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Apr. 17, 2014

Another backup big man on the Georgia basketball team is departing. Rising senior forward/center Tim Dixon is transferring, the school confirmed Thursday night. Dixon, from Columbus, played in all but one game this past season, averaging 7.8 minutes, 1.3 rebounds and 0.8 rebounds per game. Reserve center John Cannon also left the team with the […] - Full Story

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Georgia is closing spring practice with a lot less fanfare than it began. That’s the nature of things now that the new defensive coaching staff is finishing up its 15th and final practice of the spring Thursday afternoon. And G-Day has come and gone. The Bulldogs still had two practices this week. The team is […] - Full Story

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Gone in 60 seconds isn’t just the title of a Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie movie. It’s also how long it took for Yante Maten and Osahen Iduwe to scoop up the scholarships the Georgia men’s basketball had available for its signing class, coach Mark Fox said Wednesday. The program announced the frontcourt additions on […] - Full Story

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Apr. 16, 2014

Gone in 60 seconds isn’t just the title of a Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie movie. - Full Story

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Apr. 15, 2014

Freshman Ben Parr tossed six shutout innings to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech to a 4-1 win over Georgia Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium to even the season series. On March 4 in Athens, it was the Bulldogs posting a 1-0 shutout of the Yellow Jackets. “It was a disappointing start and not what we […] - Full Story

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Georgia is set to add another high-profile game to its nonconference men’s basketball schedule next season. - Full Story

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Apr. 5, 2014

Georgia’s recruiting haul went from none to two quickly on Saturday when a pair of players gave verbal commitments to coach Mark Fox that fill needs in the front court and fill up spots available in the Bulldogs’ recruiting class. - Full Story

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Georgia’s recruiting haul went from none to two quickly on Saturday when a pair of players gave verbal commitments to men’s basketball coach Mark Fox that fill needs in the frontcourt and fill up spots available in the Bulldogs’ class. Fox got pledges from power forward Yante Maten and center Fred Iduwe just days after […] - Full Story

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Apr. 2, 2014

Mark Fox will return a roster with nearly everybody back next season. Now, the Georgia men’s basketball coach has a two-year contract extension to sell on the recruiting trail and expectations for the coming season set by athletic director Greg McGarity will be “very high.” That was the message conveyed in the athletic association’s announcement […] - Full Story

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Mar. 26, 2014

A few midweek scheduling items to pass along: –Georgia’s home attendance in men’s basketball wasn’t helped by an SEC schedule that didn’t include Kentucky, Florida or Tennessee in Athens this past season, but all three of the NCAA Sweet 16 teams are slated to come to Stegeman Coliseum next season. Georgia will play again at […] - Full Story

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Mar. 24, 2014

Before three teams from the Southeastern Conference earned their spots in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16, Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox was asked whether the Bulldogs had a nucleus returning to reach that tournament next season. “I think that we have enough back to make that a very realistic goal for this team,” Fox […] - Full Story

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Georgia basketball player J.J. Frazier was arrested late Sunday night on a charge of driving without a license after he was pulled over during a traffic stop. The freshman guard from Glennville was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 10:27 p.m. and was released at 1:23 a.m. Monday on bonds totaling $1,000 for two […] - Full Story

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Mar. 22, 2014

Here’s are some comments from Georgia’s postgame news conference after the 79-71 NIT second-round loss to Louisiana Tech in Stegeman Coliseum Saturday. Coach Mark Fox General comments: “Obviously we had a terrible start and we dug such a big hole that we just couldn’t get all the way out of it. I thought we made […] - Full Story

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Georgia endured a horrid start. Just like its men’s basketball season did. Living through a 1-4 record in November isn’t much fun. Neither was being down by as much as 26 points on your home court in March. A Georgia team that finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference was being run out of […] - Full Story

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Mar. 21, 2014

Rise and shine. - Full Story

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Mar. 19, 2014

Georgia survived its first postseason tournament game in three years on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs 63-56 win against Vermont in the first round of the NIT was sloppy (season-high 22 turnovers) for much of the way but guard Charles Mann attacked offensively and sank free throws. He finished with a career-high 29 points, 25 in […] - Full Story

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Georgia looked like it could be one-and-done in the National Invitation Tournament Wednesday night when Vermont rallied to grab a nine-point lead with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulldogs were playing poorly enough in stretches to lose, but guard Charles Mann made sure they didn’t as Georgia came back to grab a 63-56 […] - Full Story

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It’s not the NCAA tournament. You are not filling out NIT brackets. OK, maybe a few of you did. Still, postseason basketball will be played at Stegeman Coliseum Wednesday night when Georgia and Vermont tangle in a first-round NIT game at 8 p.m. “There are still 30 percent, or less than 30 percent, of the […] - Full Story

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Mar. 18, 2014

When Mark Fox’s father passed away the day after Georgia played its final nonconference game in early January, Tom Brennan reached out to Fox by phone to let him know he had been there before. - Full Story

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Mar. 17, 2014

For the 20th consecutive March, the Georgia women’s basketball team is going to the ball. - Full Story

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Let’s do a starting five for this week heading into Georgia’s NIT matchup with Vermont: 1. Georgia coach Mark Fox is 2-0 against Vermont, winning in back-to-back seasons while coaching Nevada. Fox’s No. 22 ranked team snapped Vermont’s 14-game home winning streak with a 77-62 win at Vermont on Nov. 23, 2005. “I remember the […] - Full Story

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Mar. 16, 2014

There are only two players left on the Georgia men’s basketball team that have experience playing beyond the Southeastern Conference tournament.
That changes on Wednesday when the Bulldogs take on Vermont in the National Invitation Tournament at 8 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be shown nationally on ESPNU.
It’s the second time Georgia has landed in a postseason tournament in coach Mark Fox’s five seasons.
Senior Donte’ Williams and redshirt junior Marcus Thornton were freshmen on the Bulldogs team that reached the NCAA tournament in 2011.
“I think it’s very important for our guys to get this experience,” Fox said Sunday night. “We only have the one senior. I think it can be a valuable experience for our team. We start our season next year in the preseason NIT. I think for a lot of reasons this could be a really good experience for us. The first challenge, like it is for all teams, when you come just short of your original goal is being able to regroup and get ready to play with the energy and intelligence and effort that you need to against a good team.”
Of course, Georgia (19-13) went to the SEC tournament hoping to play its way to an NCAA tournament berth, but lost in the semifinals Saturday to Kentucky, 70-58.
Afterwards, sophomore guard Charles Mann said: “To continue playing is real important.”
Fox said Saturday that Georgia “should be in the conversation,” for an NCAA tournament at-large bid, but the SEC only got three teams for the second straight year: Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Georgia got respect from the NIT selection committee, which made the Bulldogs a No. 2 seed in the 32-team field. LSU, Arkansas and Missouri from the SEC also are in the NIT.
“I felt like had we won the game (Saturday), we would have been in the NCAA tournament,” Fox said. “If we were that close in that situation, I figured we would be one of the top one or two seeds in the NIT just because I didn’t think we would fall that far losing to a good Kentucky team, but we’re certainly excited to be playing home and just to have a chance to keep playing.”
Vermont (22-10) received an automatic bid to the NIT for winning the America East regular season title.
It has a Georgia connection in former Bulldog player Tom Brennan (1969-71) who was head coach at Vermont from 1986-2005, with NCAA tournament berths in his final two seasons.
Fox got a text from Brennan after the announcement.
“He wants to call the game the Tom Brennan Invitational,” Fox said.
Vermont lost 67-58 to Albany in its conference semifinal game. Georgia had to wait until nearly the entire bracket was revealed on the selection show before learning it was indeed in the field.
“Cam Forte said that he nearly died because I think we were one of the last teams announced,” Fox said. The Catmounts lost at Duke 91-90 in November (a game Fox he said he caught part of on TV). It doesn’t have a top 100 RPI win, but its best win may have been against Illinois State.
Vermont is fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (39.9), but ranked just fifth in its conferencein  3-pointers made per game.
“They obviously know how to win and shoot the 3 well,” Fox said, “but at this point we have a lot to learn and so we’ll go to work on that as soon as we finish with this call.”
Georgia went 1-7 against teams that made the NCAA tournament. The win was against Wofford.
Georgia, which finished tied for second in the SEC after entering league play just 6-6,
wasn’t considered much of a bubble team by those who project the NCAA tournament field . One reason is because it had three losses to teams rated 157 or lower.
This is Georgia’s 12th trip to the NIT and first since 2007 when the Bulldogs advanced to the second round and lost at Air Force. Only Tennessee (13) and Alabama (12) have as many NIT trips as the Bulldogs.
Georgia is 11-11 all-time in the NIT and has twice reached the NIT semifinals in 1982 and 1998.
Fox hasn’t coached in the NIT before. His teams have reached four NCAA tournaments and while he was at Nevada twice played in the CBI tournament.
The first three rounds are hosted on campus sites.
Georgia would host Louisiana Tech or Iona in the second round later in the week.  The semifinals and finals will be held April 1 and 3 in New York.
General admission tickets for Wednesday’s game are $15.
Georgia and Vermont have played once before in the 1973-74. The Bulldogs won 88-55 in Athens.

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Mar. 15, 2014

ATLANTA–There weren’t any plans immediately after Georgia’s 70-58 SEC tournament semifinal loss to Kentucky Saturday for the Bulldogs to get together to watch their postseason fate on TV on Sunday night The Bulldogs are likely to land an NIT bid with their NCAA tournament hopes now all but over. There was disappointment in the locker […] - Full Story

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ATLANTA | Georgia’s turnaround season won’t include an NCAA tournament berth after it couldn’t come away with a must-win game against Kentucky Saturday, but there should be postseason basketball for the Bulldogs. - Full Story

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ATLANTA | The Georgia men’s basketball team didn’t roll over for Kentucky Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals Saturday, but the Bulldogs knew they needed to play one of their best games to continue their feel–good, gritty run this season. They didn’t. Georgia was manhandled by Kentucky on the backboards and had trouble getting […] - Full Story

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