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Ten@10: Murray’s Pro Day, Georgia’s G-Day, Bubba’s big day

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

1. I talked to quarterback Aaron Murray on Monday about his big debut as a professional in UGA’s Pro Day on Wednesday morning. Here’s a link to the story that will run in Wednesday’s newspaper.

Murray has already turned some heads with his recovery from last November’s knee surgery. Just 4 1/2 months since having ACL reconstruction surgery, Murray says he is fully recovered and will prove it to NFL executives and scouts Wednesday morning.

I talked to several people about Murray’s pro prospects and right now I’m having a hard time finding a dissenting opinion. Where [More]

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

  • 2:44 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 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 [More]

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]

Ten@10: Brendan Douglas trying not to be Dogs’ forgotten man at tailback

  • 9:41 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10

ATHENS – After a long hiatus, “The Ten at 10″ is back. No fooling.

The Ten is an aggregation blog that was developed to keep Georgia Bulldogs’ fans informed about everything that’s going on in UGA athletics during the warm months. We all live for football in the fall and basketball during the winter, but when this time of year comes around, you need 10 items just to get around to everything that’s going on. As ever, there are a ton of things happening on Georgia’s athletic grounds.

Of course, spring football tops that list. So with that, let’s [More]

Bulldogs inspired, motivated by Mercer’s stunning win over Duke

  • 5:49 pm Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Chip Towers

Not that they need any more at the moment, but the Mercer Bears have some fans in the Georgia Bulldogs. In fact, one Bulldog in particular predicted Mercer’s upset over Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

“That’s one of the upsets I called right,” said Georgia point guard Charles Mann, shortly before the Bulldogs’ practice Friday and soon after the Bears’ 79-71 victory. “Me and J.J. (Frazier) were arguing in the locker room about it (Thursday). He said Duke was going to win and I said, ‘no, I think Mercer is going to pull an upset.’ [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]

UGA’s Mann earns 2nd-team All-SEC honors from league’s coaches

  • 11:58 am Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Chip Towers
Charles Mann, Georgia Bulldogs, college basketball

Georgia sophomore Charles Mann was named second-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches on Tuesday.

Mann, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Alpharetta, has led Georgia in scoring for the entire season and currently averages 13.4 points per game. He also leads the Bulldogs in minutes played (30.0 per game), assists (3.2 pg), steals (1.1 pg), and free throws made (170) and attempted (246). In fact, his 246 attempts are the third-most in a single season in UGA history, while his 170 makes are the fourth-most in program history. He also ranks 17th and 35th, respectively, among all NCAA Division I players in [More]