WHERE: Time Warner Arena - Charlotte, NC
WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 18 (9:45 p.m.)
SPREAD: Washington by 5
Georgia returns to the NCAAs for the first time since 2008 when it plays Washington tonight in Charlotte. Georgia earned one of 34 at-large bid to the NCAAs this year. It is the first time Georgia has been an at-large team since 2002. This will be Georgia's 11th time playing in the NCAA Tournament. The school has a 7-10 mark that includes a trip to the Final Four (1983) and another Sweet 16 appearance (1996).
Georgia enters the weekend 21-11 overall - their best finish to a regular season since 2002. They have not won an NCAA game since that year. Still, the 2011 season has been a historic one for the Bulldogs. It marks the 11th time in the program's 105-year history that the team has had 21 wins. Georgia's third-place finish in the SEC East is the team's best since 2003. That year was the last time the Bulldogs had a winning record in SEC play.
Georgia and Washington have never met in basketball (or football, for that matter).
LAST TIME IN CHARLOTTE:
March 14, 1997
Georgia 70, UTC 73
Tennessee-Chattanooga used a fast start to down #3 seed Georgia in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. The Mocs hit six of 11 three pointers in route to the 73-70 upset of the Bulldogs. Georgia erased a 46-31 halftime lead in front of 11,206 fans, but could not close close enough to and ended the season 24-9. The loss was Tubby Smith's last game at Georgia before departing for Kentucky, where he won the national title a year later.