While most of us are bemoaning the performance last night in Knoxville and the general path of the men's basketball program, the Lady Bulldogs are holding onto a potential NCAA bid in a conference that actually has a national reputation. The Lady Dawgs are 5-7 in the SEC, 17-8 overall and currently sit 8th in the conference, behind #4 South Carolina, #16 Texas A&M, #10 Tennessee, #15 Kentucky, #19 LSU, Florida and Vanderbilt.
The Lady Dawgs started off the season by going 13-1, winning the first 11 before suffering the first and only non-conference loss to Rutgers. The fast start should not have surprised anyone as the team started off the season ranked #24 and was ranked as high as #16 before the Rutgers loss.
Entering SEC play found the ladies ranked #16th and faltering; losing conference matches to Vandy, UT, Missouri, Texas A&M X2 (0-4 is not the way to start conference play), Alabama, and Miss St. The "Big Win" came against the then ranked #13 Kentucky, with two notable victories over the always hated Gators.
Charlie Creme (ESPN Bracketologist) currently has the Lady Dawgs as a 9 seed in the Louisville Bracket, but the remaining schedule may change that picture. With the next contest against #19 LSU coming tomorrow in Athens, followed by trips to Auburn (currently tied with UGA in the standings), #4 South Carolina and closing the season out in the Classic City against Miss St; the Lady Dawgs are looking at closing out the regular season with a Conference Record hovering around .500 (overall around .750). Winning all 4 contests are difficult but not impossible, 8-8 (winning 3 of the final 4 would be spectacular). Would 8-and a RPI around 45-50 (currently 49) take the Lady Dawgs to the Big Dance? I would say it should, playing in the hardest conference in the nation (currently rated #1 in conference RPI and SOS), with 2 wins over a ranked LSU (yeah I do not see a win in SCAR)...but anything else will probably land the Lady Dawgs on the bubble going into the SEC Tournament...which if you cannot tell by the rankings mentioned above will definitely not be a cupcake.
So while the overall UGA Basketball picture is less than rosy, if you can get to the Steg tomorrow night, raise the roof and help the Lady Dawgs send the Tigers back to the swamps with a loss.
As always GO DAWGS