The sequence with the Dawgs up by one at about 4:40 tells all you need to know about the loss. Tennessee’s Tyler Smith takes a relatively contested three and out hustles Albert Jackson for his own rebound and the put-back to give the Vols the lead by one. Swansey takes a quick shot on the other end and instead of following his shot up, he does one of those fall away, run away deals. Tennessee gets the rebound because the closest Dawg tothe basket on the side of the court that the shot was taken is sitting on the bench behind where Swansey shot the ball. The Dawgs never regained the lead.
I am no basketball expert, but that sequence has been a hallmark of Dennis Felton’s Georgia teams. In the last four minutes of ballgames, the team goes from playing solid motion offense and help side defense to five guys playing a pickup game, jacking the ball whenever they get within 30 feet of the basket, with no pursuit to rebounds and virtually no discipline on the defensive end of the court. It is as if the team has a mental and emotional 4 minute left in the game switch. Tennessee 86-77.
As someone texted to me during Tennessee’s closing (16-3) run: Excrutiating.