It's official the Vols dismissed Tyler Smith. Smith lead the Vols last year in scoring and was second in rebounding. This year, he was second in scoring and third in rebounding as Pearl had worked to involve more players through the non-conference schedule. Said differently...he was arguably their best player.
The other players involved in the guns and drugs arrest are still suspended indefinitely. We're hearing rumblings that one of the remaining players will receive a substantially stiffer punishment than the other two.
The players already missed the Charlotte game, and they look to miss the Kansas game Saturday as well. We need them to miss four additional games to make it through our home match-up in late-January.
Why does this suspension matter to UGA hoops?
Every win in SEC play is precious for the Dawgs in any year, and this year that's especially true. For the Dawgs to make any post-season tournament (NIT, CBI, etc), we'll need at least 16 wins. That requires a 7-9 record in league play plus one tourney win. When you look at the schedule, that certainly looks like a stretch goal. Picking up a win at home against the Vols would go a long way towards making that goal more reasonable.
Right now, I'd take 6-10 in league play and a win in the SEC Tourney, and call it huge progress. So this is a big story to follow.