The comparison between Georgia and Florida is bad; the comparison between Georgia and Vandy is worse:
The chart above leads to the conclusion that Georgia and Florida produce a lot of basketball talent, but the flagship school of the Sunshine State has produced 17 trips to the Tournament, 11 appearances in the final AP poll, seven regular season SEC titles, four trips to the Final Four, and the aforementioned pair of national titles. The flagship school of the Peach State pales in comparison, having produced 11 trips to the Tournament, five appearances in the final AP poll, three regular season SEC titles, and a sole visit to the Final Four in 1983 led by Vern Fleming. Heck, Vandy has been in the final poll eleven times and has made 13 trips to the Tournament. What excuse does Georgia have to be significantly behind the Commodores in a revenue sport? (A note: switch Georgia's flagship program to the Flats and you do not do much better, as the Jackets have produced 16 trips to the Tournament, eight appearances in the final AP poll, three regular season conference titles, and two trips to the Final Four.)I am working in my head through a follow-up piece seeking to explain Georgia's lack of success in basketball. One possibility is simple luck. What happens if Rick Pitino never blunders into the Boston Celtics' job? Does Tubby Smith stay in Athens for ten years and builds the brand of Georgia basketball? What happens if Louis Williams would have come along after the NBA passed its rule forbidding players from going directly from high school to the pros? What happens if Mike Mercer doesn't tear his ACL? What happens if both of the latter two what ifs occur and Georgia gets two solid seasons of a five-star back court? As critical as my premise is, it's actually encouraging because UGA has the potential to be a top program if they can just get momentum going in the right direction. The same is true for Georgia Tech, only for Tech, it's less of a hypothetical because the Jackets have experienced more recent periods of success than Georgia has.