Trae Golden: 'We can't play soft'; Vols struggle against Memphis, 69-51

Memphis guard Antonio Barton (2) is boxed in by Tennessee defenders Wes Washpun, left, and Renaldo Woodridge (3) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis won 69-51.

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Memphis guard Antonio Barton (2) is boxed in by Tennessee defenders Wes Washpun, left, and Renaldo Woodridge (3) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis won 69-51.

Cuonzo Martin on UT's loss at Memphis

MEMPHIS — Tennessee came down with a case of the blues Wednesday night in FedExForum.

Memphis scored a 69-51 men's basketball victory against the Vols, snapping UT's win streak at four games before the rowdy crowd of 18,334.

"Hey Cuonzo! Get used to it!,'' a Tigers fan screamed at Vols coach Cuonzo Martin as time ran out.

Sophomore point guard Trae Golden led the Vols (7-7) with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, but Tennessee was unable to get anything else going. The 51 points represent a season-low for UT, as did the Vols' 36.2 percent shooting (21-of-58).

"When you're not scoring the ball, it gets tough,'' Martin said. "You get mentally bogged down, and all of the sudden you are on your heels.''

Memphis' 18-point victory margin ranks as its third most lopsided win in the history of the 24-game series. The Tigers, 10-14 all-time against the Vols, won by 19 on two occasions, most recently on Dec. 2, 1993.

Memphis improved to 9-5 behind Antonio Barton's 19 points, while center Tarik Black poured in 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds while playing a career-high 36 minutes.

The Tigers' dominance in the paint — 38-22 scoring, 36-26 on the glass — was a turnabout from the teams' meeting on Nov. 22, when Black played only 13 minutes before fouling out with five points.

Memphis scored a 99-97, double-overtime win over the Vols in the EA Sports Maui invitational despite a 32-point, 20-rebound effort from UT power forward Jeronne Maymon.

Maymon had nine

points and nine rebounds Wednesday night, but he was just 4-of-15 shooting.

"The only difference was my shot wasn't falling,'' Maymon said. "My layups were rimming out, and I couldn't find my touch.''

Martin was relatively comfortable at halftime with his team trailing 28-20, as the Vols had shown they could slow down the athletic Tigers to that point.

But Memphis turned up the intensity in the second half, and UT failed to respond.

"I think they out-toughed us,'' Golden said. "We were getting pushed around out there. We can't play soft.''

UT went down by double digits with 12:05 remaining, 46-35, on Ferrakohn Hall's only basket of the game. The Vols failed to cut the lead to single digits the rest of the night.

Tempers heated up with 8:10 left and Memphis up 48-37 when UT freshman Wes Washpun fouled Memphis' Joe Jackson on a drive to the basket.

Washpun landed next to Jackson after the foul, and when Washpun and Jackson got up, Will Barton came over and words were exchanged.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner raced onto the floor to separate the players,while Martin patiently watched his team leave the floor without further incident.

Washpun was whistled for a foul, and he and Will Barton (10 points) also were assessed technical fouls.

"(Wes) fouled him, and maybe walked over; other than that, he didn't touch him,'' Martin said. "I thought Joe actually hit him. But Wes didn't do anything from a physical standpoint outside of the foul.''

Pastner said it was just hard-nosed basketball.

"I just think it was two clubs battling and being competitive; it happens,'' Pastner said. "It's one of those things in the heat of the moment.''

The Vols led only twice in the game, both times in the first half.

Golden put UT up 2-0 at the 18:59 mark, and UT's only other lead came when Maymon scored on back-to-back possessions to put Tennessee up 10-9 with 12:08 left in the first half.

The Tigers answered with an 8-2 run to go up 22-15 on a Chris Crawford 3-pointer with 5:18 left in the half.

UT returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday (TV: ESPN2) against No. 10 Florida (12-3) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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AFTiger writes:

Arse whuppin' by the Tigers!!

LOL!!

Vol1973 writes:

A solid beating !!

Let's Go Orange.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to AFTiger:

Arse whuppin' by the Tigers!!

LOL!!

...now if you guys could just beat those ranked teams!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

missed my call. On one thread I called it Memphis by 16 and on another I called it Mem. by 13. Dont want to watch these next 3 games but I know I will. gonna be a long season even with Stokes.

AFTiger writes:

Young team, brother; they'll be fine. Oh, that "hurts".

LOL!

formerhoopvol writes:

two very bad basketball teams, two very bad basketball coaches...

fearthehound writes:

in response to AFTiger:

Young team, brother; they'll be fine. Oh, that "hurts".

LOL!

I can only guess what the AF is in your screen name. LOL!!

One_in_West_Knox writes:

Well, what can I say?? The Vols DID score first, DID have a lead for a short time, DID score ten points first and DID score at least fifty points.

Note to Cam. Tat.:
Do you think that CCM may be ecstatic that this is your last season??

AFTiger writes:

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BruisedOrange writes:

Right now our guys play a game that is still tough to watch. If they could even hit 30% of their 3s it might open up a different game.

Saw some improved defense at times tonight, but we couldn't sustain it against superior size and quickness.

You can see individuals are improving their understanding of the game CCM wants them to play. I'm just afraid it's not going to show up in the WIN column this season.

HtownVol writes:

OK, here it is again.

I dont know what to think or what Martin can do.

UT is not good at all.

Tonight was so so horrible. Could not score at all, didnt cover the man at the rim. Didnt rebound. Had ZERO energy and could not hold on to the ball.

UT has no one that can score when the team is sloppy. Golden is not a scorer. McRae has not lived up to his potential. Maymon seems to lost everything he had in Maui. McBee is our best shooter and he was awful tonight.

I want to see Martin get in the players face when the are playing like they did tonight. Someone has to light a fire and Martin is showing that it will not be him. He seems to have no reaction to the bad play.

I am not joking when I say I did not see UT playing to win tonight.

The only way UT makes the dance in the next year or two is to recruit a few flat out scorers. UT has no one that can create his own shot.

Other than Stokes Martin has recruited players that are going to keep UT at the bottom of the SEC.

Does anyone think UT wins more than 3-4 in the SEC? I see 5 L's in a row coming (UF,UK,Miss St, Uconn and UGA).

I dont know what CCM can do but he has to do something. UT is going nowhere right now.

I hope I am wrong..

GO VOLS

born2ride writes:

Bruce Pearl OWNED Memphis.

Martin loses TWICE to them in ONE year.

And we get blown out by MEMPHIS

This is a HUGE Embarrassment for every Vol fan.

Mike Hamilton made terrible hires in Dooley and Martin. Dooley should have been fired immediately after the Kentucky loss.

Martin is another Wade Houston. He should be let go during mid-season for losing to 1-9 Austin Peay and losing twice to Memphis. All we do is shoot 3 pointers. We will finish at the bottom of the SEC. Martin was not ready to coach in the SEC.

And I have heard Stokes is an immature, selfish high school kid who an inexperienced coach like Martin will not be able to handle. Could be a cancer for an already dismal team.

The sooner we get rid of Dooley and Martin the better.

Go Big Orange!

1vavolfan writes:

Just some observations:

Don't know why CCM tries to play Skylar against these big athletic teams. There is no one on Memphis's team that he could guard.

If Stokes can't step on the floor from day 1 and be our best big man then he is highly overrated.

I think Woolridge actually deserves more playing time. Can't believe I just said that.

I started going to games in 1979 when I was 7 and I think this is the worst defensive Tennessee team I have ever seen.

Why does Griffith think the trash that Memphis fans talk to CCM is newsworthy? He tweeted it and printed it in his story.

underthehill writes:

TN not out of the game with 8 min left despite poor shooting, lack of defense and rebounding. Jackson and Barton should have had the T's and Washpun should have only had a personal foul on the shot block. Washpun is Vols best defender and I hope we see him starting at point with Golden playing shooting guard. Woolridge is playing much better than Tatum or McRae and he has to get more playing time. SEC wins are going to be tough to get but I'll keep watching. Hope to see Stokes on the floor as soon as he is eligible. Still believe Martin will get it done....

TheFuj writes:

Tough to watch. I just could not wait for the 2nd half. Same as in football, just knew it was going to bad.
McRae has got to score more.
McBrick has to make some of those 3's. He makes them against the Chatt./LMU's, but disappears in bigger games. Had some open 3's--just missed.
Bench scoring 9pts!! Terrible
Already a long year. Football bottom of SEC. Baseball was at the bottom of SEC, and looks like our basketball bottom of SEC. I was waiting on swimming, but not now.

Roger41 writes:

Just listened to coach Martin on radio,same conversation.He sounds like a robot. Can't he try to give the fans some credit for trying to support this team. He may become a good coach,but he needs to show more emotion when he talks about the Vols.This team would struggle in the OVC. This team did not compete in the last five minutes of tonights game. Coach Martin get fired up.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Right now our guys play a game that is still tough to watch. If they could even hit 30% of their 3s it might open up a different game.

Saw some improved defense at times tonight, but we couldn't sustain it against superior size and quickness.

You can see individuals are improving their understanding of the game CCM wants them to play. I'm just afraid it's not going to show up in the WIN column this season.

As CCM IS the coach, maybe he should use the remaining games in the season to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of players (Maymon and Yemi Mak., for examples) and maybe next season the Big Dance is not moot and powerhouses like Kentucky and Duke had better watch out for these Vols.

Note to CCM:
Will you do cartwheels when Cam. Tat. leaves after this season??

VolOrange27 writes:

Some of you people expect way too much from a first year coach and a roster not exactly loaded with talent. This year is a wash, but next year with Golden, McCrae, and Maymon returning plus a half year and full summer for Stokes, the future is bright for a return to the tournament next season. Still hard to watch however. GBO!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

going to be a tough year...but a bad day in Big orange country is always better than a good day in Memphis.

underthehill writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Just some observations:

Don't know why CCM tries to play Skylar against these big athletic teams. There is no one on Memphis's team that he could guard.

If Stokes can't step on the floor from day 1 and be our best big man then he is highly overrated.

I think Woolridge actually deserves more playing time. Can't believe I just said that.

I started going to games in 1979 when I was 7 and I think this is the worst defensive Tennessee team I have ever seen.

Why does Griffith think the trash that Memphis fans talk to CCM is newsworthy? He tweeted it and printed it in his story.

I think..good observations.. Washpun looks like the only player we have that is capable of becoming a shut down defender..Woolridge is playing better than McRae or Tatum..get Stokes on the floor as soon as he is eligible..SEC coaches pick on weak defenders trying to play man...gotta get better..Still going to watch..

AFTiger writes:

Ah, yes, Big Orange Country--land of corn cobbed pipes and rubber vomit.

tobytyler writes:

Tiger dan really ... do you think anyone gives a phooey about Memphis states record against the sec in bb. With that talent they should be 13-1,12-2 at best. They have no coach, no leadership and most importantly no class. Once again they will grossly underachieve this season. No wonder jarnell stokes came to ut because he knows he wouldn't learn a stinking thing there. So enjoy this victory and another dissapointing year at Memphis.

AtopTheHill06 writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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This is about what I expected from Memphis fans. But I can go there. Hey specal dan, since you are so good at Memphis vs. SEC records; what is the overall series record for Tenn vs. Mem in Bball? And you say we are the cellar dwellers of the SEC. How does it feel to be the laughing stock of collegiate athletics? The Big EAST took a team from San Diego, because they know what a perpetual loser the tigers are.

Ironcity writes:

in response to underthehill:

I think..good observations.. Washpun looks like the only player we have that is capable of becoming a shut down defender..Woolridge is playing better than McRae or Tatum..get Stokes on the floor as soon as he is eligible..SEC coaches pick on weak defenders trying to play man...gotta get better..Still going to watch..

Washpun looks like a shut down player? He looks like he has no idea what he is doing and just runs and jumps up and down. I think he is fun to watch but I don't think he is SEC caliber. UT needs someone to help Golden bring the ball up the floor. Other then Golden their is not one guy who can run the offense. Tatum has started more fast breaks for the opponents then any player in the history of UT. If Memphis was any good we lose by 35 tonight. I am not looking forward to whats coming next three games.

Millisa writes:

Coach Martin needs to take a lesson from Coach Pat Summitt on how to Coach and Motivate players.

tobytyler writes:

in response to AFTiger:

Ah, yes, Big Orange Country--land of corn cobbed pipes and rubber vomit.

Ah, yes, Memphis...the arm pit of the mid-south!! No class,no future and no hope.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to bricker865:

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Thatrugged CUSA schedule will be enough to get us into the NCAA Tournament that your Vols will be watching on television this year. Oh SNAP!

AFTiger writes:

in response to tobytyler:

Tiger dan really ... do you think anyone gives a phooey about Memphis states record against the sec in bb. With that talent they should be 13-1,12-2 at best. They have no coach, no leadership and most importantly no class. Once again they will grossly underachieve this season. No wonder jarnell stokes came to ut because he knows he wouldn't learn a stinking thing there. So enjoy this victory and another dissapointing year at Memphis.

Stokes went to UT because he's scared to compete for s spot. Best of luck with his ego and his defacto agent who may get your program in trouble.

Enjoy your season--LOL.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to Millisa:

Coach Martin needs to take a lesson from Coach Pat Summitt on how to Coach and Motivate players.

It may be THAT simple!!

jt45 writes:

They played like they expected to lose and no hustle on any loose ball more than 2 ft away.

This team is hard to watch, more like 2 different teams, one game they play hard the next they play like its a scrimmage. Win or lose they should working harder. As usual the refs were pathetic, not calling fouls for outright tackles and then calling fouls for nothing at all.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to tobytyler:

Tiger dan really ... do you think anyone gives a phooey about Memphis states record against the sec in bb. With that talent they should be 13-1,12-2 at best. They have no coach, no leadership and most importantly no class. Once again they will grossly underachieve this season. No wonder jarnell stokes came to ut because he knows he wouldn't learn a stinking thing there. So enjoy this victory and another dissapointing year at Memphis.

he went to UT because we didn't have a scholarship for him this season.
It has NOTHING to do with the fact that he liked the Vols better or anything like that...he WANTED to play for Memphis. He wanted to be able to play right away....and we didn't have an open scholarship for him to do that is all.

AFTiger writes:

in response to tobytyler:

Ah, yes, Memphis...the arm pit of the mid-south!! No class,no future and no hope.

We spanked your arses tonight; let that be your focus.

AFTiger writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

he went to UT because we didn't have a scholarship for him this season.
It has NOTHING to do with the fact that he liked the Vols better or anything like that...he WANTED to play for Memphis. He wanted to be able to play right away....and we didn't have an open scholarship for him to do that is all.

Believe what you want. It is what it is.

AFTiger writes:

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One_in_West_Knox writes:

in response to jt45:

They played like they expected to lose and no hustle on any loose ball more than 2 ft away.

This team is hard to watch, more like 2 different teams, one game they play hard the next they play like its a scrimmage. Win or lose they should working harder. As usual the refs were pathetic, not calling fouls for outright tackles and then calling fouls for nothing at all.

...and what about a delayed whistle (seemed to be 100 years before it blew) that resulted in three free throws for Memphis??

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

in response to AFTiger:

Believe what you want. It is what it is.

uh AFT...I'm a Tiger fan too dude.

AFTiger writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

uh AFT...I'm a Tiger fan too dude.

I clicked on the wrong post--my bad, brother.

AFTiger writes:

in response to One_in_West_Knox:

...and what about a delayed whistle (seemed to be 100 years before it blew) that resulted in three free throws for Memphis??

Darn it, I know; it resulted in an 18-point blowout, too. Shucks.

oldster writes:

Coach Martin will soon be vilified just like Dooley is even though his roster has a smaller percentage of SEC quality athletes than the football team had when Dooley got here, and that is saying a mouthful. Golden and Mayman might start for another SEC team. None of the rest would. McRae, Richardson and Makajoula might make contributions to other teams. Woolridge, Hall, McBee, and Washpun are just wasted scholarships. They may be and probably are very nice young men, but their contributions to the team are rare and inconsistent on game days. I do not think Wooden could win with this collection.

oldster writes:

in response to born2ride:

Bruce Pearl OWNED Memphis.

Martin loses TWICE to them in ONE year.

And we get blown out by MEMPHIS

This is a HUGE Embarrassment for every Vol fan.

Mike Hamilton made terrible hires in Dooley and Martin. Dooley should have been fired immediately after the Kentucky loss.

Martin is another Wade Houston. He should be let go during mid-season for losing to 1-9 Austin Peay and losing twice to Memphis. All we do is shoot 3 pointers. We will finish at the bottom of the SEC. Martin was not ready to coach in the SEC.

And I have heard Stokes is an immature, selfish high school kid who an inexperienced coach like Martin will not be able to handle. Could be a cancer for an already dismal team.

The sooner we get rid of Dooley and Martin the better.

Go Big Orange!

Since the firing of Phil Fulmer, I have become used to and inured to embarassment.

harveyupdyketreehugger writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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Sucks being little brother, doesn't it kitty Dan?

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to AFTiger:

Arse whuppin' by the Tigers!!

LOL!!

Better get us now as wipe while u can

Dobervol writes:

Peeps, if ya quit feedin' the trolls, they'll go away, but yet ya'll just keep playing with 'em. Ignore, ignore, ignore.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

going to be a tough year...but a bad day in Big orange country is always better than a good day in Memphis.

Aman
Tell that to the trash like aft and born to nothing and tiger Richard

BR_549 writes:

in response to AFTiger:

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JimmyJoe writes:

in response to AFTiger:

Darn it, I know; it resulted in an 18-point blowout, too. Shucks.

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JimmyJoe writes:

On another note to the UT folks out there... If Trae thinks we can't play soft...then....why do we?

AtopTheHill06 writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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You didnt answer my question Danny boy. So if we are the most underachieving basketball program in history and hold a 14-10 series advantage over the tigerettes. What does that make yall? Enjoy your night of celebration, cause tomorrow you will still be the joke of college sports

BTW didnt "Doolittle" lay an arse woopin on the boys choir you call a football program?

JimmyJoe writes:

Another question.... Am I the only one that sees Skylar McBee as a liability in these games where he does not have the athletism to compete like tonite? Whe it was determined that he did not have the hot hand....there was no reason to have him in there...Woolridge at least can run and jump.

DLuckySeven writes:

in response to AFTiger:

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