March 11, 2009

Herrmann talking Mississippi State

Last season the Georgia Bulldogs made one of the most improbable runs through the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Bulldogs had won just four SEC games coming into the tournament but went on a four game tear claiming the tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament under Dennis Felton.

Georgia has had another lackluster regular season this year that led to the firing of Felton midway through the conference slate. Assistant coach Pete Herrmann took over the reigns and is hoping to lead the Bulldogs on another magical postseason run.

"It's a great memory," Herrmann said. "It's something that we look forward to be cause of that memory. It was so unusual with the tornado and so unusual with the two games in 12-14 hours. The one thing that was amazing to me was our players never seemed to be mentally and physically fatigued. During the whole time they went after it strong and jumped out of the gate in each game especially in the semifinal on Saturday night against Mississippi State and the final the next day against Arkansas. We were after it and physically able to do that. Maybe it's the underdog role and the Rocky-like quality of our team that weekend but it was a once in a lifetime experience."

But as special as their SEC Tournament was last season, Herrmann mentioned that his team has not discussed what happened last year but instead is focusing on representing themselves as the defending tournament champions despite their 3-12 showing in the league this season.

"We haven't talked about last year," Herrmann said. "After we finished the regular season on Saturday we talked about going down to Tampa and acting as or like the defending champions that we are. We are trying to practice that way and get ready for Thursday's game with the idea that we are the defending champions of the SEC Tournament. That's the way we've got to play."

Georgia will take on another set of Bulldogs in Mississippi State during the second game at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday in Tampa. Herrmann is expecting a battle from the Western Division three-seeded Bulldogs.

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