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Bracketology guru has Bulldogs among first four teams out
UGA basketball is about to enter the meaty portion of its SEC slate, so it’s finally time to crack open the books and get to studying some bracketology. As has been the case the last few seasons, UGA will be a bubble team and could swing in or out of the tournament based on just a few results. Joe Lunardi, ESPN’s king of bracketology, has Georgia as one of the first four teams out, along with Wichita State, Rhode Island and Marquette, a team that beat UGA in December.
Over at SEC Country, Kyle Tucker did his own bracketology of just SEC teams to see which ones in the conference have the best chance to make March Madness. So far, he has Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina in, Georgia and Arkansas on the bubble and Alabama as a long shot. Here’s what Tucker said about UGA:
Mark Fox’s team lost by 6 points to South Carolina and in overtime at Florida, then won each of the four SEC games it should’ve. At Texas A&M and home against Alabama this week also fall into that latter category, but neither of those is a gimme. The Bulldogs need to take care of business, though, because a nasty four-game stretch is coming: Texas, at Kentucky, at South Carolina, Florida. That’s the top three teams in the league, plus the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. We’ll know by early February whether Fox & Co. are legit.
That list really gets to the heart of the matter. Because of how poor UGA was during the out-of-conference portion of the season, it has to get some big wins in the SEC. The first two chances the Bulldogs had, against South Carolina and Florida, they came up short. Georgia needs a win or two against the likes of Kentucky, South Carolina or Florida. The Bulldogs probably also require a win against Texas and to pretty much win out against the rest of its SEC competition to make it into the tournament. Anything less than 2-2 over that aforementioned four-game stretch in late January and early February will be all she wrote for the Bulldogs. It’s put up or shut up time.
There are only a few weeks left until signing day. That means the Bulldogs are running out of time to make good impressions on their remaining targets. This weekend, at least 11 Class of 2017 visitors, six of whom are committed to Georgia, will be in Athens to see what the program has to offer.
|Jamyest Williams||CB||4||GA||Committed to South Carolina|
|Larrell Murchison||DT||3||NC (JUCO)||Committed to Ole Miss|
|Devonte Wyatt||DT||3||GA||Committed to UGA|
|William Poole III||CB||4||GA||Committed to UGA|
|Nate McBride||ILB||4||GA||Committed to UGA|
|Matt Landers||WR||3||GA||Committed to UGA|
|Jaden Hunter||OLB||4||GA||Committed to UGA|
|Walter Grant||OLB||4||GA||Committed to UGA|
Check out this piece by Jeff Sentell of DawgNation to get a deeper look at this weekend’s visitors.
Another look inside the indoor facility
Georgia football’s video department keeps pumping out videos featuring players doing offseason workouts in the new indoor practice facility. I still don’t quite believe it’s real, so if y’all could keep making these videos, that would be great.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) January 20, 2017
Rise up! WOOOOOOO!!!
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 19, 2017
- 4-star sophomore safety Jaylen McCollough already sounds ‘at home’ at UGA (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- Another LeCounte? This big 4-star UGA target seems like the first Nolan Smith (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- What does NFL legend Deion Sanders think about UGA target Jamyest Williams? (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- The DawgNation Mailbag: Does great recruits mean greater expectations? (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Georgia looking to add at least one more hoops commitment (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Could Tyree Crump’s 3-point shooting benefit Georgia over second half of regular season? (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Freshman Sabrina Vega shines in Gymdogs’ home opener (Nicole Saavedra, Athens Banner-Herald)
- Gymdog Gracie Cherrey out for season (vineyarddawg, Dawg Sports)
- ‘Dawgs on Tour: Get a Job Edition!!! (GlimmerTwinDawg, Dawg Sports
Today in “Dogs who do things better than me:”
today is ruff. here's a dog playing basketball. pic.twitter.com/p9li28IvQp
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 19, 2017
Have a good weekend, folks.