The Georgia Bulldogs entered Saturday’s game against Ole Miss in Athens with a lot of hope. This was a chance to pick up a signature SEC win under Tom Crean in the coach’s first year at the helm of the program.
However, it wasn’t meant to be, as the Rebels cruised to an easy 80-64 win over the Bulldogs to send Georgia to 1-9 in SEC play (10-13 overall).
After the game, Crean wasn’t happy, questioning his team’s lack of mental toughness and saying that’s what cost the Dawgs a chance to win (via Rivals.com):
“The frustration is really self-inflicted and that’s why there’s a lack of mental toughness because when you’re mentally tougher, and you’re growing your mental toughness, you don’t have the self-inflicted wounds as much,” Crean said. “They (Ole Miss) played well, they played aggressive and they’ve got a great back court. They were obviously pretty good last year but that’s our No. 1 issue. It’s not getting fixed overnight.”
A road trip to Texas A&M next week provides perhaps the best remaining opportunity for the Bulldogs to pick up win No. 2 in SEC play.
There’s talent on the roster, but right now, it’s not meshing, and that seems to be making Crean increasingly angry.