ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Mark Fox heads into his fifth year of trying to make men's basketball relevant at Georgia.
He might be facing his toughest test yet.
The Bulldogs are coming off their third losing season in Fox's tenure, struggling to a 15-17 mark and making this a potentially crucial season toward his future at the Southeastern Conference school where football rules.
Improving on that record will be difficult after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who accounted for nearly a third of the team's scoring, left early for the NBA.
Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points a game. No other returning player scored more than 7.9.
Sophomore Kenny Gaines is expected to pick up a lot of the scoring load. But even if Caldwell-Pope had returned, Fox says the Bulldogs would've been a more balanced team this year.