Georgia-Vanderbilt: Why Dawgs Need A Win Tonight

Dylan MartinContributor IIIFebruary 25, 2010

At the start of the season Georgia had very little expectations to win anything, even an NIT bid.

The Dawgs had always been the very opposite of what their football team has been. While their football program is usually one of the best, their basketball program is part of the SEC graveyard. However, Georgia has proved they can compete with the best of the SEC as they blasted both Tennessee and Vanderbilt at home.

While Georgia may have a poor record at 12-13, they are better than it shows. They came very close to beating Kentucky at Kentucky, Mississippi State in Starkville and South Carolina in Columbia. In fact if Georgia would have won all the extremely close games, the Dawgs would be 19-4.

All that aside, Georgia has to deal with the fact they are 12-13 and in need of a road win tonight. A win tonight might catapult Georgia to win out for the rest of the season and maybe even a repeat of the 2008 SEC Tournament when Georgia, who was in last place in the SEC, won four games in three nights to capture the SEC Tournament. After that run they nearly toppled Xavier in the NCAA tournament.

A win tonight could also give Georgia a better look on the 2010-2011 season. While Georgia has usually been in the SEC basement most of the years, Mark Fox may just help rebuild this program and turn it into an SEC elite in the years to come. However, Georgia must prove they can win on the road in an SEC game and tonight would be oh so sweet.