ATHENS — Georgia coach Tom Crean took over a broken basketball program, and just when it looks like it’s fixed, the inconsistencies creep back onto the floor.
The Bulldogs (9-8, 1-4 SEC) opened the second half with the sort of run Crean’s teams at Marquette and Indiana once displayed, hitting six straight shots to erase a 10-point deficit.
But as quickly as the offense came, it went, with turnovers mounting and bad shot selection down the stretch of a 62-52 home loss to Florida (10-7, 2-3).
Crean continues to look for positives, but not at the expense of ignoring his team’s weaknesses.
“We could have folded it up at the start of that second half, and we didn’t,” Crean said. “Hopefully they learned something.”
Crean is ready to teach more, and acknowledge in the problems and holding players accountable is where it starts.
“The second half showed us what we have to learn about games,” Crean said, referencing Georgia’s 25-10 run the first 11 minutes of the second half.
“We’re too much of a one half team right now, and that inconsistency is killing us,” Crean said. “Until we get to any type of competitive consistency, we’re going to have these type of situations.
It’s not discouraging, but it’s disappointing, because we’re better than that.”
Crean was also asked how he has dealt with the death of his mother, Marjorie, who passed away on Thursday.
“It’s hard …. if you’d never had to go through it, I hope you don’t,” Crean said. “There’s no way to put it into words. We’re trying to do the best for my family and keep myself as locked in as we can possibly be.”
Georgia did not miss any practice days, and Crean did not miss any games coaching during his mother’s illness.
Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean