The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in Region One. Syracuse is the No. 1 seed in that region, but the interesting matchup for the Bulldogs would come in the second round. That game comes against the winner of the Georgia Tech-Indiana game, which is taking place in Atlanta even though the Yellow Jackets are the lower seed. ESPN announced that UGA's game with Belmont will tip off at 7 PM.
Belmont, 22-6, enters the game after losing only one regular-season conference game. The Bruins got the invitation to the NIT as a result of winning the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title earlier this year. Belmont's best win of the season is over Jacksonville State, which ended the year with a No. 150 RPI ranking and defeated Belmont to win the OVC conference title and the automatic berth into the NCAAs. Belmont lost to the four teams - Florida, Middle Tennessee State, Vanderbilt and Rhode Island - it played that finished with Top 50 RPIs.
The Bulldogs will also be a part of an experiment by the NCAA in regards to resetting team fouls after the ten-minute mark of each half - essentially ending the one-and-one free throw situation that currently happens on the 7th team foul.
According to the NCAA:
• Each team is limited to a team total of four personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) during each 10-minute segment of each half.