Skylar McBee gets hot in Vols' final game in Italy, 109-59

CASTELLANZA, Italy – It took three games, but Skylar McBee ultimately got comfortable with a European ball.

The purest shooter on the Tennessee roster made a handful of 3-pointers in the Vols’ first three games in Italy. He never, however, got hot, splashing a string a jumpers.

Better late than never.

McBee coolly sank six 3-pointers to lead UT to a 109-59 victory against Amici del Campetto in the team’s final game abroad on Tuesday.

After some sloppy play early against the Italians' zone defense, the Vols built a 56-32 halftime lead thanks to an 11-2 run closing the second quarter. Nine of those 11 came on McBee bombs.

The senior finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

Freshman Armani Moore finished with 19 for UT and sophomore Yemi Makanjuola added 16 and 11 rebounds. Freshman D’Montre Edwards pulled down with 13 boards. Senior Kenny Hall chipped in 10 points.

The Tennessee defense held Amici del Campetto to 14 field goals.

With the win Tuesday, the Vols completed a 4-0 sweep against international competition – two teams from Italy, one from Lithuania, one from Montenegro – with an average margin of victory of 49.3 points per game.

Tennessee will head stateside at 9:50 a.m. local time (3:50 a.m. EDT) Wednesday. The Vols are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Details as they occur online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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RoadTrip writes:

Good trip for basketball development, great trip for the cultural experience. Well done, Vols!

RockyTop1_old writes:

Now get home and prepare for the season and hit the books!! GBO!!

Vol4EVA writes:

Nothing but good to take away from this trip. Regardless of assumptions some may make about the level of competition, an average margin of victory of 49.3 points is a positive sign. My hunch is that Coach Martin continues to build a great program and Italy is further validation of that. Congratulations Vols...Great job!

Go Big Orange!....I'll hang up and listen to your comments...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Vol4EVA:

Nothing but good to take away from this trip. Regardless of assumptions some may make about the level of competition, an average margin of victory of 49.3 points is a positive sign. My hunch is that Coach Martin continues to build a great program and Italy is further validation of that. Congratulations Vols...Great job!

Go Big Orange!....I'll hang up and listen to your comments...

Even though the Vols clearly out-classed the opposition, it really can't be said they ran it up on them deliberately. Everybody seems to have played and the younger players seem to have done much of the statistical damage. With all the line-up churning, the Vols probably were not looking to solidify the starting five. I think the main idea was to identify which five or six, after accounting for all of last year's returning starters, will be the main guys in the rotation.

It will be interesting to see if CCM does anything definitive in the remaining preseason about apportioning minutes and roles. IIRC, he has said in the past that he favors a fairly tight 8-man rotation. Last year, however, he seemed to use a fairly generous 10-man-plus rotation. This year, a majority of players will have had a full year together with CCM. Will he play the core players more in order to build offensive continuity? Or will he use them in waves, keeping a majority of long-armed leapers on the floor at all times, counting on a pressure defense and a fast-break offense? Can't wait to see! GO ZO!!! GBO!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

UT only won by 50 points?..Too bad they played so poorly in the last game..For shame.

eduardo writes:

anybody realize that Ga and Purdue were beaten by a team we waxed?

richvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Even though the Vols clearly out-classed the opposition, it really can't be said they ran it up on them deliberately. Everybody seems to have played and the younger players seem to have done much of the statistical damage. With all the line-up churning, the Vols probably were not looking to solidify the starting five. I think the main idea was to identify which five or six, after accounting for all of last year's returning starters, will be the main guys in the rotation.

It will be interesting to see if CCM does anything definitive in the remaining preseason about apportioning minutes and roles. IIRC, he has said in the past that he favors a fairly tight 8-man rotation. Last year, however, he seemed to use a fairly generous 10-man-plus rotation. This year, a majority of players will have had a full year together with CCM. Will he play the core players more in order to build offensive continuity? Or will he use them in waves, keeping a majority of long-armed leapers on the floor at all times, counting on a pressure defense and a fast-break offense? Can't wait to see! GO ZO!!! GBO!!!

Good post John...I really like what I'm reading about their defense and the scoring contributions from the new guys. Looks like a great season coming.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I tend to favor play a steady five and subbing when you gotta. However I love seeing players with energy off the bench as well.

Good job McBee. Great Makanjuola.

I realize the boards and points are a little skewed with the level of competition but it seems to be spread out between a lot of players and that's good in these games I think.

VolGrad writes:

Sounds like we've been building some good depth to come off the bench this year. Wonder if one or two of these guys may crack that starting line-up.

Go Vols!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Sounds like we've been building some good depth to come off the bench this year. Wonder if one or two of these guys may crack that starting line-up.

Go Vols!

McRae? Makanjuola? Miller?

Miller and Yemi chould see some time especially if Hall doesn't pick it up some. Let's hope he does.

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