The media gave their take prior to the SEC Basketball Tipoff media event which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Georgia was projected to finish fourth in the conference standings, with Kentucky projected to take the conference crown yet again. In addition to the Wildcats, Georgia was projected to finish behind Florida and Texas A&M.
Head coach Mark Fox has sent Georgia to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in each of the past three seasons, after finishing third twice and sixth once in the final SEC regular season standings. In addition, Fox looks to bring the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive 20-win season and clinch an NCAA Tournament berth, which they haven’t done since the 2014-2015 season.
As well as being ranked within the top half of the conference standings, two Georgia players were named to the preseason All-SEC teams, with senior point guard J.J. Frazier named to the first-team and junior forward Yante Maten named to the second-team.
The duo of Frazier and Maten is projected to be one of the best in the SEC this season as two of the best within the conference return as upperclassmen. In 2015, Frazier was deemed to be one of Georgia’s most dependable players as a junior, finishing with 16.9 points per game and 4.4 assists per game.
Maten saw a big jump from his freshman to sophomore season as well, becoming a go-to guy at a needed time after the departures of Nemanja Djurisic and Marcus Thornton. Maten finished with 16.5 points per game and 8 rebounds per game in 2015, and he’ll look to grow upon that in his junior season.
Prior to last season, Georgia was projected to finish fifth in the preseason media poll, and ended with the seventh spot in the standings, finishing with a 10-8 record in the SEC.
Charles Mann, a senior point guard at the time, was also named to the All-SEC preseason second-team, but fell short of that expectation.