Kentucky rolls past Georgia in SEC Tournament opener

Shai Gilgeous Alexander and the Kentucky Wildcats delivered a solid defensive effort while defeating Georgia in the SEC Tournament

Shai Gilgeous Alexander and the Kentucky Wildcats delivered a solid defensive effort while defeating Georgia in the SEC Tournament

Fox, 49, was hired in 2009 and took the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA tournaments in nine seasons.

BC-BKC-SEC-Georgia-Kentucky, 344 Washington's 18 points lifts Kentucky over Georgia, 62-49AP Photo MOJR140, MOJR128, MOJR125, MOJR126, MOJR129, MOJR131, MOJR130Eds: APNewsNow. His overall record is 286-176 in 14 years as a college head coach. Current assistant Jonas Hayes is also a possible candidate. Washington has followed a stretch of five games in a row of scoring in single digits by scoring 10 or more in seven straight, and he's connected on 35 of 52 shots (67.3 percent) during that run.

The Kentucky Wildcats (21-10) finished No. 4 seed in the SEC despite losing to Florida, 80-67, in the final regular season game. There, they met John Calipari's Wildcats.

United Kingdom is 12-1 vs. Georgia in the SEC Tournament, including 6-0 in quarterfinals games.

Fox came to Georgia from Nevada where he was a 3-time WAC coach of the year.

He is now in his ninth year with the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (12) are the underdogs despite wins over Vanderbilt and Missouri over the past two days, respectively.

This season's 12th-place finish in the SEC occurred despite the Bulldogs owning senior forward Yante Maten, who was voted league player of the year by the Associated Press.

Georgia is the second SEC program to part ways with a coach this season, as Andy Kennedy resigned from his post at Ole Miss in February. That made an at-large NCAA Tournament bid unrealistic and seemed to seal Fox's fate.

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