Now, here comes the high-scoring Tide. Though it is coming off an 81-66 loss at Arkansas earlier this week, Alabama remains the SEC’s best team. In case you missed it, they beat Georgia 115-82 on Feb. 13 in Tuscaloosa.
Currently, Georgia is fighting to get into position for a postseason bid. After beating LSU 91-78 on Tuesday in Athens, the Bulldogs improved to 14-9 overall and 7-9 in the SEC. Ideally, if they could win out against South Carolina on Saturday and Bama next week, the Bulldogs would finish with 16 wins and .500 in conference play. With a couple of more wins in the SEC Tournament on March 10-14 in Nashville and the Bulldogs would be well-positioned for a postseason bid.
Should Georgia fall short of an NCAA Tournament bid in Year 3 of the Tom Crean era, the NIT would be a gratifying conciliation prize for a program that hasn’t participated in postseason play since 2017. The tournament is slated to start March 16.
The Bulldogs actually have an impressive ledger of SEC wins. They have home and away victories over Ole Miss, a split with Auburn and single victories over Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
In the meantime, Georgia desperately needs to take care of business at home Saturday against South Carolina (5-12, 3-10), a team that humiliated the Bulldogs 83-59 on Jan. 27 in Columbia.
Several other SEC teams had to rearrange their schedules with A&M’s shutdown. Tip times and TV are still being worked out, but here’s the new slate of games:
- Alabama at Georgia -- 2 p.m. (CBS)
- LSU at Missouri – originally scheduled for January 9
- Mississippi State at Auburn – originally scheduled for February 16
- Texas A&M at Arkansas – originally scheduled for February 6
- South Carolina at Kentucky – originally scheduled for December 29
- Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
- Florida at Tennessee – originally scheduled for February 10