Georgia’s win on Saturday coupled with losses by Ole Miss, Arkansas and Texas A&M made the Dawgs the benefactor of a four-way tie for third place. Since Georgia had the best record amongst the tied teams, UGA earned the 3-seed in this week’s SEC tournament. The cookie certainly crumbled in Georgia’s favor yesterday.
The double-bye could not have come at a better time for Coach Mark Fox as it will give his starting two-guard, Kenny Gaines, an additional day to receive treatment and to heal from a minor foot injury. The Dawgs will play the winner of the Ole Miss vs. Missouri/South Carolina, with Georgia most likely playing the victor from a Rebels-Gamecocks matchup (SC beat Mizzou earlier in the year and the Cocks improved as the season progressed, while the Tigers have been mostly pitiful throughout).
Playing either South Carolina or Ole Miss would be intriguing for the Dawgs, considering UGA was swept by the Gamecocks, but then in turn did the sweeping themselves against the Rebels.
In the latest Bracketology reports, ESPN still has Georgia sitting at an 8-seed, and CBS, for whatever reason, has inexplicably dropped the Dawgs down to a 10-seed.
Kudos to Coach Mark Fox and this bunch of Dawgs for posting consecutive 20-win seasons the past two years, marking only the second time in program history in which that feat has transpired. That wasn’t the only history that was made on Saturday, though – the Dawgs’ win on the Plains was its 6th conference road win of the season, setting a school record for that category. Georgia’s road toughness is definitely an attribute that should serve them well in the NCAA Tournament.