Posted: 12:47 am Saturday, March 15th, 2014

After a wild win, UGA gets to play Kentucky 

By Mark Bradley

Georgia's Mark Fox exults after a difficult victory. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Georgia’s Mark Fox exults. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Georgia, which has been figuring out ways to win since SEC play began in January, figured out another late Friday and into Saturday. In a game wrecked by overzealous officials, the Bulldogs made one basket over the final 6:49 — that coming on Charles Mann’s third-chance shot from the lane with 17 seconds remaining — but that one was the game-winner.

In a game that saw 51 fouls called and 73 free throws taken and both coaches and many players fly into rages, that one Mann basket carried the long night. The Bulldogs fell into foul trouble in the first half. In the second, Ole Miss fouled seven times — putting Georgia in the bonus — in the first 4:23 of the second half.

Andy Kennedy, the Rebels’ coach, nearly got a technical one possession before Mark Fox, who coaches Georgia, succeeded in getting T’d up. And still somehow Mann cut through the furor to give Georgia the hoop it needed if it is to have any chance of making the NCAA tournament.

The Bulldogs will face Kentucky in Saturday’s second semifinal, and Georgia’s first shot against the Big Blue was a damp squib. The Bulldogs were beaten by 25 points in Rupp Arena, but that was on a day when shooting guard Kenny Gaines and Juwan Parker, his backup, didn’t play due to injury.

Georgia is healthy now. If Bulldogs play closer to capacity — Fox himself admitted his men seemed out of sorts from the first against Ole Miss — they’ll have a real chance against the Wildcats, who have had issues themselves. In what would wind up as a bounceback game, Kentucky fell behind LSU by nine points Friday night, then took a 16-point lead, then saw it pared to three, then won by 18.

Kentucky would like to win this tournament to prove it’s still Kentucky. Georgia needs to win this event to qualify for the Big Dance. The Wildcats have much the better players, but the tighter mesh and the greater motivation will wear red and black.

From myajc.com, our premium site: For Georgia, a game most foul has a sweet ending.

51 comments
DawgNole
DawgNole

Dawg350: "Well I was wrong! . . . "

_______________________

Yet again.

Of course, it would hardly be noticed if you didn't punctuate your silly predictions with you know what.

I guess I just don't understand WANTING to look foolish. Hello?

TampGator1
TampGator1

grh0317......


I think Tennessee did fairly well vs. Virginia when they played them.....like....crushed the ACC power. 

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Ah yea, KY. The home of the "six month &dones". Does anyone truly think these kids are going to class this spring. COLLEGE round ball has turned in to a joke. The NBA & $$$$$$$$$$$$ has destroyed what use to be something pretty special.

grh0317
grh0317

Will the dawgs be seeded over Florida

for the big dance? Mark Bradley has them

as a shoe shoe to win it all!! LOL...The SEC

is very weak, with Kentucky and Florida

the only teams of substance. Be thankful you

are not facing ACC talent weekly.. 

At home in Larryville
At home in Larryville

Oh well, just like the pro teams, another team that was able to get my hopes up and then falter in the end. Thought when they got Mann and Gaines back in the 2nd half that the Dawgs would have a chance.  Georgia had to play almost perfect to beat UK and never could get it going after halftime.  How UK lost as many games as they did with talent, I'll never know.


NOw, I'm a homer but Georgia deserves an NCAA tournament bid.   I least think they should be one of the last ones considered with Wis-Green Bay and Louisina Tech.  Teams like NC State, Florida State, Clemson, and Iowa couldn't finish above .500 in league play.  Georgia hund in there in a game where they had every disadvantage, and at this point, I believe they could beat any of the above teams on a neutral court.  The SEC was not as bad as the media makes them out to be, the top 2 are really talented, 3-8 can hang with most teams, it's just that the bottom 4 are awful.  Should any league be judged by the bottom 4 in the conference?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Well I was wrong! But it's still great to be a bulldawg on a Saturday night! Baseball team has won 11 in a row! Another UGA point of pride!

grh0317
grh0317

The dogs made a statement today against Kentucky. The statement is

they aren't even close to gaining any mighty SEC basketball titles.

Dogs routed 70-58 and it should have been worse. book it  Dawq 350.

No better at calling basketball wins than football.. Book it dogs on a bus

back to Stegeman...

SinceVince
SinceVince

Dogs getting spanked again.......oh well lets face it..... we are just a gymnastics school

Solar_Powered
Solar_Powered

Gator fan down here in Gainesville,former Atl resident. Fox would be SEC coach of the year if it weren't for the job Billy D is doing this year. With the loss of KCP and no marquee players Fox led the Dawgs to 2nd place with his coaching ability. Georgia needs a new arena,basketball facilities,new marketing program badly. Florida were a football school until we got a good young coach and got behind him with the money.The talent that leaves Georgia,Atlanta, to take their talent elsewhere, would love to play in front of their family,friends. It's a real shame to see all that blue in the Georgia Dome today,should be a sea of red ! Go Dawgs !

keendaddy
keendaddy

Parker and Gaines, create a whole new paradigm for UGA, over the team that last played UK. I like our chances and I'm beginning to smell an upset! Also, even if we lose, but play a close game, we may still qualify for The Dance (Probably not, but there's a slim chance)

te29wr
te29wr

Three things a good official does    Be in position, know the rules  and be consistant   These guys met none of requirements to be an official much less work an SEC game

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Hope the Dawgs go out there and whip Kentucky tonight. The SEC needs to find some officials in both basketball and football that know what a foul is and is  not, and only call a penalty when ne actually occurs. That would be a big improvement for SEC officiating.


Saw the Slive interview. I think he checked out and retired in place years ago.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawgs over Kentucky .....70-63. Book it! Big Markus Thornton going to lead us too victory! Yeah baby!

Dawg350
Dawg350

The fox hounds are going to shock the city of Atlanta dawg! We 2 wins away from winning the sec crown! Heck yeah baby! Dawgs all the way!

Borodave
Borodave

Not much fan support for the Roundball Dawgs either.  If this were football, there'd be 200 comments.

Borodave
Borodave

Delusional is correct.  One article about coach Fox getting a T and another article about playing Kentucky and the officiating.  None with a rundown of the game itself.  Lack of coverage of BB all season.  Total lack of coverage of BB recruiting.


Yes, terrible officiating.  Actually, they've been that way all season; officiating needs a lot of work this off season.


I'm a little worried with the Dawgs consistent slow start.  Hoping Kaintuck doesn't jump out to a big lead before the Dawgs wake up and play ball.


Moist...hoping we'll get a sellout?  In the Dome?


Go Dawgs! 

bigshotdawg
bigshotdawg

Don't expect any calls to go against UK, Dawg fans.

bigshotdawg
bigshotdawg

Don't expect any calls against UK Dawg fans.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Horrible  brand of basketball. Im afraid this team wont go too far in any tournament. Kentucky will burst the bubble for Fox and his so so basketball program.

87GaDawg
87GaDawg

Both teams were abused by officials.  I guess you could say that it was fair since it was so bad for both, but really neither team could establish their brand of basketball.  Sad game to watch.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

73 free throws, hackfest.

UncleTom
UncleTom

Call me old-fashioned, but if this is an article about the UGA basketball game, shouldn't the SCORE be mentioned someplace in there???????

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

bring on kensucky if we can get some refs without a ax to grind hopefully this will be a chance for us to make a statement that we are here to take over the rains of power in the sec for the long term. all we need now is a sellout uga crowd!

GTBob
GTBob

After watching Ole Miss play a little bit tonight and looking at their record recently in which they lost 7 of their last 10, I am pretty comfortable saying that Ole Miss was easily GT's most embarrassing loss of the season. Good luck to UGA against the Cats. They aren't very good but they are miles better than Ole Miss.

tneck
tneck

Go Dawgs.  We have to rebound against Kentucky and make free throws.  It would be nice if we could drive the basket and get them in foul trouble.  Kentucky shoots a lot of threes.  Gotta get a hand in their face.  Fox has done a great job with this team after early troubles in non-conference games.  This is a cohesive team not burdened with great talent.  All these players play to their full potential.  If Fox could get a few blue chippers out of Georgia high schools then we could really see how good he can coach.  Again, Go Dawgs.

TaterTot1
TaterTot1

Great win. Go get the Cat's.

AthenianNiner
AthenianNiner

Make "Cat-lanta" "Dawg-ville!"  Beat Kentucky.

Woofer
Woofer

Proud of my Dunkin' Dawgs!

grh0317
grh0317

@TampGator1  Let's see some orange crush in the dance Gator!

The SEC will not finish on top and Florida lived on weak schedule,

sorry wait till football. I think even the dawgs will finish the Gator

grh0317
grh0317

Dawgs are a scary basketball power in the mighty SEC..Book it!

Book it! Who is that crazed coach, they are paying? What a laugh

as he went off last night against the Rebels of Mississippi..

No discipline, no AD..

Dawg350
Dawg350

G00000032111111

Well and you are still an AZZ clown brah!

P-Man
P-Man

@Borodave Maybe most of us are just getting up after the late game last night!

Took my youngest son to his first college basketball game last night.  Think I might have a fan on my hands, after that exciting game!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

there is no reason we shouldnt get a sell out i dont care where it is. if we get 1/2 of a saturday sanford crowd it would be a piece of cake.

Borodave
Borodave

I stand corrected:  one pic of Mark Fox losing his cool and one article almost about the game.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bubba Jenkins

Dawgs will beat Kentucky tonight buddy! Book it! Watch JJ Fraizier come alive and eat those cats!

Borodave
Borodave

@Bubbatavious  wont go too far in any tournament


You must have missed that UGA is in the final four of the SEC tournament.

Borodave
Borodave

@UncleTom  Correct sir!  The top of the page article is about Fox getting fired up.  Scroll down for this one ...and then no score mentioned.

SinceVince
SinceVince

@Borodave  ok barely beat a horrible Ole Miss team  and just got spanked by KY.  keep sippin that kool aid pal !

Classof98
Classof98

@Bubbatavious When Bubbatavious says "our fan base", he's referring to the Tech fan base.


Bubbatavious is not a UGA fan.  He is an imposter who poses as a UGA fan and intentionally posts stupid things to try to make UGA fans look bad.


I have no respect for you.  


12 out of 13, NERD.

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