These Dogs are tired of talking about the 2008 Dogs

Mark Fox looking for a tournament upset.

Mark Fox's team is looking for tournament upset No. 2.

NASHVILLE — When a school does something as improbable as what Georgia did two years ago in the SEC tournament, it’s a given that almost every Bulldogs team that follows is going to be asked about it at some point.

So can you guess what subject Georgia players would rather not talk about any more?

The Dogs, hoping to replicate the miracle conference title run in 2008 — oops, there I go again — upset Arkansas in their opening game late Thursday night. Tonight, they play Vanderbilt, which is headed to the NCAA tournament. Win again and maybe these Dogs can create their own identity.

“As a team we really never thought about [2008] because we’re not that team,” forward Trey Thompkins said. “That’s just the truth. They were a different group of guys. We want people to talk about us the way they talked about that team.”

Winning three more games — over potential opponents and NCAA tournament teams Vanderbilt, Florida and Kentucky — remains a long shot. But the 2010 Georgia team and the ‘08 team have at least one thing in common: Mental toughness. This squad doesn’t seem to care about seeding or expectations.

“We’re not worried about seeding because we know how strong we are and how we’re going to fight,” Thompkins said. “I guess it’s good that other teams know we’re going to fight, too, because they’re going to give us their best punch and that’s what we want.”

So what are your thoughts on tonight? Does Georgia win and move on to Saturday, or does it end here?

Previous posts

Georgia drills Arkansas — and could it happen again?

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

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?

FLASHBACK: Georgia upsets Tennessee

FLASHBACK: Mark Fox’s early reality check as coach

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86 comments Add your comment

Clay

March 12th, 2010
1:31 pm

Buzz Killer

March 12th, 2010
1:32 pm

Buzz Killer

March 12th, 2010
1:32 pm

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
1:32 pm

Fourth. … Dang!

Palm City Dawg

March 12th, 2010
1:51 pm

Ocilla Dawg

March 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

Where can I get a bracket?

Bobby

March 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

Jeff,

I think they win tonight and move on and have a reall good shot to get to the championship game. What are your thoughts? Do you think they have a chance?

Geoff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
1:53 pm

Ocilla Dawg

March 12th, 2010
1:54 pm

Who do we play if we win tonight?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
1:56 pm

I am afraid it will end here , if they are lucky enough to win a few more I don’t see them getting past kentucky. whats the name of the other tourney that they might get to play in not the NIT but there is another one ?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
1:57 pm

Ocilla Dawg its a dang small world , in the woods of ambrose my-self.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
1:57 pm

Bobby — Dogs are 1-1 vs. Vandy this year, and the loss came in overtime by 2 points in Nashville. They just seem to match up with the Commodores well. More on that in a blog later … Third-round game would be against Florida or Mississippi State, both beatable. Tonight’s game will be tougher. Vandy’s pretty good. I except tough, ugly, physical game.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
1:58 pm

Ocilla — Winner of the Florida-Mississippi State game (which precedes Georgia-Vanderbilt).

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
1:59 pm

South Ga. Dawg — Kentucky? They’re losing to Alabama by 5 at halftime. It’s over! (Ok, maybe not.)

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

per Clark Griswald “this is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy”- Dawgs in an upset!!!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

thanks for the score update I will have to learn to triple task with , blogs ,scores, and work probably shouldn’t be in that order ( but it is friday)

jt

March 12th, 2010
2:04 pm

definitley have a chance tonight, and UK is down 5 at the half. the chances of them staying down aren’t great, but who knows. this is a dangerous UGA team. if they don’t turn the ball over and if key guys(thompkins and leslie) stay out of foul trouble then they can win tonight. contain beal, and don’t let jenkins get hot ftom the outside and they can win.

GO DAWGS!!!

Stockdog

March 12th, 2010
2:06 pm

17th, Yeah! I kicked a home run. Win or lose, this team is better and a lot more fun to watch than any of Dennis Felton’s squads. GO DAWGS.

papadawg

March 12th, 2010
2:11 pm

Regardless of what happens this year with Coach Fox aboard it looks like he’s laid a good foundation for the future.

Dawg 3/20

March 12th, 2010
2:15 pm

I liked these 2008 Dawgs, they were unstoppable!

http://www.dawgfan.com/df/assets/si_cover_medium.gif

killerJ

March 12th, 2010
2:24 pm

who cares?wait until you get the buget cuts and see if you care about sports programs,you wont be able to afford tuition.

Jeff Rocks!!

March 12th, 2010
2:35 pm

Nice article, Jeff! I miss the Dracula doll though – is he just your assistant during football season? Does the state budget determine when he is available to you? Is he laid off and living under a 285 bridge somewhere? If so, please let us know that he’s okay and will be back for the pigskin season. Thanks!!

Reality Check

March 12th, 2010
2:36 pm

Yes “Dawg 3/20″- UNSTOPPABLE…until they got to the real tournament.

Just like football, you guys can’t see beyond your SEC noses to the national picture.

timthebrave

March 12th, 2010
2:40 pm

I heard there were thunderstorms and tornado warnings in Nashville. I hope lightning strikes twice but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
2:40 pm

Papadawg — I considered any win in Nashville a bonus.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 12th, 2010
2:42 pm

Jeff Rocks- the Count makes a regular appearance every Tuesday with his top 10…always a good read!! Last i checked, he was hanging out at the Masquerade off North Ave.

PMC

March 12th, 2010
2:42 pm

yeah Amen, the Dennis Felton era is over in the past and hopefully not mentioned again after this year. Very depressing period for UGA basketball.

Anyone got an update on the UK vs Bama game?

March 12th, 2010
2:48 pm

chemdawg

March 12th, 2010
2:48 pm

The Dennis Felton era was a necessary segue from the Harrick era. Felton did exactly what was asked of him.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
2:48 pm

Jeff Rocks!! Thanks. The Count appears only on Tuesdays, and even then only when his red blood cell count is high enough. If you would like to get your fill of that adorable little Dracula, here’s a link to the The Count’s archives (cue chilling Vincent Price laugh):

http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/category/the-tuesday-countdown/

Sundiata Gaines

March 12th, 2010
2:49 pm

We should have swept Vandy this year. We take it tonight.

Ballliiiiinnnnnnnn!

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
2:49 pm

Me neither … Updated scored: Kentucky 57, Alabama 51 with 7:26 left.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
2:50 pm

Dr. Kenneth — You’ve discovered The Count’s hideout. But yes, it’s true. Easy to blend at The Masquerade.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
2:56 pm

alabama has KY right where they want them . You think?

Ryno In Athens

March 12th, 2010
2:59 pm

Jeff, is it just a sea of blue in the stadium right now? They showed the crowd and it looked like Rupp.

Also—How was the Georgia fans last night? Looked like a few were there!

BigBlue

March 12th, 2010
2:59 pm

UGA’s upset SEC tourney win two years ago wasn’t a fluke. It is because the SEC generally only has two to three quality teams. Thus, weak teams like UGA generally is only needs to pull one upset (two at the most) to win the tournament. As a Kentucky fan that travels everywhere….I have the most respect for the ACC tournament. Year in and Year out the ACC generally has six or more quality teams making it nearly impossible for a underachieving team to win there tournament. Has a bad ACC team ever won that tournament??? Indeed, I don’t think I have ever read an article that even gave teams at the bottom of the ACC any chance at all. But the AJC has had at least three articles just this week on whether UGA’s team could make another run in the SEC Tourney….

There is Only ONE team in there way with the depth of talent to prove they want…Go WildCats! Of course you could also argue our youth makes it likelier to happen it still Will NOT.

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
3:02 pm

Ryno — yes on the sea of blue. … I’d estimate about 500 Georgia fans in building but school says it sold 1,000 tickets.

Bob Didier caught here

March 12th, 2010
3:03 pm

Jeff-IF and I SAY IF the Bullpuppies can get by Vandy and then get by MSU/UF winner and then lose in the championship game can they possible still get an NCAA seed? Just askin’…….

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
3:04 pm

will there be a live from blog tonight as the dawgs battle for their tourney life ?

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
3:10 pm

Ashley Judd is in the house and happy … Kentucky’s going to survive a scare and beat Bammy (71-65 with 33 seconds left).

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 12th, 2010
3:15 pm

interview Ashley Judd !

UR Nuts

March 12th, 2010
3:17 pm

Ah…I see the ridiculous expectations for UGA football fans carries over into basketball as well. UGA is going to get SMASHED by a much, much better Vanderbilt team tonight. They’re better in every facet of the game, including coaching. This will be a good exhibition for the Dores before they begin their conquest in the tournament that really matters.

UR Nuts

March 12th, 2010
3:19 pm

Ah…I see the ridiculous expectations for UGA football fans carries over into B-Ball as well. UGA is going to get smashed by a much, much better Vanderbilt team tonight. Vandy’s better in every facet of the game – including coaching. This will be a nice exhibition for the Commodores before they start a deep run in the tournament that actually matters!

Silly UGA fans...

March 12th, 2010
3:20 pm

Ah…I see the ridiculous expectations for UGA football fans carries over into B-Ball as well. UGA is going to get destroyed by a much, much better Vanderbilt team tonight. Vandy’s better in every facet of the game – including coaching. This will be a nice exhibition for the Commodores before they start a deep run in the tournament that actually matters!

Jeff Schultz

March 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

Kentucky won 73-67 but was 1 for 13 from 3-point range and outrebounded 45-33.

oldfart

March 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

Pictures please.

Caz53

March 12th, 2010
3:22 pm

Dawgs got a shot because other than Kentucky, there isn’t a team that is head and shoulders above them in the league. Noboody wants to play against Thompkins, who plays a little like the Big Fundamental himself, Tim Duncan. Travis Leslie is a hilight waiting too happen. If this team had a point guard, they’d have one several more games this year. It’s literally scary to see the way the backcourt handles the ball. When they complete a pass, you can visibly see the relief on Mark Fox’s face. Fox will win at UGA because he can be successful with B players which is all UGA will get until they start winning consistently

Getting ready for the Lamecocks!

March 12th, 2010
3:23 pm

Steve Garcia must be up here in Nashville because someone keyed my car then stole my hubcaps.

Getting ready for the Lamecocks!

March 12th, 2010
3:24 pm

Steve Garcia must be up in Nashville because someone keyed my car and stole my hubcaps.

HEY UGA fans!

March 12th, 2010
3:25 pm

Attention UGA fans: Your basketball team is terrible and will get destoyed tonight. Your football program hasn’t won a title since 1980. Your expectations are ridiculous. Vandy wins in a laugher tonight.