Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. It’s time for UGA basketball to put up or shut up, starting Wednesday night vs. Alabama. There’s no more room for missteps.
Narrow road ahead for UGA hoops
There is almost no margin for error left for Georgia basketball. The loss to Texas A&M was a huge blow to Georgia’s tournament chances, and the Bulldogs will have to walk a tightrope between now and the SEC Tournament. There are only a handful of opportunities for Georgia to land a signature win that would inch it closer to selection into March Madness, but there are many potential land mines that could blow up the Bulldogs’ faces, starting with the game against Alabama on Wednesday night.
Let’s start by getting a baseline (basketball pun; get it?) on where Georgia’s tourney chances stand right now. The Bulldogs are 12-7 and 4-3 in conference play, putting them fifth in the SEC. Jerry Palm of CBS, one of the better selection experts, doesn’t have Georgia in his tourney field or even in the running at this point. But ESPN’s professor of bracketology, Joe Lunardi, has UGA a little closer, listing it as one of his first four teams out.
So, Georgia is either a bubble team or on the bubble of the bubble. Not great. Georgia does have some positives going for it in some of college basketball’s important ranking systems. The Bulldogs rank 45th in RPI, 46th in Sagarin and 41st in KenPom, all really good rankings for a team with only 12 wins. Those numbers indicate the Dawgs are a little bit better than their record indicates, which should give you some hope, because they do have the ability to right the ship. But they’re also currently 1-4 against teams in the RPI top 50, so they don’t have any big wins to hang their hat on.
That could change soon, though. At least, Georgia will have the opportunity to change. Starting Jan. 31, the Dawgs play at Kentucky, at South Carolina and host Florida in the span of a week. They have to get something from that three-game stretch or this season is effectively over. Should the Bulldogs finish strong otherwise, a 1-2 record over those three games could go a long way to helping their tourney chances. If they go 2-1, I think they have a really good shot; 3-0 is probably a pipe dream, considering they have to play UK in Lexington.
But those games, along with Arkansas to close the regular season and the return contest with Kentucky, are the handful of potential signature wins I referenced earlier. All the other games on the schedule are the land mines. Georgia’s next two games are Wednesday against 11-7 Alabama and this Saturday against 8-12 Texas, both games Georgia should and need to win. If UGA slips up in either of these two, that three-game run the first week of February probably won’t matter much. There is no more room for mistakes.
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— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) January 25, 2017
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- Georgia hoops trying to move on from Texas A&M debacle, but frustration remains (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Georgia needs to join dual-threat QB craze (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- ESPN predicts big things for a couple UGA stars (Brandon Adams, DawgNation)
- Former Georgia cornerback finds a new home at Murray State (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Mark Fox plans to find ‘solution’ to game-clock rule that affected Georgia in loss to Texas A&M (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Alabama’s length on defense could be challenge for Georgia (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Vince Dooley’s grandson will walk on at Georgia (Haisten Willis, Dawg Sports)
- The fault, dear Georgia fans, is not in our stars (Senator Blutarsky, Get The Picture)
- Another wrinkle in the transfer policy debate, this time featuring Mark Richt and Miami (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
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— The Dodo (@dodo) January 22, 2017