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Monday, December 20, 2010

Mark Fox speaks, Mr. Blog Man listens

The Georgia men’s basketball team has a couple games before Christmas, including a sojourn to Macon on Thursday. Head coach Mark Fox discussed this and other matters, including his payout on his lost bet with Chris Barnes, on Monday.

- With four more games before SEC play begins (the Bulldogs play High Point on Tuesday night), Fox said he’s pretty comfortable with his team’s rotation. That’s despite not really being able to empty the bench, since it hasn’t had any comfortable wins this season.

Nine players got at least 10 minutes in Saturday’s win over Arkansas State, and Donte’ Williams and Connor Nolte also saw action.

“We’d like to get some guys still more minutes, to get their feet wetter than they already are,” Fox said. “But I think we’re starting to get a clear picture of what guys can do and what combinations work well together.”

- Fox brushed off the recent losses of SEC teams and what they mean to the league as a whole.

“If you just look at our side, so Tennessee lost a couple games. They also got some great wins,” Fox said. “Every league has a bad loss or two. Every league. Our league is no different. The ACC has them, the Pac-10 has them. The Big Ten has them. That’s something that’s not an issue just for our league.”

Fox had no way of knowing this, but as he was speaking Florida was in the midst of losing at home to Jacksonville.

MY TAKE: To be fair to Fox, he has to support and defend his league, but the fact is the SEC has more than a few bad losses. And it’s more if you count some of the blowouts, like Mississippi State to Virginia Tech.

“I haven’t seen it since, but last week our division had three teams in the top 10 of the RPI. And four of the top 25, so I think we’ll enough strength there,” Fox said.

As of Monday, Florida was No. 3, Kentucky was No. 7, Tennessee was No. 13 and Vanderbilt was No. 16.

Georgia was No. 42, while the two teams it lost to – Notre Dame and Temple – were both in the top 30.

- There might be more away games at smaller in-state schools in Georgia's future. The Bulldogs agreed to play at Mercer for scheduling purposes, but Fox said there are benefits to it as well.

"It might be a smaller gym but we like to play around the state a little bit,"" Fox said, pointing out that the Bulldogs played in Gwinnett last season. "So once in awhile we'll get out, just to make it easier for those fans to see us, who live in that part of the state."

MY TAKE: More and more big schools are having to play these games, because the mid-majors are jumping at the chance to do two-for-ones, as Mercer did in this situation. Honestly I'm not sure Fox really wants to do this on a regular basis, but it's a nice thing to say.

- Finally, Fox said he did make good on his bet to Chris Barnes. (Fox had told his senior forward, a 47-percent career free throw shooter, that he would run the steps at Stegeman Coliseum if Barnes hit two consecutive free throws.

It was reported in some outlets that Fox had to run at Sanford Stadium, but the coach said that wasn’t the case.

“I’m not stupid,” Fox said. “I’ll bet him that he’ll shoot 80 percent from the line – if he shoots that for the year, I’ll run Sanford Stadium.”

MY TAKE: It depends on how many levels Fox would have to run in order to say he actually "ran Sanford Stadium." If it's just from the ground up to the concourse, c'mon coach, that shouldn't be a problem. The whole stadium, yeah, that'd be crazy.


Anonymous said...

"If Tech, Tenn and Kentucky win their games we beat 3 winning teams. Since you picked those teams to win bowl games that makes your post another non sequitur."

December 20, 2010 6:52 AM

Signed, blathering RICHT-O-FILE afraid to post under a handle to get credit for his comments.

I said I took all 3 to LOSE their games.


By the way, that's a big wee-wee-wee all the way home if Mark Richt had beat 3 teams in a 14-game season who have a winning record. There are NONE he beat with a winning record and NONE I picked to win their bowl game.

By the way, I am 3-0 on my bowl picks D.A.

GreenDawg said...

I may be mistaken, but isn't running Sanford Stadium part of the basketball players conditioning before the season? I think they have to run up every step in the stadium, so that would be "running Sanford Stadium" to them. It sounds like hell to me.

Anonymous said...

BuLLdawg you're such a liar- you said Tech would win and now you say you didn't pick any of the 3 teams with even records to win. Oh yeah it's a 13 game season for Georgia not 14 but you've shown again and again you can't count. PAY ATTENTION in math class or take your Adderal. Signed sincerely, BuLLdawg is a Fool

BuLLdawg said...

BuLLdawg said...
Let me get this straight, just so I have it clearly in my mind.

You criticize my choices for winners in their bowl game against the spread such as Auburn, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Miami Ohio, Arkansas, Va Tech, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Missy State, Alabama, Florida, Northwestern, South Carolina, Georgia, Miami Florida, South Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Syracuse, SMU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, East Carolina, Missouri, West Virginia, Air Force, Toledo, Tulsa, Navy, Boise State, So Miss, Troy, Northern Illinois and BYU - all of whom I take vs the points

And, you have no guts to put your own choices up.

Har bloody har

Do you realize what a wimp you are in doing so ?

Please keep it up.

I need a good laugh at a wimp

December 14, 2010 4:13 AM


Anonymous said...

Still waiting on your picks for the fourteenth game of the season,is it hard to count when you run out of fingers and toes BuLLdawg? Georgia is only playing 13 games.

BuLLdawg said...

That all you got ?

After you were caught telling LIES

again ?

You said I picked Georgia tek.

Anonymous said...

You did or maybe you didn't. It's hard to tell since you switch back and forth between BuLLdawg and anon. We know you can't count. You said Georgia will sign 19. I say they will sign over 20 recruits but I learned a long time ago not to try and teach a pig to sing. It wastes my time and it just annoys the pig.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about any of this? How is someone a wimp for not posting something?

I really mean this: I think buLLdawg might be a little unstable.

bnwdog said...

Can ya'll keep the trash talking on the AJC site.... P L E A S E!!!

Muckbeast said...

I think instead of @sethemerson you should run with this and see if @mrblogman is available for twitter.

Anonymous said...

Great picks Bulldawg ,Baylor, E Carolina,W. Virginia and Missouri all wrong along with others. HAHAHA.