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— The slow start was inexcusable given what transpired Saturday. Instead of coming out with a sense of urgency, they came out flat. Obviously they’ve shown they’re capable of erasing big deficits vs Tenn, A&M and the first Vandy meeting, but you can’t keep putting yourself in that position or you’ll get burned, which is what happened at OSU, Missouri and tonight. Disheartening effort.
— Video of all 10 Vandy 3s in the first half. Hit 3s off of beating pressure, miscommunications, poor closeouts, gambles gone wrong, bad rotations, help defense leaving open shooters, offensive rebounds and more. Pretty much anything you can think of. Some shockingly open looks. Added a video of them hitting a 3 against the zone in the second half for good measure. Hogs now 12th in the SEC in defensive rating in conference play.
— 0 fast-break points in the first half and the halfcourt offense was brutal. Missed a number of good looks, but also too stagnant. Vandy took away Moses postups. Lot of one-on-one.
— Mike benched Arlando and Dustin midway through the first half and either went small with Manny at the 4 or played Adrio Bailey the rest of the way. Spacing is SO much better with the small-ball group. He hadn’t gone small for more than 12 minutes all year and did so 16:55 tonight. Arlando, Dustin and Trey combined for 1 rebound in 14 minutes. Adrio’s minutes were essentially garbage time, but he was active (4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal) and showed again how he impacts the game the way the others can’t. Have to wonder if it’s time to let him play more. He is going to make mistakes and be lost sometimes, but the other 2 are so wildly up and down that I wouldn’t be shocked if Mike increased his role.
— Were down 14-3 on the glass at one point and wound up getting beat 38-26. To me, that screams effort. We’ve seen this team hold its own on the glass against good rebounding teams. Vandy is not a good rebounding team, but the Commodores outhustled and outworked the Hogs. Rebounding was indicative to the overall lackadaisical showing.
— Stray thoughts, including Dusty’s second half and postgame, Macon off the bench, crowd and more.