Tough loss for Mark Fox’s hoop Dogs Tuesday night.
Yeah, the officials should have called a foul on Tennessee’s Brian Williams as he went over Chris Barnes’ back for the rebound that gave him the winning shot for the Vols. But as Barnes said after the game, “At a critical time like this in the SEC, you’re not going to get that kind of call in the league. We know that.”
Still, that noncall is not why Georgia lost the game. The Dogs were outmuscled under the basket most of the night, with the Vols outscoring Georgia in the paint and outrebounding them, too. Plus Tennessee’s bench was twice as productive as Georgia’s.
After a tough week and a half in which Georgia upset Kentucky at home and then split two games on an extended road trip complicated by the snowstorm, it wasn’t really surprising that Georgia didn’t come out looking all that sharp Tuesday night. Consistency still isn’t one of this team’s hallmarks.
There will be better nights for Georgia this season. Fox has put together a good team that can compete with anyone.
But merely being competitive isn’t enough any more. They’re facing greater expectations this season and the bottom line is that the Dogs are going to have to win those close, tough games like Tuesday night’s if they’re going to be an NCAA tournament team this year.
I think they’ll make it. How about you?
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