SEC tourney pairings set, including No. 6 seed Georgia vs. Arkansas (UPDATED)

(Updated 7:15 p.m.)

It’ll be the Dogs vs. the Hogs at the SEC men’s basketball tournament.

Georgia and Arkansas will meet in a first-round game at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Nashville. Georgia will be the SEC East’s No. 6 seed and Arkansas the West’s No. 3 seed.

The matchup was determined before Georgia’s 50-48 loss at LSU on Saturday.  Earlier in the day, South Carolina’s upset victory at Vanderbilt had ensured that Georgia would be the East’s No. 6 seed and Arkansas’ home loss to Ole Miss had ensured that the Razorbacks would be UGA’s first-round opponent.

Thursday’s full first-round schedule (all times Eastern, divisional seeds in parentheses):

1 p.m.: (E5) South Carolina vs.  (W4) Alabama.

3:15 p.m.: (W6) LSU vs. (E3) Tennessee.

7:30 p.m.: (W5) Auburn vs. (E4) Florida.

9:45 p.m.: (E6) Georgia vs.  (W3) Arkansas.

And Friday’s quarterfinals:

1 p.m.: South Carolina-Alabama winner vs. (E1) Kentucky

3:15 p.m.: LSU-Tennessee winner vs. (W2) Ole Miss

7:30 p.m.: Auburn-Florida winner vs. (W1) Mississippi State

9:45 p.m.: Georgia-Arkansas winner vs. (E2) Vanderbilt

A Georgia win at LSU Saturday would not have affected the Bulldogs’ tournament seeding because South Carolina clinched the East’s No. 5 seed with the victory at Vanderbilt. Even if Georgia had beaten LSU to match South Carolina’s 6-10 league record, the Gamecocks would have gotten the higher seed on the basis of the third tiebreaker, which is record vs. the division’s top seed (Kentucky). South Carolina is 1-1 vs. Kentucky, Georgia 0-2.

Georgia’s loss to LSU dropped  the Dogs to 5-11 in the SEC and put them alone in last place in the East standings.

One advantage of the East No. 6 seed, as opposed to No. 5, is that it placed Georgia in the opposite half of the tournament bracket from Kentucky.  While the Georgia-Arkansas winner will play Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals Friday,  the South Carolina-Alabama winner will face Kentucky.

Arkansas will enter the tournament on a five-game losing streak and Georgia on a two-game skid. In the teams’ regular-season meeting — Feb. 3 in Athens — Arkansas won 72-68 after Georgia led by 15 points at halftime.

The loss at LSU means that Georgia finishes the regular season without a road victory (0-11 in opponents’ arenas).

107 comments Add your comment

AltamahaDawg

March 6th, 2010
4:37 pm

This is what we wanted , right?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 6th, 2010
4:38 pm

6th out of 6 teams in the SEC East…. But they’re “fixing” to be great. Just ask them!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 6th, 2010
4:39 pm

What you want would be a team that can make the NCAA’s more than twice per decade…

proud dawg

March 6th, 2010
4:41 pm

We are in good shape to make a run! SC did us a favor for sure. Good route for a run through the SEC.

All who have watched the DAWGS over the last few weeks have noticed the improvement.

Go DAWGS! and by the way 30-24

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 6th, 2010
4:45 pm

yuckk…the tip off won’t be until 9:30pm Thursday night..oh well…hopefully we beat LSU and then play well next week…these guys deserve a NIT bid and .500 record is all they need…

lanier

March 6th, 2010
4:45 pm

finally some luck

Bo williams

March 6th, 2010
5:01 pm

Fox got the Dawgs ranked at 84 in Sagarin rating. Bet that impresses the recruits.

RC in ATL

March 6th, 2010
5:03 pm

All this hatin’ on the Dawgs…but we are still state champs!

CatsFly

March 6th, 2010
5:04 pm

College basketball in the state of Ga. is the worst. What’s wrong with you guys, you are pitiful.

Chuck Uga

March 6th, 2010
5:21 pm

Only a complete idiot cannot recognize that Mark Fox is a miracle worker. No one expected UGA to win 12 or 13 games this season. Then again, the AJC blogs as well as Atlanta are full of idiots.

DirtyDawg

March 6th, 2010
5:24 pm

First ya gotta win one, then ya gotta play Vandy at home…now who’s idea was that? This thing should be played on a neutral court every year. If they don’t want to come back to Atlanta every year then surely there’s some place else that qualifies.

Dawg1

March 6th, 2010
5:34 pm

Chuck – you pretty much covered it. This is just the beginning. We have a coach who is going to win.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 6th, 2010
5:34 pm

DirtyDawg…they are not playing at Memorial (I thought that also at first..) the stands will be wearing Kentucky blue….relax…Vandy does not have a home court advantage…I’m actually fired up…the dawgs can beat Ark or Ole Miss Thursday…we can beat Vandy on Friday…what if South Carlona beats UK on Friday…then we’d play SC on Sat…who we can beat…….!!!! doubt all this will happen….but I wish it would…go dawgs..!!!!!

Sid

March 6th, 2010
5:54 pm

I do like Mark Fox, God bless him for inheriting this mess and bunch of hacks except for Leslie and Thompkins. If they cannot beat a horrible LSU team on the road then there is no reason to believe they can win a game in Nashville. he has to recruit players with not only physical skills but some abilities to think on the court. EXAMPLE: Albert Jackson, oh brother!

techisworried

March 6th, 2010
5:55 pm

Got to love the tech fans coming on here to bash uga. They know dark days lie ahead for them.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
5:57 pm

Well it looks like the ole gamechickens will surge ahead of the dawgs in fooball too when they visit Cola next fall. How can a big college sports program like UGA now become a sisters of the poor program in the SEC in the big three sports?

Joe Hamilton

March 6th, 2010
6:00 pm

Fundraiser needed at Tech to buy out Hewitt’s contract. I thought Tech prided themselves on being smart. Sounds like an idiot agreed to the contract that Hewitt has. Oh well, I hear selling doughnuts on sidewalk corners worked well as fundraisers.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
6:03 pm

BTW LSU and UGA all tied up at the half by the meager score of 20 – 20 LOL!!!!!! UGA will lose! Bank on it !!!!!!

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
6:05 pm

UGA loses in the first round of the SEC tournament as well… MARK IT DOWN !!!!!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 6th, 2010
6:06 pm

Sid….the dawgs will go as far as Leslie takes us…he’s the X factor..(and McPhee hitting three’s..)

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

March 6th, 2010
6:12 pm

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman! my post didn’t fire you up..???? it’s been a good day..Ga Tech lost….go dawgs..!!!!

Sid

March 6th, 2010
6:18 pm

yea, Leslie has all of ONE point so far. Looks like he’s pouting.

Sid

March 6th, 2010
6:26 pm

really pitiful performance today. Looks like Felton has returned.

david

March 6th, 2010
6:31 pm

Diamond Dick–there are 12 teams in the SEC–seeds are not based on divisions— we are getting there as far as the NCAA’s are concerned. Hell we beat Tech (again)

david

March 6th, 2010
6:38 pm

I stand corrected–I am the Dick, I guess they are seeded by divisons–my apologies to Diamond Dog.

david

March 6th, 2010
6:45 pm

what makes you think the chickens will “surge ahead” in football flounder? sisters of the poor? you need a reality check– check the recent track record of football/baseball and hoops then get back with us. Yes, we have been down in hoops but baseball and football have been very good the last decade. A couple CWS appearances and a couple BCS bowls if Im not mistaken.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

Apology Accepted, David…

Sid

March 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

truely pitiful, embarrassing. Had no idea what to do at the end of the game. Poorly played and poorly coached.

kydawg

March 6th, 2010
6:58 pm

It wont matter who we play if we play like we did tonight!!! This is pathetic-go thru the motions-lackluster-look like last year-just plain SORRY basketball. Very sad!

I hope the ‘09-’10 dawgs show up in Nashville!

cwm

March 6th, 2010
7:04 pm

mark fox cannot finish games i have noticed that he needs to work on finishing …… see how many close games we have LOST……………. FINISH THE DRILL

kydawg

March 6th, 2010
7:10 pm

Surely Coach Fox wouldn’t throw this game for his buddy at LSU…would he? I know it sounds stupid…but UGA didn’t even show up tonight!!! I still love the Dawgs and still pullin’ for them but…GEEZ…what a nightmare! We weren’t ready to play at all tonight!

About the best scenario for a bracket draw, however. We have a chance to make a dent in the tournament if we show up to play.

Bright Idea

March 6th, 2010
7:20 pm

Being on the road, it looked like the UGA players had their minds made up that they were supposed to lose the game. 16 turnovers against the motley crew from LSU. No focus whatsoever.

benadawg

March 6th, 2010
7:23 pm

Well lets play the tournament and get on to baseball, a sport we can actually win in, You can’t cover for ineptness from players, 11 seconds we shoulda drove the basket for a foul at least, Price throws up a 25 ft brick usual…

mike on lake hartwell

March 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

STATE CHAMPS IN BOTH SPORTS THAT MATTER. TUCK FECH.

Dawgs2010

March 6th, 2010
7:39 pm

In 2008, we were the 6th seed and played the 9:45 pm game against Ole Miss. We all know how that turned out!

Go Dawgs!!!!!!

Rabun Dawg

March 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

I must admit that was a pitiful showing against a very poor team. It looked as though they had no clue those last 11 seconds,not going in to Tompkins? Looked as they Trey had a few words for Leslie( I think it was) after the buzzer. I have been a positive fan all year long,but they took giant steps backward today. And to all the Techies bashing us, you lost to Va. Tech at home on a day you almost had to win. Remember about throwing those stones!!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 6th, 2010
7:59 pm

Mike on Lake Hartwell:

So, you’re state champions in a state that has two BCS schools, one of which is in a conference that you say is laughable. That’s something to hang your hat on.

Tell you what.. Why don’t you go to Gumlog Restaurant. Order a catfish dinner to go. Turn the to go box sideways, and stick it straight up your candy –s!

17 out of 20… 4 NCAA Titles in the past yen years in football and basketball.

You know who’s your Daddy…

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
8:03 pm

I told ya !!! And yes David the dogs will lose in Columbia this fall. Just Bank on it moron! Mark Fox cant close the deal just like another guy named Mark. Georgia sports program is slipping and that goes for the gym dogs too. Damon Evans is a goofball for letting the clowns hang around !!!! Oh yea who said I would be eating crow today as predicted that the dogs would lose today ??? I told ya!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 6th, 2010
8:04 pm

Floundering Fox called it…. What a bunch of real Jerks!

Pete

March 6th, 2010
8:06 pm

Lost a lot of respect with what Mark Fox is doing after losing to LSU

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
8:08 pm

MOOOOOO….. Get that stench out of the Stegosaurus….. its gonna take millions to clean up that heap !!!!

Monticello Dawg

March 6th, 2010
8:09 pm

Sure I would have liked to have had a win today, but in the big picture this game means very little. I understand recruiting for 2011 is going well. Once Fox starts bringing in the instate talent, and it will happen, settle back and enjoy the ride, it will be a lot of fun, and lot of March dancing.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
8:12 pm

Monticello…. On that kool aid already huh?????

You are an Idiot-Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
8:13 pm

I’ll say it again, you are a huge Idiot, who has no idea what you are dicussing.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 6th, 2010
8:18 pm

You are…. speak for yourself……… You just cant admit huh?

Bring Back Tubby

March 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

dawg gone it… I just knew UGA would have won today. Im getting that ole sick feeling too. I dont expect too much for the basketball program after what happened today. Not too excited about our football team either after players being so lost on both sides of the ball at practice the other day.

Louie

March 6th, 2010
8:28 pm

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, got your message from earlier. Try to get the damn phone issue resolved.

As for the mutt bb tourney, one and done a great possibility.
Went farther than anyone thought this season. U-tube trick shot was a joke.
How could this POSSIBLY help a terrible bb program ?

And Louie Jr., did I see you at the Varsity tonight with purple hair (mohawk) with chili stains on your t-shirt. The male friend you were with was smiling at you…

STILL….. L M F A O…… especially at lil Lou Jr.

Cherokee

March 6th, 2010
8:29 pm

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman! ………Didn’t your team go 1-1 against this under maned team? Unless you pull for Kentucky I really don’t think you can say to much about UGA’s basketball team this year.

Big DiDi

March 6th, 2010
8:42 pm

I’m a Florida State Seminole, just found your page and chuckle at the posters you have. Watch the Noles turn around the program and dominate the ACC and make a run at the NC in the near future.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 6th, 2010
8:44 pm

Fortunately for you Cherokee, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then…

At least you guys have a great ladies sports program!

And you run that state. (Although not in the SEC standings. Or National standings. Or really even recruiting in your own state)

Keep it coming, hard charger!