2018 SEC Football Media Days schedule announced

The 2018 SEC Football Media Days Schedule has been announced. Media Days kicks off on Monday, July 16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Bulldogs head football coach Kirby Smart and a few players to be named will speak to the media on Tuesday, July 17.

The four-day event will once again feature national television coverage via ESPN and the SEC Network.

2018 SEC Football Media Days Schedule

Monday, July 16
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher

Tuesday, July 17
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Florida – Dan Mullen
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke

Wednesday, July 18
Alabama – Nick Saban
Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
Missouri – Barry Odom
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt

Thursday, July 19
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
South Carolina – Will Muschamp
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason

UGA Football Schedule 2018

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Georgia falls 66-57 in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A second half outburst from the Georgia men’s basketball team fell short of surpassing the South Carolina Gamecocks first-frame lead, sealing the 66-57 final on Wednesday at the Colonial Life Arena.

“We didn’t come out of the gate well in the first half,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “In the first half we made poor decisions on both ends. Defensively, we made some errors and they got hot shooting the ball, which is not their forte and we dug a big hole. We competed in the second half and played much like we would of liked to play in half one, but we didn’t do that.”

With 10 rebounds, senior forward Yante Maten totals 839 on his career, which ranks sixth on the all-time Georgia rebound list. He is just one board away from breaking into the top-5. The senior’s defense was complimented by 13 points, marking his 11th double-double of the season. The offense also featured a team-leading 14 from junior guard William Jackson II, as well as nine from sophomore guard Tyree Crump.

The Bulldogs (15-12, 7-8) won both the rebound and shooting battle against the Gamecocks (15-13, 5-9), totaling 43 boards with a 38 percent clip, but 13 threes were the South Carolina determinant.

In the first half, Georgia strung together a pair of extra-point plays between Crump and Maten to jump on top. Crump drained a 3-pointer and reined in a free throw to knot the game at nine, followed by Maten, who hit a layup and a free throw to provide Georgia the one point edge.

The Bulldogs drew a pair of key fouls around the 10-minute mark, finding production at the charity line from Maten and freshman forward Nicolas Claxton, but six Gamecock 3-pointers in the final eight minutes lengthened the South Carolina lead to 42-27 at the half.

Georgia opened the second frame on a 16-5 run, propelled by a couple of buckets from Maten. Next, freshman Rayshaun Hammonds provided a 3-pointer and a layup, Jackson hit a jumper, and Claxton upstaged a Wesley Meyers 3-pointer with a dunk. After a Derek Ogbeide block, Crump drained a jumper from just inside the 3-point line as the shot clock winded down, cutting the difference to five.

Despite Georgia outscoring the Gamecocks 30-24 in the second half, South Carolina pushed its lead back to 10, and contained its margin with another slew of 3-pointers to finalize the game at 66-57.

Up next, Georgia concludes its regular season with a two-game home stand in Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia plays host to LSU on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2:00 p.m. before welcoming Texas A&M on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Tiger and Aggie matchups will be available on ESPNU and SEC Network, respectively.

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When JazzHands turn to pen…

...it gets a little dusty up in here.

Sony Michel asks for our forgiveness and gives humble thanks. And all I can say is, "Same here Sony. Same here."

Mostly, though, I’m going to miss you all. My people. Dawg Nation. You all mean the world to me, and it’s been like that since Day One.
I often think back to when I took my official visit to UGA. Being there for that game against South Carolina, between the hedges? I mean….
I just knew.
I immediately got this feeling that Georgia was the place for me. And it wasn’t even about, you know, Ohhh, these facilities are the best I’ve ever seen. (They were!) Or Wow, this gear is the best-looking college stuff out there. (It is!) It just came down to all the amazing and kind people I met. Georgia fans, and everyone associated with UGA, are just the coolest, most supportive people in the world. You’ve been there for me every step of the way during my four years in Athens.
And now it’s time for me to pay back some of that love you’ve shown me by doing big things in the NFL and making you all proud.

Georgia maneuvers past No. 18 Tennessee 73-62

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia men’s basketball team (15-11, 6-8) out-hustles the No.18 Tennessee Volunteers 73-62 on Saturday night in Stegeman Coliseum.

Senior forward Yante Maten has his 25th double-digit game of the season in addition to being the high scorer with 19. Junior forward Derek Ogbeide notched 16 points and a season-high 11 rebounds to record his second-straight double-double and his ninth double-digit game of the season. Junior guard William Turtle Jackson II, red-shirt senior guard Juwan Parker, and sophomore guard Tyree Crump all inked double-digit games with 10, 10, and 11 respectively.

Georgia increases its win streak against Tennessee to five games and the ranked win marks the Bulldogs third of the season. Georgia outshot the Volunteers 42.6 percent to 34.9 percent, making it the fourth time Georgia’s SEC opponent shot below 35 percent.

“We played very determined,” said head coach Mark Fox. “These kids have been through a lot but being at home and having a great crowd, beautiful crowd, makes a huge difference. We were able to play through fatigue, find that extra gear and effort defensively and that was important.”

Tennessee (19-7, 9-5) opened the competition with a jumper by Grant Williams. A pair of free throws from Maten tied the game up shortly after. A huge lay-up from Maten, which drew a Volunteer foul followed by a free throw, gave Georgia its first lead 5-2. The two teams went back and forth several times until a huge three from Maten at the top of the key added to the Bulldogs five point run over Tennessee. Two free throws from freshman forward Nicolas Claxton lengthened the Bulldogs lead to 21-12. Tennessee fought back from a nine point deficit but was two points shy of tying the game before halftime trailing 28-26.

Coming back to action freshman forward Rayshaun Hammonds posted the first points in the paint. A three by Parker launched Georgia over the 30 point mark, 33-26. A three by Jackson brought Georgia 10 points, 38-28, over the Volunteers. Parker stole the ball and went up for a shot drawing a Tennessee foul in which he converted both free throws to combat a 6-0 Volunteer run. Later in the half, a huge lay-up by Ogbeide drew a Tennessee foul that pushed Georgia into the bonus at 5:33 and the made free throw put Georgia up six at 57-51. This, followed by a Crump three brought the sold-out crowd to its feet. Ogbeide scored his fifth consecutive lay-up for the half bringing the edge to 59-51. Three offensive Georgia rebounds brought the ball to Crump who knocked a three widening the margin to eight. Tennessee foul trouble entered Georgia into the double-bonus and a pair of Maten free throws topped the score at 65-58. Georgia came back to the line five more times with Jackson, Crump, thrice, and Ogbeide scoring a combined eight points for a 13 point lead in the last minute of the game. The Volunteers made their way to the line but it wasn’t enough to topple the Georgia lead. The Bulldogs secured victory over the Volunteers 73-62.

From the free throw line, Georgia went 27-for-38 including 10 made free throws in the first half. The 27 made free throws marks the second highest total for Georgia this season. The Volunteers were limited to 10 of 15 from the line.

The Bulldogs return to action at South Carolina on Wednesday, February 21, at 6 p.m. in Columbia.

Head Coach Mark Fox

On the keys to tonight’s win…
“Our team has had a good week and we had a lot of guys contribute. Derek had a big double-double. Tennessee has a terrific team, we have a lot of respect for them and it was a good win for us.”

On the key to slowing down Tennessee’s offense…
“Grant Williams is a great player and having a terrific year and we tried to slow him down. I’m not sure we did great in other places we wanted to, but I thought we did a good enough job on Williams to give us a chance to win.”

On answering multiple Tennessee runs..
“I was really proud of our team because we had to answer one time with Yante on the bench. We had a lot of guys chip in. Turtle played well, Tyree had a good second half. They’re a good team and you’re going to have to answer and we did that.”

Senior Forward Yante Maten

On the game…
“We’re a capable team and coach said to not give up so that’s what we’ve got to do every time we play well it it’s going to be a ball game. We’re a good basketball team and we proved that this week now we’re just looking to go to the next game and do the same thing. I think it was more of a we’re a good team, let’s go prove it situation so that’s what we focused on we’ve got to start a roll and get on a winning streak.”

Junior Forward Derek Ogbeide

On the game…
We’ve definitely boosted team morale and you know it was much needed, at the end of the season it’s been a quite boost for us.

On his second consecutive double-double…
“It comes down to attention to details and you know whatever my role is I want to make sure I can help the team the best that I can and give my best effort to produce the factor of winning.”

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Bulldogs rally past Gators in OT, 72-69

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Surging back from a double-digit second-half deficit, the Georgia men’s basketball team tied the game at the end of the regulation and surpassed the Florida Gators in overtime, 72-69, Wednesday night at the Exactech Arena.

The Bulldogs’ win in Gainesville is the first since 2002 and it is the first time Georgia has defeated Florida twice in a season since 1997. Georgia improves to 14-11 overall and 5-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Gators fall to 17-9 and 8-5 in the SEC.

“We just kept competing,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “We did a really good job defensively, which then gave us a chance offensively to find a rhythm. We had a lot of guys chip in and play well. I’m very proud of our team, especially after the last few weeks, how hard it’s been for them. I’m really proud of our kids.”

Georgia finished the second half on a 20-9 run after the 10:00 mark when Florida led 50-39. Sophomore guard Tyree Crump initiated the course with a three to put it under double digits. After a Florida free throw, Georgia rallied off eight-straight points to make it a one-point game. It started with a gritty Yante Maten bucket under the basket after he muscled two offensive rebounds in traffic. After a Florida turnover, senior Pape Diatta grabbed his own rebound off a miss, which set up a Crump-to-Derek Ogbeide dunk. Next, Parker drew a foul and knocked down both free throws. Lastly, Ogbeide converted on another jam to slim Florida’s lead to 51-50 at the 3:33 mark.

The Gators awoke to a six-point run that pushed their lead back to seven with a little less than a minute and a half remaining in regulation. However, Crump drained a trey that brought it to 57-53 at the 1:08 mark. After the Bulldogs forced a Florida shot-clock violation, a pass inside slipped past Maten’s fingers and went out. Florida converted two free throws, before Maten earned redemption with a long three to make it 59-56 with 15.8 left in regulation. On the ensuing inbound play, Florida guard Jalen Hudson caught the ball and dragged his foot, prompting a travel call to flip the possession back to Georgia. In almost a mirror image of Georgia’s last possession, Crump swung the ball over to Maten who drained a three to send the game into extra time at 59-all.

In the opening possession of extra time, Crump assisted Maten for the third-straight basket. It marked Georgia’s first lead since the first half and it would not be relinquished despite Florida’s continuous attack. Florida went 1-of-2 at the line to pull within one, but Derek Ogbeide’s soaring two-handed dunk off another assist by Crump pushed it to a 3-point Georgia advantage. After two missed Gator free throws, Crump hit his third three of the game to make it 66-60 at 3:07. Florida answered with a three, but Maten countered with a shot off the glass. Two Gator free throws made it 68-65 with a little more than two minutes on the clock, but two key Ogbeide rebounds in the next two possessions helped Georgia secure the win. First, Ogbeide grabbed an offensive board that gave Georgia the ability to reset the play-clock, then a defensive rebound on Florida’s next shot. Four Georgia free throws down the stretch proved enough to hold off the Gator’s last stand.

Maten accumulated 23 points and 10 rebounds; both team highs, for his ninth double-double this season. Ogbeide also registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, marking his eighth of the season. Crump finished with 13 points on three 3-pointers and four free throws, while pulling in five assists and five rebounds – both career highs. Lastly, Parker chipped in 10 points for his third-straight double-digit scoring game.

At the half, Georgia trailed 34-27 despite shooting a slightly higher field goal percentage, however the seven Gators’ threes was the first-half determinant. Rayshaun Hammonds and Maten each had team-high seven points with eight of the combined 14 points coming from the free-throw line.

Next up, the Bulldogs play the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday at 6 p.m. in Athens.

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox Quotes

On message to team after win

There’s obviously tremendous love within our team. They care about each other. I told them, one of the reasons they won the game tonight is because they have good character. They relied on that to keep competing and to trust each other. Certainly a win like this really feels good to them, and I want them to enjoy it.”

On Tyree Crump’s play

“He’s a winner. He cares so much about Georgia, about winning. He doesn’t really care about himself. He cares about this team far greater than he cares about himself. He made a lot of really big plays for us, a couple of big baskets. He got Derek some great looks, and Derek, I thought had a terrific game at both ends, and that was really key for us also.”

On shared scoring

“I made a point to try to get Rayshaun involved early, and he was able to get to the line and get going. It was good to see Derek get some baskets, but obviously balanced scoring has been a challenge for this group. But tonight we finally found it and tied it into a good defensive performance, and that’s how you beat a top-30 team on the road. That’s a great win for us.”

On the SEC

“This league is so good and so deep that there are no easy nights. I’m going to let these kids enjoy this win until I see them tomorrow because they’re not going to be able to do anything about Tennessee until they know the game plan when we sit down tomorrow.”

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Georgia falls to No. 8 Auburn, 78-61

Athens, Ga — The Georgia Bulldogs men’s basketball team lost to the No. 8 Auburn Tigers 78-61 on Saturday afternoon in a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum.

Senior forward Yante Maten had his 23rd double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 20 points. Red-shirt senior guard Juwan Parker had his 11th double-digit game of the season with 14. Freshman forward Rayshaun Hammonds also had his ninth double-digit game of the season with 14.

“The first thing we have to do is reestablish our defense,” said head coach Mark Fox. “You have no chance if you don’t get stops and our defense has not been good enough. We got into foul trouble early and had to play zone, but you still have to get stops and play defense.”

The Tigers (22-3, 10-2) had the first points of the match scoring two, but Maten tipped the ball in to tie the game 2-2. A DeSean Murray three gave Auburn back the advantage. Parker hit a three reducing the gap to two points and a Hammonds’ rebound brought the ball back to Georgia (13-11, 4-8) territory. Maten tipped the ball in for the tie 7-7. Auburn continued to push ahead taking the lead 9-7. On defense, Maten rebounded passing the ball off to Hammonds for a tie at 15:45. The Tigers took back the advantage causing the Bulldogs to fight back from a 10 point deficit. A layup by Hammonds launched Georgia on a six point run and a three by sophomore guard Tyree Crump brought the Bulldogs within three points of the Tigers 31-28. Another three by Crump brought the margin to two. A strong offense contributed to Auburn leading 40-31 at the half.

Coming back to action, Hammonds tipped the ball and drained a three bringing the score to 43-36. Georgia started a six-point run and held Auburn scoreless for four minutes. Junior guard William Turtle Jackson II and Malik Dunbar accumulated technical fouls but subsequent foul trouble brought Georgia to the line. A pair of Maten free throws coupled with a Hammonds’ tip-in brought the gap to seven, 50-43. Auburn continued to press hard, bringing a 13 point advantage over the Bulldogs, 59-46. A three by Jackson brought it back down to a 10 point, 61-51, game. The Tigers maintained a strong position staying ahead by 10 or more points for the last nine minutes of the game. Maten tipped the ball with less than a minute left but it wasn’t enough to outscore the Tigers. An Auburn dunk solidified the Tiger win 78-61 over the Bulldogs.

Georgia shot 76.9 percent from the line due to Auburn foul trouble. The Bulldogs’ 44.9 shooting percentage is the highest for a loss this season and is the seventh highest mark in the season. The Tigers shot 50.9 percent for the game and each team had over 45 percent at the first half. Freshman forward Nicolas Claxton had his first start in Stegeman and tied his career steals with one. Parker tied his season-high of assists with three.

The Bulldogs return to the court against Florida on Wednesday, February 14, at 9 p.m. in Gainesville.

Head Coach Mark Fox

Thoughts on the loss…
“I was not pleased with how we played defensively, obviously another game where the opponent shoots above 50% and we give up a lot of 3’s and get out rebounded. Our defense has literally gone missing and if you don’t play defense you don’t have a chance to win.”

On guard play…
“It starts with us trying to find stability at defensive end, and I didn’t think our play in backcourt was good on the offensive end. I don’t think that we have guys playing well in the backcourt. We’re not making plays for others and were not shooting it well. Turtle didn’t get to the foul line. We haven’t blown by a guy and gotten to the foul line and you have to be able to do that. We didn’t turn it over a ton but when we did it cost us a ton.

Red-Senior Guard Juwan Parker

On Georgia’s defensive performance…
“Our defense didn’t show up, give credit to them (Auburn). They embarrassed us under the glass and they did everything that we didn’t.”

On how to not be frustrated with games like these…
“Well, you stick together with your team, that’s one thing. We always say throughout the year how much chemistry we have and we like each other on the court and off the court. So you stick together and you realize basketball is fun. Of course, winning is a lot more fun. You just try to get back to work and keep positive. There’s no reason to get pessimistic about anything in life, especially not in games.”

Freshman Forward Rayshaun Hammonds

On his contributions to the team in his first year…
“It’s a learning process for me. As a freshman, every game I learn new things and get better with every game.”

On how he felt seeing more made shots against Auburn…
“It felt good. But my main focus was just getting that win.”

On the performance of the defense…
“We didn’t show up at all. My problem is it shouldn’t be the late half of the second half and we kind of fell apart at the end. But we’ll pick it back up.”

Senior Forward Yante Maten

On the difficulty of getting back to winning ways…
“I haven’t given up in anything in my life. Being a leader of this team, I’m going to relay that message that we don’t give up. That’s not how we roll at Georgia. At the end of the day, we made our own bed so we got to fix it and keep rolling.”

On if everyone has been on the same page or not…
“I think we have. At the end of the day it’s just execution and getting the job done and we haven’t been doing that. And that’s disappointing.”

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