NCAA Tournament: Washington Survives Late Georgia Rally To Advance, 68-65

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NCAA Bracket Update, Washington Vs. Georgia: Huskies Survive Furious Rally To Advance, 68-65

The Georgia Bulldogs made a frantic late run, but couldn’t quite catch up to the Washington Huskies as the second round of the NCAA Tournament wound down on Friday night. The Huskies came out of the half firing, jumping out to an early double-digit lead after knotting the game just before halftime. But Georgia answered with a late run before running out of time as the Huskies prevailed, 68-65.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to two with just seven seconds to go before Justin Holiday stepped to the line with a chance to seal it for the Huskies. Holiday hit one of two free throws, giving the Bulldogs one last chance. A three-quarter court pass led to a desperation three-point attempt by Travis Leslie that never had a chance as Washington survived the rally.

The Huskies move on to face North Carolina on Sunday in Charlotte. The Tar Heels won a track meet earlier on Friday, defeating Long Island, 102-87.

For more on the Huskies, head over to UW Dawg Pound and SB Nation Seattle. Georgia fans should head over to Dawg Sports and SB Nation Atlanta.

Here’s the East region bracket as it stands right now.

No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio, 76-45; will face George Mason

No. 8 George Mason def. No. 9 Villanova, 61-57; will face Ohio State

No. 5 WVU defeats No. 12 Clemson, 84-76; will face winner of Kentucky

No. 4 Kentucky def. No. 13 Princeton, 59-57; will face West Virginia

No. 2 UNC def. No. 15 Long Island, 102-87; will face Washington-Georgia

No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia,

No. 3 Syracuse vs.No. 14 Indiana State

No. 11 Marquette def. No. 6 Xavier, 66-55; will play Syracuse-Indiana State winner

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracketFull 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NCAA Tournament Scores, Washington Vs. Georgia: Huskies, Bulldogs Tied At The Half, 28-28

The Washington Huskies survived an early onslaught from the Georgia Bulldogs, along with an extended scoring slump, to knot the game at 28 just before the half. Isaiah Thomas drove the lane with time winding down in the half, hitting an acrobatic lay-in to send the Huskies into the locker room with the momentum and a tie ballgame.

It’s been almost all Trey Thompkins for the Bulldogs in the first half. Thompkins was a big reason Georgia jumped out to an early lead as he abused the Washington interior defense en route to a game-high 15 first half points. Only three Bulldogs scored in the first: Gerald Robinson added eight points and Travis Leslie had five. Thompkins also led the way on the boards with eight rebounds.

Scott Suggs’ seven points off the bench were a team-high for Washington in the first half, with Matthew Bryan-Amaning adding six more. Isaiah Thomas had just four points, but also dished out four assists.

For more on the Huskies, head over to UW Dawg Pound and SB Nation Seattle. Georgia fans should head over to Dawg Sports and SB Nation Atlanta.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracketFull 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: No. 7 Washington Vs. No. 10 Georgia

Did any two teams in the 2011 NCAA Tournament East region have more disparate conference tourney endings than the No. 7 Washington Huskies and No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs? While the Dawgs -- I mean, Huskies -- won the Pac-10 on a buzzer-beater by Isaiah Thomas that produced a Gus Johnson moment, the Dawgs -- I mean, Bulldogs -- slumped in with a second loss to Alabama that had snuffed out all March Madness hopes, according to the experts, at least.

While the numbers favor Washington by a wide margin and across the board, Trey Thompkins has kept UGA in just about every game this season, nearly knocking off No. 2 seeds Notre Dame and Florida in double overtime. Washington has shown what it can do in tense situations, winning both of its overtime games this year. Will the bright lights be too much for a Georgia team that struggles in the second half?  

Star Watch: Thomas and Thompkins, obviously, but don't forget about Travis Leslie, Dominique Wilkins' Athens slam dunking heir apparent, or Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a big inside presence poised for a strong game after foul trouble limited much of his Pac-10 Tournament effectiveness.

Prediction: Chris Dobbertean has Washington taking care of Georgia in his NCAA Tournament predictions; I'd like to take the Bulldogs in an overtime thriller, but their tendency to crumble under pressure means just getting to the Dance will have to count as their big achievement for the year. 

More Reading: Huskies fans should visit UW Dawg Pound and SB Nation Seattle, while UGA fans should head to Dawg Sports and SB Nation Atlanta. Dawg-on-Dawg blogging, y'all.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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