It took Savannah State about 25 minutes to get the timing just right on its high ball screen on Tuesday night.
The Tigers, who through 33 minutes played Tennessee within two points, had seen plenty of film of the play working well against the Vols.
South Carolina ran it. LSU executed it. Ole Miss manipulated it.
Chances are strong Middle Tennessee State will run its version, too, when the Blue Raiders (26-6) play the Vols (19-14) at Thompson-Boling Arena in the second round of the NIT on Monday at 7 p.m.
No television coverage was announced in a UT release just after midnight, although every NIT game will be televised by an ESPN property.
All seats for are general admission and tickets cost $10. Parking is free.
The high ball screen represents the Achilles' heel for UT, as it often exploits Golden and Stokes.
Stokes was not only reduced defensively, but also, in the post-game press conference following the 65-51 win over Savannah State.
"For a freshman, I think he has a lot of potential,'' said Savannah State forward Rashad Hassan, who took it right at Stokes for 20 points and 14 rebounds. "If he keeps working on his game, he can definitely be a dominant factor.''
Hassan didn't intend for his remarks to sound condescending, but for those who have seen Stokes play inspired, that was the effect.
Golden is a sophomore, which made it hard for many to accept him getting out-played by Ole Miss freshman point guard Jarvis Summers in the costly SEC tournament quarterfinal loss last Friday.
In all fairness, Savannah State point guard Preston Blackman is a junior. Blackman had 14 points and five assists, while Golden had 11 points and one assist.
UT compensated, advancing despite getting beat at the two positions by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season champions.
Senior Cam Tatum proved savvy, taking over point guard duties with his dribble penetration to the tune of a team-high five assists while also covering the Tigers' four-man. UT junior Skylar McBee chased his defensive assignment around all night, and freshmen Yemi Makanjuola and Josh Richardson held their own.
Even Jordan McRae, once a marked man on defense himself, stepped it up
Another step will likely be required across the board to compete with MTSU.
The Sun Belt Conference regular-season champions reached the second round of the NIT by beating Marshall, 86-78, on Tuesday night in Murfreesboro. The Thundering Herd had the highest RPI (44) of the teams left out of the NCAA tournament. By comparison, Savannah State's RPI was 191.
Day-to-Day: UT coach Cuonzo Martin said Wednesday the status of second-team All-SEC forward Jeronne Maymon remains day-to-day. Maymon missed Tuesday's game with a bruised right knee suffered in the Vols' 74-69 overtime win at LSU on Feb. 29.
New Lineup, Same Result: The Vols started their seventh different lineup on account of Maymon's injury and improved to 7-0 in games debuting a new starting combination.
Tatum is now the only UT player who has started every game this season.
Freshmen Flurry: The Vols received a season-high 33 cumulative points from their freshmen,bettering the previous mark of 22 set in UT's overtime win over LSU.
Stokes led the Vols with 13 points, Makanjuola scored 10 and had a team-high eight rebounds in his first career start and Richardson had 10.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitterhttpcom/MikeGriffith32