You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

breaking news

Plane crashes into Cobb County house

Why Georgia should still watch the selection show, just in case

ATHENS — First off let’s be clear: If Georgia’s name is somehow called when the NCAA brackets are announced Sunday night, it will be one of the surprises of the night, if not the biggest surprise. Most every respected national bracket projection has Georgia out, with a few not having the Bulldogs even very heavily in consideration.

But there are reasons for Georgia to watch, on the off chance it has more believers in the committee room then outside of it.

For one thing, Georgia has a better chance than it did last year, when it ended up being a No. 2 seed in the NIT (and thus, theoretically, one of the first eight out of the NCAAs.). And it has a better chance than three years ago, when it ended up being a No. 1 seed in the NIT.

For another, Georgia’s resume is actually very similar to two years ago, when it made the NCAA tournament, with the exception of one thing: RPI rank. Two years ago Georgia was in the upper 30s. As of Saturday night, it was in the low 50s.

What about the main knock against Georgia: The lack of top 50 or signature wins? Well, two years ago Georgia didn’t have any RPI top 50 wins by the end of the season. This year it does have one, Vanderbilt.

Georgia’s schedule strength is similar to 2015. The amount of road wins is similar. The lack of bad losses is similar. (Actually there were more two years ago.)

But the other thing Georgia probably has working against it is the eye test. Two years ago Georgia didn’t have that signature win, but in the last week of the regular season it played then undefeated and No. 1-ranked Kentucky in a close, nationally-watched game. Everyone in the country saw that, especially on the selection committee.

This year, while Georgia finished winning six of its last nine and five of its last seven, it still kind of wheezed to the finish. The last impression the Bulldogs left was the SEC quarterfinal loss to Kentucky, a game that was never really in doubt.

Georgia has to hope is that the committee knows that Georgia was still dealing with Yante Maten’s injury, especially when it barely beat Auburn and LSU at home, and then Tennessee in the SEC tournament.

Mark Fox is evidently also banking on the Texas A&M game almost being counted as a win, or gaining sympathy points. That result may indeed have had a bad domino effect on Georgia’s season – it carried over into the subsequent loss to Alabama, and if you flip the Texas A&M game then Georgia doesn’t have to play Kentucky in the SEC quarterfinals. But by itself, merely flipping a win over the Aggies, barely in the top 100, doesn’t do much for Georgia’s resume’.

So what about all those close losses to Kentucky (twice), Florida and South Carolina (also twice)? Maybe they’re taken into consideration by the committee. Then again, Georgia’s not the only team in the country to lose a bunch of close games.

It’s all hoping against hope, really. The most likely scenario is a home NIT game for Georgia on Tuesday or Wednesday.

But you never know.

The post Why Georgia should still watch the selection show, just in case appeared first on DawgNation.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Georgia Tech chose NIT over NCAA in 1971
Georgia Tech chose NIT over NCAA in 1971

In 1971, the last and only time before this season that Georgia Tech made the NIT semifinals, the college basketball postseason was a different scene than it is today. Tech’s approach in that season explains it quite clearly. At the end of the 1970-71 regular season, the Yellow Jackets were 20-8, just the third 20-win season in school history...
Hawks still evaluating backup point guard spot
Hawks still evaluating backup point guard spot

The Hawks backup point guard position continues to be under evaluation. Malcolm Delaney served in the role for most of the season behind starter Dennis Schroder as the Hawks went without a third true point guard on the roster. Jose Calderon was claimed off waivers on March 4. Upon his acquisition, the Hawks played Calderon in the backup spot for five...
Former NASCAR driver Pete Hamilton of Duluth dies
Former NASCAR driver Pete Hamilton of Duluth dies

NASCAR driver Pete Hamilton of Duluth, who won the 1970 Daytona 500 driving for Petty Enterprises, died this week. Hamilton, 74, passed away Wednesday. Hamilton, a native of Maine who moved to the Buford-Norcross area and built winning cars after his driving days, won four times during a career that spanned six seasons, including twice at Talladega...
Teheran turns in nifty bases-loaded escape in final Grapefruit start
Teheran turns in nifty bases-loaded escape in final Grapefruit start

LAKELAND, Fla. – When he pitched five dominant innings for Colombia in a March 11 win against Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Julio Teheran looked pretty much ready for the regular season. When he worked six strong innings against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, extricating himself from a bases-loaded, no-outs jam along the way, Teheran left...
Braves’ bullpen and bench decisions coming down to final week
Braves’ bullpen and bench decisions coming down to final week

LAKELAND, Fla. – The final spots in the Braves bullpen and possibly a bench job or two were still not finalized as the team entered the final week of spring training games, with Braves manager Brian Snitker noting that 25-man roster decisions and moves could be made right until just before opening day, which is April 3. “Couple of decisions...
More Stories