Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Georgia gets run over by Cinderella

After a remarkable Cinderella run through the SEC men's basketball tournament, the University of Georgia had the tables turned against it in Omaha. After knocking out superior foes earlier in the tournament, it appeared - on paper - that UGA should have little problem dispatching a Fresno State team that was working with a exhausted, makeshift pitching staff. But - as we all know - games aren't played on paper, they're played inside TV sets.

It took a great bottom of the 8th rally to win Game 1. Other than that 8th inning, this series wasn't really close. It caps off a roller coaster season for UGA that saw them win the regular season SEC championship, get swept at the SEC Tournament, lose a Regional game to Lipscomb before beating arch rival Georgia Tech twice to advance to a Super Regional. There, they took 2/3 from NC State before rolling to the Championship Series in Omaha.

Based on recent history, UGA will not be very good next year, but will be back in Omaha in 2010.

As an aside, hats off to Fresno State. They're a fun team to watch and played their hearts out. It's cliche, but it seemed they just wanted it more than UGA did. At least it wasn't an ACC team that won it. After listening to those pompous fans gloat all season about how great the ACC was, it was satisfying to watch their teams drop like flies in Omaha.

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