Georgia vs. Arizona St.
Saturday, noon, in Duluth
Georgia Tech vs. Iowa
Sunday, 9 p.m., in Iowa City, Ia.
ATLANTA — Georgia had to wait until the end of Monday night’s NCAA tournament selection show before finally hearing its name called.
The reaction from the Lady Bulldogs was immediate — and very loud.
"When they called out our name there was a scream that went up that covered the entire room," said Georgia coach Andy Landers, who said his 18-13 team was "on a very small bubble."
"Naturally when you’re watching the bracket shape up and you see some of the other bubble teams go up on the board you really get antsy," Landers said.
Georgia is the host school for the first- and second-round games to be played at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, about an hour drive from the Georgia campus, so the Lady Bulldogs were automatically placed in the Duluth bracket when they were included in the field.
Georgia, a No. 11 seed, will play No. 6 seed Arizona State on Saturday. Florida State, the No. 3 seed, will play No. 14 North Carolina A&T in Saturday’s second game in Duluth. The Lady Bulldogs made the NCAA women’s tournament field for the 26th time in 28 years.
"You’re talking about an excited and happy group of young ladies who I think will come out and do their very best in this game against Arizona State," Landers said.
Georgia Tech, the No. 9 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, will play No. 8 seed Iowa in Iowa City on Sunday night.
Georgia Tech (21-9) will be making its third straight NCAA appearance under coach MaChelle Joseph. The Yellow Jackets were a No. 10 seed last season when they suffered a first-round loss to Iowa State.
"We’re very familiar with this team because we played Iowa one year ago," Joseph said. "Their five starters are basically the same."
As a No. 7 seed in 2007, Tech beat DePaul in the first round before losing to Purdue.