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UGA Basketball History

The University of Georgia began playing basketball during the 1905-1906 season. Since that time, the Bulldogs have played 2,705 games and have compiled an overall record of 1412-1293 (as of 4/18/2018).

Georgia has yet to win a National Championship in basketball. The Bulldogs made it to the Final Four in 1983 but lost to eventual champion NC State. The Dawgs have won two Conference Championships, the last one in 1989-90.

Hugh Durham is Georgia’s winningest head basketball coach with a record of 298-216. Durham coached from 1979 to 1995 and led Georgia to the 1989-90 SEC Championship, 1983 SEC Tournament Championship and an appearance in the 1983 Final Four.

On March 15, 2018, Tom Crean was named the head basketball coach at the University of Georgia. Crean was formerly the head coach at Marquette, where he compiled an overall record of 190-96 (.664) with five NCAA Tournament appearances, including one Final Four, in nine seasons.

In 2008, Tom Crean took over as head coach at Indiana. He also had success there after rebuilding a program that had been placed on NCAA probation. In nine seasons with the Hoosiers, Crean went 166-135 (.551) with two Big Ten championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances (three Sweet Sixteens).

Records, Schedules & Signees

Conference Championships

  • 1989-90 – SEC Champions
  • 1931-32 – SoCon Champions

Conference Tournament Championships

  • 2008 – SEC Tournament Champions
  • 1983 – SEC Tournament Champions

Division Championships

  • 1994-95 – SEC Eastern Division Co-Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearances

  • 2015 (#10 Seed) – Lost to #7 Michigan State 70-63
  • 2011 (#10 Seed) – Lost to #7 Washington 68-65
  • 2008 (#14 Seed) – Lost to #3 Xavier 73-61.
  • 2002 (#3 Seed) – Beat #14 Murray State 85-68; Lost to #11 Southern Illinois 75-72; Appearance later vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
  • 2001 (#8 Seed) – Lost to #9 Missouri 70-68
  • 1997 (#3 Seed) – Lost to #14 UT-Chattanooga 73-70
  • 1996 (#8 Seed) – Beat #9 Clemson 81-74; Beat #1 Purdue 76-69;
    Lost to #4 Syracuse 83-81 (OT) in the Sweet Sixteen
  • 1991 (#11 Seed) – Lost to #6 Pittsburgh 76-68 (OT)
  • 1990 (#7 Seed) – Lost to #10 Texas 100-88
  • 1987 (#8 Seed) – Lost to #9 Kansas State 82-79 (OT)
  • 1985 (#6 Seed)** – Beat #11 Wichita State 67-59; Lost to #3 Illinois 74-58;
    Appearance later vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
  • 1983 (#4 Seed) – Beat #5 Virginia-Commonwealth 56-54; Beat #1 St. John’s 70-67; Beat #2 North Carolina 82-77; Lost to NC State 67-60 in the Final Four.

NCAA Final Four Appearances

  • 1983 – The Bulldogs defeated #5 Virginia Commonwealth 56-54, #1 St. John’s 70-67 and #2 North Carolina 82-77 to reach their first NCAA Final Four. Georgia lost 67-60 to eventual NCAA Champion NC State.

NIT Appearances

  • 2017 – Lost to Belmont 78-69
  • 2016 – Beat Belmont 93-84; Lost at St. Mary’s (CA) 77-65
  • 2014 – Beat Vermont 63-56; Lost to Louisiana Tech 79-71.
  • 2007 – Beat Fresno State 88-78; Lost at Air Force 83-52
  • 2004 – Lost at Iowa State 82-74
  • 1999 – Lost at Clemson 77-57
  • 1998 – Won at Iowa 100-93; Won at North Carolina State 61-55; Beat Vanderbilt 79-65; Lost to Penn State 66-60 (NIT Final Four); Beat Fresno State 95-79 (3rd Place)
  • 1995 – Lost at Nebraska 69-61
  • 1993 – Lost at West Virginia 95-84
  • 1988 – Beat Georgia Southern 53-48; Lost at Middle Tennessee State 69-59
  • 1986 – Won at UT-Chattanooga 95-81; Lost to Clemson 77-65
  • 1984 – Lost at UT-Chattanooga 74-69
  • 1982 – Beat Temple 73-60; Beat Maryland 83-69; Beat Virginia Tech 90-73; Lost to Purdue 61-60 (NIT Final Four)
  • 1981 – Beat Old Dominion 74-60; Lost to South Alabama 73-72