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McGarity speaks frankly about expectations for Georgia basketball program

  • 3:09 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – The University of Georgia on Wednesday announced a two-year contract extension for men’s basketball coach Mark Fox. That means it will expire at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Fox’s fifth Georgia team went 20-14 this past season and finished in a tie for second place in the SEC with a 12-6. Fox has an overall record of 85-77 and an SEC record of 40-44 heading into his sixth season.

Fox was traveling to Texas for the Final Four and is not answering questions about the extension beyond the statement he gave in the UGA’s news release. Meanwhile, Georgia Athletic Director [More]

10 things to know about tonight’s NIT matchup between Georgia and Vermont

  • 4:36 pm Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Georgia takes on Vermont in a few hours in an National Invitation Tournament first-round game at Stegeman Coliseum. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Here’s a few things to think about as the No. 2 seeded Bulldogs go for their 20th victory against their visitors from the America East Conference.

It will be the Bulldogs’ 12th appearance in the NIT and first since 2007.  Georgia’s first-ever postseason berth was in the 1981 NIT and the schools is 11-11 in the tournament. The Bulldogs advanced to the NIT Final Four [More]

8 things to consider about today’s Georgia-Kentucky SEC tournament semifinal

  • 1:41 pm Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

Greetings from the Georgia Dome, where I have spent most of my waking existence the past few days. Not complaining. It has been exciting, and the Georgia Bulldogs are certainly having a blast.

The Bulldogs survived another thriller against Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament late last night. Charles Mann made a lay-up off an offensive rebound with 17 seconds remaining, the Rebels’ Marshall Henderson missed the 14th of his 16 3-point attempts with about 5 seconds remaining and Marcus Thornton made a final free throw with 3.9 seconds to go as Georgia held on for a gritty [More]

What you need to know about UGA-Ole Miss game tonight in SEC tourney

  • 12:00 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Georgia's Charles Mann proved to be the difference when the Bulldogs defeated the Rebels in their lone meeting this season. (Sean Taylor / UGA Sports)

Here are a few things to consider in advance of Friday night’s SEC tournament quarterfinal between Georgia and Ole Miss (9:30 p.m., SEC Network) at the Georgia Dome.

1. The Bulldogs (18-12) are the No. 3 seed after finishing in a tie for second in the regular season and getting a double-bye into this round. Ole Miss is the 6 seed and improved to 19-13 after beating Mississippi State 78-66 late Thursday night.

2. Georgia won the regular-season meeting 61-60 after Charles Mann made the second of two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining. Kenny Gaines led [More]

UGA’s feisty Fox ‘sick of ‘Catlanta’ and RPI projections

  • 11:08 am Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Chip Towers

As coaches go, Georgia’s Mark Fox is a pretty mild-mannered guy. When it comes to commentary about his team and basketball issues, he usually takes a reserved and measured approach and leaves you thinking it probably feels a little stronger than he lets on.

But it was a considerably more feisty Fox that reporters encountered Wednesday afternoon as the Bulldogs had their first and only interview availability before their Friday night appearance in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

Fox was relatively outspoken on a myriad of topics, not the least of which was his team’s NCAA tournament at-large chances. The general [More]

Mark Fox draws praise of peers during Bulldogs’ historic SEC run

  • 5:44 pm Sunday, March 9th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Coach of the year kind of stuff.

That’s what we saw from Georgia’s Mark Fox this season. Yes, Florida went 18-0 in SEC play and the Gators’ are the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. There is no arguing that Billy Donovan will be deserving of that award and any others that will likely come his way.

But for good, old fashioned, roll-up-your-sleeves, quality hard work amid difficult circumstances, there are very few coaches anywhere who can claim to have done a better job that than Fox.

Only longtime observers of Georgia basketball can probably fully appreciate what his team managed to accomplish [More]

Rewind: It’s the ‘Year of the Dawg’ on the PGA Tour

  • 11:46 am Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Chip Towers
Russell Henley, Honda Classic, golf, pga

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – The Year of the Dog continues in professional golf.

Russell Henley became the latest Georgia Bulldog to have his named etched into a trophy on the PGA Tour. Henley, who played for the Bulldogs from 2008-11, became the fourth UGA letterman to record a victory on the tour this season on Sunday when he bested Rory McIlroy and two others in a playoff at the Honda Classic. Henley tapped in a two-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole, a par 5, to claim the win over McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Scotland’s Russell Knox.

That continues [More]

ESPN’s ‘bracketologist’ Lunardi calls Georgia ‘the tallest midget in the circus’

  • 9:02 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Chip Towers

ATHENS – Ever since Georgia’s 71-56 win over Missouri on Tuesday night, I’ve had a lot of people asking if I thought the Bulldogs had a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament. They do, but it’s the longest of long shots.

Georgia is 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the SEC with three regular-season games and the SEC Tournament left to play. In my opinion, there is a chance the Bulldogs could land an at-large selection if they win out and reach the finals of the SEC Tournament, which is in Atlanta this year. That will mean they will have beaten [More]

REWIND: Tough start for Diamond Dogs, tough finish for men’s hoops

  • 10:17 am Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Tough start to the Scott Stricklin’s career as Georgia baseball coach. The Bulldogs were trounced for a second time Sunday by Georgia Southern, 18-4. That gave the Eagles a 2-1 victory in the season-opening, three-game series and disappointed a goodly crowd of people who came out to welcome in the new era, Stricklin among them.

“It was great to see the crowds we had Saturday and (Sunday),” Stricklin said. “Georgia fans love their baseball, and we’re going to keep working. … This is a big bump in the road, but it’s not how you start, it’s how [More]