Georgia draws Sparty in the Big Dance

The Georgia Bulldogs (10) will play the Michigan State Spartans (7) in Charlotte on Friday in the second round of this year’s NCAA Tournament.

While the Spartans are March Madness regulars, Georgia will be making its first appearance in the NCAA’s since 2011.  In that game, Georgia was also a 10-seed and they played in Charlotte, losing 68-65 to the Washington Huskies.

MSU will be coming into this game red-hot, winning its final four games before losing in overtime to the #6 Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship on Sunday.

The Dawgs and Spartans share one common opponent this season – Minnesota; Georgia lost to the Gophers before conference play began, while MSU topped Minnesota in overtime in a league game.

The Spartans appear to be very balanced on offense – much like UGA – with 4 players averaging more than 8 points per game.  Michigan State shoots the ball well, connecting on 47% of its field goals and nearly 39% of its shots from beyond the arc this season.

Coach Mark Fox will need a healthy Kenny Gaines on Friday if his Bulldogs hope to play into the weekend in the Queen City.