ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia basketball star Terry Fair has died at the age of 59. Fair was a key player on the Bulldogs' only men's Final Four team in 1983. He also starred on one of the state's most celebrated high school teams, the 1979 Southwest Macon Patriots, who won a state championship and were crowned national champions. Georgia says Fair died Thursday of natural causes in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Fair was picked by the Indiana Pacers in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He went on to play professionally in Israel for a decade.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s men's basketball season opened with so much hype and even more hope. The Gators had a top-10 ranking, the most coveted graduate transfer in the country, the best recruiting class of coach Mike White’s tenure and three returning starters. Nothing was supposed to stop Florida from making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Now, after three consecutive losses and countless defensive lapses, the Gators might need a February about-face just to make the 68-team field. Florida has a favorable schedule ahead, with games against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Ole Miss up next.
UNDATED (AP) — After rallying to avoid being upset by Vanderbilt, No. 13 Kentucky now looks to a showdown at No. 17 Auburn. It’s the first meeting between the schools since Auburn beat Kentucky 77-71 in overtime in last spring’s NCAA Tournament Midwest Region final to reach the Final Four. The second-place Wildcats can stay within reach of LSU and extend their one-game edge on the third-place Tigers. Auburn has won two of the last three home meetings, though the Wildcats won 82-80 there last season. The Tigers have won four in a row, including a rally to beat Mississippi in double overtime.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason has hired Aaron Henry as his new cornerbacks coach. The move reunites Henry with the Commodores' new defensive coordinator Ted Roof. Henry spent the past three seasons as a defensive assistant at North Carolina State. He started coaching safeties in 2017, then worked with N.C. State's defensive backs in 2018 and 2019. The Wolfpack had 28 interceptions during Henry's tenure. Mason says Henry is a proven recruiter and technician.