they took us to overtime so we know what kind of team they are so we’ve just got to be ready to fight.”
Arkansas must play Georgia some 42 hours after the win in Lexington.
Third-place Georgia (16-11, 10-5 SEC) has won six of seven and holds a two-game lead over Arkansas (19-9, 8-7), Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU with three games to go.
Kentucky (21-7, 11-4) is a game ahead of the Bulldogs but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.
“We’re just trying to finish strong to finish with a good season,” Williams said. “We know we can finish the season with 19 wins and possibly put ourselves in position for the postseason, a good spot in the SEC tournament so this is very important for us.”
Forward Marcus Thornton said even behind closed doors, Georgia is talking about the team it’s about to play.
“We don’t really talk about projections and stuff like that,” he said. “We understand that if we keep winning then maybe positive things will come about. It doesn’t matter if we can’t win the next game.”
Georgia is up to No. 78 in the official NCAA RPI that came out on Friday, but coach Mark Fox isn’t lobbying yet for Georgia for NCAA tournament consideration.
“They’ll be a time for that if we can win a couple more games,” Fox said.
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