ATHENS Mark Fox claims that he finally allowed himself to look at the NCAA picture on Sunday, a day after his Georgia mens basketball team finished tied for second in the SEC.
I dont know if well have to win it. But it sure takes the stress out of it if you do, Fox said. I think wed have to advance, to have a legitimate at-large chance wed have to advance in the tournament. But if you advance you might as well win it.
Most bracket experts think Georgia (18-12, 12-6 SEC) will have to cut down the nets in Atlanta on Sunday. Otherwise, Georgias poor nonconference record and RPI rank (73 as of Monday) will leave it way off the bubble.
They are not at-large team under any circumstances, said Jerry Palm, a bracket expert at CBSsports.com.
Palm pointed out that Georgia has five bad losses, and its best wins are over Missouri and Arkansas, which are bubble teams themselves.
They finished tied for second in the SEC without an RPI top-50 win. Thats all you pretty much need to know about that league, Palm said.
Georgia being on a hot streak also wouldnt matter enough, according to Palm, because the wins dont include any eye-opening wins. And two wins this weekend, including over Kentucky, wouldnt bring up Georgias RPI.
The good news? Georgia should be in good shape for the NIT.
I dont break down the NIT, but at this point I would be surprised if Georgia was left out, Palm said.