Georgia Basketball: Road Win Puts Bulldogs On Path to NCAA Tourney


Road wins are precious, and the Georgia Bulldogs pawed and clawed their way to a big one in College Station Wednesday night over Texas A&M.

The Georgia basketball team added a touch of beauty to it’s hard-nosed basketball style tonight and tapped out of College Station with a resounding  62 – 53 win over Texas A&M.

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Shooting 43.1 percent from the field on the strength of Kenny Gaines 6 of 12 shooting for 15 points and Nemi Djurisic’s 5 of 7 shooting for 11 points, 26% from behind the arc, the Dawgs compensated by holding turnovers to six (6, really). On the defensive end the Dawgs threw a blanket over the Aggies, holding Texas A&M to 15 points below their season average.

While the Dawgs did not shoot well, this win was much more attractive thanks to the minimalist approach to turnovers. The biggest contributor to the Bulldog renovation was Charles Mann. Mann had no turnovers on the night (0, I checked three box scores) while the Bulldogs benefited from 13 A&M miscues. This against a team that on paper is the defensive equal to Georgia. Georgia also shot 75% on free throws in the redecorating effort and again Mann was the master stylist shooting, 5 of 7 and making two big free throws late with the game in doubt.

With Charles Mann playing this kind of ball, the Dawgs can play a lot of basketball games in March.

The Bulldogs are now 16-7, 7-4 in the SEC and tied with A&M, but owning the tie breaker. The Dawgs can expect to enjoy another RPI bump and can take their place in the NCAA Tourney with home wins over the three worst teams in the SEC – South Carolina, Auburn and Missouri.

But Georgia is now raising it’s sites. With road games against Auburn and Alabama (5-6 in conference) plus a shot at Big Blue Kentucky at home on Senior Night, these Dawgs are tracking a 20 win regular season and another bye into the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament.