georgia hosts belmont

Georgia hosts Belmont on Wednesday

Georgia hosts Belmont on Wednesday as a #3 seed in the NIT.

Mark Fox will have his opportunity to earn his third straight 20+ win season at Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday at 7 PM EST against Rick Byrd’s Belmont Bruins.  This is not the Selection Sunday Dawg fans were hoping for, but this is the deserved outcome in a season that was full of “should have thats”, excrutiating losses and an inexplicable loss to Auburn at Auburn Arena.  However, Georgia fans should not be the most disappointed fan base.  Just travel a bit further east down I-20 and many fans can still hear Frank Martin yelling expletives.  Let Frank Martin do the yelling for both fan bases, which is why he’s the featured image.

Selection Sunday was an unmitigated disaster.  There was a leak of the NCAA Tournament field midway through the CBS Selection Show and selections were rather unusual.  Very difficult to explain why Tulsa, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Temple received bids and other programs such as Monmouth and South Carolina did not.  How big of a surprise was it that Tulsa made the NCAA Tournament?

There was not a much of a theme of consistency to the NCAA Tournament committee’s selections.  Most had a sense that the NCAA Tournament Selection Show was going to be a rather unusual event when Virginia was selected as a #1 seed.  Most bracketologists were rather off in their assessment of this field.  Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Tulsa were common teams that were missed and Temple was a Last Four In team by most and they cleared through quite easily.  Many trusted Joe Lunardi of ESPN, who missed quite a few this Selection Sunday.  Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings had something to say about it.

So onto that NCAA Tournament Field, you can print it out and do what you want to do with it.  The brackets are now everywhere and have been that way since 6 PM today!

How did the field get leaked so early?  It is very likely there was a website vulnerability that had the NCAA Tournament field in a PDF format that was ready to go upon the end of the Selection Show.  Someone found the vulnerability and the applicable file and promptly spread it on Social Media.  Cross site scripting errors and vulnerabilities matter.  There’s no other logical way for this information to have been leaked in this fashion.  None.

The NIT Bracket is below:

Who’s notably not in the NIT:

  • Clemson
  • Ole Miss
  • LSU (they chose not to be in it, Johnny Jones will be relocating)
  • William & Mary
  • Stanford

Should Georgia knock off Belmont at home, Georgia would take on the winner of St. Mary’s (CA) vs. New Mexico State.  If St. Mary’s (CA) wins, Georgia would be taking a trip to the West Coast to play the Gaels in their High School-like gym.  If New Mexico State wins, Georgia gets another game at Stegeman Coliseum.  There exists a possibility that Georgia could face Florida State for the opportunity to go to Madison Square Garden.  An All-SEC Final Four in the NIT is a possibility, which would be rather comical for much of the nation.

South Carolina was one of the First Four Out and they drew High Point in the first round, which is a brutal matchup.  Florida will have to play road game at North Florida, which is a rough road game.  Georgia Tech will face Houston and that will not be enjoyable for Brian Gregory’s squad.

Belmont is a tough team, but Georgia will have several days to prepare for Rick Byrd’s offense.  More to come on how Belmont operates, which makes for a fun Film Room Preview.  Mark Fox may have to do it without J.J. Frazier who is currently in a walking boot.