ATHENS - Never mind the talk about Mark Fox's future at Georgia. The final question of his postgame press conference Tuesday was about making the NCAA tournament.
Yes, it's still a longshot. The Bulldogs will still only be ranked around 80 in the RPI, even after a second win over Missouri. They lack quality wins, and have several bad losses.
But as team after team in the SEC continues to gag away its chance at an NCAA at-large bid, Georgia continues to sit alone in third place, now 10-5 in conference play. So a student reporter asked Fox Tuesday if his team should be mentioned more.
Here's how Fox answered:
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"I'll tell you this: This is the only top-50 team we've been able to play at home. Our league has been criticized, (but) I think yesterday we had nine teams in the top 100, which is as many teams as anybody but I think the ACC. I got a degree from Kansas, OK and so I feel comfortable saying this: They've won their league 10 years in a row. That's not gonna happen in the SEC. The league's too balanced, too competitive. This league has a lot of good teams in it. I'd like to see it get more respecct.
"But we haven't had a chance to play a lot of top 50 teams in our building, and fortunately when we got the chance tonight we were able to take advantage of it."
Georgia's final three regular-season games are at Arkansas, home vs. Mississippi State, and at LSU. The next chance to meet a surefire NCAA team would come in the SEC tournament, against either Florida or Kentucky in the semifinals, if the Bulldogs can get that far.