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Florida vs. Georgia, Game Thread: Can reeling Gators get right in Athens?

Florida has a good chance to win a road game this Saturday.

NCAA Basketball: Florida at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators need a win badly.

And while Saturday’s game against Georgia (noon, CBS or CBS All-Access) is in Athens, the Gators have a good chance of getting that dub on this day.

The Bulldogs are not NCAA Tournament-bound, despite a strong non-conference slate. They have lost three of their four SEC games by 25 or more points, and Tom Crean is not quite working miracles in his first season after taking over for longtime Georgia coach Mark Fox with a roster that has Nicolas Claxton, Derek Ogbeide, and basically no one else you know.

And that makes Georgia a ripe target for Florida.

Of course, Florida will have to get out of its own way in this game, much as it needs to throughout its SEC schedule to have any hope of making an NCAA Tournament run. Florida will likely look to KeVaughn Allen, who has starred thus far in SEC play, to carry it on this Saturday, and will also hope to force turnovers against a team ranked No. 320 in turnover percentage nationally.

If the Gators can score and disrupt the Dawgs, they should win.

Big if, though.