IT's Take: Frazier won't go down

Georgia rallied from a 14-point deficit to win at Tennessee 76-75 on Saturday. See InsideTennessee's take on the contest here.

Some games are won while some are lost.

Tennessee falling to visiting Georgia 76-75 on Saturday afternoon was about one elite player putting his team on his back and refusing to lose. Bulldog point guard J.J. Frazier put on a second-half show that Thompson-Boling Areana hasn't seen in many years.

The unfortunate part of that dominating performance by Frazier is that it canceled out a great performance by Vols freshman Grant Williams. Frazier contributed 29 points, six assists four rebounds, while Williams accounted for 30 points, four boards and three blocks.

The Vols saw another double-digit second-half lead slip away as they were up 53-39 with 15:13 to play.

Tennessee sees its record drop to 14-11 and 6-6 in the Southeastern Conference with a trip to Lexingotom Kentucky coming up next. Georgia improved to 14-11, 5-7.

Offense: Tennessee had a solid gameplan and played excellent with the ball in its hands, dishing out 19 assists and committing only five turnovers. Robert Hubbs III joined Williams in double figures with 10 points but struggled shooting the basketball, making 3 of 13 field goals.

The Vols shot just 41.9 percent and made 4 of 14 from the 3-point line.

Williams tied a career high with 30 points as he kept going right at Georgia defenders and got to the free-throw line 14 times. Simply put: Williams didn't get enough help to get the victory.

Defense: The Big Orange had no answer for Frazier. The senior point guard either scored or dished off an assist seemingly every position in the last 10 minutes. Rick Barnes ran four different defenders at him during that timeframe and even had Kwe Parker at the scorers' table waiting to check in at one point in the second half and would have been the fith. 

The Vols limited the Bulldogs leading scorer in Yante Maten as he finished with seven points before fouling out.

The only thing keeping the defense from being a failing grade was the performance defending Maten.

Rebounding: For the third straight game the Vols were outrebounded as Georgia won that battle 37-31. The Vols did register more offensive boards (13-11).

Kyle Alexander continues to do work on the glass and is gaining confidence each game. The Tennessee sophomore finished with a team-leading nine rebounds. 

The Big Orange didn't have another player with over four boards and that needs to change as it has been beaten on the glass all too often the past three games. 


Offense: B+

Defense: D-

Rebounding: C


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