Georgia will be the No. 3, 4 or 5 seed at the SEC tournament next week depending on what happens on Saturday.
The top four seeds get double byes into the quarterfinals at the Georgia Dome.
Coach Mark Fox said Friday that he hasn’t talked to his team about conference tournament implications entering the final regular season game at 5 p.m. Saturday at LSU.
“I’m really not that caught up in it to be honest with you,” Fox said. “You certainly would like to have to win three games in the SEC tournament and not four but we’re just worried about playing well. If we just play well and give ourselves a chance to win then the rest of that stuff takes care of itself.”
The Bulldogs (11-6 SEC) will be the No. 3 seed if it beats LSU. It will also be the No. 3 seed if Tennessee and Arkansas (both 10-7) lose Saturday.
Tennessee hosts Missouri and Arkansas plays at Alabama. Both games are at 4 p.m.
A Georgia loss at LSU and a loss by either Tennessee or Arkansas puts Georgia as the No. 4 seed.
If Georgia loses to LSU and both Tennessee and Arkansas win, the Bulldogs will be the No. 5 seed and play their first game on Thursday because Georgia would lose the tiebreaker to both.
Forward Brandon Morris said the players “are just treating it like another game.”
Guard Kenny Gaines saw it differently.
“It’s a big game as far as seeding and the SEC tournament,” he said. “It’s a huge game. We need to make sure we come out and handle business.”
Georgia can claim a share of second place in the SEC standings with a win and a loss by Kentucky to Florida. The Bulldogs, though, still would be the No. 3 seed if that happened.
There’s this history for Georgia in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs have lost five straight there, last winning in 2002.
Georgia beat LSU 91-78 on Feb. 6 in Athens. It will be Senior Day for LSU, which is honoring Shavon Coleman and Andre Stringer. The Tigers are 13-2 at home this season, losing to
Tennessee on Jan, 7 and Rhode Island on Jan. 4.
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