Dawgs ranked #24 in AP Poll; Receiving Votes in ESPN/USA Today

The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked #24 in the latest AP Poll, their first time being ranked in either of the national polls since March 10, 2003.

Obviously, the times are changing for Georgia basketball, and they are changing in the right direction following the Dawgs’ big win last Saturday over Kentucky.

The attention that Georgia has received since Saturday via ESPN has been both abundant and flattering.

ESPN blogger Eamonn Brennan thinks that “Georgia might be worthy of their preseason hype“.  He also expressed that he didn’t feel like Georgia’s win over the Cats was an upset at all.

In ESPN’s “Weekly Watch” segment, which highlights the most notable college basketball happenings from the previous weekend, Georgia was referred to as a team that impressed.

The one ESPN analyst that didn’t seem all that impressed was Joe Lunardi, who operates the network’s “Bracketology” segment.  His latest edition of Bracketology was released today, and for whatever reason, Georgia was left off.

However, Georgia’s RPI definitely got a shot in the arm last Saturday, and not just from the Kentucky win.  The Colorado Buffaloes, a team that Georgia beat earlier this season (without Trey Thompkins), dropped then-ranked #8 Missouri 89-76 to improve to 12-4 on the season.

The Dawgs have a quick turnaround after the Cats’ game, with two straight road trips – first to Vanderbilt on Wednesday and then on to Oxford to take on Ole Miss on Saturday.

In a perfect world, Georgia would win both these games and be sitting at 3-0 in conference play by the end of the week.  However, I would be more than happy if they could split the two road contests and end up 2-1.

This may be a lot to ask considering that Mark Fox’s Bulldogs didn’t win an SEC road game all last season, but with the Dawgs’ latest catapult into the national rankings, anything seems possible.