Posted: 2:44 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014

Mark Fox likes UK tonight, says NCAA Tournament ‘validates SEC is pretty good’ 

By Chip Towers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution recruiting reporter Michael Carvell talked to Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox on Monday for some recruiting stories he’s working on. But while he had him on the phone he asked him about tonight’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Kentucky and UConn.

Shockingly, Fox likes the SEC’s Wildcat’s in that game.

“I’ve got my SEC pom poms on,” Fox said. “I’m sticking with the SEC.”

“I actually told our team when Kentucky beat us in the (SEC tournament) semifinals,‘If they shoot the 3 well and they play like that, they can win the national championship.’ It really comes down to if they can make some 3-point shots, I think they can win (against UConn).”

In 2014, UGA finished tied for second in the final SEC standings with a 20-14 record. Fox tried to state his case that the Bulldogs belonged in the NCAA tournament but got snubbed by the selection committee. Three other SEC teams were picked – Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee, and two of them advanced to the Final Four.

Does Fox feel vindicated by the SEC’s success?

“You know, I think with obviously with the success of Florida and Kentucky in the NCAA tournament, along with Tennessee, our league was stronger than people realize … what’s their record in the NCAA tournament, 11?” Fox said.

“Our team was better than the (NCAA selection committee) thought. But if we had beaten Kentucky (in the SEC tournament semifinals), we had a great chance to be in. We weren’t playing well before Thanksgiving because we lost (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) to the NBA Draft. And there were a lot of teams like Arkansas who got better throughout the year.

“So I think it I think the success of our teams in the tournament validates that the SEC is pretty good. Kentucky lost six games in league play, and they’re playing for the national championship.”

Is Fox mad at the NCAA committee for the snub? “We didn’t play well before Thanksgiving so we put ourselves in that situation. I think that we’d all like to see our league get more respect than we got, but there’s not a lot we can do about it now. So it’s not like we’re fuming about it today.

Fox said he will watch tonight’s game at home with his family.

77 comments
Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

At least KY basketball has actually won ( and done) actual Championships. 


dogs?


Coat tail riders

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

Kentucky and Florida = Good Teams.   Everyone else in SEC = absolute garbage.


But, yeah.... SEC is strong.  LMAO.

goblue86
goblue86

Wrong...it indicates that you had two good teams.  That does not equal "conference is strong".  But nice try


JFKDawg
JFKDawg

Just one more thing Fox got wrong.  It was amazing that KY was starting 5 freshmen and we still couldn't play with them.


NCDawg
NCDawg

Well there is the proof in the pudding.  Good talent + experience beats great talent with limited experience.  There is no substitute for experience and it showed last night.  The NBA is screwing itself with the one and done business.  They'd still get the players a couple of years later and they'd be better players overall.  I am not sure what they actually think they are doing other than avoiding lawsuits over restricting a man's ability to make a living.

SinceVince
SinceVince

I guess Mark Fox forgot what happened in the NIT....

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Hey is Bubba Watson struggling this year, just saw him driving Bojangle biscuits on a commercial?

waltbellamy
waltbellamy

The NCAA tournament confirms that the SEC is mediocre.  

UGA's performance in the NIT speaks volumes.  It is only a matter of time until Fox is in the unemployment line. 

The good news is that the football team just won their 34th consecutive pre-season national championship

SEC!  SEC!  SEC!.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Well we get no SEC SEC SEC chants from the Kentucky coattail riding SEC teams fans.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Mark Fox needs to get off his SEC gravytraining and take care of his own business. Facts are clear that neither he nor his teams have done anything remarkable since his arrival in Athens. They didn't deserve an NCAA bid this year based on performance and Fox is in a committee of one who thinks UGA got snubbed. Time for him to man up, grow a pair, and produce before he gets run out of town on a rail.

VinceVanGo
VinceVanGo

Mark Fox is a very good coach & much better recruiter than people think. Next year 4 of the 5 starters will be from the Atlanta area, and he just stole the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan away from Michigan State & Indiana. Barring injuries the Bulldogs will win 20-22 games before the SEC tournament next year & unless they lose the opening game in the SEC tournament they will be shew ins for the Big Dance. If Coach Fox can implement & show a full  court press & a half court trap to go along with a tenacious half court defense that switches to a 2-3 zone from time to time, they will be very hard to beat. Next years roster will have 2 guys over 6"10", 4 guys 6"8", 2 guys 6"7", & 1 guy 6'6", plus 4 of the top 5 guards are over 6 feet. Not bad! Get on the Fox Bandwagon folks! I coined the phrase "Foxtrot" for the way Coach Fox's team plays a couple of years ago. It's time to make that phrase stick for the Georgia B.Ball Bulldogs.

rickfire
rickfire

Watching the NCAA Tournament on TV again-  don't believe Mark Fox will have Georgia Basketball where it should be

thebucket
thebucket

I couldn't care less who is in the title game if UGA is not, but it is hilarious watching all the ACC, Big 10, Pac 10,and Big 12 fans looking for their teams in the Finals.

doolie1
doolie1

"pretty good" with two teams in the final four? Id say a bit better than that.

SinceVince
SinceVince

In football its Saban, Miles and Spurrier with our own CMR the bridesmaid.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Mark Fox ...please listen to Hugh Durham... Its Florida , Kentucky and maybe Tenn. The rest of the SEC basketball stinks!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Congrats to UK and UF for great years. The SEC is 2 really good programs and then the rest of us are about average. We have a lot of athletes but not that many great BB players.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

UK in the title validates the SEC is a 2 team league.  No spin.

POAD2013
POAD2013

“I’ve got my SEC pom poms on,” Fox said. “I’m sticking with the SEC.”


Shocking a UGa coach is a league coattail rider just like the UGa fans. Young Kentucky is impressive to have put it all together and win from behind late in these games.

Still think coach Cal is Cheating some how. He did it everywhere else he coached so why not at Kentucky too.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@NCDawg  You are so FOS, What TF qualifies YOU as a judge of basketball talent? Hell, you were probably behind bringing Jon Koncaq to the Hawks. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@NCDawg Thats why i kind of pull for Donovan, he seems to get his guys to stay in school. Maybe they are not good enough for NBA

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@GeorgeJetsen


George Jughead: Who died and made you President???


One president with a Single Digit IQ  is enough boy!!!!

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Want to bet on that? History says UGA will miss NCAAs yet again and if they get lucky and somehow back in, they're sure to be one and done.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@VinceVanGo


This appears to be another TomA$$  Brown  in the making if some NBA team don't sign him out from under us to fill a coaching vacancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013


It is really N O N E   O F   Y O     B I D N E S S   whut CMR do or don't do   TOADY  BOY!!!!!!!!!!


You need to understand that!!     I'm quite sure BUNGLEBEE  U.  is verwy verwy proud of you ..............................................N O T !!!!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

Looks like Mizzou coach does it tough too.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013


You couldn't carry Coach Fox's Jock Strap(Although I'm certain you would like to)

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Cal is a little sleazy but I don't buy the actual cheating when you're the Top Cat like UK in BB. Billy is just outstanding a UF. To get into the final 4 is a BFD.

BCB
BCB

@POAD2013 What is Mark Richts record against Tech? LMAO! Richt owns Techie.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Delusionaldog @NCDawg what qualifies your looney arse to call anyone FOS?  If you stack roster against roster there is no comparison in overall talent,  UConn won with good coaching and disciplined, experienced basketball.  I don't know who whizzed on your cheerios but there was nothing in the post to spawn that sort of A-hole response.  I didn't even say anything about the University of Georgia or the SEC ( those we all know will always elicit a negative response from you ).  Thorazine.  You need Thorazine

SMH..

NCDawg
NCDawg

@gtcaryd @NCDawg I'm not sure if they aren't good enough but he does seem to manage to keep them from chasing the dollar bills prematurely.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Bubbatavious @VinceVanGo


How many times I got to tell you???


R E P E A T   A F T E R   M E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cool aid   =  Low temperature assistance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cool ade   =  Low temperature refreshing drink!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013


ALA  TOAD:


None of your business what Mizzou's coach does  TOADY  Boy

thebucket
thebucket

@Delusionaldog @thebucket Reread the first sentence of my post Buckeye. How did OSU do in the Big Dance? It is hilarious that the NCAA Selection Committee didn't allow him to hide from a Ohio team the way he does in the regular season!!!


Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013 @Snagglepuss


Do we gotta start saying Lemonaid  or  Limeaid. You are trying to confuse everybody.


How about the other portion of my submission???  You didn't respond to that!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@POAD2013 @Snagglepuss


Sorry sugar. I was just going by what Mr. Webster said but what does he know???


I agree with you and seriously would like to make amends so we might be friends from now on!  I just got a little irritated because most of your comments are negatives about UGA stuff and though you pose as a GT fan you never refer to them positively or negatively.


I would like to call a truce and then we could live happily everafter!