ATHENS – Georgia coach Tom Crean took over a broken basketball program, and just when it seems to be fixed, the inconsistencies return to the ground.
The Bulldogs (9-8, 1-4 SEC) opened the second half with the type of execution of Crean's teams in Marquette and Indiana once shown, scoring six consecutive shots to clear a 10-point deficit.
But as fast as the offense came, he left, with the increase in turnovers and the selection of bad shots in the stretch of a 62-52 home loss to Florida (10-7, 2-3).
Creán continues to look for positives, but not at the expense of ignoring the weaknesses of his team.
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"We could have folded it at the beginning of the second half, and we did not," Crean said. "I wish they learned something."
Crean is ready to teach more, and recognizing the problems and holding players accountable is where it begins.
"The second half showed us what we have to learn about the games," Crean said, referring to Georgia's 25-10 in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
"We're too half-team right now, and that inconsistency is killing us," Crean said. "Until we reach any kind of competitive consistency, we are going to have these kinds of situations.
It's not discouraging, but it's disappointing, because we're better than that. "
Crean was also asked how he had dealt with the death of his mother, Marjorie, who pbaded away on Thursday.
"It's hard … If you never had to go through that, I hope you do not," Crean said. "There's no way to put it into words, we're trying to do what's best for my family and stay as close as possible."
Georgia did not miss any day of practice, and Crean did not miss any game training during her mother's illness.
Tom Crean, Georgia basketball coach