Hold Your Horses: Why Mark Fox's Georgia Bulldogs Aren't As Far Along As You Think

Mark Fox’s Georgia Bulldogs, now with a newly-minted triumph over Bruce Pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers to lay alongside the Fox Hounds’ earlier wins against Illinois and Georgia Tech, have revived interest in Red and Black roundball, but are they ready to make some noise in the SEC?

At least for the moment, survey says . . . not so much. What the Hoop Dogs accomplished over the weekend did more to harm the Vols’ prospects than help their own. Georgia’s middling overall 9-8 record is inflated by a 5-0 mark against teams ranked outside the top 200 in the CBSSports.com RPI. The Bulldogs boast meager resumes against the teams rated first through 25th (1-2), 26th through 50th (1-2), and 51st through 75th (1-3).

While the Athenians are an accomplished club in Stegeman Coliseum at 9-2, Georgia has stumbled to a woeful 0-6 road record, including an 0-4 ledger in non-SEC contests played outside the Classic City. Those are troubling figures for a team with upcoming dates against Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday, South Carolina in Columbia on Saturday, 14th-ranked Tennessee in Knoxville on February 17, and 21st-ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville on February 25.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, folks. Coach Fox has this program pointed in the right direction, but let’s wait for back-to-back wins over decent teams before we start dreaming of the day when Georgia will appear in the field of eight 16 32 40 48 52 53 64 65.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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