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Post Tough draw for Lady Dogs

Tuesday March 18, 2008

When you lose seven SEC games and beat no ranked teams during the season, you are fortunate to end up with a #8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. That’s where the Lady Dogs find themselves this morning, and it will require a huge upset if the program is to earn its sixth straight Sweet 16 trip.

Georgia is the #8 seed in the New Orleans regional, and they will open play on Easter Sunday at approximately 2:30 against #9 seed Iowa in Norfolk, Va. Iowa was 21-10 overall and 13-5 in the Big 10, tying Ohio State for the regular season championship. Georgia and Iowa have two common opponents: both teams beat Mississippi State, and Iowa lost to Georgia Tech while the Lady Dogs pulled off a close win at home.

If Georgia advances to the second round, they’ll likely face #1 seed North Carolina. The game would be a high-profile between Tasha Humphrey and Erlana Larkins, but Carolina’s speed and depth has been too much for most teams to handle. First things first, though – Iowa has played well since the conference season started, and they’ll be a handful in the first round.

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