I'll add more tomorrow, but if you're expecting the normally objective recap I put up you'll be sorely disappointed. It felt like Vandy was on the power play all dang night.
On our end we couldn't buy a three while Vandy killed us with it, but we dominated the paint. Davis was again a nonfactor, but the rest of the guys played well.
I'll add more in the morning. I'm a bit angered by the way we lost, but proud of the team....
JaMychal Green should file charges at the Nashville precinct. He was mugged all night long. He did hit 10/11 FTs, but it seemed more often than not he was being fouled the second he got the ball inside. Green had a quiet first half, but exploded in the 2nd. Vandy had no one to stop him (unless you include the refs as part of their team). He finished with 23/10. He also hit a 3.
Tony Mitchell carried us in the 1st half... and made our only 3 in that half... at the buzzer. He also got mauled at the end of the game (no call) that left him woozy minutes after.
Charvez again laid an egg for the 2nd consecutive game. This time he forced his shots (one from Germantown included) and was again ineffective. Steele and Hillman picked up his slack though.
Releford impressed again off the dribble. I thought he won it for us in the final seconds, but then was called for a phantom foul on Tinsley's shot that gave Vandy back the lead.
A note on our big men... Hines played out of his mind again and was a defensive presence. He also is one heck of a passer. We can talk about Green or Releford being our team MVP, but IMO you take Hines off this team and we're hovering with the rest of the West. He does all the little things to keep us in the game. Green is a good passer as well.
I still think we got jobbed by the refs, but we didn't do ourselves any favors by going 2-15 from beyond the arc. Vandy hit 9-19 from three and that was one of the factors in us losing.
Splitting the state of TN was a pipe dream at the beginning of the season. We did that and almost won them both. This has been beaten to death, but man if we had a shooter we'd be sitting at 9-0 in conference.