"Georgia's physicality, their ball pressure, as well as their trapping defense, forced us to turn the ball over," he said. "Some of them (turnovers) were unforced. We're going to have to get better at that. We'll see that again."
Tennessee will see it again Wednesday night against Auburn, in fact. Like Georgia, the Tigers tend to get physical on the defensive end of the floor. Unlike Georgia, though, Auburn hasn't had six days to prepare for Tennessee.
"Georgia had a whole week to get ready for us," Pearl noted. "They put in new under-basket out-of-bounds plays. They put in a couple of new offensive sets. And our stuff was very well scouted. That made a big difference."
Because Georgia had no mid-week game last week, the Bulldogs were more rested and better prepared for Tennessee than most Vol opponents. That almost proved decisive. The Dawgs pushed the Big Orange to the limit before bowing 83-78. Pearl felt fortunate to slip out of Athens with a victory.
"That was a huge game for us," he said, "because they put a lot into that game."