I don't suppose many of us expected Georgia to make the NCAA basketball tournament before the season started -- and the Bulldogs' 1-7 start in SEC play certainly clinched that outcome (although I guess the 2008 UGA team taught us to never rule out a miracle at the conference tournament. Let's hope New Orleans doesn't get hit by another natural disaster, though, for that wonderful city's sake).
Anyway, ESPN college basketball blogger Eamonn Brennan is taking a look at the possible NCAA tournament entries and bubble teams today and there is a common thread for Georgia's last two opponents, Arkansas and Mississippi State. Their tourney resumes took hits in the last week after losses to Georgia. In fact, Arkansas has darn near fallen off the bubble.
The assumption here is that Georgia will still post a respectable conference record, particularly in light of the 1-7 mark the Bulldogs carried this time a week ago. They still have two games against South Carolina and one at LSU along with home games against Florida and Vandy and the always daunting trip to Kentucky. Getting to 6-10 in SEC play is not out of the question, and it would make for an outstanding second half of the conference season, but it won't be easy. Beating South Carolina in both games is probably necessary in that scenario, and then the Bulldogs must keep their fingers crossed that they pick off one more somewhere in the mix.