Dogs must win those close ones to be an NCAA team

Mark Fox watches his Dogs lose a nailbiter to Tennessee. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Mark Fox watches his Dogs lose a nailbiter to Tennessee. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Tough loss for Mark Fox’s hoop Dogs Tuesday night.

Yeah, the officials should have called a foul on Tennessee’s Brian Williams as he went over Chris Barnes’ back for the rebound that gave him the winning shot for the Vols. But as Barnes said after the game, “At a critical time like this in the SEC, you’re not going to get that kind of call in the league. We know that.”

Still, that noncall is not why Georgia lost the game. The Dogs were outmuscled under the basket most of the night, with the Vols outscoring Georgia in the paint and outrebounding them, too. Plus Tennessee’s bench was twice as productive as Georgia’s.

After a tough week and a half in which Georgia upset Kentucky at home and then split two games on an extended road trip complicated by the snowstorm, it wasn’t really surprising that Georgia didn’t come out looking all that sharp Tuesday night. Consistency still isn’t one of this team’s hallmarks.

There will be better nights for Georgia this season. Fox has put together a good team that can compete with anyone.

But merely being competitive isn’t enough any more. They’re facing greater expectations this season and the bottom line is that the Dogs are going to have to win those close, tough games like Tuesday night’s if they’re going to be an NCAA tournament team this year.

I think they’ll make it. How about you?

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NC Dawg

January 19th, 2011
11:00 am

Sandman053

January 19th, 2011
11:05 am

thenation

January 19th, 2011
11:06 am

still bitter about that call. still thinking we’re going dancing

Sandman053

January 19th, 2011
11:06 am

I think CMF has some good hounds this year. You know a year ago everyone put this team down and wrote them off. Now, this year the same folks are contemplating NCAA Tournament appearances as a benchmark? I think it is fantastic and these Dawgs can hunt! Go Dawgs!

dbc

January 19th, 2011
11:07 am

The refs also hosed them on the TN bucket allowed a minute earlier. Replays clearly showed the ball still in the Tennessee players hands when the shot clock expired. UGA outplayed the Orange IMO and should have won, but give the Vols credit.

Sandman053

January 19th, 2011
11:07 am

Not to beat a dead horse, but some of that attitude needs to get across the street onto the football practice fields…

42-34 Dawgs - We STILL Run This State

January 19th, 2011
11:08 am

Blown Calls cost Coach Mark Fox’s squad last night. Absolutely mind-boggling how college referees can be THAT incompetent.

Even so Dawgs are MUCH more impressive than Paul Blewitt’s squad.

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Bryan G.

January 19th, 2011
11:12 am

Bad calls or not, UGA looked bad last night

devildawg

January 19th, 2011
11:12 am

So, everybody with a working pair of eyes can see that the Dawgs got JOBBED!!! last night against the fighting cousin lovers but Bill can’t say that this is why the dawgs lost? That makes no sense. We played a close game, fine. It came down to the last possession, fine. Tennessee gets two baskets that were clearly not legal baskets, uh? Cmon Bill, Duke and all the other media darlings get that call, but UGA doesn’t. Why aren’t we screaming for that crew to be suspended? Screw those refs. Let them sit at home for a week.

Sandman053

January 19th, 2011
11:15 am

I agree with devildawg….crappy officiating breeds more crappy officiating.

10 - 1 Bruce v. JawJauh

January 19th, 2011
11:18 am

1) For the haters and JawJuh fans to complain about the late shot by Bone, and the over the back by BW, they choose to forget the call where Cam and a dawg were going for a loose ball at the point the sideline meets the baseline, the dawg slapped it out of bounds, yet was called last touched by Cam. The replay clearly showed it, yet the announcers were completely silent on the replay, then went to commercial.
2) Over the back is NOT a foul unless there is body contact, and they were both REACHING UP for the ball… no contact, no foul. You may not like the facts, but THEY ARE the FACTS!
3) There were some questionable calls on BOTH ends, the losing team and their fans will always point out the ones that go against them, never the ones in their favor.

ncb24

January 19th, 2011
11:25 am

NCAA team?? i know it’s possible, but are we really going to be dissapointed that a UGA team misses the tournament? 14-17 last season, already 1 win away from that. lets not pretend that we’re UNC just yet. NCAA would be nice, but lets not forget where this team has been the last decade.

devildawg

January 19th, 2011
11:26 am

Bruce, please go back to blowing whoever he is and stay off the blogs. You are clearly not in possession of your man card and pointing out the obvious about fans is not doing anyone a favor. No one likes you, except him, and your soul is a worthless waste.

Carlton

January 19th, 2011
11:27 am

@ 10-1..

1.) I’m glad you can remember an asinine no-call at some random point in the game-that’s the nature of basketball. When it’s at the END of the game and there are two no calls, that’s different.
2.) Yes, there was contact. Williams practically had him in a choke hold
3.) Again, nature of basketball. Don’t worry, we’ll get y’all when we come to Knoxville..

Good, but QUESTIONABLE win (lucky you’re QUESTIONABLE coach wasn’t there too)

Greg

January 19th, 2011
11:27 am

Hillbilly, those two calls were brought up because they directly impacted the outcome of the game…unlike the call you mention. I don’t think SportsCenter is biased toward UGA over UT and most of their game review centered around those two blown calls at the end of the game. Just be thankful for the gifts.

GW

January 19th, 2011
11:29 am

TV Teddy Valentine is too old and fat to call games anymore. He’s even too lazy to show off like he used to.

Paul H

January 19th, 2011
11:31 am

I think they’ll make it as long as they win games like last night instead of lose them.

GaCracker

January 19th, 2011
11:32 am

If everyone knows the refs will swallow their whistles it can lead to mayhem. Barnes, a large man, was mugged by an even larger man. The refs cannot let a paly like that not be called. It should have been freethrows for the win, rather than a “mug” shot. I hope these refs will be called on the carpet by their superiors and warned about swallowing the whistle in the late stages.

SoCal Dawg

January 19th, 2011
11:33 am

@10 – 1 Bruce v. JawJauh Is that how you felt after your fb team lost to LSU and the bowl game?

Dale

January 19th, 2011
11:40 am

Brutal non call. Should have been Georgia on the other end shooting a 1-1 with 1 sec left.

What??

January 19th, 2011
11:49 am

The calls definitely affected the outcome of the game, but UGA played a very uninspired game last night. At the end of the first half, our defense was extremely lack luster. The game never should have been as close as it was. Trey Thompkins looked like a dead man walking for most of the first half. We never showed a consistent effort to pound the ball inside which is what we should be doing – really settled for a lot of crappy outside shots. We ARE a better team than TENN if we play hard which is not what I saw last night. Don’t blame the refs for us not leaving it all out on the floor.

What??

January 19th, 2011
11:51 am

Also, Barnes should be tough enough to at least rip that ball lose. Can’t blame the refs that he wasn’t man enough to make the play.

brokebackvol

January 19th, 2011
12:03 pm

Sorry Dawgfans, tough loss. VOLS have been on the receiving end of those end of the game deals, so it was high time it went our way. Still think the Dawgs make the big dance, though.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 19th, 2011
12:06 pm

24 sec violation missed, over the back missed… come’on can’t beat the Vols and the ref’s. Terrible calls down the stretch.

Mtn Dawg

January 19th, 2011
12:09 pm

Overall, a poorly officiated game. The no over the back no call Williams, and the shot they should have dissallowed in the closing minute due to a shot clock violation. Yes, the Dawgs could’ve won if not for some missed easy opportunities. But you hate to see officials weigh in that heavily in determining the game’s outcome. I give them a C on this one.

TheItalianDawg

January 19th, 2011
12:10 pm

terrible officiating crew! terrible job! Im mad because of the way we lost.. screw this. its not supposed to be this way. I even hate Tennessee more now

Shandon Anderson

January 19th, 2011
12:11 pm

When you have Travis Leslie at 6′4″ leading the team in rebounds, there is a problem. Rebounding has been a weakness all year. Sounds like the B Ball team needs an new “stregnth and conditioning coach” in order for us to make a run this year. If we improve with the rebounding, I see us going far. If Travis continues to lead the team in that catergory, I’m afraid that we will play .500 ball or less from here on out.

southsideDawg

January 19th, 2011
12:26 pm

The officiating last night was terrible!

I just want to know if Fox did the same things Pearl did would he still have a job in Athens or would gotten into any trouble with UGA? Crazy that UT has done nothing to him.

DawginLex

January 19th, 2011
12:27 pm

Missed the shot clock violation-2 points off the board for UT

Missed williams with his elbows on the UGA player’s shoulders. 2 points off the board for UT and UGA goes down and shoots free throws.

looks like it should have been a 4 point UGA win.

10-1, you need to go back and look at the replay again. Last time I checked, shoulders are a part of the body and Williams is all over Price’s shoulders.

Won’t matter in the long run. Pearl will do something else even more stupid and get the Vols on probation.

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John, the real UGA fan

January 19th, 2011
12:29 pm

Even ESPNU agreed that the call at the end of the game was wrong!!!! They kept replaying it. Said Georgia got robbed but it still went in the books.
If you will notice a pattern this year of UGA players getting in foul trouble in the first quarter. The SEC officials are involved in this, game after game. Yes, Tennessee was a very good basketball team; so was UGA. It is sad when questionable officiating enters the picture.
Bill, you have been angry since the Liberty Bowl with your slanted reporting and manner of stating your opinion. If you cannot cease from this, then you need to find another college to harass!

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Dawg fan from Grayson

January 19th, 2011
12:39 pm

There is no doubt that the refs were horrible for the entire game last night. They are going miss some calls every game, but the number of missed calls were way too many last night. Some went UGA’s way and some went UT’s way. However, there is no excuse for the refs to miss the over the back by Williams. So obvious.
Another reason Dawgs lost was they got almost nothing from either Barnes or Price. When you have 6 foot out guard out-rebound them both there is a problem. If I were Fox I would threaten to play Williams and Thornton more.

UGADawg83

January 19th, 2011
12:42 pm

John go light on Bill. His column usually consists of his brother’s oppinionand theoppinion of one of his buddies and on a good day the insights of the guy at Jiffy Lube.

DawginOH

January 19th, 2011
12:48 pm

It’s a shame that some questionable calls had to get in the way of what was otherwise a great game. Tennessee is a good team and, beating them is hard enough without having to battle the refs as well. The Dawgs should keep their heads up after this one and keep rolling. They really have a good team this year.

chris

January 19th, 2011
12:49 pm

If this team can become consistent, I think this team has the talent and ability to be a sweet 16 type team.

atlvol55

January 19th, 2011
12:56 pm

18 fouls for Tennessee.
13 fouls for UGA.

UGA shot twice as many free throws as UGA. Refs missed a couple of obvious calls where ball went of UGA player and still gave the ball to Georgia.

I know this is the first time in YEARS some of you band waggon UGA fans have watched college basketball. Horrible officiating is the norm. When TN played at Pitt earlier this year at one point in the game, Pitt has shot like 23 free throws and TN had 2. Deal with cry babbies

atlvol55

January 19th, 2011
12:56 pm

UGA show twice as many free throws as TN…sorry

Rufio

January 19th, 2011
1:00 pm

Maybe the next time the player from TN can jump on the UGA ’s player and dunk the ball……..The officiating was bad. It was not just one ref either and it seemed to go against UGA. The ref was smart to sprint off the court after he called the basket good. I looked at the DVR replay when I got home and the ref was looking at the TN player on the back…..How you don’t call that is beyond me !

watsonic

January 19th, 2011
1:13 pm

After watching the entire game, the first thing I thought when the buzzer sounded was “Dawg fans are gonna be hugely p.o.’d” (I’m in Knoxville). Through 37 minutes of the game, over-the-back is the call every time – but inside a minute, you can’t expect it. Barnes was quoted as such, which is great maturity after such a gut-wrenching loss.

The Vols suffered through horrendous officiating vs. Florida, so many Vol fans just see this as things evening out. Having said that, UGA has a really nice squad this year – defense is much improved, they play with passion – three very solid starters and some no-names stepped up and almost saved a victory. I love the way Coach Fox goes about his business and I hope the Dawgs make some noise in the NCAA tourney.

Bitter Dawg

January 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

Fire Mark Fox now!! How dare anyone lose at UGA!

Cambone 43

January 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

You sure do know what you’re talking about. LOL…tell us something we don’t know. You ajc writers are a joke. No where close to the sports writers of other cities. Embarrassing.

SidArnwine

January 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

The UGA player hooked Williams arm. THAT is what pulled Williams into him. PLus the player didn’t do a good job of blocking him out, he didn’t put his body on Wms. In addition UT simply out hustled UGA to the loose ball near the end, thus resetting the shot clock allowing UT to hold for the last shot. I think it evened out. UGA will make the NCAA.No doubt. If I were a bettor I would bet UGA will win the SEC tourney this year.

Alabama Jack

January 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

Wow. Same excuses as football. who would have thought…..

Shandon Anderson

January 19th, 2011
1:33 pm

Yes, the refs were absoutely horrible. However, we gave them too many opportunities with our weak rebounding. If we could grab those loose balls, it wouldn’t even be in the refs hands…

Chris Barnes

January 19th, 2011
1:39 pm

Ohh my aching back!!

Gary

January 19th, 2011
1:40 pm

Bill-

No, the whole idea is to NOT have close games, blow out every oppoentnt like UCONN women do.

If you’re having too many close games, like Georgia football team, something’s wrong.

Thompkins and Leslie

January 19th, 2011
1:42 pm

Get you “back” in Knoxville hound dogs!!

robodawg

January 19th, 2011
1:52 pm

Tennessee was so strong inside, you knew we’d have trouble handling them. But even so, we definitely left points on the floor last night. That was a tough one. One extra shot or rebound or loose ball could’ve made the difference. Gotta come back strong this weekend. Go Dawgs!