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UF, VU Take Care Of Business On The Hardwood; Fox, Horn

The SEC’s first “Super Tuesday” of the season has come and gone and the favorites easily took care of business.  Which is bad news for Darrin Horn and Mark Fox.

Florida 78, Georgia 48

So much for Bradley Beal’s slump.  So much for Florida not playing defense.  The Gators bounced back from a surprising loss at Tennessee on Saturday with a thorough beatdown of Georgia in Gainesville.  The Dawgs have now lost 10 straight at the O’Connell Center.

Beal — the top signee in the country — connected on 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range to tally 17 points.  He also added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

The Bulldogs fell to 0-2 in the SEC, 9-7 overall.  For Fox — who was hailed as a savior following his first season in Athens — the natives might soon start to turn restless.  The coach went 14-17 in Year One and then led UGA to the NCAA tourney with a 21-12 record last season.  But he’s now just 14-20 in SEC play and 18 of those losses occurred with NBA’ers Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie on his squad (holdovers from the Dennis Felton era). 

Fox deserves time to turn around a long-troubled program at Georgia, but dealing with SEC fans we’ve come to know one thing for sure: They have zero patience.

Vanderbilt 67, South Carolina 57

The sands in Darrin Horn’s coaching hourglass continue to run out at South Carolina.  Vanderbilt — behind 13 made 3-pointers — opened up a 24-point lead late before allowing the Cocks to notch the game’s final 14 points.

Bruce Ellington had 20 points to lead Carolina, but USC is now just 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.  Granted, they’ve opened against NCAA tourney sure-things Kentucky and Vandy, but blowout home losses like last night’s won’t help Horn keep his job at year’s end.

Meanwhile, after a so-so non-conference start to the season — due in part to injuries — the Commodores are off to a blistering start in league play.  Taking into account VU’s 65-35 demolition of Auburn on Saturday, Kevin Stallings’ team has won its first two SEC contests by a combined 40 points.  And as we noted above, the score at Carolina could have been worse.


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