Instant Reaction: Tennessee destroys Georgia

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Well, that was fun. Tennessee demolished the Georgia Bulldogs 96-50 in front of a sold out Thompson Boling Arena crowd on Saturday afternoon. The Vols are now 12-1 overall and 1-0 in the SEC.

Here’s some quick thoughts from the contest…

Team basketball works wonders

When the Vols play at the height of their abilities, they may be the best team in America. They pass the ball beautifully, they don’t care who gets points on the scoreboard, and they play for each other. It’s an athletic symphony that very few teams in college basketball are capable of composing.

Against Georgia, Jordan Bowden had a big game, pouring in 20 points. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield both added 18 points, Jordan Bone had another solid outing with 11 points and 5 assists, and Kyle Alexander had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. When the Vols have stat lines like that, they will win against almost any team. Being unselfish and spreading the love is a winning formula and it’s one that Tennessee has seemed to master to this point in the season.

Lamonte is back

Lamonte Turner is finally back in the lineup for the Vols. He clocked 15 minutes of playing time, scored 6 points, and gave a solid defensive effort. He wasn’t a game breaker against the Bulldogs but it sure was nice to see him on the court again. At his worst, he’s a morale booster for UT and at his best, he’s one of the best shooters in the SEC who can completely change the complexion of a game. It will certainly take some time for Lamonte to really get his legs back under him but in time, his return to the squad should only make Tennessee that much more lethal.

The Vols know how to take care business

It’s not easy playing at a high level night-in and night-out, especially in a finicky game like college basketball, but this Vols team has found a way to do just that. In 13 games played, UT has won by double digits in 11 of those contests. We’re only now closing in on the halfway point of the season, so anything could happen, but to this point, it appears that Tennessee has a cutthroat instinct when they play inferior teams. This is a nice trait to have, especially when you’re better on paper than pretty much every team that you’ll face for the rest of the season.

Check out the final stats from the game by clicking here.