Georgia Basketball: Can the Bulldogs finally grab the NCAA brass ring?


If Georgia beats Missouri Saturday at noon, it will play in the NCAA Tournament. Yes, finally, it is that simple.

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It’s time for this Georgia basketball team to join the Madness, to beat Missouri and claim an NCAA Basketball Tournament Invitation.

Georgia played the requisite tough schedule, built and top flight RPI, won over half their conference road games, survived injury and misfortune, and responded to tough losses.

It’s time for the Big Dawg to Dance.

Beat Missouri on Saturday, noon, in Athens and the Bulldogs go to the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia’s RPI stands at 29. Joe Lunardi places Georgia as an eighth seed.

Just beat Missouri.

Missouri is 7-20 on the year, 2-13 in the SEC. Missouri has not won a game away from home. The Bulldogs must mercilessly put a foot on the Tiger’s throat Saturday and keep it there until all life is squeezed from the Missouri season.

The Tigers defeated Florida on Tuesday night at home. This is a desperate team fighting for pride, fighting to salvage any part of a wrecked season. They will be rested and ready after Tuesday night‘s win. Georgia must stay focused for 40 minutes. The prize stands before Georgia.

Just beat Missouri.

First year head coach Kim Anderson is charged with the task of rebuilding the Tiger Basketball program after its meticulous dismantling by Frank Haith, who took the last train to Tulsa in the off-season.

Said Missouri athletic director Mike Alden to Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star, “We knew that throughout the first year, couple of years, there would be growing pains that went along with the shift in coaches, and Kim implementing his system, his philosophy and what he’s trying to do.”

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If Hemingway still worked for the The Star, he could boil it down, “The situation is bad.”

Alden said this about the hiring of Anderson to, “He’s a man of great character, integrity and respect. He has demonstrated the ability to mentor young men on and off the court, academically and socially. He’s a proven winner on all levels, and he’s built tremendous relationships around the country in the basketball community, which assists greatly with recruiting and other important aspects for a program.”

In other words, Anderson brings a complete, 180 degree change in philosophy to Missouri.

Missouri does not rank in the top half of the country in any statistical category except 3-point tries. They shoot free throws worse than Georgia, 67.2 percent, and turn the ball over the same number per game as Georgia, 13.

However, while Missouri has failed miserably this season, they have done so against a schedule ranked eight nationally. There’s no reason to think Missouri will be an easy win – Missouri gets an extra day of rest and preparation and has seen plenty of good teams. They will bring fight and determination to the Stegeman Coliseum. Bet on a close, physical, Georgia Bulldog ugly contest.

Just beat Missouri.