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What just happened?: UGA has officially been selected to play in the NCAA tournament.
What’s their seed?: 10th seed in the East Region
Who will they play?: The Washington Huskies, the 5th seed in the East. They are 23-10 and 11-7 in Pac-10 play. UGA has never played Washington in basketball.
Why is this important?: This is their first appearance in the Big Dance since 2001. Their last appearance in 2002 was vacated by the NCAA. This is obviously pretty big because it was widely speculated that Georgia, despite it’s 48 RPI and Top 40 schedule, was going to be on the outside looking in come Sunday night. Much of this, of course, was based off projections by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, their resident “Bracketologist”. As of Sunday afternoon, Lunardi had the Bulldogs in his “Last Four Out” of the tournament. Well. He was wrong. A 10 is seed is pretty comfortably in.
Not entirely surprised here. I’ll admit, I was getting a little worrisome just because I was letting the ESPN machine affect me. However, I’m a big fan of the “eye test”. And according to my eye test (albeit not a great one), I thought Georgia deserved a spot. The SEC East was extremely strong this year. Now, when it comes to advancing, we’ll have to figure that out as the week progresses.
Coach Mark Fox and other players will be available at 8:00. Unfortunately, WUOG Sports won’t be there, so we reccomend you follow our friend Fletcher Page. He’ll keep you up to date on tonight’s Selection Sunday madness.
We’ll talk a little later in the week about this match-up.