BIG win for Mark Fox’s Dogs!

Stuck at work and I could only watch sporadically on TV, but what a great win for the Dogs at the Steg. Travis Leslie was unreal. And what has been evident in the two upsets and close games Georgia has played this season was driven home today: This is a very well-coached team. Once Mark Fox gets more talent in Athens, watch out!

Feel free to celebrate UGA’s multisport spanking of the Vols this weekend in the comments …

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UGA Dawgs

January 23rd, 2010
7:26 pm

Expect much more of this in the future, congrats Dawgs!

Scout Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:26 pm

How ’bout them DAWGS!

UGA Dawgs

January 23rd, 2010
7:27 pm

I love the player that Travis Leslie is growing up to be, he might be the most exciting player in the SEC.

LHardingDawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:28 pm

First the women, now the men. It might be a very good year for sports at UGA this year.

WestOfAthens

January 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

This win was INEVITABLE. I bragged all week that UGA was going to break out, and UT was going to be the victim. This team is going places, CMF has evolved this team into a group that can play GREAT any giving day.

Next: Florida, and UF can NOT stop an inside oriented team. This next game should be a gimme for the Dawgs

HBTD!

PT

January 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

Evans I think you picked a winner!

CollegeDude

January 23rd, 2010
7:30 pm

Great win for the Dawgs. Improving every game. Got some good quality wins and maybe will be getting some love now as a bubble team.

81Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:32 pm

I think we have us a pretty good coach now. Really close to being 4 & 0. Go Dawgs.

UGA

January 23rd, 2010
7:32 pm

Leslie played another outstanding game, his athleticism is unreal. Trey beating the Vols inside and outside. Price stepped in off the bench and played solid. Defense was the real story shutting down Wayne Chism and the Vols. Finally Georgia got that SEC victory after blown leads in their previous 3 games.

Fox in the Dawg House

January 23rd, 2010
7:33 pm

It’s amazing what some good coaching can do! The future looks bright for UGA basketball (and the present does not look as dim as most expected)!

Dawg in Grovetown

January 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

Enjoyed watching that butt whooping tennessee just received! Go Dawgs! Georgia is moving in the right direction in basketball! Go Dawgs!

rogeriter

January 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

I am so proud of the dogs. Even in their losses, they were great! But this…! Mark Fox was a superb pick as coach and the players know nothing but hustle. Congratulations guys!

atlanta dawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

Loving that victory over the Vols!!! Go Dawgs!!!!

rpdawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:34 pm

what a difference a good coach makes. same players as last year totally different result and attitude . I just hope that top high school players will notice and come to UGA. Mark Fox will make good players great and will have them playing up to their utmost potential. GO DAWGS. Things will only get better. This team believes and UGA fans should start believing and supporting this program and its outstanding coach, we got lucky and got a good one.

MontyP

January 23rd, 2010
7:37 pm

Mr. King, too bad you couldn’t watch this entire game. Mark Fox is amazing! I haven’t missed a minute of any of their games this year thanks to TV and GXtra. Trey and Travis are the best tandem in College Basketball. I’m still handing on to Mark Fox’s words that it doesn’t take 2 or 3 years to rebuild, that it can be done faster than that. Mark Fox and the Georgia Bulldogs are in the midst of proving that. Georgia got killed my Missouri only to bounce back and beat the Jackets. They lost 3 straight games to UK, Miss St. and Ole Miss (all three heart breakers) and bounced back to dominate Tenn. I don’t recall watching any recent Dawg BB team that bounced back like this group. You could argue that the Dawgs should have won all of their SEC games. I could see the Dawgs putting together a few wins in a row here. Teams are just having a hard time dealing with the Dawgs inside game. What Mark Fox is doing this year should bring some better recruits to Georgia. Next season could be great. Heck, the last half of this season could be great. Go Dawgs!

Dawgs2010

January 23rd, 2010
7:38 pm

Too bad we couldn’t bring in Coach Fox 2-3 seasons ago and did away with Felton earlier. It is nice to have HOPE for the future!

DirtyDawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:38 pm

Don’t wish to toot my own horn…and I’m certainly not the only one…but I said we were gonna beat these guys and we did. This is a coach with a team that is way better than 9-8…and way better than 1-3 in the conference…and is only gonna get better.

And while I’m here, to hell with Larry Conley. This guy hasn’t given Georgia any respect for fifty years – since he came to Atlanta with his high-school team, Ashland, KY, and beat Sylvan and Campbell in back-to-back games. Well this time no matter how much he wanted Bruce ‘Alimony’ Pearle to win it wasn’t gonna happen.

Congrats to the Georgia kids…congrats to the Georgia coach…and, particularly, congrats to the Georgia fans. They filled the place up and stayed into it for the full forty minutes. One thing though. When you’re beating the Number 8 team in the country, it doesn’t do your team any good to chant ‘OVER-RATED’…I’d much rather hear you chant – ‘Go to hell Rocky Top, go to hell’

WestOfAthens

January 23rd, 2010
7:41 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Congrats UGA BB!

MontyP

January 23rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Fans were great. Would have loved to see them bring the house down over the last 5 – 10 minutes of the game. Fox wants fans in the stands and the fans finally showed up today. Passionate fans at the games will help bring in the best recruits. Seems that a little excitement about Georgia Basketball is starting to brew??? Go Dawgs!

GatorNation

January 23rd, 2010
7:42 pm

That was impressive. For some reason, I’m still hating Tenn like Kiffin is still there. Guess it’s gonna take a little time…

VinceVanGo

January 23rd, 2010
7:43 pm

Mark Fox is a winner! In a very short period he’s put together a great coaching staff, got the players to play unselfish team basketball, and brought excitement back to Georgia basketball. When he and his staff convince 3 or 4 above average home grown young men to stay in state and come to Georgia for four years then we can fly to the moon(NCAA Sweet 16 and beyond.) AD Evans made a great hire. Let’s hope that when Coach Fox gets Georgia to the top of the SEC he’ll be appropriately compensated and stay around to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Good luck BBall Dogs. By the way, I call the style of play that Georgia has adopted as the “Fox Trot.”

dvj

January 23rd, 2010
7:43 pm

as loud as i have heard that arena!

http://dawgsvsjackets.blogspot.com/

Russ the mascot at it again

January 23rd, 2010
7:44 pm

I hear Russ the Temporary Mascot just painted Bruce Pearl’s @ss white.

RW

January 23rd, 2010
7:44 pm

How bout them dawgs!!!!! We got ourselves a good coach.Players are improving game to game.We just have to support them. NO sec team wants to see us come tournament time.Go dawgs!!!

Ginger

January 23rd, 2010
7:47 pm

Yeah !!! Great win for the Dogs !!!!

FL Dawg

January 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

I guess everyone has now forgotten about the lousy job Damon did and the pathetic job the search firm did to find Coach Fox.

Give Fox and his hounds sometime and we will be very good. Give Grantham and his coaches some time and we will also be very good. Patience is the key.

Jax Jacket

January 23rd, 2010
7:50 pm

Beautiful job by Coach Fox and his Dawgs! What a performance! Ya gotta love seeing the big boys go tumblin’!

jesse james

January 23rd, 2010
8:03 pm

Damon Evans deserves alot of credit. Great hire! Sure beats the one our President hired Jim (the Crook) Harrick. Plus our team looks like a team on the floor and not like abunch of streetball kids.

jesse james

January 23rd, 2010
8:03 pm

Man I just watched Florida beat S.C. on a last second shot. Did anybody see it and think the clock started late the last time Fla. brought it in. It stayed on 5.1 for a good while.

ringthebell

January 23rd, 2010
8:04 pm

bubble team?NIT would be amazing for this team,more practice time with more wins.NCCA tourny would be one and done 8 losses.LOVE WHAT FOX IS DOING!GO DAWGS! give him a couple yrs. keep trey in school and watch out!

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
8:05 pm

Congrats Dawgs!! anyone that beats Tennessee in anything is ok in my book!

De' truth

January 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

Maybe Fox can coach attitude and conditioning for the football dawgs.

ga gator

January 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

jesse james watched also, it started when they thru the ball in. No conspiracy theories please.

MontyP

January 23rd, 2010
8:08 pm

Go ahead and give Fox a raise now. Why wait? Lock him in for the long run. Georgia’s strength of schedule rank is 11. So close to being 4-0 in the SEC after playing the 4 best teams in the SEC. Go Dawgs!

Bulldog38

January 23rd, 2010
8:08 pm

Wow! That is what you call coaching up your players! This team is improving so rapidly under Mark Fox with Ware, McPhee, Thompkins, and especially Leslie starting to come into their own. Great play off the bench from Price & Barnes, as well. The future of the UGA hoop Dawgs looks really bright!

The sleeping Giant is starting to wake up. I have said for years that if Georgia could ever get another legit Coach, who could get a few of the great high school basketball players in this state to stay close to home & play in state, that the UGA hoops program would explode. Well, Dawg Nation, let’s get behind this team because we have ourselves a basketball coach!! Go Dawgs!!!

MontyP

January 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

Hightlights about to be on ESPN! I’m sure we will see plenty of Mr. Leslie!

Barkin'Dog

January 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

I don’t understand all of the talk about getting better when they get better players. I am not that knowledgeable about basketball talent, but I like what I see now. I touted CMF when he was hired in these blogs (remembering how he beat the Dawgs in the Steg a few years back). In fact, I predicted a good run in the SEC Tourney and a trip to the dance, as this season’s surprise team (I got dissed for that one, too). Barring any significant injuries, I don’t see why they can’t finish like this. What a game!

Congratulations Coach Fox and all of Your players. Now get after the gators!! Woof-woof!

jesse james

January 23rd, 2010
8:17 pm

ga gator – just looked like to me it stayed on 5.1 for a while. Not trying to start conspiracy, just felt for the S.C. kids, but what a big clutch shot for the gators. Don’t get your hair all ruffled up!

Bulldog38

January 23rd, 2010
8:24 pm

Barkin Dog: I agree with you. If this team plays the rest of the season the way that they did today, they are going to make the Big Dance this year…They just played the top four teams in the SEC and more than held their own. They should be 4-0 in the conference. They were leading late in the previous three games and are starting to learn how to finish games.

The reason everyone is talking about him recruiting better players is, the best players in this state go elsewhere every year. They rarely come to UGA. Just imagine having 3 or 4 other players on this team as talented as Thompkins and Leslie. With Mark Fox’s coaching, that would truly be a team that nobody would want to play.

Dennis G. Berdanis

January 23rd, 2010
8:29 pm

I didn’t give Fox much of a chance when his hiring was announced. Can already see what he’s capable of. I apologize Mark. You have the team on the right track. Now just get some of that great Atlanta talent to play for the Dawgs and there is no limit to how high you can take this team! Great win!

Winderdawg

January 23rd, 2010
8:29 pm

LHardingDawg, I agree with you. Things just FEEL brighter right now. Just like grantham said about keeping the talent here; If Fox can sign just 2 of the top 6 players in Ga each year, then go out and sign 2 more players who fit a certain role, we can be Top 15 every year, sweet 16 or so.

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 23rd, 2010
8:30 pm

Broke one off in ‘em, no other way to describe it.

BTW, only way to dance is to kick in the door via the SEC Tourney.

TallaDawg

January 23rd, 2010
8:35 pm

There is that hob-nailed boot again!

hate to tell you

January 23rd, 2010
8:42 pm

uga basketball is as irrelevant as their football program

Barkin'Dog

January 23rd, 2010
8:45 pm

Bulldog38 — Just imagine having 3 or 4 other players on this team as talented as Thompkins and Leslie. With Mark Fox’s coaching, that would truly be a team that nobody would want to play.

That sounds like music doesn’t it. Sounds a lot like what new Coach Grantham said, recently. “After they get done playin’ us, they won’t want to again.”

It’s a great time to be a Bulldawg Fan!! Woof-woof!

Bulldog38

January 23rd, 2010
8:48 pm

Hey Chef Tim, have you looked at their schedule? Their next two games are @ Florida and @ South Carolina. Two winnable games. A split would be fine, though. Because their schedule gets a whole lot easier the rest of the way. They play 16 conference games. After this two game road trip, they will either be 3-3 or 2-4 in the conference. I see them finishing with a 10-6 or 9-7 record in conference. With 2 wins in the the SEC Tourney, they get in with either a 20-11 or 19-12 record.

You have to remember, they already have three signature wins. They beat Illinois at the Gwinnett Arena, and have upset two ranked teams in GA Tech and Tennessee.

Barkin'Dog

January 23rd, 2010
8:49 pm

hate to tell you — uga basketball is as irrelevant as their football program

I hate to tell you, but you’re barkin’ up the wrong tree. They may be off the radar up to now, but after a few more games like this, with highlights on ESPN, they will be feared at tourney time… and for a long time to come. Say what you will, but, they will be relevant very soon… and they’re coming to get after your team… whatever that is.

Bert Bozeman

January 23rd, 2010
8:51 pm

Great Win.Great crowd.Great Coach.What I love about Mark Fox?How he diverts attention from himself to his players.Old fasshoned but sure is classy.

Bulldog38

January 23rd, 2010
8:55 pm

Hey Barkin’ Dog — I hear ya brother. Things are lookin up with the football and basketball teams at this state’s flagship university!!

Hey “hate to tell you”, keep living in the past there, Scooter. Just like ignorance, denial is bliss, huh?
Go Dawgs!!

Dr M

January 23rd, 2010
8:55 pm

How about our balanced scoring and all around team play? McPhee, Ware, and Price and contributed, we hit our 3’s, and defended for 40 minutes. We’ve finally got our coach.