“I’m big on how do you gain one possession in a half,” Smart said. “We have a big staff so we’re constantly looking at what opportunities we have to gain a possession ... that was an opportunity to gain a possession that we thought was there and it was.”
This aggression is almost innate for Smart. It comes in the art of trying to be unpredictable to your opponents. If you can have your opponent on their heels in any way possible, then you gain an advantage, even if it’s slight. If you don’t do that, then you’re giving the other team the upper hand in Smart’s eyes.
“I don’t know that you learn that,” Smart said. “I think it’s important to always make people defend you. So if you just take the casual position that ‘I’m not going to try and get every advantage in a game,’ then you don’t take advantage of the game.”
It’s hard to predict what kind of trick Smart has up his sleeve for these upcoming weeks. That leaves Georgia Tech, LSU and even Georgia fans scrambling to figure out what it will be and when it will come — and that’s just where Smart wants them to be.