Opening night for basketball

Basketball season opens tonight at UGA. If you missed it, click here for a story mostly about Mark Fox, the new coach who doesn’t want to be the story. Fox has asked that he not be introduced by the public-address announcer before tonight’s game -– or before any home game this season. “I don’t think it’s about the coach. I really don’t,” he said. “. . . I really prefer to just let them introduce our players.” Cool.

Here are a few comments from Fox that didn’t make it into the story:

On the biggest questions facing his team at the start of the season: “We obviously don’t have a proven perimeter scorer. I think we have some guys who are capable of making some plays on the perimeter, but is one person going to emerge as a consistent scoring threat there? That’s a question for us. And how will Trey [Thompkins] deal with the fact that now he will enter games [as] more of a focal point for the defense? How will he respond to that? We have several freshman perimeter players, and how will those kids transition to playing in college? So I think there are a lot of questions we have. But these kids are working hard, and they are getting better.”

On starting anew: “I think there’s a lot of mystery with a new team -– 15 new players for me, a new coach for every one of them. There are just so many things to learn and experience that only the season can bring. So there is mystery. You don’t know what’s going to happen, what you’re going to have to respond to. And one of the joys at the start of any season [is] that you don’t know the road that lies ahead. Fortunately in athletics, you do have a role in the path that lies in front of you. You don’t control everything, but certainly you control some of the things.”

On job No. 1 upon arriving in Athens in April: “I think the first thing we tried to address was the mentality in our locker room . . .  just the approach and attitude in the locker room. You know, it was a tough year for those kids a year ago. And I wanted them to invest in their team and develop a positive feeling about where we’re going.”

On the players’ reaction to the new staff’s new ways: “They have been very receptive. I don’t know if they have agreed with it all, but they have been very receptive.”

The season tips off at 7 p.m. against New Orleans.

25 comments Add your comment

Wozzo the Wonder Dog

November 13th, 2009
11:14 am

Does the team have a nickname yet? Has “the Fox Hounds” been suggested?

NewnanDawg

November 13th, 2009
11:31 am

I was impressed with the turnout for the exhibition game; hopefully tonight will be pretty full with $5 tix and people in for Auburn tomorrow. They will also fill up some seats with recruits in town for the game tomorrow as well. I say get on board and see what Fox can do – he certainly has started off right with the PR and court demeanor. He was actually kind of funny last week; when he wasn’t happy with the play, he made goofy noises like he was avoiding yelling. He also put the full starting 5 back in the game at one point in the second half when the subs had looked pretty bad for a few minutes because he obviously just couldn’t take it anymore. Should be an entertaining season.

Go Dawgs!

ajax

November 13th, 2009
12:18 pm

“Mark’s Mad Dawgs” should be the student section.

Saint Simons

November 13th, 2009
12:30 pm

((((( 67-62 ))))) hahahahahahahahahahahaha

wreckmaniac

November 13th, 2009
1:11 pm

Only four comments on UGA basketball and only TWO believe it or not on
the latest UGA football recruiting article !!!! Whats going on ????
Is there an electrical or router blackout ? Have the dawgs just quit or are they committing mass suicide ?

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

November 13th, 2009
1:13 pm

What does it say when the Friday afternoon beat blog, the day before a home game against Auburn no less, is about the opening game of basketball season?

Trip

November 13th, 2009
1:56 pm

It says we play basketball too, contrary to popular belief.

Saint Simon's Mommy

November 13th, 2009
3:09 pm

Son, can you come rub my feet after you get through blogging. You stay on that computer too much. You should spend some more time with your Mommy.

beatdowns galore

November 13th, 2009
7:28 pm

MORE bEATDOWNS WILL REALLY COME WITH THIS NO NAME COACH!!!! HA HA HA HA DONT MENTION HIS NAME!

Dawgs For Tike Richt For Nigeria

November 13th, 2009
9:30 pm

Who gives a blank about basketball. We stink in football and that is all that counts and the faster we FIRE the Reverand Mark Richt of Boca Raton the better off we will be. Take that missionairy zeal and turn it into something on the field like Tebow does. Marcus YOU ARE A PUNK and I’m sick of it.

Michael

November 13th, 2009
9:35 pm

Well, it wasn’t a 10+ point win and we didn’t really clinch a victory until less than two minutes in the game, but at least we were able to close out the game and seal a victory. New Orleans is a pretty solid program, Billy Humphrey doesn’t even start for them, and Albert Jackson is not 100% and didn’t play many minutes. We held them to 37% field goal % and owned the boards in the 2nd half. Thompkins was just a beast and overall I am happy with the victory.

BuLLdawg

November 14th, 2009
5:12 am

Nu’Keese Richardson is in the top 5 Tennessee vols in Rushing with 10 yards a carry.

Nu’Keese Richardson is in the top 10 Tennessee vols in Receiving with over a hundred yards receiving and a touchdown, averaging 13 yards per catch.

Nu’Keese Richardson is the leading Tennessee vol punt returner with the most punt returns on the team and averaging 11 yards per punt return. Starting Punt Returner too.

Nu’Keese Richardson is the 2nd leading Tennessee vol in Kick-off Returns with 23 yards per kick-off return.

Janzen Jackson is the Tennessee vols 3rd leading player in Fumble Returns.

Nu’Keese Richardson was the 13th leading Tennessee vol player in Scoring this season.

Nu’Keese Richardson is the 7th leading Tennessee vol player in Total Offense this season, averaging 7 yards per play.

Nu’Keese Richardson is the 4th leading Tennessee vol player in All Purpose Yards with 60 yards per game.

Janzen Jackson is the 6th leading Tennessee vol player on Defense with 33 Tackles.

Janzen Jackson also has 3 Pass Break-ups, a Forced Fumble, and a Fumble Recovery.

Janzen Jackson is the 4th leading Tennessee vol player in Pass Break-ups with the 3 break-ups.

Janzen Jackson is the 4th leading Tennessee vol player in Solo Tackles with 24.

Mike Edwards made a grand total of 5 tackles in his vols career.

Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson both played in 8 games in their vols’ career.

Nu’Keese Richardson played in 9 games in his vols’ career.

They each face 3 counts of a Class C felony and multitudes of misdemeanors including marijuana charges for the pot found in the Prius. That is 9 felonies plus the misdemeanors.

Obviously, Nu’Keese Richardson and Janzen Jackson both were top-round NFL Draft Picks with signing bonuses alone of over 10 million dollars each.

Instead, they face 3 charges each of 15 years each while ONLY at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville would they still be on the team days after now.

They will not be traveling to Ole Miss, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Duh.

What has become THE STORY ? That the vols continue to no comment by Coach Lane Kiffin, the president, and the athletic director Mike Hamilton.

They are trying NOT to kick these 3 OFF THE TEAM, obviously.

How do you feel about that ?

THUGS on Scooters

November 14th, 2009
7:11 am

hey Bulldawg…… Dont relish in a teams misfortunes that beat your teams brains out. Im sure UGA has problems too and just hasnt reared its hip hop head yet. Give it more time when your team gets pummeled by Auburn, KY and Tech . Then UGA quits and players start doing bad things when they sit at home this bowl season to pass the time away.

UGASlobberknocker

November 14th, 2009
8:38 am

All who want to bitch about football please go to the football blog and leave this to basketball.

Yellow Fuzz

November 14th, 2009
10:01 am

I knew you dog nation azzholes would change the subject to basketball the first chance you got. LOL.

Yellow Fuzz

November 14th, 2009
10:06 am

Tech owns YOU in basketball too! And academics. In fact, Tech ownes you in every thing but gymnastics, equestrian, tailgate trash (by weight) and empty football stadium seats. Learn your new role bitches and SFTU while you eat your crow and humble pie!

Yellow Fuzz

November 14th, 2009
10:07 am

67-62
45-42
etc.

Yellow Fuzz

November 14th, 2009
10:10 am

The only “junkyard” dogs I see are the ex players who pick up the tail gate trash after home games.

Joe Hamilton

November 14th, 2009
10:22 am

Yellow Fuzz, I wouldn’t brag too much about Tech’s academics. I know from first hand experience.

Taylor

November 14th, 2009
1:58 pm

whoa why are the tech tools swarming the basketball board too? get a life fuzz

BuLLdawg

November 15th, 2009
5:32 am

Auburn Lost the Game in the exact fashion that Georgia has been losing such games. Auburn had more penalties and turnovers than Georgia did.

The penalties killed their drives, and gave us the ball back. They also propelled us down the field on drives that ended with us getting points when otherwise, without the penalties, we would have stalled and not scored.

The turnovers were oh so critical. We were losing. Auburn certainly sees Georgia as their Major Rival after Alabama. Georgia is where Auburn gets all its players, for the Lord knows there are not many football players of the caliber of Georgia high school players, in Alabama. The turnovers gave Georgia the ball back when it was clear that Auburn was going to score again. Even with the turnovers, Auburn was down at our goal line and we were worn out on defense for all to see. Then, Auburn got called for penalty after penalty and were going farther and farther away from the goal line to tie the score. At that moment Bacarri Rambo put his helmet and right shoulder hard into the wide-open Auburn receiver at our goal line. Rambo knocked the ball loose, helplessly crumbling into a tumble to the ground with his mouthpiece flying into the Autumn Air, and the ball popping up and out of the hands which would have given Auburn first and goal from the 1-yard line with 1 minute on the clock in the game.

But, 15 minutes, an entire quarter ran off, and Georgia defenders got motivation and the much-needed rest they needed as trainers attended Bacarri Rambo from his stinger and concussion from his hit that saved the game.

25 Auburn was ranked Number 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

But, let’s be honest, Auburn is not as good as Arkansas or South Carolina.

Certainly not as good as Ole Miss and not in the same ballpark as Alabama or Florida either for that matter.

Auburn is down there somewhere at the bottom of The SEC with teams like Tennessee.

vols were beat, you recall by Auburn.

But, not Georgia.

Not on this night ushered into the darkness by Bacarri Rambo.

Auburn has Lost to Arkansas, whom UGA beat as well.

Auburn has Lost to Kentucky whom it seemed we might have to beat just to keep the bowl streak alive since 1997.

Auburn has Lost to LSU 31-10 whom Georgia played so tough before the entire season went South on the horrid call against AJ Green, just when it seemed we had beat LSU.

And, AJ Green was in street civvies his shoulder immobilized, and yet we ran the ball. Rotating running backs like we still in week 11 have no clue who is our tailback, and we don’t, and will AJ Green be able to play against this Kentucky squad who beat Auburn.

Auburn did beat Ole Miss and that is what got them ranked in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 for this game, so it seems either Auburn or Georgia is always ranked for this Rivalry Game. Auburn also beat West Virginia. And Auburn BEAT the vols of Tennessee before their special teams, defense and offense was decimated by 9 felonies and pot in the car they committed the armed robbery in.

Auburn falls to 7-4 and gets Alabama for its trouble.

Georgia goes to a clear and concise Solid 2nd in The SEC East.

Georgia is way ahead of Tennessee.

Georgia is ahead of South Carolina.

Georgia goes on to play Kentucky and Kentucky is 6-4 not good enough for Kentucky at this point. Kentucky must beat UGA. Or, Kentucky will not be over .500, Unless they beat the Tennessee vols too. Kentucky had beat Auburn too.

So, on a night every vols’ fan came running in here to tell us how they were going to obliterate Ole Miss, Ole Miss did the obliterating and left the vols with 9 felony charges for the week and their team dead last in The SEC East again, except for Vandie.

South’s Oldest Rivalry now finds Georgia behind Auburn by only 1 game. And, 56 points ahead in the all-time scoring since 1892, the year before we played Georgia Tech.

52-53-8.

It was a ranked opponent, not that they will end up there – that could be us, instead.

Tennessee is NOT bowl eligible even, not to mention only ahead of Vandie in The SEC East. No hope of being ranked by year’s end now. vols have 2 games remaining, and have to find a way to win 1.

Might be nice if they actually KICKED the 3 off who committed 9 felonies plus had pot in their car they committed the armed robberies in. If they do not, then it is clear the vols have LOST FOCUS. This season will go down as 1 of the worst in the history of Tennessee vols’ football. After all your mouthing off in here vols’ fans about what you were going to do to Ole Miss, instead you are ahead of ONLY VANDIE in The SEC East.

Georgia Bulldogs are 2nd in The SEC East. We will play January 1 by year’s end, and we might even by year’s end get ranked. Having done that every year in the Final AP Poll starting 1997, and no other football program has, we should be able to provide this kind of fewer penalty yards and fewer turnovers than Auburn, now that we move on to Kentucky.

Auburn was a running team, and their defense isn’t very good.

But, Auburn beat the vols.

And, Auburn beat Ole Miss and West Virginia and were Number 25 in the Coaches’ Poll today.

We beat a ranked team who had beat a ranked team, something the vols have not done.

Georgia Kick-Offs were not very good again tonight. Georgia Punt Returns were not very good again tonight. But, we had 3 sacks. We had 3 rushing touchdowns. We had zero fumbles. We threw zero interceptions. We watched as Auburn led us for penalties. We watched as Auburn fumbled and again we did not come up with their fumble. We held Auburn to 115 yards rushing. We had 2 interceptions however and hung on with a 15-minute rest after Bacarri Rambo had won the game for UGA to pull within 1 all-time against Auburn. Washaun Ealey had 98 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Caleb King 2 rushing touchdowns. And, Israel Troup caught a long touchdown. And, Georgia can bracket everything this year with this win, except the sorry loss to the felons of Tennessee vols.

happy days are here again

November 15th, 2009
9:07 am

for those just waking up, happy Sunday morning, take a look at this!

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8GuH9oDHrU

Milledgeville Dawg

November 15th, 2009
10:08 am

To the “Dawgs for the Tike Richt for Nigeria”, You are an idiot, and it is my hope you get help from the man upstairs. I admire CMR, his faith and the class he has brought to UGA. Hey we are having a bad year. Be a true fan and stick by us during the good and bad times. CMR will bring us back. And by the way football is not the only that counts.

BuLLdawg

November 16th, 2009
2:08 am

It is a big win for Georgia Bulldogs to beat then Number 25 Coaches’ Poll Auburn.

AP Poll and USA Today Coaches’ Poll both have Georgia with several votes. In the computer rankings, Georgia is Number 24 in the Anderson-Hester Seattle Times Poll and Number 26 in the Jeff Sagarin BCS Rankings. The 4 others have us from 29 to 34.

Auburn is still getting votes in every poll, and well they should with wins over Ole Miss, West Virginia and Tennessee. Auburn only has the 1 game against Alabama left.

9 SEC teams are bowl eligible.

SEC has 9 bowls we have contracted with to send our 9 bowl eligible teams.

If Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State like they always do, then both TCU and Boise State will have a BCS Bowl Game. They could play each other in that BCS Bowl Game in Glendale Arizona, the Fiesta Bowl.

SEC has 3 Top 10 teams, in every single poll, but only 2 of the 3 can go to a BCS Bowl. Both will. This leaves LSU in the Cotton Bowl who would want LSU over Georgia at this point, no matter what UGA does.

Georgia is still slotted for the $3 million dollar Outback Bowl in Tampa Florida.

The Big Ten (11), like the ACC, has no top-ranked team in these discussions.

Georgia Tech finds both teams in the SEC Championship Game way ahead of it, and the loser of that game will remain far ahead of Tech. A stumble by Tech and LSU is only 1 place back of Tech.

ACC finds Mountain West Champion ahead of the ACC Chumpion.

ACC finds WAC Champion ahead of the ACC Chumpion, too.

ACC finds Big East Champion ahead of the ACC Chumpion, as well.

ACC finds Big XII Champion ahead of the ACC Chumpion, for good measure.

ACC finds 2 SEC teams both way far ahead of the ACC Chumpion.

ACC Chumpionship Game is so beleaguered that it has been moved out of the Gator Bowl, which had horrid ratings for the game and no one there. This season is no different, with the ACC Atlantic Division offering up as its best team, Clemson. No one will watch the ACC Chumpionship Game, and no one will be there to watch it in person. The stadium will be half empty as always for the ACC Chumpionship Game.

Climpsum Farmers have played 2 ranked teams and Lost to 3 teams. Climpsum played TCU and Lost and Georgia Tech and Lost and throws in on its résumé having played Maryland who beat zero Division 1-A teams except Climpsum. For this, Climpsum Farmers get to play in the ACC Conference Chumpionship.

ACC stinks.

South Carolina can knock Climpsum Farmers out of the Rankings before the ACC Chumpionship Game. I’d bet on that one.

6 teams with 3 Losses are in the AP Poll Top 25, some as high as Number 14. Clearly, UGA can beat Georgia Tech, as always, garner our 60th win against Georgia Tech when there are only 4 teams in all of America who have Lost 60 times to one team, and make the Final AP Poll Top 25.

Kentucky beat Auburn and now faces off against first Georgia and then Tennessee.

Tennessee vols, did I get down to the Tennessee vols, now finally.

3 SEC teams are not bowl eligible, Vandie, Mississippi State (4 wins with Arkansas and Ole Miss remaining) and Tennessee vols are NOT bowl eligible with the other 9 SEC teams who ARE bowl eligible. Of course, there are only 9 SEC Bowl tie-ins, so there is no guarantee (as with South Carolina in recent past who was bowl eligible and found no bowl game wanted them) no guarantee at all that Tennessee actually would get a bowl game seed, even if it beats Kentucky or Vandie.

At this point, the Loss to Tennessee vols by Coach Richt’s Coaching Staff, is the 6th Loss by Coach Richt’s Coaching Staff to a team who ended the season NOT in the Final AP Poll Top 25. Coach Richt’s Coaching Staff has been here 9 years now this year and we have 6 Losses to a team not ranked that year in the Final AP Poll.

You just cannot lose to that kind of a team.

Georgia Losses to Oklahoma State look fine, to Florida looks fine, to LSU looks fine and in fact we had a chance against LSU and then did knock off Auburn. But, the loss to Tennessee vols soured this damned season entirely.

By stark contrast, Tennessee vols have Losses this Year to UCLA, Auburn and Ole Miss, not a 1 of which is a ranked team nor have any hope of being ranked in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

There is much to play for, after the outstanding win against Auburn to pull us within one game all-time in the series at 52-53-8.

Don’t forget that Kentucky beat Auburn too.

The $4.25 million CapitalOne Bowl in Orlando looks like Ole Miss right now.

Sugar Bowl looks like the loser of Alabama Florida for $17 million.

National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena has ONLY Texas against ONLY the winner of The SEC Championship Game.

Music City Bowl $1.5 million looks like South Carolina, clearly way behind Georgia.

Independence Bowl $1.2 million looks like Arkansas, clearly also way behind Georgia.

Liberty Bowl January 2 at $1.7 million looks like Auburn.

This leaves Kentucky in the Papajohn’s Bowl $750 thousand Birmingham.

Ole Miss could play its way out of the CapitalOne Bowl if it loses to LSU.

If that happens, LSU would prefer to play to in the CapitalOne Bowl at $4.25 million than in the Cotton Bowl at $3 million.

If you want to do something about this season to make a statement to not be the 1st UGA team starting 1997 to not be in the Final AP Poll Top 25, you will go out and run up the score against Kentucky and then beat the crap out of Tech, win the Outback Bowl and go off into the sunset.

happy days are here again

November 16th, 2009
9:24 pm