We’re live from Nashville: Is it miracle time for Georgia?

Georgia coach Mark Fox, here defending guard Vincent Williams in practice in Nashville, hopes the Bulldogs can pull off another miracle. (AP photo)

Mark Fox, here defending Dogs guard Vincent Williams in practice, hopes his team can pull off another miracle. (AP photo)

NASHVILLE –Bruce Springsteen wrote a song, “Countin’ On a Miracle.” Seems like an appropriate tune for Georgia basketball fans right  now. Then again, after what happened in the SEC tournament two years ago, can we assume anything?

It’s the Dogs and the Hogs tonight. I’ll be here courtside taking your questions, at least until such time that editors begin screaming at me for the print column. Which should be in about five minutes.

I’m not making any predictions here. But things potentially set up nicely for Georgia. Yes, Mark Fox’s team went 5-11 and finished sixth in the SEC East. But the opening game is against Arkansas, a team that finished the season with five straight losses. If the Dogs win, their second game would be against Vanderbilt, a team Georgia upset in Athens, 72-58, and nearly defeated a second time in Nashville (losing in overtime, 96-94).

Even a headline in Nashville’s newspaper, The Tennessean,  read: “Commodores want Hogs, not ‘Dogs.”

“We haven’t played our best basketball against Georgia,” Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy said. “That will be weighing on our minds.”

Georgia basketball? Weighing on somebody’s mind? But that’s the kind of respect Georgia has garnered this season, even with the losing record. Upsets over Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Illinois in a rebuilding year will do that.

Georgia forward Trey Thompkins, who was a high school senior watching on TV when the Bulldogs won the SEC tournament two years ago, sees no reason why the team can’t go on a run this week.

“That team was a strong-willed team,” he said. “We’re also strong-willed. I feel like we’ve got some tough guys also.”

So what do you think? Does it end quickly tonight or do the Dogs move on to Friday?

And forgive me, please, for this bit of hokiness. But most of you know I’m a Springsteen fanatic, so here’s a bootleg video from “The Rising” tour in 2002 I found on YouTube:

A little Bruce juice

Previous posts

Here’s the T-shirt of the decade (whether you love or hate Kentucky)

Trey Thompkins will be an early NBA draft pick (but likely in 2011)

Bruce Pearl heaps praise on Dogs, Fox (and then quickly stops)

About Arkansas, and did Calipari get jobbed for SEC coach of the year?

How big a threat is Georgia in this tournament?

Who’s more likely to win a conference tournament game, Tech or Georgia?

FLASHBACK: Georgia upsets Tennessee

FLASHBACK: Mark Fox’s early reality check as coach

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182 comments Add your comment

Fed Up With Wren (Again)

March 11th, 2010
5:47 pm

Fed Up With Wren (Again)

March 11th, 2010
5:50 pm

I’m a diehard Gator fan, so it’s hard for me to admit that the Dogs Bball team has something going. But they could conceivably make a run here. I think they have certainly surpassed expectations this season with some quality wins.

Chattanooga Vol

March 11th, 2010
6:00 pm

Ga basketball may have finished in the cellar again…but it was sure a much better basketball team than Ga has had in years. Fox appears to be a fine coach and has them playing alot better. Should be a good game tonight. Go Vols!

mn possum

March 11th, 2010
6:03 pm

Lafayette or Lehigh in the Patriot League… have to appreciate teams where the players understand organic chemistry and can read Joyce. BTW: I’ve got Lafayette in an upset.

Paul in RDU

March 11th, 2010
6:18 pm

Jeff – Hopefully The Count will have some Ashley Judd sightings to talk about next week – a few photos wouldn’t be bad either

Tigers Wood

March 11th, 2010
6:23 pm

i may be nuts but i see Ga vs Ky in the title game

"Chef" Tim Dix

March 11th, 2010
6:27 pm

No miracle needed against Ark. Who’s next?

ASHEVILLE DAWG

March 11th, 2010
6:32 pm

Any local tv?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
6:35 pm

Paul in RDU — I forgot about Ashley until you mentioned her. I feel shamed.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
6:36 pm

Tiger — Revenge for football! (Boy, does that sound strange.)

Georgia-Arkansas Game

March 11th, 2010
6:40 pm

Great preview of the game here – http://hoopdawg.wordpress.com

Schultz bio

March 11th, 2010
6:42 pm

Mr. Schultz, who wins in a game of one-on-one between you and Mark Bradley? What sports did you guys play in high school/college?

Brentwood Dawg

March 11th, 2010
6:43 pm

Jeff, I take it tickets are plentiful on the street for tonight? I’m planning on heading that way in about 30 minutes and I’m thinking with the 2 matchups tonight there will be a lot of empty seats and people trying to dump them outside.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
6:51 pm

Brentwood Dawg — Tickets are easier tonight than tomorrow, when EVEN MORE Kentucky fans will come to town. But in general, this tournament is a tough ticket because it’s an arena, not a dome.

yawn

March 11th, 2010
6:56 pm

The miracle would be if anybody in Georgia really cared. They are too preoccupied with the QB battle and any recent arrests made.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
7:11 pm

Congrats H.L. Mencken Dawg, you just got put on the banned list. You may take the rest of the evening off.

Dawgs Line

March 11th, 2010
7:14 pm

Jeff, anything strange happening on Georgia team? The line was Dawgs -1 to start the day, but last I checked it was Arkanas -1.5.

Everyone got on the UGA bus to Nashville, right?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
7:18 pm

Dawgs Line — Thompkins turned pro today … kidding. Seriously, nothing we know of. Maybe late money came in from Fayetteville today.

Dawgs Line

March 11th, 2010
7:23 pm

Maybe Corliss “Big Nasty” Williamson put some dough on the Hogs?

Delbert D.

March 11th, 2010
7:24 pm

Come on, let’s get some football in the mix on the blogs. I noted this headline from the main page of AJC.com:
“Runaway zebra is euthanized”

I wonder if he was the guy who made the horrible call on AJ Green in the LSU game…I didn’t know he was on the lam…

yawn

March 11th, 2010
7:40 pm

Wrong Delbert…it was the guy who threw the flag in the Ark-UF game….

Joe

March 11th, 2010
7:41 pm

The game is on WPCH, Peachtree TV.

Musically Challenged

March 11th, 2010
7:42 pm

Always bringin the heat Jeff…

Davis

March 11th, 2010
7:52 pm

Tech looking strong so far. Hewitt for coach of the year.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
8:05 pm

Hey Musically Challenged, you working these days?

Musically Challenged

March 11th, 2010
8:09 pm

Why yes, down in the beautiful Florida panhandle. Texas was no match for me.

a

March 11th, 2010
8:09 pm

any red & black fans actually around those parts, jeff?

Foxhound

March 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

Hey Jeff, Do we have any Dawg fans at the arena?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
8:18 pm

A — Very few. But I’m back in workroom right now, not courtside. I’ll check back with you later on that. I know it being spring break hurts. Kids (my son included) are more likely to head to the beach than Nashville.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
8:19 pm

Foxhound — See above.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
8:20 pm

Musically challenged — Very cool. Now that you mention it, I think I had heard about Texas. Where are u now?

Musically Challenged

March 11th, 2010
8:25 pm

Ft. Walton Beach. I might be blogging live from the JUCO national tourney next week. You can come on and harass me/be the only person who responds to me.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
8:39 pm

Musically Challenged — I’m so there.

Joe Schmoe

March 11th, 2010
8:41 pm

SEC + Basketball = Irrelavent

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
8:42 pm

OK folks. I’m courtside now. For those who asked, Georgia fans are clusted in the arena, a few rows here and there. Tough to estimate numbers right now.

todd grantham

March 11th, 2010
9:16 pm

Jeffrey, would you consider the event a real miracle if Georgia beats Arkansas?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
9:21 pm

Grantham — A step forward, but not a miracle.

Musically Challenged

March 11th, 2010
9:23 pm

OK so I’ll be counting on you to be live blogging with me while watching a webcast of a JUCO game. It’s here in print for everyone to see, and everything you see on a blog is true.

todd grantham

March 11th, 2010
9:25 pm

Now if Georgia beat Kentucky in the tournament?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
9:26 pm

Musically Challenged — Tweet me that day as a reminder.

Musically Challenged

March 11th, 2010
9:31 pm

If my bosses can indeed afford to send me to Kansas and cover it, I will.

Cuz

March 11th, 2010
9:31 pm

Jeff is Ashley Judd in the house?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
9:34 pm

Cuz– I don’t think she’s making it for the Auburn-Fla. or Georgia-Arkansas game.

Cuz

March 11th, 2010
9:37 pm

Bummer dude.

Musically Challenged

March 11th, 2010
9:38 pm

Who needs Judd when you have Chuck Barkley?

todd grantham

March 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

if Georgia beats Kentucky now THAT would be a miracle.

Gen Neyland

March 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

The guys down in the basement running the presses want to go home too so hopefully this thing won’t go into overtime. Okay Dawgs, go fetch some Razorpig.

Cuz

March 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

Judd looks good, Charles looks turrrible, just turrrible.

dawgdude

March 11th, 2010
9:44 pm

Why would Ashley Judd come to a Ga/ Ark game? She only cares about KY. Almost tip off time guys!

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
9:46 pm

STARTING LINEUPS:
Dogs: Travis Leslie – Trey Thompkins – Jeremy Price – Ricky McPhee – Dustin Ware
Arkansas: Rotney Clarke – Courtney Fortson – Marshawn Powell – Mike Washington – Marcus Britt