If Georgia was on the NCAA bubble heading into the Selection Sunday, they were on the very outer fringe of it. The Dawgs, who just fell short of knocking off the Kentucky Wildcats yesterday, ultimately didn’t have enough quality wins to convince the committee to include them in the field of 68.
However, when one door closes, another one opens. In this case, that other door is the NIT, where Georgia has been named a 3-seed, and they will play the sixth-seeded Belmont Bruins. As the higher seed, the Dawgs will take on the Bruins in Athens on Wednesday night.
Belmont won the regular season Ohio Valley Conference title, but the Bruins were knocked out of their league tournament, which shut the door on any aspirations that they might have held in regards to dancing. At quick glance, the main thing that jumps out off the Bruins’ stat sheet is their proclivity to knock down three’s – Belmont made over 36% of its attempts from beyond the arc this season.
Both teams share a common opponent – Murray State- whom they each beat on their respective home courts.
I am definitely curious as to what Georgia’s mindset will be heading into this game. Not making the NCAA Tournament has to be a tough pill for this UGA team to swallow, especially for the two seniors. What will UGA’s mentality be on Tuesday evening, just days removed from the loss in Nashville and the letdown this afternoon?