ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Coach Jim Harrick and No. 25 Georgia face another stern test at home on Tuesday night when it hosts third-ranked Florida in a Southeastern Division battle.
Georgia (17-8, 9-5 SEC East) saw its 11-game home winning streak end with Sunday's 74-66 loss to Kentucky. Now the Bulldogs must entertain the Gators and their four-game winning winning streak.
"It's certainly tough to play Kentucky and Florida back-to-back with only one day off," Harrick said. "Florida was ranked No. 1 in the country at one time and they are really talented. Great ballclub."
Making matters worse are the accusations being made by former Georgia player Tony Cole, who claims that Harrick and his son, assistant Jim Harrick Jr., made illegal payments to him. Cole has also alleged academic fraud within the Georgia program.
"Everything is hard on my whole family right now," Harrick said. "You hate to be accused of anything. This is not what you get in the business for. But it will all come out in the end."
Harrick had his troubles at UCLA and Rhode Island. As a result, Rhode Island has opened up an investigation of its program for improprieties by Harrick and his son.
On the court, Georgia is trying to avenge a 66-63 loss at Florida on January 11. Gators freshman Anthony Roberson drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer after Jarvis Hayes nailed four 3-pointers in the final minutes to rally the Bulldogs.
Roberson drilled seven 3-pointers for 23 points and Hayes was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc for 25 points to lead Georgia in what turned into a classic confrontation.
"We certainly have a great challenge again on the road against a team that we were very fortunate to beat the first time," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "They have great shooters and a great all-around team. This will be our last road game. It will be very challenging and one that we will have to play very, very well in."
The Gators improved to 7-3 on the road with a 73-70 victory at Auburn on Saturday. Matt Bonner scored 23 points and Brett Nelson added 12, his highest scoring total in nine games.
Florida has won four straight visits to Georgia and is 5-1 against ranked opponents this season.