Georgia is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002.
Georgia won as many game this weekend (four) as it did in SEC play this season (4-12 record)
This is the second SEC Tournament title for Georgia (also won in 1983).
Georgia is 36-46 all-time in the SEC Tournament, 2-4 in championship games
Despite the win, Arkansas still leads the series over Georgia by a 14-10 mark, although the Bulldogs have captured the last three games in the series.
Georgia becomes only the third team in SEC Tournament history to capture the title by winning four games. Arkansas (2000) and Auburn (1985) also accomplished the feat. Georgia (W6 seed) is the lowest-seeded team to win to the SEC Tournament championship since the league expanded to 12 teams in 1992. The previous lowest seed to win (since 1992) was Arkansas, which won the 2000 crown as the West No. 3 seed.
Georgia only won four regular season SEC games in 2008, but won four games this weekend and captured the tournament championship - the fewest number of league wins by a tourney champion since the renewal of the SEC Tournament in 1979. Ole Miss (8-10, 1981) and Auburn (8-10, 1985) are the only other teams to capture the tournament crown after posting a losing record in SEC regular-season play.
NOTE: Due to an unstructured league schedule in the 1930s and early 1940s, Kentucky captured the tourney title with regular-season win totals of zero (1944), four (1940) and four (1945).
Georgia is 11-30 all-time at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, 8-30 against Georgia Tech.
Georgia's win is its third in roughly 27 hours after defeating Kentucky (final horn sounding around 2:20p) and Mississippi State Saturday.
Sundiata Gaines joins Vern Fleming (1983) and Dominique Wilkins (1981) as the only three Georgia players to be named SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Gaines, a senior from Jamaica, N.Y., ledall SEC players with 69 points in the four games and actually fouled out of both games yesterday (Kentucky, Mississippi State) with his team behind and his college playing career potentially over.
Georgia outrebounded Arkansas 40-31 and after besting Mississippi State, 46-33, on the boards in last night's semifinals, has a +22 rebounding margin the last two contests.
Georgia showed fresh legs after playing twice Saturday, jumping out to a 28-9 lead on a Sundiata Gaines jumper 10:28 into the contest. Arkansas inched its way back into the game after that point, holding Georgia to eight points over the final 9:32 and pulling within 36-26 at the half after seven-straight points from Sonny Weems in a 1:19 span to end the frame.
Despite three games in about 27 hours, Georgia had its best three point shooting day in the tournament,going 7-of-15 for a 46.7 percent success rate. In fact, the percentage is the second best three-point shooting day for Georgia all season, just behind an 11-of-20 (55%) day against Delaware State.
Dave Bliss pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, topping his previous best of 10 boards set twice.