Georgia basketball falls to Florida in SEC Tournament

The Georgia Bulldogs lost to the Florida Gators, 85-80, in the SEC Tournament. Georgia fought hard against the Gators, but fell to 0-3 versus their hated rivals this season.

Georgia held a lead for much of the late first and early second half. The Dawgs, who were coming off a win over Missouri, kept things interesting, but were unable to breakthrough. Florida outrebounded Georgia, 53-36, and scored 51 points in the second half.

Georgia falls to 17-16 on the season. The Bulldogs, who went 6-12 in SEC action, won’t make the NCAA Tournament. Georgia has a shot to make the National Invitational Tournament, but that even may be a stretch. Senior Noah Thomasson scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs against Florida.

Second year head coach Mike White and Georgia finish the year with a winning record for the first time since 2020-2021. However, the Bulldogs struggled against SEC opponents after winning 10-straight games from November to January.

Georgia is currently the No. 100 team in the NET rankings. The Bulldogs did well against a solid nonconfernece schedule, but were unable to win some critical close games in SEC play.

The NCAA transfer portal opens on March 18. Georgia is certain to see a significant amount of roster turnover following the season.

Story originally appeared on UGA Wire