Conventional wisdom says Georgia basketball needs to ride Trey Thompkins' play to victory. Conventional wisdom says the Dawgs can't handle a quick trapping team. Conventional wisodom says you allow an opposing player 30+ points, you lose. Conventional wisdom says Dustin Ware isn't quite ready to handle going to the line to ice the game.
Conventional wisdom is crap. The Dawgs kept getting the ball down low to Price, who kept putting it in the hole. By getting a huge game from Price (20 points, 8-9 shooting), it kept Tennessee off balance. We got a big game from Trey, but not in the way you'd notice. While he only had 11 points on 4-14 shooting, he also had six steals and nine boards. Leslie was a factor with 15 points, too. Best of all, we didn't win by getting hot from behind the 3pt line. Four Dawgs scored in double digits. The Dawgs played Coach Fox's offense to perfection.
On the defensive side, I can live with giving up 32 to a player like Hopson. I am still perturbed by our inability to keep a guy from driving the lane. On the upside, only Robinson had 4 fouls, and Tennessee only took 15 free throws. Staying out of foul trouble is important, especially when you hold everyone not named Hopson to 31% shooting.
Dustin Ware iced it with four free throws in the last 39 seconds.
A great win for the Dawgs. One that they needed. Now, the team that couldn't win on the road has seven road wins on the season. Seven road win teams in the SEC usually make the NCAA tourney; that is just the way it is.