Dawgs' Chances Rests with Committee

ATLANTA – Georgia's hopes for the NCAA tournament now rest on the votes of NCAA selection committee members – and events elsewhere in the nation.

The Bulldogs seem certain of only one thing: watching the unveiling of the 68-team field on Sunday with a case of nerves.

"We're just gonna be praying that the committee chooses us," junior guard Travis Leslie said.

The loss to Alabama hurt in several ways. It was Georgia's second loss to a team outside the RPI top 50 – both to Alabama – and also gave the Crimson Tide (21-10) a head-to-head argument to get in over Georgia (21-11).

But head coach Mark Fox had a quick answer when asked about that

"If it does, then Georgia-Colorado will factor in," Fox said. "I think they look at the body of work really more than they do anything else."

Colorado, which lost to Georgia in December, is considered by most experts to be in good shape for the tournament after winning two games in the Big 12 tournament. The Buffaloes were thought to be far off the bubble a few weeks ago.

Fox continued to hammer away at his case for putting his team in the field. He pointed out his team had a top 40 RPI and strength of schedule, and a winning conference record, winning road record, and no bad losses.

"The things that the committee has traditionally asked us to do, I think we have put together a resume' that answers all those questions," Fox said. "And we don't have a lot of negatives on there. So I think that we are a tournament team.

Fox also said the team will watch the selection announcement privately, at a location to be determined.

"That's a moment that could be a great moment. It could also be a very disappointing one. That should be done in private," Fox said.

Dissecting the blown leads

Once again, rebounding was a key factor in Georgia not playing as well down the stretch.

Fox has pointed to that as the most common factor in the teams' many meltdowns this season. On Friday, the Bulldogs had an 18-13 rebounding advantage in the first half, but Alabama finished ahead 38-32 in that category.

"We're not a complete team yet," Fox said.


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