SEC Basketball: Georgia Bulldogs Preview, 2014 NCAA Tournament Chances

By Taylor Sturm
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The Georgia Bulldogs entered the 2013-14 college basketball season with low expectations after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope declared for the 2013 NBA Draft after last season. So far this season, they’ve lived up to those low expectations, as they enter the start of SEC play with a 6-6 record.

The Bulldogs don’t have a good win on their non-conference slate. Every team that has a chance to win their conference or is from a major NCAA conference defeated Georgia. The Bulldogs’ best game of the season was in a loss to the 5-7 Temple Owls 83-81, which in itself would be a very unimpressive win.

Next up for Georgia is the start of SEC play and their opener against the No. 25 Missouri Tigers. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the SEC is one of the toughest conferences in the nation and will prove too much of a challenge for Georgia. The Bulldogs don’t have the talent or depth to compete with a majority of the teams in the conference.

When it comes to Georgia’s 2014 NCAA Tournament chances, they are all but nonexistent. Barring a clean sweep of the SEC tournament at the end of the season, the Bulldogs will find themselves finishing the season towards the bottom of the SEC and looking towards the future.

Despite the bleak outlook at the moment, there are some positives for Georgia basketball. Their top five scorers will return next year unless they decide to go pro, and Charles Mann continues to improve game after game. If Georgia can start recruiting, well, they’ll have a solid foundation for the future, but they aren’t having much success in that department. Something needs to change for Georgia basketball quickly, because, at the moment, it’s spiraling downward.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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