There may not be a more surprising conference tournament seed in all of college basketball than the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia was picked by many, including me, to finish in the bottom four of the SEC and now they find themselves with a double-bye facing the No. 6 seeded Ole Miss Rebels in the 2014 SEC Tournament 25 minutes after the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the LSU Tigers on the SEC TV and ESPN3.
Ole Miss defeated the No. 14 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the 2014 SEC Tournament behind a late explosion of points by Senior Marshall Henderson. Ole Miss won 78 – 66, but the real story was the drive the team had to take back the lead after trailing for so long. The Rebels are for real, and it’s never fair to count out any team that won the conference championship the year before.
Despite a No. 3 seed, Georgia hasn’t won a game over the top five seeded teams in the 2014 SEC Tournament all season long. Luckily, Ole Miss is not one of those teams. The Bulldogs already defeated the Rebels this season, and the confidence of already beating Ole Miss and Henderson will help them late in the game.
I’ve picked against Georgia all season long, and I think it’s time to change my tune. I think that the Bulldogs’ will be crushed by whoever they play in the semi-finals, but they should fare well against Ole Miss and win 66 – 60. Look out for Charles Mann to go for 20-plus points, and Henderson to start taking bad shots late in the game.