Sunday, March 11, 2007

Dogs season will continue vs. Georgia in NIT

-A chance to finish the way we expect Q to: playing hard-

About the "new" postseason NIT:

The Bulldogs were able to get a bid to the new version of the postseason NIT Sunday night. The new tournament is down to 32 teams from the 40 team tournament it was prior. There are 4 regions seeded 1-8 similar to the NCAA tournament and there is a selection committee in each region made up of former coaches and administrators like Dean Smith and CM Newton.

Opponent and seeding:

The Bulldogs were given a #5 seed in the west region and are matched up with the #4 seed Georgia Bulldogs out of the SEC, it sets up the epic NIT matchup of the Bulldogs. The game is set for 4pm Wednesday on ESPN2 and will be played at the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.

A bit about the Bulldogs of Georgia:

Georgia enters with an 18-13 overrall record and an 8-8 record in the SEC East, which was the the tougher side of the SEC that sent 4 of its 6 teams to the NCAA tournament. The SEC East featured Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky.

Key wins for Georgia include at Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and at Arkansas.

The Bulldogs have 4 players in double figure scoring led by junior forward Takais Brown at 14.1 ppg, Brown also leads the Bulldogs with 5.8 rebounds per game.

Few things I noticed: Georgia averages 75 ppg and shoots 46% from the field as a team. The one issue they look to have is there near 16 turnover per game average, although they force nearly the same amount.

Georgia averaged about 7500 fans in their 17 home games this season.

Redemption for Q?:

I feel good for senior forward Quinton Hosley who was a big part of the reason the Bulldogs melted down in the second half of the first round of the WAC tournament versus Boise State. Much maligned for obvious reasons (prick) Coby Karl baited Hosley to throw the elbow on a scuffle for a rebound. Unfortunately Hosley threw it and was ejected at the 17 minute mark of the second half.

That ejection depleted a Bulldog team even further when they were already thin in the depth department. Without Hosleys team leading 14.1 ppg and 9 rebounds it was too much to hold off the Boise State charge.

Hosley has been nothing but class in his two seasons with the Bulldogs. The incident versus Boise State was the first poor on or off court decision he has made since he has arrived in Fresno. Im glad Q gets the opportunity to play another game and go out in his hustling, sellout style of basketball.

Game preview:

Look for a full game preview on Tuesday with a more in depth look at the other Bulldogs and what needs to be accomplished to come away with a road win.

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