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The University of Georgia basketball program first started playing collegiate basketball in 1905-06. Since that first season, the University of Georgia basketball program has played 2,331 games and compiled an overall record of 1,208-1,123 (as of January 5, 2009).
That’s nearly a 52% winning percentage throughout the past century.

The Bulldogs has never won a National Championship, although the basketball program did make it all the way to the Final Four in 1983. Georgia would fall to the eventual national champion, the NC State Wolfpack.

University of Georgia basketball has also seen some modest success in the NIT Tournament, reaching the NIT Final Four in 1998 and finishing third overall. In 1982 the program also reached the NIT Final Four.

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The Bulldogs have won two Conference Championships, with the last championship coming in 1989-90 season.

University of Georgia basketball has been privileged to see seven All-Americans play for the Bulldogs. The most famous player on the list is Dominique Wilkens who won the award back to back years in 1981 and 1982. Wilkens would go on to become one of the NBA’s biggest stars.

The list also includes Zippy Morocco (1953), Bob Lienhard (1969), Vern Felming (1983), James Bank (1984), Cedric Henderson (1985), and Alec Kessler (1990).

Hugh Durham has won more games at Georgia than any other basketball coach in the program. Durham’s career record was 298-216, which included the 1983 SEC Tournament Championship, 1989-90 SEC Championship, and 1983 Final Four appearance.

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In 2003, Dennis Felton took over the head coaching position at the University of Georgia. In five seasons at Georgia, Felton’s 75-79 record included a 2008 SEC Tournament Championship in 2008.

The 2008 SEC Championship was considered one of college basketball’s greatest stories, as the Bulldogs were granted an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament with an 18-16 overall record. Georgia (#14 seed) would end up losing in the first round to Xavier, 63-71.
However, the 2008 excitement was short lived, as Felton was fired after starting the current 2008-09 season 9-11 and 0-5 in SEC conference play. Interim head coach Pete Herrmann took over the program for the remainder of the season.

Conference Championships1931-32 – SEC Conference Champions1989-90 – SEC Conference Champions

Conference Tournament Championships1983 – SEC Tournament Champions2008 – SEC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearances1983 – #4 Seed, Lost in Final Four to NC State1985 – #6 Seed, Lost in Second Round to Illinois 1987 – #8 Seed, Lost in First Round to Kansas State1990 – #7 Seed, Lost in First Round to Texas1991 – #11 Seed, Lost in First Round to Pittsburgh1996 – #8 Seed, Lost in Sweet Sixteen to Syracuse1997 – #3 Seed, Lost in First Round to UT-Chattanooga2001 – #8 Seed, Lost in First Round to Missouri2002 – #3 Seed, Lost in Second Round to Southern Illinois 2008 – #14 Seed, Lost in First Round to Xavier


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