BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — Three games into the season, the film is out on Tennessee basketball.
It's pretty obvious what opposing gameplans it will draw.
In Tennessee's 62-45 loss to Oklahoma State on Friday, the Cowboys' defense kept sagging as the Vols' shots kept missing. The OSU defense collapsed on UT's interior players like a tarp, forcing the team's perimeter players to fire from the outside.
The Vols missed 37 of their 50 field-goal attempts and 18 of 23 shots from beyond the arc.
"We were a little hesitant and the shots weren't falling," UT coach Cuonzo Martin explained afterward.
Whether the Vols are hitting jump shots or not, Martin wants the team to relentlessly feed post players Jarnell Stokes, Kenny Hall and Yemi Makanjuola.
Oklahoma State made it nearly impossible on Friday. Players, namely Stokes, were fronted on the blocks and/or double-teamed, while passing lanes were clogged.
Think upcoming opponents might pick up on that when watching the film?
After shooting 20 3-pointers combined in the first two games of the year, the Vols fired 23 against OSU. Asked if perimeter players were settling for jumpers, Martin said they shot when they were open and left it at that.
Lackluster Defense: Even with the offensive woes, Martin didn't let the Vols' defensive play go unscathed. The UT coach said, "I really don't think we did a good job defending from start to finish," but added that the struggles on offense likely played a part in some lackluster defensive possessions.
More Time for Edwards: Unable to find consistency from the power forward position when Stokes and Hall aren't playing together, Martin gave junior D'Montre Edwards some time on the blocks Friday.
He played a season-high 17 minutes as a result and finished with two points and five rebounds.
Foul Trouble: A troubling development on the defensive side of the ball was UT's difficulty guarding the post without fouling.
After committing 25 fouls on Friday — leading to 31 free-throw attempts by Oklahoma State — the Vols found themselves outscored by nine points from the free-throw line.
Bits and Pieces: The Vols' 13 made field goals are tied for the third-lowest total in the program's 104-year history.
UT's 26.0 percent shooting is the lowest since the Vols shot 25.0 percent in a 56-44 loss to Butler early in the 2006-07 season.
A .73 point-per-possession tally is the lowest since the 2010-11 season when the Vols posted .71 in an NCAA tournament loss to Michigan.
The last time UT had just five assists? A 77-55 loss to Southern Cal in the 2009-10 season.
On the brightside, after 10 first-half turnovers, the Vols turned the ball over just once in the second half against the Cowboys.
UT went 0-8 when it scored 59 points or less last season.