Mark Fox said he still feels his Georgia Bulldogs belong in the NCAA tournament, and after citing the numerical reasons he offered this: “If I don’t call that timeout and the ball goes in, you don’t ask that question.”
And that’s the point, sorry to say.
Given the chance to dissolve all doubt, Georgia authored a collapse that makes us wonder if this team is as good as its record. The Bulldogs led what was billed as a Big Dance play-in by 14 points with 6:44 remaining, and they wound up losing to a team with an RPI 44 places worse for the second time in seven days. If you can’t hold so big a lead in so huge a game, do you belong in the NCAA tournament at all?
Said Trey Thompkins, the Georgia forward: “It’d be nice [to make the NCAA], but it’s out of our hands. I can’t tell you whether we’re in or whether we’re not.”
Georgia scored its 49th point with 6:01 left in regulation. Eleven minutes later, it would finish with