Georgia’s challenging 2011-2012 schedule

An event that I look forward to every season – the NCAA Tournament Selection Show – aired last Sunday evening, giving college basketball fans their first glance at this season’s “Big Dance”.

Watching the show, I expected to see a number of the Dawgs‘ opponents from this year in the field, especially considering that the Georgia Bulldogs finished the season with the 17th hardest schedule in the country on ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI).

I did not, however, anticipate 10 teams – Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Colorado, California, Xavier, Notre Dame, South Dakota State and Cincinnatti – from UGA’s schedule to show up in the bracket.  Had the Dawgs not bounced Mississippi State out of the first round of the SEC tournament, then that number could have easily been eleven.

That’s a pretty difficult slate for a team replacing its entire frontcourt.

Coach Mark Fox’s young team was thrown into the fire this year, and hopefully these experiences prove valuable for the Bulldogs heading into next season.