Friday goings ons has a lot going on: Georgia weekend primer and NCAA open thread

So, what are you doing today? Wanna know what you should be doing?

There's NCAA basketball. And if you want hot dogs and soft pretzels for brunch in the morning tomorrow, Georgia will play Louisiana Tech in Steg at 11 a.m. in the NIT second round.

The only other athletic events for UGA in town this weekend are men's tennis hosting Kentucky at 4:30 today, and Vandy at 1 on Sunday. Women's tennis will flip it (but not reverse it), playing in Lexington today and Nashville Sunday.

Outside of town, track is at the Alabama relays, with National Women's Field Athlete of the Year Kendell Williams and National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year Petros Kyrpianou.

Up in Minneapolis, the girls are defending their swimming national title, and off to a great start as freshman Olivia Smoliga won the 50 freestyle, sophomore Brittany MacLean broke former Dawg Allison Schmidt's NCAA record in the 500 free beating Olympic star Missy Franklin, and senior Laura Ryan won Georgia's first NCAA diving champ.

"I am honestly still in shock," Ryan said. "Coming into that event, I had no expectations, so to come out on top like that in my old home pool, I can't even describe how that feels. That was the greatest cheering section I have ever had. Not only from all of the swimmers, but all of my family was here. They all live in Minnesota, so to be able to win it in front of them in my senior year just feels so special."

Elsewhere, men's golf is down in Greene County at the Linger Longer. Diamond Dawgs are at LSU. Softball is at Texas A&M. The GymDawgs are at the SEC Championships in Birmingham tomorrow night. While the Lady Dawgs' are playing NCAA basketball in Storrs, Connecticut Sunday at 5:30, taking on St. Joseph's. The game will be one of several broadcast by ESPN (it appears they'll bounce between us and 3 other games playing at the same time).

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