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Bobby the Brain would be proud: Tennessee Volunteers 74, Georgia Bulldogs 71

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71
Points
74
30/64
Field Goals
30/71
46
Field Goal %
42
5/16
3-Point Field Goals
7/24
31
3-Point Field Goal %
29
6/13
Free Throws
7/14
46
Free Throw %
50
41
Total Rebounds
45
13
Offensive Rebounds
20
28
Defensive Rebounds
25
7
Blocks
5
13
Assists
20
14
Turnovers
13
.9
Assist to Turnover Ratio
1.5
19
Points Off Turnovers
12
8
Bench Points
18
16
Fouls
15

 

Bulldog
I hate rasslin'.
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I don't watch professional wrestling anymore, but back in the 70's when it was first ramping up, back when Bobby the Brain Heenan was mastering the art of heel heat, back when there was still some miniscule degree of doubt over whether the entire event was scripted (hey, I was at a gullible age, okay?), I used to love the tag team matches.

You remember the scene a faire: the referee is cheek-to-the-mat, pretending to see that eighth of an inch separating one over-matched rassler's shoulder from the three-count, the victim's arm is stretched out and flailing, his teammate frantically racing around the boundary marked off by the ropes searching for the one angle that will allow him to touch his partner's hand thereby permitting him to enter the ring in a dramatic rescue?

So, yeah, tag team.

JaJuan Smith, the 32-point rescuer on Wednesday against the Razorbacks was alpha-rolled yesterday, a Bulldog's teeth clamped around his neck for the entire game. Fortunately, JaJuan was able to tag off first to Wayne Chism, who played the hero in the first half, scoring 14 points before the break.

And then, when Wheezy went whispery in the second half, he tagged off to Chris Lofton, and the Discombobulator took over from there. Lofton got 19 of his 22 points in the second half, and hit five of seven attempts from three-point territory.

All of that's not meant to minimize the importance of Tyler Smith's double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds) or his six assists and two blocks. But really, this game really exemplified the fact that the real strength of this team is its depth.

When one guy's in trouble, all he needs to do is look to his teammates, and suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, somebody will execute a perfect diving elbow drop, and the show will be over. Wednesday was Juanny's night. Last night, Wheezy and the Discombobulator took turns dismantling the Dawgs.

Whose turn this week?