ST. LOUIS (AP) Yante Maten was a lightly used freshman the last time Georgia reached the NCAA Tournament during the 2014-15 season.
The senior knows the odds are against the Bulldogs of returning to the tournament this season, but he wasn't about to let them go down without at least one last push at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Maten scored 25 points to lead 12th-seeded Georgia (17-14) to a 78-62 win over Vanderbilt in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday night. The 6-foot-8 forward did so on 9-of-12 shooting, showing why he was named the Associated Press SEC player of the year - and helping to set up a second-round matchup with No. 5 seed Missouri on Thursday in the process.