Felton: Dawgs playing for NCAAs

Dennis Felton

According to Felton, the Bulldogs will use the mid-week bye in the schedule to rest up for Carolina and the stretch run.

Dennis Felton does not pay much attention to the SEC standings. But if he did he would realize that Georgia is no longer in last place in the SEC East and is within striking distance of the number two seed in the division.

"I don't know that I would have noticed what place that we were in. We are competing well in a great conference," he said. "I really have not paid attention (to getting out of last place). All that I can think about right now is South Carolina."

The Gamecocks, Georgia's next opponent, are currently in 2nd place in the SEC East. Georgia has used wins over Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky in the last few days to jump start their season.

"We are giving ourselves a chance to play at higher level that many people thought that we could have; at such a high level that we are in the hunt to be able to compete for the whole thing. I pay much more attention to those things," said Felton.

According to Felton, the Bulldogs will use the mid-week bye in the schedule to rest up for Carolina and the stretch run.

"Every bit of rest that we can get is helpful," he said. "Our players are playing an inordinate amount of minutes; both the seniors and the freshmen. We have to play so hard to have a chance. We are not like some teams that (are) not at their very best and then still win at the end. We are not like that. We have to play at our very best. We have to play at the highest level of intensity that exists. Whenever we can get some rest that's a good thing," Felton said.

Rashad Wright is near the top of the SEC in minutes played per game as is Damien Wilkins. Even with the strain that Felton's team is exerting on the court they know that they are close to achieving an important goal of theirs.

"I think that our team is already very motivated by the biggest prize: an opportunity to compete in the national tournament and win a national championship. I don't think that anything is more powerful for us than that," he said.

Indeed.

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