I don't think that a loss to Alabama would mean that Georgia was going to be sent to the NIT rather than the NCAAs come March. But Georgia's 74-69 win last night all but assures the Dawgs of another trip to the Big Dance.
Georgia has now won on the road in the SEC twice. The first win cam early in the season at pitiful Arkansas. Now, what seems like and eternity later, Jim Harrick's Bulldogs are, dare I say, road warriors.
After their win over Vanderbilt, Georgia players and coaches said that in order for them to win down the stretch they would have to play with more intensity on defense. And that happened for the second game in a row Tuesday night.
Georgia held Alabama under 70 points and thus the Tide lost their six game out of their last eight. Georgia is now 7-1 when holding its opponents to 70 points or less.
But Harrick wanted to spread the credit around after the win. "I don't want to give our defense all the credit," Harrick said. "You've got to make shots," he said.
Understandably, Harrick did not praise Georgia's free throw shooting. Down the stretch Georgia missed all but one free throw. Almost any additional points would have put Alabama away. Georgia's 57% shooting from the charity must improve.