Gators March On

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ATLANTA (AP) _ After a sluggish finish to the regular season, the Florida Gators started the postseason as if they're fully capable of winning another national title.

Number Six Florida scored the first 17 points of the game, built a 25 point lead before halftime and romped to a 74-to-57 victory over Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Taurean Green scored 19 points to lead the Gators (27-5), but this was a devastating group effort by a team that looked vulnerable when it closed February by losing three of four.

Florida opened March with a win over Kentucky, and the Gators are hoping that a third straight SEC tournament title will be enough to lock up a top seed in the NCAA field.

Georgia (18-13), which hasn't been to the NCAAs since 2002, was looking to bolster its credentials with an upset of the Gators. The Bulldogs didn't even come close, likely ensuring a trip to the National Invitation Tournament.

Takais Brown as Georgia's top scorer with 12 points.