Georgia Bulldogs news: Baseball's historic start, Condon No. 1 draft prospect, basketball settles for 11 seed, more

The Georgia baseball program has had its best start since 1908 and in head coach Wes Johnson's very first season in Athens. The Bulldogs are led by Charlie Condon, who could be the No. 1 pick in this summer's MLB draft.
Georgia's first baseman Charlie Condon (24)
Georgia's first baseman Charlie Condon (24) / Cyndi Chambers / USA TODAY NETWORK

After a weekend four-game sweep of Northern Colorado, the Georgia Bulldogs are 16-1 with their lone loss in Wes Johnson’s first season coming against Michigan State on February, 28. This start isn’t just a great one for Johnson’s tenure, but it’s the best start through 17 games in the modern era for the Georgia baseball program. In 1992, 2009, and 2019 Georgia started 15-2 through 17 games, and the only team better was the 1908 Bulldogs who went 20-2 to win the Southern Conference. 

Charlie Condon named top MLB draft prospect by Keith Law

The Athletic’s Keith Law, one of the MLB media’s top evaluators, has released his first big board for the 2024 MLB draft and has Charlie Condon, Georgia’s first baseman, at the top. Law referenced a change Condon made to his hand position at the plate and it’s clear that adjustment is working. So far, Condon is hitting .565 with a 1.949 OPS, 12 home runs, and seven doubles in 62 at-bats. Condon also has 16 walks to 10 strikeouts. 

If Condon were to go first overall in this summer’s draft, he would be the highest-drafted player in Georgia baseball history. That distinction is currently held by John Henderson who was selected fourth overall in 1975 by the Chicago Cubs. 

More Georgia Bulldogs news: Men’s basketball settles for 11th seed in SEC Tournament

The regular season has come to an end for the Georgia men’s basketball team following a 92-78 loss at Auburn on Saturday. Despite the loss, Georgia finished with a winning record (16-15) for the first time since 2017-18 under Mark Fox. Michael White led the Bulldogs to a 6-11 record in SEC play and has earned the 11th seed in the SEC Tournament. 

Georgia will face No. 14 seed Missouri in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, March 13 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Tip-off will be 25 minutes after the conclusion of No. 12 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Vanderbilt which tips at 7:00 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. 

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On the men’s side, the very first tickets to the NCAA Tournament are just being punched, but on the women’s side, many of the biggest conference tourneys have already been decided. In the Big Ten, Caitlin Clark finished with 34 points and 12 assists in Iowa’s overtime win over Nebraska to claim a third-straight Big Ten title for the Hawkeyes. Clark finished the first half with just four points but hit multiple big shots down the stretch. 

In the SEC, undefeated South Carolina battled LSU, and battle is the operative word. After a benches-clearing brawl in the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks closed out the win to clinch their seventh SEC Tournament victory over the last nine years.