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I'm sure the all knowing Gerry will be along shortly to enlighten us with his exceptional knowledge of what transpired today... Until then, here are my thoughts.
Our guards played some of the most pathetic basketball that I have ever seen in my years as a Tennessee fan. This includes the Buzz Peterson era. 26% FG shooting throughout the entirety of a college basketball game should be punishable by law. Couple that with 22% 3pt. shooting and 64% ft. shooting, and you have a disaster.
Our guards are just totally clueless when the defense makes any sort of adjustment. They look like they've never seen a full court press or any sort of double team in their entire lives. How many times did we settle for a long range 3 that OKST simply gave us? McBee is here for one reason and one reason only, to make threes. He was 1-4 and his looks were open, for the most part.
I like the fact that Golden "can" score, but shooting 8 three pointers at the PG position is unheard of. That is not the sign of a mature point guard and I can't believe I started to give him credit yesterday for being any sort of leader. Leaders do not chuck up shots from the arc, they settle the game down, recognize advantages and exploit them. Golden was exploited all game.
In the first half, OKST shot 10 free throws to our 2. Isn't this team supposed to be predicated upon low post play? Give me the "ohhh we don't have Maymon" garbage all you want, this team is trying to be a jump shot team, which THEY ARE NOT.
Oklahoma State had 24 points in the paint with a Tennessee washout and slashing guards. Wanna take a guess how many points our dominant down low posts, sleeper NCAA tournament run, SEC contender team had?................... 10. Ten points in the paint over a 40 minute span. Numbers like that show exactly why we lost. This team doesn't have the guard play (or brains, apparently) to recognize that Stokes has kids buried 6 feet under down low and instead, we shoot threes!! We're talking wide open threes, too. 21%......... To heck with it, chuck up another, I'm sure this time it'll go in. Stokes must be frustrated...
It's like I said yesterday, McBee is a great shooter but he is too easy to key on and gets taken out of games by athletic defenders. He doesn't have the speed to play good defense and gets taken advantage of game after game.
We played a good team, don't get me wrong, but I expect much more out of a team that prides itself on defense, post play and strength. We lost all three battles today, BADLY. Their motion offense left our mighty defense clueless time after time after time. Our guards should take note on ball reversal and the advantages it presents your posts with. If you're gonna run a motion, look for the cuts.
I know it will get better and that the season is early but these types of performances will get you a 2nd round matchup of the NIT vs MTSU again, quickly. Sorry that I'm not sorry if you disagree or don't like the honesty, Go Vols.
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