If the Bulldogs plan to play in the NCAA Tournament they will have to win their way in – four games in four days. A feat they’ve accomplished once before, but that was a coaching staff and a tornado or two ago.
But while winning the SEC Tournament seems near impossible for any team not wearing Kentucky blue a path to the semifinals seems possible for the Bulldogs.
Step one: Beat Mississippi State for the second time this season. Georgia topped State in Starkville, which set off the other Bulldogs’ slide to end the season. It was Georgia's first over a top 25 opponent on the road since 2004. The win got Georgia on a bit of a roll – finishing the season with four conference wins in their final eight games… not horrible considering they only managed one win in the eight SEC games before that.
Georgia also owns a 9-2 advantage over State in games played on neutral floors. State may have the better overall record, but Georgia can certainly win the nightcap in the Big Easy.
Step two: Beat Vanderbilt for the first time this season. This is going to be the difficult, but not-out-of-the-question part. Vanderbilt averaged beating the Bulldogs by ten points in the 2012 SEC season, but neither game was a no-brainier Vanderbilt win.
If Georgia shoots well they will have a chance. Its not a game Georgia “should” win, but it is a winnable game considering the location of the game, and the fact that the two wouldn’t tip until very late at night.
The Bulldogs are playing as well as they have played all season long. Since back-to-back wins over Arkansas and Mississippi State early February the Bulldogs have been competitive or have won every game they played in except the 30-point bloodbath in Lexington.
But Georgia won’t play the Cats Thursday, and if they win they won’t play them Friday. Kentucky is the only team Georgia can’t beat who is playing this week in New Orleans. And while fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for any sort of miracle run, they also shouldn’t be stunned with Georgia playing some Saturday basketball.
NOTE: Dawgs to play in Legends Classic vs. powerhouses
Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA and Georgia will serve as regional hosts for the 2012 Legends Classic.
The championship doubleheaders will be Nov. 19-20 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was announced Wednesday.
The regional rounds will be held Nov. 11-15. The remainder of the field will be announced later. - AP Reports