The 2016-17 season has been a disappointment for Georgia Basketball. But was it bad enough to warrant firing Mark Fox once the season ends?
After three straight 20-win seasons, Georgia basketball fans had to be excited about the 2016-17 season. And after going 8-4 in nonconference play, including a great performance against Kansas in Kansas City, that excitement was justified.
When conference play began, all the Bulldogs had to do was win the games they were favored to win, beat Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky once each, and then finish with a tough game at Arkansas.
The beginning of conference play was fine. After four games, the Bulldogs were 3-1 with their only loss coming at home to South Carolina. But an overtime loss to Florida gave Georgia their second conference loss. From there the Bulldogs couldn’t afford to lose many more games.
But then Georgia had the disastrous ending versus Texas A&M and then was blown out at home by Alabama. They bounced back with a win over Texas before losing to Kentucky in overtime. That was followed by a two-point loss to South Carolina and another loss to Florida.
Since then however, Georgia has won four of their last five games with wins over Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and LSU. Currently Joe Lunardi has Georgia listed as one of his first four teams out of the NCAA Tournament.
That’s not where Georgia fans expected to be just two months ago. But is that enough to warrant a head coaching change in the offseason? That’s a subjective question and there’s still two regular season games and a whole conference tournament to play out.
However, we can look at possible scenarios and determine how Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity will probably handle Mark Fox’s hot seat.