Took four seasons but Jerry Smith may have a nickname that could stick. Or maybe not.
“Senior Bulldog” was the tag ascribed by Pat Forde, the ESPN writer serving in his first game as a TV color analyst. Probably because Smith is fearless, whether he’s going after a rebound or a loose ball, or driving in there among the trees.
Smith is fearless, whether he's going after a rebound or a loose ball, or driving in there among the trees.
Nipping at the heels of Mike Rosario all game long, holding the three-point shooting specialist from Rutgers to a dismal one of nine from behind the arc. Breathing down Rosario’s neck he was, only one of the pushing and shoving matches between the two being whistled for a foul this game — and that call should have gone the other way.
Meanwhile, Smith, who has shouldered more than his share of heat, breaking out of a season-long slump, with four out of seven three-point shooting.
Seven rebounds not too shabby either.
- Jared Swopshire better be careful or some real expectations will be applied to him. Coming from “somewhere out there” to earth and Freedom Hall, the Jared hitting five of six field goals, grabbing eight rebounds, and five assists.
- Edgar Sosa gets it half the time, that he’s expected to be the creator for other people. But when he doesn’t, he’s either hitting one of those long-distance shots or creating chaos for his own team. Hey, six turnovers?
- How does Terrence Jennings manage to make so much improvement smoothly hitting those two or three footers (4 of 5) while not coming close to a loose ball in his nine minutes? Much more “individual instruction” coming to keep him from getting lost on the defensive end.