A wise man once said you can't expect different results by doing things the same way.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl approaches today's practice as the Vols (8-3) return to the court in preparation for Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at Thompson-Boling Arena against UT Martin.
The Skyhawks are 4-8 heading into their game tonight at Ohio State.
Tennessee broke a three-game losing streak by defeating Belmont last Thursday, 66-65.
And while Pearl was pleased with the result, there were plenty of elements in the win over the Bruins that weren't up to his standards.
"I've got a bunch of guys that could play better,'' Pearl said. "From an accountability standpoint, a lot of guys have waited for this opportunity, and the question remains to be seen whether or not they will take full advantage.''
Pearl constantly addressed two issues at the start of the season: 13 players fighting for 10 spots in his rotation, and four new starters taking on new and expanded roles.
While each starter has had their good moments, Pearl is not pleased with the end product, and the rotation is subject to change.
"We've got to work on not having unforced turnovers, free-throw shooting and offensive efficiency,'' Pearl said. "Our body language needs to be better, more mental toughness - the whole team.''
Pearl plans on sticking with a deep rotation, but some starting jobs and minutes could shift as UT uses the next two games to prep for its annual showdown with Memphis (Jan. 5) and the start of the SEC season (Jan. 8 at Arkansas).
"Against Belmont, eventually our depth played a role,'' Pearl said. "Just the fact that we weren't popped at the end of that game.''
The Vols went 27-1 last season when leading or tied with five minutes remaining and are 126-13 in the Pearl era when leading or tied with five minutes left.
Pearl, however, is not satisfied with the bench production this season, as the Vols' reserves have been outscored in seven of 11 games this season.
"They have to understand if your role is 10 minutes a game on the team, then in those 10 minutes you have the opportunity to be as productive as the starter playing 30 minutes,'' Pearl said. "And be as happy, and as willing to do the job and be just as accountable.''
Pearl said that with the exception of the second half of UT's 89-82 loss to Oakland on Dec. 14, he has been relatively pleased with the defense.
"Offensively, I think our shot selection is not good, and that's guys making decisions to go to their strengths and stay away from their weaknesses, to be unselfish and turn down shots,'' Pearl said. "We're not a pressing team, where we can press teams into submission and wear them down and win every game we're supposed to win by virtue of our depth.
"That's not the case because of the tempo this team needs to play at to be successful,'' he said. "We're too big and too slow to force tempo, so there are going to be close games. We know we can beat anyone on the schedule, but there will be a lot more close games than their should be.''