Georgia-Tennessee preview: Can Dogs repeat last year’s big win in Athens?

Previewing Georgia vs. Tennessee basketball:

The basics

  • When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens


  • Georgia: 13-3 (2-1 SEC)
  • Tennessee: 11-6 (1-2 SEC)

Three storylines

  • 1. Home sweet home. The Bulldogs, who finally made it back to Athens on Saturday night after last week’s snow and ice kept them on the road for five days, open a three-game homestand. Following Tuesday’s game against Tennessee, Georgia plays Mississippi State on Saturday and Florida on Jan. 25.
  • 2. An encore vs. the Vols? On Tennessee’s last visit to Stegeman Coliseum, the Bulldogs made a statement with perhaps their biggest victory under coach Mark Fox. They soundly defeated the Vols — ranked No. 8 in the nation at the time — 78-63 on Jan. 23, 2010, before a sellout crowd to end a 10-game Georgia losing streak vs. Tennessee. The Vols won last season’s  rematch in Knoxville on Feb. 17.
  • 3. No Pearl on the trip. The Vols will be without head coach Bruce Pearl, who didn’t accompany the team on its trip to Athens Monday night. Serving an eight-game SEC suspension for violating NCAA recruiting rules and misleading investigators, Pearl is allowed to travel with the team but is not permitted to be on the bench during games or participate in other game-day activities. He chose not to travel to Athens because the Vols did not have a walk-through practice there Monday due to a Georgia gymnastics meet. Associate head coach Tony Jones is filling in for Pearl.

News and notes

  • Unranked again: A week after cracking the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in almost eight years, Georgia fell out of the rankings Monday as a result of last Wednesday’s loss at Vanderbilt. The Dogs are second among “others receiving votes” this week.
  • One win from last season’s total: Georgia’s next victory will be its 14th of the season, matching last year’s win total; the Bulldogs finished 14-17 last season.
  • Turnaround at the line: Gerald Robinson made only 52 percent of his free throws in Georgia’s pre-SEC games but has made 94 percent (17 of 18) in three SEC games. As a team, Georgia made 26 of 27 free throws Saturday at Ole Miss.

Last outings

  • Tennessee: The Vols overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Vanderbilt 67-64 in Knoxville on Saturday, with Scotty Hopson scoring 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. The win broke a two-game losing streak by Tennessee, which opened SEC play with a thee-point loss at Arkansas and an overtime loss to Florida.
  • Georgia: The Bulldogs shot 67 percent in the first half and went on to rout Ole Miss 98-76 on the road Saturday. The game represented Georgia’s highest-scoring output in SEC play since 1995.

The numbers game

  • 550: Approximate miles traveled by bus by Georgia’s team last week (from Athens to Nashville to Oxford, Miss.)
  • 38: Georgia RPI rank
  • 24: Tennessee’s RPI rank

History book

  • Series record: Tennessee leads 90-52 overall, but Georgia leads 34-32 in Athens.

– Tim Tucker

106 comments Add your comment


January 18th, 2011
5:11 am

I am sorry but I have to do it! First


January 18th, 2011
5:16 am

Now that I have that out of my system, I want to say it feels good to hear positive things about our basketball program. I just hope Coach Fox does not make the same mistake that Tubby Smith did. I bet you Tubby has said to himself many times “Damn, I should have stayed at Georgia!” Georgia is a gold mine of basketball talent, and the first good coach that realizes it, will put together great teams every year. Go Dawgs


January 18th, 2011
5:18 am

Second! YAY!

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January 18th, 2011
5:54 am

Against Vandy UT was discombulated for much of the game but then got hot late and took advantage of superior athleticism plus the home court crowd. If UGA plays with discipline for 40 minutes they should have a couple of good runs against a Vols team that doesn’t look all that well coached this year.

Upstate Dawg

January 18th, 2011
6:05 am

Actually, UGA leads the series in Athens, 34-32. Tennessee has been an up and down team this year. They’ve had some great wins but some really puzzling losses. The Dawgs meanwhile have been very consistent. Aside from the blip in Nashville, they have continued to improve and reached an amazing level Sat in Oxford.

If we have minimal turnovers and continue hitting our free throws, UGA should prevail tonight. Congrats to the students for making the Steg an imposing place to play this year. GO DAWGS!

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January 18th, 2011
6:30 am

it appears to me that Coach Fox maximizes his players potential. he has taken some lazy players and has them playing their role nicely.

one thing about UGA basketball is that they keep getting better.

keep it up Coach Fox

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Woodstock Dawg

January 18th, 2011
8:17 am

Keep it up Mark and Basketball Dawgs! Thanks for bringing back the excitement (and repsect) for UGA basketball. HBTD!

Asheville Dawg

January 18th, 2011
8:22 am

I’ll take the time to watch Fox’s hounds tonight. Go Dawgs!


January 18th, 2011
8:23 am

remember the name cause i will be a top recruit in 2014 me and my friends are top recruits in our class as long as mark fox is at uga there a 95% chance we commit to uga

Brian F.

January 18th, 2011
8:53 am

Take another step tonight !! GO DAWGS !!


January 18th, 2011
8:54 am

Wonder how long Fox will remain at UGA?

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

January 18th, 2011
8:55 am

Wish CMR and his coaches could coach up the players like CMF does.

Great free throw shooting contest lately…


January 18th, 2011
8:56 am

I will leave work at about 4 p.m. Leave Warner Robins and be at the game tonight.I love my Dawgs,and have been there through thick and thin.It is so good to see a team come on the court knowing it has a great chance of beating anyone. I do mean anyone.This 3 game home stand then trip to Arkansas is big.GO DAWGS


January 18th, 2011
8:57 am

the keys to the season are free throws and jeremy price. if we should around 80% from the stripe and Price goes for something like 10 and 8 – we’ll dominate. That’s for every game. Not just tonight. Go Dawgs!


January 18th, 2011
8:58 am

^ shoot not should. My b

shut up about first!

January 18th, 2011
9:30 am

Hey morons, shut up again about being first/ first/second/second. Who gives a flying crap!

Herschel Talker the girly man

January 18th, 2011
9:32 am

Dogwhisperer Are you standing behind Smokey (Real Close) while you are whispeing in his/her ear. Suggest you try whispering in a woman’s ear sometimes. You may like it or maybe not if you are a Dogwhimperer. Does he lick you on the mouth after cleaning his butt? If you get tired of Smokey you can call ol Herschel Talker.

Dirty Dawg

January 18th, 2011
9:39 am

Here’s hopin’…

Hey, I got a question. Since Pearl so famously was divorced a couple of years ago and his wife got a huge settlement, and she then opened a beauty parlor in Knoxville that she named ‘Alimony’, wonder if Pearl’s salary reduction will mean he won’t be paying her as much money? If that’s the case then my bet is that he asked UT to do it just for spite.

Anybody else notice that since young Mr. Robinson changed his routine at the foul-line – he no longer bounces the ball, just catches it, lines up his feet and puts it up – he’s hitting the kind of percentage that will make him an all-star point guard. Hope he keeps it up cause if he does, along with the rest of the team, then these guys are gonna be winner all season long.


January 18th, 2011
9:40 am

Wow…you beat us once out of 11 games, and y’all are all high and mighty. But, to be realistic, I do expect UGA to win tonight. UT is not playing well…


January 18th, 2011
9:43 am

I am hearing a growing buzz (sorry for the using a Techie word) about the basketball program, and it is for good reason. Dawg hoops is fun to follow, and I am hopeful that the fan base is starting to take serious interest in the program and what CMF is doing. They all deserve a lot of support and credit, and this year is going to be a great one for the Dawgs. Beat the Vols!!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 18th, 2011
9:45 am

The basketball team still has a long way to go. This blog has been up almost 5 hours and it has less than 25 comments. That speaks volumes about the lack of attention/excitement this team is genertating.

Also on a side note- dropping the team from the polls after losing on the road to Vanderbilt is rather tough. Vandy has historically been a tough place to play on the road. The Dawgs should have received more credit for bouncing back the way they did.


January 18th, 2011
9:48 am

Don’t think Fox will be here long. He will be hired away within the next few years.


January 18th, 2011
9:56 am

Looking forward to the game tonight, and I think Vandy would have been a completely different story had the team been in their normal travel routine. They looked sluggish after the long bus ride. They made a great statement at Ole Miss though and I love the attitude and work ethic of this team.

Also, has Chris Barnes rejoined the team? I don’t know any details on whether it was a close family member that he lost, but certainly my prayers are with he and his family.
Go Dawgs!


January 18th, 2011
10:07 am

It’s really depressing to see grown men making juvenile comments on these blogs (Dogwhisperer and Herschel Talker …). Grow up for christ sake.


January 18th, 2011
10:14 am

Tubby never regretted going to Lexington. He won a national title and got very rich and became a well respected member of the community.

Fox is a different animal. He built his rep at Nevada and wants to build UGA into a power. McGarrity needs to lock him down after this year.

UGA 84
UT 77

Upstate Dawg

January 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Yes, Chris Barnes returned to campus on Sunday following his grandmother’s funeral in Florida. Coach Fox said last night on the Bulldog Hotline that he seemed glad to be back with the team and had a spring in his step.

NewnanDawg, I agree with your comments on the Vandy/Ole Miss games. With so many basketball games to follow, I think it’s easy for voters to just glance at results rather than really pondering them. It’s now time to take care of business at home.


January 18th, 2011
10:28 am

GATA Coach Fox!!


January 18th, 2011
10:41 am

“Wonder how long Fox will remain at UGA?”

Where would he go to make more money, or have more recognition? UK? UNC? Duke? UCLA? Kansas?

Most of the ultra-successful BB schools have coaches that have put them or kept them in their lofty spots, and I don’t know of any who are getting ready to leave, thus opening up a spot for Fox.

And we know UGA can pay the big bucks to keep him vs most schools, if money is the issue.

Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but I don’t see Fox leaving until one of those “Top” 5 or 6 programs come calling.


January 18th, 2011
10:48 am

We’ll know more about Fox next season, without Thomkins and Leslie. That’s gonna hurt, but I think he’ll be up to the challenge. He’ll still have Robinson, hopefully.


January 18th, 2011
11:02 am

Thanks for the update, Upstate. Chris doesn’t really light up the stat sheet, but he plays a very important role and it’s great to hear that he is back and doing well. He is one of those players that always seems to be positive on the court (and really enjoying the ongoing fun with Coach when he makes free throws).

If we can take care of business on this homestand, the team will definitely have earned, and be getting, a lot of national respect.
Go Dawgs!

bruce mac

January 18th, 2011
11:04 am

It is not a given that Leslie leaves. Thompkins, yes. Thornton and Williams can step in and get the job done. Price will be missed also. Fox is already locked up and McGarity will stack money on top of money if the trend continues. Fox is not going anywhere anytime soon. GO DAWGS, this crap is fun.

A review of UGA's goals, ytd.

January 18th, 2011
11:07 am

Last year, the realistic goals for UGA basketball in 2010-2012 was to win maybe 20-22 games in the reg. season, then go maybe two deep with wins in the SEC Tourney and on to the Big Dance. At The Dance, if UGA were to win one, then blow out …………..this would be simply wonderul. We might end up with 24 or 25 wins. Fabulous !!!

We UGA fans and alums need to always remember that UGA has been except for two or three or four or five years since the 60s, a wasteland in basketball. Our goals stated above if reached will be job well done in the SECOND YEAR. Then, on to the future and beyond.

Frankly, if UGA achieved this same w/l record over the next two or three years running
(with Big Dance invitations) would be a wonderful. A miracle it would be.

Let us groom this thing, then lock down CMF for a long time and let Coach FOX be THE coach of all time in basketball at UGA. THAT is something that most quality coaches would aspire to IF the $$$, the w/l record and the lifestyle in Athens/Atlanta is right for him and his family.

Go Dogs.

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January 18th, 2011
11:17 am

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January 18th, 2011
11:33 am

I understand the apprehension of some fans to jump on this bandwagon…feel like they’ve been burned before after the short stint with Tubby and then the Harrick fiasco…Fox can bring this team to National prominence the same way Florida and UT did…great recruitng and coaching and Fan support – leading to consistent results on the court. I believe McG knows what he has and will find a way to lock him up. GO DAWGS!


January 18th, 2011
11:40 am

Any truth to the rumor that Pearl was seen in the locker room area of the GYM DAWGS?

That boy is a hound.

Wondering about possibility of Tickets

January 18th, 2011
11:42 am

Have not seen UGA play basket ball since early 2000’s in Phoenix. Where does one find tickets?


January 18th, 2011
12:01 pm

There are a few tickets left at the box office for tonight…but they can be found around the Steg before games….


January 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

Wondering – For future Games, you can order them at


January 18th, 2011
12:18 pm

Great to see Fox’s Dogs play some zone last game. You don’t need to live with the zone defense when you have great athletes like Georgia but it’s good to have it available especially when the boys get in foul trouble. I’ve done some coaching and I used to love it when our defense, whether man to man or zone would stymie the other team forcing them to call a timeout. Then kowing that they were making adjustments to our defense, I would start our team out in a different defense for a specific number of times down the floor before switching back and boy would it blow their mind and throw them off. I’d love to see Coach Fox do that. Switching defenses sporadically is a great game tool to use. Of course Mark Fox doesn’t need to hear that from me because he’s a great “floor coach.” That’s why the Dogs have come back. He knows how to coach and the boys finally know how to listen. I Iike to see Thornton & Williams get their minutes, they’re going to be the down low main options next year.

Gen Neyland

January 18th, 2011
12:35 pm

TT : Is this a real question..? If all Tennessee’s opponents would wear Pittsburg or Villanova unis, they might play better, so yeah, UGA can beat UT at home and I’ll even go out on the biggest branch on the tree and say they SHOULD beat UT…

Rabid Dawg

January 18th, 2011
12:49 pm

The Ga timeout at Vandy with 2 sec left in the game was the turning point. Something about that time out lit a fire under these guys.
Ga looked like Duke at times in that Ole Miss game.

This year…a reg season record of 23-7 is staring us in the face!


January 18th, 2011
12:59 pm

If the real Tn team shows up.. look out Dawgs.

hershel talker loves to....

January 18th, 2011
1:18 pm

drink man sauce


January 18th, 2011
2:00 pm

UGA’s men’s basketball team is capable of making this a big “statement” season about the program, but they have to take it one game at a time. Hopefully we’ll take advantage of the home stand and go 3-0.

Dawg Run

January 18th, 2011
2:39 pm

Tennessee’s in disarray without Pearl. Georgia will blow the vols off the court—easy win by 20+—mark it down.

mike bobo garbage play calling

January 18th, 2011
4:19 pm

The teamis looking good big win tonight will be huge we are right outside in both polls.A victory tonight and saturday would get us in.Also want to give Props to the Lady Dawgs keep it up.


January 18th, 2011
4:24 pm

I don’t know about you Dawg fans, but i am glad football is over and basketball is here. At least we have something to cheer about. I have GA covering at home, unless they are wearing Pitt or Villanova jersey’s. Dawg run, I would use a pencil marking that one down.