Lady Dawgs await thier NCAA seeding

ATHENS — Georgia started the season ranked in the nation's top five. It enters the NCAA Tournament process at the mercy of the selection committee.

The No. 21 Lady Bulldogs are a lock to be in the tournament when the field is announced today at 5 p.m., but their seeding has yet to be established. It's possible Georgia could be as low as an eight seed, not great for a team that entered the season hoping to compete for the SEC title.

"I'm not really worried about that," Bulldogs coach Andy Landers said. "When you lose seven, eight, nine games, you put yourself in a position where you almost have to be satisfied with what you get." women's basketball analyst Charlie Creme predicts the Lady Bulldogs (22-9) will be the No. 6 seed in the Philadelphia bracket. That would mean a first-round matchup against a No. 11 seed, Colonial League champ Delaware in Creme's reckoning (in Creme's projected bracket, the Lady Bulldogs would have a probable second-round matchup against UConn in Storrs, Conn.).

The middling seed, though, isn't an indication of how Georgia feels about itself. The Lady Bulldogs lost two of their last three regular season games but rebounded to play well in the SEC Tournament. After an easy first round win over Ole Miss, Georgia played No. 1 LSU toe-to-toe before losing 79-65.

"I thought we played reasonably well for 80 minutes (at the tournament)," Landers said. "I thought we played real well for 60 minutes. I don't think we played bad at all.

"I think if you polled our players, and I know if you polled our coaching staff, they would say LSU is the best team in the country. And we were there. We know we can play with anybody in the country."

Georgia's players had hoped to beat LSU not just to advance in the tournament but also to get a chance to play No. 3 Tennessee again, Landers said.

"I think that kind of tells you how they feel from a confidence standpoint," he said.

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