Yea Coach Barnes has his team playing with an edge. They are going to be really tough to beat come March. They have everything right now, a good rim protecting big man, good guard play, and a low post scoring machine in Grant Williams, plus they have good depth.
As far as the late game fouling situation, you’re exactly right, rarely does it work, but give Tennessee credit, they made those wild out of control 3’s and our guys thought the game was over and let them slowly make a comeback.
True, but you don’t want to play tight defense and let them con the refs into calling fouls, which not only provide cheap points but stop the clock. There has to be a balance between foul avoidance and trying to prevent scoring.
Wasn’t bad defense at all in last minute. They got an and-1 when Gafford was just about 8 inches too close to the basket, got a garbage 3 off the backboard, and a pull-up 3 with no separation. Simple fact was they had a couple bounces go there way and we missed 4 FTs.
I was impressed with the Vols. Didn’t think Barnes could recruit & motivate like he has. We were lucky to get to OT. We need to shore up our in bound plays & I agree we need to shore up our perimeter defense
Today’s game kind of reminded me of the 1995 SEC Tournament Championship game with Kentucky. We jumped out to a 9 or 10 point lead to begin OT in that one, then went cold and they came back to beat us 95-93.
Fortunately, we avoided that meltdown and held on for the win this time.