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  • ATHENS – It was a rather general, and predictable, question. And Mark Fox decided to use it to say something on his mind. Something the Georgia head coach evidently had read and didn’t like. Was there any moment a week ago, when all seemed lost, that he could pinpoint that a bounce-back was coming? Fox, as he often does, offered up a preamble before answering. A pointed preamble. “I know some people don’t like our players. I mean some of you, don’t like our players,” Fox said, speaking slowly to reporters gathered after his team’s 73-62 win over Tennessee. “But I love them. And this league is a monster. And you’re going to have ups and downs. We had a couple of games where we didn’t play well. They stuck together, and just kept trying to get better and play the game the right way. “We didn’t make any drastic changes. We just kept doing what we do. And this week they were able to play sound basketball and beat two really good teams. So even though some of you don’t like them, I was pretty proud of them.” Well then. Afterwards a few beat writers quickly consulted and try to figure out what Fox was referencing. No one was quite sure. This particular reporter actually wrote a week ago that this may be Fox’s most talented team, which made the team’s record at that point – 13-11, losers of eight of their past 10 games – so disappointing. This past week has not fixed everything. But the Bulldogs did exactly what they had to do, getting two good wins, including on paper their best win over the season, over No. 18 Tennessee. That followed an overtime win over Florida. “We’re a good basketball team. We proved that this week,” Georgia senior forward Yante Maten said. But what took so long into the season for that to happen? “I mean, if I knew the answer to that question it would have never happened,” Maten said. “We’re just trying to play together, play as a team. Play defensively, try to do everything that correlates to winning.” It’s almost not worth pointing out Georgia’s NCAA tournament resume’, because at this point we don’t know which team we’re going to get one week to the other. But if Georgia can keep this going – and the schedule is definitely manageable – then the Bulldogs will definitely be in the mix: Georgia now has five “Quadrant 1” wins, per the NCAA’s revised formula. (Home wins over top 30 RPI teams, neutral-site wins over top 50 teams, and away wins over top 75 wins), and four “Quadrant 2” wins. Georgia’s own RPI is in the 60s. It still may not be very likely now. But it’s a lot likelier than it was a week ago. “This was a quality win for us. This was solid week,” Fox said. “But there’s more games in front. We’ve got to get ready for the next one.” That would be at South Carolina, which helped get the slide going with a seven-point win on Georgia’s home floor on Jan. 13. The Gamecocks are not the same team that made the Final Four last year. They did beat Auburn on Saturday, but they are definitely beatable – and Georgia needs to do it to keep the run going. The margin for error is very small. Maten and his teammates seemed to realize that. “We’ve just got to focus on the next game and still play with that hunger we played this week with,” Maten said. “Every time we touched the court this week we were really hungry, and we showed that to ourselves, to the crowd and to the coaches. So we’ve just got to keep playing hungry.”   The post Georgia gets back on track, and Mark Fox has pointed words for the press appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS – Yante Maten still has life in his Georgia career. So does Mark Fox. Their Georgia men’s basketball team, assumed done for a week ago, is trying to work its way back into the thick of things. Georgia got its second straight win, and its third this year over a ranked team, this time 73-62 over No. 17 Tennessee on Saturday night at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs (15-11 overall, 6-8 in the SEC) now head for the final two weeks of the regular season with their fleeting postseason hopes still alive. They appeared done this time last week, but bounced back first with an upset win at Florida, and then another NCAA tournament resume’ win on Saturday. Maten did his usual part. But, as the case with Georgia’s other big wins this year, he had help from key players. And the biggest two were from bench players. Derek Ogbeide had a double-double, making a number of put-backs and grabbing numerous key rebounds, both offensive and defense. Tyree Crump hit several key 3s down the stretch. He also grabbed the rebound in the final minute that basically sealed the win, and sent the appreciative home crowd to its feet. Three who mattered Maten. The senior forward also moved to sixth on Georgia’s all-time list for field goals, passing Alec Kessler. Ogbeide: The junior forward, coming off the bench again, had a great game underneath. Ogbeide was responsible for a number of put-backs, saving several key possessions for the Bulldogs. And his three-point play stemmed a Tennessee run with just over five minutes left. Crump: The sophomore guard also came off the bench and played extensive minutes, especially down the stretch. He hit two keys 3s, one to make it 57-51 and the next to give UGA a 62-54 lead with just under two minutes left. Turning point Georgia, after leading since early in the game, was on the verge of losing the lead with about six minutes left. Tennessee missed several shots and committed a turnoer. On the other end Ogbeide made a layup while being fouled, and finished with the free throw. Then Crump buried a 3, and Ogbeide added a put-back to make it 59-51. Tennessee didn’t ever geet back within one possession. Observations Lineup: Georgia used the same starting lineup – with two freshmen forwards – for the third straight game. It was the third straight start for Rayshaun Hammonds, and the fourth straight for Nicolas Claxton. But Ogbeide and Crump, who have started this season, have continued to star off the bench.   Free throws: Georgia benefitted from an enormous free throw disparity: 38 to just 15 for Tennessee. The Volunteers’ leading scorer entering the game, forward Grant Williams, had foul trouble in the second half and fouled out with just under two minutes left. Only Maten at the start. Maten scored 11 of Georgia’s first 13 points, and it took more than 10 minutes (the 9:41 mark) for someone else to score. But when others got going, so did Georgia, which pulled out to a 19-11 lead. At that point he picked up his second foul and came out. Surviving (barely) without Maten. MAfter’s Maten’s exit, Tennessee almost immediately hit two straight 3s to make it 21-18. Maten re-enetered at 2:15 then left after a couple possessions. He stayed out until halftime, when Tennessee whittled it down to 28-26. But Maten stayed out of foul trouble in the second half. Worth mentioning It was Georgia’s third win this season over a team that was ranked at the time: The Bulldogs also knocked off then-No. 21 St. Mary’s and then No. 23 Florida, which was unranked when UGA beat the Gators a second time on Wednesday. What’s next Georgia plays at South Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs lost at home to the Gamecocks in January, 64-57. The post Georgia basketball: Resurgent Bulldogs get second straight key win appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs’ run to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game wouldn’t have been possible without the work of Kirby Smart’s staff. And now they’re going to be compensated because of it. Smart’s 10 on-field assistants will earn nearly $2 million more in 2018 than they did in 2017. In 2017, Smart’s assistants made $4.56 million. In 2018, they’ll make $6.42 million. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker has received a raise to $1.5 million, up from $900,000 last year. Georgia’s defense was one of the best in the country this past season. Assistant coach James Coley, who is expected to move from receivers coach to another position, has been bumped to $850,000 from $450,000 last year. Coley turned down a job offer from Texas A&M to become offensive coordinator. Offensive line coach Sam Pittman will now earn $825,000, after earning $660,000 last year.  Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney received a $100,000 raise and will now earn $950,000. Strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Sinclair also received a significant bump and will now earn $450,000. Sinclair earned $300,000 last year.  2018 staff: Mel Tucker - $1,500,000 Jim Chaney - $950,000 James Coley - $850,000 Sam Pittman - $825,000 Dell McGee - $550,000 Tray Scott - $420,000 Cortez Hankton - $375,000 Glenn Schumann - $325,000 Dan Lanning - $325,000 Scott Fountain - $300,000  2017 staff:  Mel Tucker - $900,000 Jim Chaney - $850,000 Sam Pittman - $660,000 James Coley - $450,000 Tray Scott - $400,000 Kevin Sherrer - $375,000 Dell McGee - $350,000 Shane Beamer - $300,000 Glenn Schumann - $275,000 Smart himself is expected to receive a substantial increase from his $3.75 million base salary, but that has not been announced yet.  New roles and titles on the staff could also be in order, but were not announced.  Georgia’s salary rule compares favorably with that of the staffs of two other powerhouse programs, who have also announced their assistant coach salaries for 2018.  Ohio State’s assistant coaches now make $7.06 million, with raises this offseason that totaled $3.4 million. So it nearly doubled, helped by the addition of the 10th assistant coach, Alex Grinch, who received $800,000 to leave Washington State for Ohio State.  Eight of Ohio State’s 10 assistants are earning at least $500,000.  The salary pool for Clemson’s assistant coaches is now $6.58 million, with raises this offseason of just under $1 million. Four of Clemson’s assistant coaches are earning at least $500,000. This article was written by Seth Emerson, DawgNation.
  • Georgia men’s basketball will play Tennessee on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Athens. Find below the game time, TV channel and how to watch online. ATHENS ― Georgia basketball (14-11, 5-8 SEC) is fighting like mad just to get to .500 in SEC play and keep its flickering postseason hopes alive. Tennessee (19-6, 9-4) is striving to stay on top and forge a Top 4 finish in the league to set itself up for a postseason run. Both teams have only five regular-season games left in which to do it – two of them against each other. Something’s got to give. The first matchup is Saturday at UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum. And while that hasn’t exactly been a house of horrors for visiting opponents ― the Dogs are 9-3 at home ― the Volunteers are vulnerable away from Thompson-Boling Arena. They’re 6-3 in road games and lost to Alabama by 28 points the last time they ventured out of Knoxville. So, they can be had. Without a doubt, though, Georgia and coach Mark Fox need this one worse. An NCAA favorite when the season started, the Bulldogs haven’t played like an NCAA Tournament team since mid-January, dropping six of seven games. But that was before pulling off an overtime stunner over Florida on Wednesday night. The 72-69 victory was Georgia’s first in Gainesville since 2002. It was made possible only after the Bulldogs wiped out a 7-point deficit in the final 90 seconds and got a pair of 3-pointers from star forward Yante Maten in the last 15 seconds of regulation to force overtime. “Yante’s a winner,” Fox said after the game, in which Maten finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. “Most people just see him play. They don’t know him as a young man. He’s a terrific person and he’s a great Georgia Bulldog and that was obviously a great shot at the end.” The Bulldogs’ victory moved them from up to 69 from 83 in RPI. Tennessee, meanwhile, is a solid 13. SEC Network broadcasters no doubt will focus on the front-court matchup of Maten – the SEC’s leading scorer and rebounder at 19.5 and 8.7 per game – against Tennessee forward Grant Williams, the Volunteers’ leading scorer and rebounder at 16.2 and 6.0. “I’m not sure there are two better power forwards anywhere right now,” Fox said. But for the Bulldogs, it’s all about what they get out of anybody else. Five Georgia players scored in double figures against the Gators, which was an anomaly. The Bulldogs have had little in the way of consistent offense outside of Maten, who remains their only player among the top 48 scorers in the SEC. Meanwhile, Georgia hasn’t gotten nearly enough help beyond the arc. The Vols have four of the SEC’s top 20 3-point shooters and have recorded 53 more 3-point baskets than the Bulldogs’ 149. Georgia brought sophomore Tyree Crump off the bench to relieve an injured Turtle Jackson and played him 26 minutes against the Gators. He responded with three 3s and scored 13 points to provide some perimeter scoring pop and added five assists. The Bulldogs will need similar production versus the Volunteers Saturday. Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Game info, details Time: Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET Date: February 17, 2018 Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens. Records: Georgia 14-11 overall, 5-8 SEC; Tennessee 19-6 overall, 9-4 SEC. How can I watch the game? The game can be watched on SEC Network. How can I live stream the game? The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.) Projected Bulldogs starting lineup Guard: Sophomore Tyree Crump Guard: Senior Juwan Parker Forward: Freshman Nicolas Claxton Forward: Senior Yante Maten Forward: Freshman Rayshaun Hammonds What’s next for Georgia? Georgia plays South Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C. The post Georgia-Tennessee basketball: Time, TV, how to watch online (February 17, 2018) appeared first on DawgNation.
  • For the second time this season, the Georgia basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Florida, beating the Gators 72-69 on Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. Last month, the Bulldogs snapped a three-game skid with a 72-60 home win over the Gators. On Wednesday, Georgia had to work overtime to get the win as it rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit. The Bulldogs improved to 14-11 overall and 5-8 in the SEC, while the Gators dropped to 17-9 and 8-5. Yante Maten led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while four other Bulldogs scored in double figures: Tyree Crump with 13 points and Derek Ogbeide, Juwan Parker and Rayshaun Hammonds with 10 each. Georgia hosts Tennessee at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The post Georgia snaps losing streak, completes season sweep of Florida appeared first on DawgNation.