(Updated 10 a.m. Monday)
You might recall the basketball trick shot that Mark Richt made last month, garnering more than 36,000 views on YouTube. It was a nifty enough shot: a one-handed, no-look, backward free throw.
Now, Mark Fox has topped that effort, making ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top 10″ plays-of-the-day Saturday with a trick shot of his own.
Here’s the back story. Connor Nolte, a Georgia basketball walk-on who is sitting out this season after transferring from Furman, has a blog called passersremorse.com. He records trick shots and posts one on his blog on the day of each game. Richt’s was featured last month.
Saturday’s featured shot was Fox making what Nolte called “quite possibly the hardest game day trick shot yet”: Shooting from the stands behind the basket at Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia’s basketball coach bounced the ball off the top of the shot clock and through the net.
He made the shot twice. “Back-to-back jack,” he said.
The folks at ESPN got word of this, contacted Nolte on Saturday night and got his permission to air the video on the 1 a.m. SportsCenter. Fox’s shot led off ESPN’s countdown of the plays of the day at No. 10.
UPDATE: Upon further review, ESPN apparently decided Fox’s feat was even more impressive. Monday morning’s edition of SportsCenter moved the trick shot up to No. 4 on the Top 10 plays of the weekend. The real significance here, of course, is more national exposure for the Georgia basketball program.
G-Day time, TV: UGA announced that the G-Day intra-squad football game on April 10 will start at 2 p.m. and be televised on CSS. Georgia’s home baseball game vs. Ole Miss on that day will be moved to 4 p.m. to accommodate fans who want to attend both events.
Speaking of Mark Fox, here’s his latest Twitter post from this morning:
“My 9yr old was asked if he had 2 go 2 college @ Florida or GaTech where would he go. His answer: ‘I’d become a fireman & not go to college’”
Home-court advantage, indeed: To revisit a theme I wrote about last week . . . Georgia’s men’s basketball team has won its past five Saturday home games, beating Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Alabama and, yesterday, Florida.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 this season against SEC East opponents at home, compared with 0-5 against them on the road. The Dogs will go for a home sweep of the East on Wednesday when Kentucky comes to Athens.
Click here for many more UGA notes, including a chat with A.J. Green, a visit with a football player who’s student-teaching this semester and a roundup of an interesting weekend in a variety of UGA sports.