March 20, 2015
I'm bummed we lost this game. We fought back against a better, more athletic team. We probably just missed another layup or put back.
Thanks to Neme, Marcus, and Taylor for being Damn Good Dawgs.
March 16, 2015
He ends his career with 944 total wins, 862 of them at UGA. He's taken teams to eight final fours, been in the Sweet 16 in 20 of his 36 season. We are one of only three programs to have never posted a losing season in women's basketball since it became an NCAA sport.
Georgia Sports Blog thanks Coach Landers for all he's done for UGA athletics. He's a Damn Good Dawg that has given his heart and soul to the Bulldogs.
March 15, 2015
Which it sure looks like they did. Michigan State finished the B1.5G as the third a conference with seven teams that made the field, and too one seed Wisconsin to OT in the B1.5G championship. To give you an idea, North Carolina and Georgetown both had similar records, RPI profiles, and good wins/bad losses, but are seeded 4th. Our records look the same, both in conference and out of conference, but two things stand way out about Michigan State vis a vis Georgia: how well they've played the past month (7-3, with two of those losses coming to Wisconsin) and how much better their wins look (four over top 50 RPI, including three in those past ten games.
That doesn't mean UGA is doomed, but it does mean we have a much tougher 7 seed in Michigan State than say Iowa or VCU.
UGA faces Michigan State 12:40pm Friday on TruTV.
Let's get the bad news out of the way, Georgia lost to Arkansas, and badly, yesterday in the SEC Tournament. We were intentionally playing short handed to get healthy for the NCAA Tournament.
The good news is that we are absolutely in the tournament. I don't see any way Mark Fox would have rested players unless he knew we were already in. So now it's just a question of what seed we will be and where we will be placed.
The tough part is several folks have us last four in, meaning there's a chance we will play in Dayton in a play in game against another 11 seed. For my money, I think we end up at 10 seed.
And I'd much rather be in at 10 rather than at 8 or 9. Your first round game is a 7 seed, which usually means you are likely to play a team that is evenly matched up with you. The other reason is if you win that game, you likely face a two seed in the second round. As an 8/9, you are guaranteed to face a one seed.
The last thing to think about is placement. With Charlotte Jacksonville, and Louisville on the table, Georgia has some pretty good options to get fans, or strong rooting interests, at their site. The best case scenario would be somewhere like Charlotte with Duke as Duke fans will come and root for any underdog. UK fans in Louisville will root for the other SEC teams.
Worst case scenario is Dayton for the play in, then having to play in Seattle in the early game Friday. We'll worry about that after selection, which will be aired at 6pm tonight on CBS.
March 14, 2015
Strong games from Thornton and Maten lead us to victory over South Carolina (finally). Arkansas is next at 3pm.
The Razorbacks go on stretches where they get cold. We have to play strong perimeter defense and watch the back door cuts, as well as hit free throws, to win. This is a winnable game. Win it and we could slip up to a seven seed in the NCAA Tournament.
ESPN has the game.
March 13, 2015
Here's hoping the officials hate rugby disguised as basketball as much as I do. We have the latest tip tonight, sometime after 9pm Eastern.
March 12, 2015
For my money, I'd been happy with someone more colorful, like Spencer Hall, but Greg Sankey is a good hire, too.
|We've lost two games to this guy though|
March 8, 2015
Ole Miss 1-4
March 5, 2015
I wanted to give the pep band a bit more to work with in thinking about when to load up for Nashville. The outcomes are a bit more jumbled than I figured yesterday, as you'll see below
Remaining games of the four teams that are in play for positions 3, 4, 5, and 6:
Ole Miss (11-6) - Vandy (Sat, 9pm, SECNetwork)
Texas A&M (11-6) - Alabama (Sat, 2pm, ESPN3)
LSU (10-7) - @ Arkansas (Sat, 2pm, ESPN)
UGA (10-7) - @ Auburn (Sat, 4pm, SECNetwork)
Scenarios for seeding in tournamentUGA has to beat Auburn Saturday afternoon and needs at least one other team to lose to finish higher than sixth. I've applied the conference's tiebreakers to the scenarios below. Head to head applies with two teams; where 3 or more teams are tied, the conference looks at win % among the tied teams. Where that has happened, I've listed the records of the tied teams under each outcome.
Everyone but UGA loses - UGA 3rd, Ole Miss 4th, TAMU 5th, LSU 6th
Ole Miss 1-2
Ole Miss 1-4
Ole Miss wins, TAMU and LSU loses - Ole Miss 3rd, UGA 4th, TAMU 5th, LSU 6th
UGA and TAMU end up tied. UGA seeded higher by virtue of UGA's head to head win over Aggies.
A&M wins, Ole Miss and LSU loses - TAMU 3rd, UGA 4th, Ole Miss 5th, LSU 6th
UGA and Ole Miss end up tied. UGA seeded higher by virtue of UGA's head to head wins over Rebel Bears
LSU and Ole Miss wins, TAMU loses - Ole Miss 3rd, LSU 4th, TAMU 5th, UGA 6th
LSU and TAMU wins, Ole Miss loses - TAMU 3rd, LSU 4th, UGA 5th, Ole Miss 6th
Ole Miss 0-4
Clearly, if Ole Miss and TAMU win, UGA cannot finish higher than 5th, depending on LSU's game. If everyone wins, UGA still finishes up 6th.
March 4, 2015
Schedule (my apologies for the formatting):
|FIRST ROUND:||6 p.m.||SEC Network||Game 1 - Seed #12 vs. Seed #13|
|SEC Network||Game 2 - Seed #11 vs. Seed #14|
|SECOND ROUND:||Noon||SEC Network||Game 3 - Seed #8 vs. Seed #9|
|SEC Network||Game 4 - Seed #5 vs. Game 1 winner|
|6 p.m.||SEC Network||Game 5 - Seed #10 vs. Seed #7|
|SEC Network||Game 6 - Seed #6 vs. Game 2 winner|
|THIRD ROUND:||Noon||SEC Network||Game 7 - Seed #1 vs. Game 3 winner|
|SEC Network||Game 8 - Seed #4 vs. Game 4 winner|
|6 p.m.||SEC Network||Game 9 - Seed #2 vs. Game 5 winner|
|SEC Network||Game 10 - Seed #3 vs. Game 6 winner|
|SEMIFINALS:||Noon||ESPN||Game 11 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner|
|ESPN||Game 12 - Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner|
|FINALS:||Noon||ESPN||Game 13 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner|
- You saw Mark Fox at his best as a coach. He was one step ahead of Kentucky all night. Yes, John Calipari is a terrible in game coach. Yes, he relies on having 8+ guys on his team that would start for every other basketball program in the country. Yes, they are all really 6'7" and over. Still, you have to coach your team to over come the massive differential in Joes. Mark Fox nearly did.
- You saw what Stegeman could be. You think we lose to Tech, LSU or Auburn (or maybe even South Carolina) at home with that kind of atmosphere? No way. We shouldn't have to have the number one team in the nation in Athens to have 2,500 of the 35,000 students on campus, plus another 6-8K show up for games against those teams.
March 2, 2015
The full text of the letter as reprinted from the above linked AJC article: