Bulldogs head into final week battling to stay out of SEC’s last place

Georgia and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) will face a tall task against Anthony Davis (23) and Kentucky on Thursday at Rupp Arena. (AP photo by John Bazemore)

Georgia and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) will face a tall task against Anthony Davis (23) and Kentucky on Thursday at Rupp Arena. (AP photo by John Bazemore)

ATHENS — To be clear, Georgia coach Mark Fox says he doesn’t care about Georgia’s eventual finish in the SEC regular-season standings or what seed it gets or which game it plays in next week’s SEC Tournament.

“We don’t ever worry about that,” Fox said Monday. “I think the only time you ever worry about a lot of that is if you’re in a position to get a bye and we’re not in that position. Our focus with this group all year, as young as we were, was just to try to win the next game and keep getting better. That’s how we’ll approach it this week as well.”

For those who do pay attention to record and seeding, this is a very big week for the Bulldogs (13-15, 4-10 SEC). Coming off an impressive 76-62 upset of No. 12 Florida this past Saturday, Georgia wraps up the regular season with a road game against No. 1-ranked Kentucky (27-1, 14-0) late Thursday night and the regular-season finale at home next Saturday against South Carolina (10-18, 2-12). The Bulldogs will be favored in one of those games and not in the other. I’ll let you guess which one.

But at least for the sake of perception, this week is a challenge to stay out of last place. Georgia is currently tied with Auburn for next-to-last place in the SEC, each with 4-10 records. The Bulldogs would be the 11 seed since the Tigers (14-14, 4-10) own the tiebreaker thanks to their 59-51 win over Georgia on The Plains on Feb. 1.

South Carolina is in last place at this point but could play its way out with two wins this week. The Gamecocks, who beat Georgia 57-56 in Columbia on Feb. 15, also hold the tiebreaker.

Here’s a side-by-side-by-side look at their remaining games:

  • GA – Thursday @ Kentucky; Saturday vs. S. Carolina
  • AU – Wednesday @ Alabama; Saturday vs. LSU
  • SC – Wednesday vs. Miss. State; Saturday @ UGA

Of course, beating the Wildcats at Rupp on Senior Night is next to impossible (though the Bulldogs were the last to do it, with a pretty bad team in 2009 no less). But then the Bulldogs absolutely have to beat the Gamecocks. That’s a task made even more difficult by the fact Georgia will be playing a late Thursday night game on the road and an early-afternoon home game (1:30 p.m.) two days later.

“Obviously it’s a big challenge to go there and play the ‘Cats,” Fox said. “Then we have . . . a quick-turnaround for the Saturday contest versus South Carolina and our Senior Day. Hopefully we can play well.”

If the season were to end today, Georgia would be the 11 seed and Face Alabama in the late game (about 10 p.m.) on March 8. Of course, that’s subject to change by the events of this week.

At the moment, Georgia appears to be playing better than both the teams with which it’s jockeying for position. Auburn has lost five of six since beating the Bulldogs and the UGA win remains the Gamecocks only one in the last nine games.

In retrospect, Georgia is probably going to look back with some regret at those losses to South Carolina and Auburn. In both cases they simply played poorly and and had terrible shooting nights.

As it is, the Bulldogs can control only their future. And after thumping the NCAA tourney-bound Gators, it would appear they will head into the final stretch with a considerable amount of confidence. What that might mean against Kentucky team that manhandled them 57-44 in Athens in January remains to be seen.

“I don’t think it will do much,” Fox said candidly. “I feel our team has been pretty focused on taking things one game at a time and not trying to take the previous game into the next game. Obviously a win over a great Florida team gives us some confidence. But it’s not going to have a whole lot to do with the outcome of the game on Thursday. We’re going to be playing a different team and on the road. We’ll have to pay, extremely, extremely well to have a chance to win the game.”

– Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

43 comments Add your comment

sUGAr_daddy_DAWG

February 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

Atlant87

February 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

Do people call first anymore?

Older DAWG

February 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

Let’s just beat ‘em….GO DAWGS!

Atlant87

February 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

DawginLex

February 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

I’ll be there Thursday. Gonna be tough to stay within 20

I say 70-46 Cats

A person SMART enough to know......

February 27th, 2012
1:49 pm

What colors will you be wearing DiLEX?

A person SMART enough to know......

February 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

yes Atlant87 the same people that call SHOTGUN when you get in the car. You know children!

DawginLex

February 27th, 2012
1:53 pm

Probably a white shirt and grey pants to stay out of trouble.

LOL

A person SMART enough to know......

February 27th, 2012
1:56 pm

One Blue pom pom and one Red pom pom and just wave them both the whole game.

Frank Lane

February 27th, 2012
2:03 pm

ALWAYS WEAR RED.

EVOO

February 27th, 2012
2:16 pm

The Big Three sports in 2011:

Basketball – Tech 1, UGA 0

Baseball – Tech 3, UGA 0

Football – Tech 0, UGA 1
—————————————
Total: Tech 4, UGA 1

TECH OWNS THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pulpwud Smiff

February 27th, 2012
2:19 pm

Kentucky 100, UGAy 47

Re@listic Dawg

February 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

Kentucky 74- UGA 58

dostoveyskiy

February 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

MF = gentleman; JC = Kentucky Gentleman (aka Snake Oil salesman)

UGa vs Ky (UGa fans better get out their KY jelly, caus’n they’re gett’n ready to get reamed.)

DawginLex

February 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

dostoveyskiy

February 27th, 2012
3:13 pm
MF = gentleman; JC = Kentucky Gentleman (aka Snake Oil salesman)

UGa vs Ky (UGa fans better get out their KY jelly, caus’n they’re gett’n ready to get reamed.)

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you don’t know nuttin’ bout Calipari except what some uneducated hack writes. He took a team that went to the NIT and got them to the Elite 8 in year 1, Final four in year 2 and probably a national title in year 3.
Camby got involved with an agent of his own doing and Rose got someone else to take his SAT.

All the kids at UK go to class and the guys who left early come back and go to class.

Dylan

February 27th, 2012
4:46 pm

EVO are you all there?

Techster

February 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

Well, well, well. The dogs beat the gators. What did your convict school do? Spike their drinking water?

Terry

February 27th, 2012
5:34 pm

EVOO, Y’all did win in basketball, and baseball in 2011, but everyone knows, its that football loss that hurts the worst, your being on here proves that.LOL

Mountain Dawg

February 27th, 2012
5:47 pm

A great recruiting job is sorely needed for the Dunkiin’ Dawgs!

peachfuzz

February 27th, 2012
8:06 pm

It doesn’t get any lower in roundball than last place in the SEC.

peachfuzz

February 27th, 2012
8:10 pm

Who’ s greasiest, Cal or Pitino?

CC

February 27th, 2012
9:47 pm

It was fun watching that beat down against Florida.

FLA DAWG

February 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

I’m no basketball fan and I’m sorry to rain on anyone’s parade but this seems so familiar to the football program that I felt compelled to comment.

We stink. We have stunk and I see no reason to think we will not stink in the future.
Battling to keep from being the last in The SEC ! ?

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH UGA FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL ! ?

BobDawg

February 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

DawginLex, I’m jealous! Take in DeShea’s sweet cornbread loaf and a Makers for me!!!!

BobDawg

February 27th, 2012
10:27 pm

Fldawg, easy easy dude. Lost our 2 NBA players early (they were dumb for doing that in a strike year) and we are rebuilding quite well. Opposing coaches like Cal & Donovan have been singing Foxs praises also on the job he is doing

Top Row Dawg

February 27th, 2012
10:36 pm

Win streak against South Carolina starts here and doesn’t end till 2013.

season ticket holder

February 27th, 2012
11:28 pm

why all the press for a lame men’s team? the women’s team wins, has bubba watson on the bench with them, will go to the big dance, and is totally ignored.

hey AJC: this is why i rarely bother to read your paper now. ESPN covers all sports.

IceColdATLien

February 27th, 2012
11:51 pm

yall seen this new blog rippin up the Big 10, Saban, UT’s Dooley, and some other stuff?
http://sportsvents.blogspot.com/

Milledgeville Dawg

February 28th, 2012
7:54 am

We finish the regular season at home vs SC Saturday not in Lexington Thursday.

Jim

February 28th, 2012
8:32 am

No Fear UGA, I think my MSU dawgs are racing to take that spot away from you :-(

Gordon

February 28th, 2012
8:47 am

The question with Fox is not whether he can coach (he can), but whether he can get enough good players to UGA. KCP is great. Maybe Tony Parker will come to UGA as well. As a Tech fan, I would like to see both programs do well.

Mike

February 28th, 2012
9:31 am

It is a shame and an embarrassment that UGA has such poor basketball teams year after year. To finish last in the SEC in anything is unforgiveable. I’ve got to be honest. I’m sick and tired of sending thousands of dollars to my university for this kind of performance. UGA administration had better wake up.

Rob

February 28th, 2012
9:38 am

MSU is the second most talented team in the SEC, but would rather fight one another in the stands than play ball. At least UGA is lucky enough to have a bright up-n-coming coach and not Stick Ransberry or whatever his name is.

[...] I wrote yesterday, the Bulldogs enter the final week of the regular season battling to stay out of last place in the SEC. Depending on how they do in these final two games — and how Auburn and South Carolina do [...]

DawginLex

February 28th, 2012
10:43 am

Pitino bangs women on table tops at Porcini’s for 15 seconds, pays for the abortion, lies to cover it up and is jealous of UK and Cal.

Cal has a wife and kids and donates thousands to charity and does it with his kids going to class and leaving to get millions and still return to UK to get their degrees.

Ga.Tech #1

February 28th, 2012
12:48 pm

Huh??? Calipari a saint???

Cal’s a big time cheater. Ask Memphis and U. Mass. Just a matter of time, UK will be under NCAA investigation.

Fair n Balanced

February 28th, 2012
2:30 pm

Staying out of the caller is not something we should ever be talking about ….ever, at UGA. This season deserves a severe rebuke to the HC. Honestly, this season is not acceptable! The Tech fan is right they are are 2-1 vs Ga in the big 3 sports. That would make their athletic program better than GA this year. Sad and pitiful! Should never be!

TN Cat

February 28th, 2012
7:36 pm

Anyone know how I can contact Mark Fox to get my tax return done? That is his other part-time job, right?

Terry

February 28th, 2012
8:51 pm

Ga.Tech#1 you’re an idiot and a follower. Cal cheated because Camby took money and Rose cheated on his test? Where is the proof he cheated to get players? All this time he’s coached and not one piece of evidence saying he cheated. You’re just jealous. Well you are a GTech fan. So all you can really do is be jealous.

Henny Youngman

March 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

Man walks into the Georgia women’s soccer dressing room with a huge stain on the front of his pants.
Soccer player asks, “So, are you happy to see us, or is that hashbrowns down your pants?”

DirtyDawg

March 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

Georgia will likely get beat…maybe badly…but they won’t quit and if the KY fans and team try to ‘rub it in’ and run up the score, somebody’s gonna get the noses re-arranged. This team and this program has pride and won’t take any she-ite off anybody…even the great ‘Blue’.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

When does spring football start?

Daydream Believer

March 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

I think the Dawgs start a winning streak that continues until April.