partlycloudy
Sunday August 2nd, 2015 4:27PM

Dogs hoping to use NIT for postseason experience

By The Associated Press
ATHENS -- A Georgia team with only one senior is looking to use the NIT to gain much-needed postseason experience.

That's really the only way for the Bulldogs, who wanted a spot in the NCAA field, to place a positive spin on their spot in the NIT.

Coach Mark Fox said Georgia's home game against Vermont on Wednesday night can be valuable for a team which starts three sophomores, one junior and the lone senior, forward Donte Williams.

"I think it's very important for our guys to get this experience," Fox said after the selections were announced Sunday. "We only have the one senior, so I think it could be a very valuable experience for our team. We start our season next year in the preseason NIT, so I think for a lot of reasons this could be a very good experience for us."

Georgia missed the postseason the last two years. Williams and fourth-year junior forward Marcus Thornton are the only current players who appeared in the Bulldogs' 2011 NCAA tournament loss to Washington. They combined to play only five minutes.

Fox said he believes the Bulldogs (19-13) were one win away from making the NCAA tournament field. Georgia beat Mississippi before losing to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals last week.

"The first challenge will be, like it is for all teams who fall just short of their original goal, is being able to regroup and to play with the energy and intelligence and effort you need to play against a good team," Fox said. "I think that's challenge No. 1, but I think it could be a great experience for our guys to continue to develop as a team and for our program."

Sophomores Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines are the team's top scorers. They were named as honorable mention members of The Associated Press All-SEC team announced on Monday.

Georgia's only previous game against Vermont was an 88-55 win on Dec. 31, 1973.

The winner of Georgia's game against Vermont (22-10) will play the Iona-Louisiana Tech winner. The Bulldogs were 14-2 at home during the regular season.

"The fact we can play at home is great," Fox said. "We've had success at home this year. We've had terrific support from our student body and we've had great energy in our building, so to be at home was certainly our preference and hopefully we can use it to our advantage."

Georgia, a No. 2 seed in the Florida State regional, is one of four SEC teams in the NIT 32-team field. Missouri, Arkansas and LSU also are in the field.

Georgia State plays at Clemson on Tuesday night.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 7 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 7 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 7 months ago )
Sports
Jackets, Mississippi St. clash in Orange Bowl
No. 10 Georgia Tech has the nation's second-ranked rushing offense. No. 8 Mississippi State has held seven of its 12 opponents under 125 yards on the ground.
5:04PM ( 7 months ago )
Ole Miss defense braces for TCU offense in Peach Bowl
Mississippi and TCU were part of the playoffs story in 2014. Each team was part of the chase. Each team fell short of the coveted semifinals.
5:01PM ( 7 months ago )
Kiffin shining again after season of redemption
Lane Kiffin was modest in his goals and complimentary about the team he'll be facing in the Sugar Bowl. He went on and on about how much he's learned from Nick Saban, while insisting it's no big deal when his boss yells at him. Very un-Kiffin-like, you might say.
11:02PM ( 7 months ago )
College Sports
Wisler struggles in Phillies rout of Braves
It was a night to forget for rookie Matt Wisler and the Atlanta Braves.
By The Associated Press
8:06AM ( 8 hours ago )
Kauffman presser raises more questions
A brief statement by Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman raised more questions than it provided answers about the future of MWR.
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
8:00AM ( 8 hours ago )
Ryan Blaney holds on for overtime Xfinity win at Iowa
As the cautions — and wreckage — piled up, Ryan Blaney didn’t blink.
By Rob Gray - NASCAR Wire Service
12:17AM ( 16 hours ago )
VIDEO: Prep football's version of 'Midnight Madness' signals that season is almost here
Today, the state's teams took one more giant step closer to real games, as they were allowed to don pands in practice for the first time, as "fall" practice got underway...
11:58PM ( 16 hours ago )
Falcons make roster moves on 2nd day of training camp
The Atlanta Falcons announced Saturday they signed offensive lineman Pierce Burton and released guard Harland Gunn.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:50PM ( 18 hours ago )