ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Bulldogs open practice Friday
with a young, inexperienced squad that must replace several key
players from an improbable run to the NCAAs last March.
Last season, the Bulldogs finished at the bottom of the SEC East
with a 4-12 mark. But everything changed during a stormy weekend in
Georgia won its opening-round game and was waiting to play
mighty Kentucky when a tornado ripped through downtown Atlanta and
glanced off the Georgia Dome. The game was postponed because of
damage to the arena, and the tournament shifted to nearby Georgia
The Bulldogs beat Kentucky and came back six hours later to
knock off SEC West champion Mississippi State. Finally, they
defeated Arkansas to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Even though the season ended with a loss to Xavier in the
opening round, the perception of Georgia's program took a turn for
The Bulldogs have only two returning starters. Sundiata Gaines
and Dave Bliss completed their eligibility, while Billy Humphrey
was kicked off the team after several run-ins with law enforcement.
But Felton expects to have a more athletic, versatile squad, led
by returning starters Terrance Woodbury and Albert Jackson.