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NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Southeastern (1932-present)
Past Conferences: Southern
City: Athens, Ga.
Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum
NCAA Tournaments: 12 (1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2015)
National Championships: None
Conference Tournament Titles: 3 (1932, 1983, 2008)
Conference Regular Season Titles: 4 (1914, 1917, 1931, 1990)
The Georgia Bulldogs are a Division I program located in Athens, Ga. Georgia, an original member of the Southeastern Conference, is coached by Mike White.
Georgia last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015, losing in the first round to No. 7 seed Michigan State. The Bulldogs have been to the Big Dance 12 times overall, making two trips to the Sweet 16 and an appearance in 1983 Final Four.
The 1982-83 Bulldogs, coached by Hugh Durham, won 24 games and captured the SEC Tournament title, earning a No. 4 seed in their inaugural trip to the Big Dance. They proceeded to beat No. 5 seed Virginia Commonwealth, No. 1 seed St. John’s and defending champion North Carolina, a No. 2 seed led by Michael Jordan. But they met their match in the national semifinals, losing 67-60 to sixth-seed NC State. It was the third of eight consecutive postseason appearances during the 1980s for the Bulldogs under Durham.
Georgia has had only periodic success since that stretch. The Bulldogs returned to the Sweet 16 in 1996, where they lost to Syracuse in overtime, and won a first-round game in 2002. That 2002 appearance, however, was later vacated due to NCAA sanctions related to coach Jim Harrick.
After taking Georgia to back-to-back tournaments, Harrick resigned under pressure in 2003 following an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. In addition to being placed on probation, the school was forced by the NCAA to vacate half of its wins from 2001-02 and all of its wins from 2002-03.
Georgia has made the tournament three times since then, losing in the first round in 2008, 2011 and, as mentioned earlier, 2015. Its most recent postseason win came in the first round of the 2016 National Invitational Tournament, 93-84 over Belmont.
Mark Fox was fired as coach in 2018 despite a .551 winning percentage and two trips to the NCAA Tournament over nine seasons. He was replaced by former Indiana and Marquette coach Tom Crean, whose tenure with the Bulldogs wound up being a failure. Crean posted just one winning season and was dismissed following a 6-26 finish (1-17 SEC) in 2021-22.
Crean was succeeded by White, the former Florida coach. The Bulldogs faced extremely long odds of returning to the postseason in White’s first season, as they were picked to finish 13th in the SEC media poll.
Georgia’s alumni base includes 2020 NBA champion Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Edwards and Hall of Famer Dominque Wilkins. Wilkins, arguably the greatest player in program history, averaged 21.6 points per game as a Bulldog and was named SEC Player of the Year in 1981. He left for the draft following his junior year and was picked third overall in 1982.
NCAAB Georgia Bulldogs All Time Records
Litterial Green: 2,111
Yante Maten: 1,886
Alec Kessler: 1,788
Bob Lienhard: 1,116
Terry Fair: 923
Alec Kessler: 893
Rashad Wright: 493
Sundiata Gaines: 476
Litterial Green: 466