'Good job' by Vols in first basketball practice

Scenes from 2012 UT basketball media day

Though opening day remains a month away, Tennessee basketball tipped off the 2012-13 season Friday.

Meeting on the Pratt Pavilion floor at 5 p.m., the Vols partook in their first official practice in accordance with NCAA rules.

While the practice was closed to the media, UT second-year coach Cuonzo Martin said the Vols did "a good job" in a UT release.

"The focus was there, so we were able to make efficient use of our time," he said. "We did a lot of review and installation today. This weekend we'll make everything live, and it will really be coming at them quickly."

UT is coming off an 18-14 season that included a scrappy 10-6 finish in SEC play. The year ended in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament.

That campaign began with preseason practices marrying a new coaching staff with an unfamiliar, untested roster.

This time around, the defense-oriented, physical-first style introduced by Martin is commonplace. After a year of growth, the coach now wants the Vols to mature.

"Defensively, I want us to turn it up a notch from last year," Martin said.

During the team's media day festivities, returning junior point guard Trae Golden said lessons learned amidst UT's midseason turnaround last year now serve as the foundation for the Vols preseason work.

"Nobody knew what it took to be a good team last year," Golden said. "By the middle of the year, we realized if we did everything being asked, everything would work out."

According to the UT release, Martin's three points of emphasis for the opening practice were "every man has to do his part," "when someone does well, we all do well" and "when someone makes a mistake, we all make the mistake."

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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Comments » 7

tnqball writes:

I sure hope there is a new style uniform this year.

MrWilson writes:

So when was black added as an official color for the University of Tennessee?

Take off the ugly black uniform and be proud to wear the ORANGE & WHITE!

VolzsFan writes:

in response to MrWilson:

So when was black added as an official color for the University of Tennessee?

Take off the ugly black uniform and be proud to wear the ORANGE & WHITE!

When did white? The answer is that black is dominant color as is white. If they have a black uni, who really cares? Some people just need something to whine about.

TheEffect writes:

Why doesn't Tennessee do a "Midnight Madness" kind of event for the fans to kick off the new season? Watched Kentucky's Big Blue Madness.....UNREAL!! Guess that's why they hang National Championship Banners and Tennessee hangs one for an NIT appearance.

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to TheEffect:

Why doesn't Tennessee do a "Midnight Madness" kind of event for the fans to kick off the new season? Watched Kentucky's Big Blue Madness.....UNREAL!! Guess that's why they hang National Championship Banners and Tennessee hangs one for an NIT appearance.

Havent been good enough to do it in a while. Bruce did a midnight madness once. We will do it when we get good enuf I'm sure. Big Blue Madness was a joke. Who besides their fans wants to watch practice. We will never be on level with Ky. Thats all they think about. tn is football school. But Martin has some talent and will beat Ky rear this year. Tn will be a tough hard nosed defensive team. I am just worried bout three point scoreres. If we have that sweet sixteen is not out of question. Maymonne Stokes and golden can ball. If we dont trip on the hundreds falling out of Ky players sorts we can beat them.

TheEffect writes:

in response to smokeygrowl:

Havent been good enough to do it in a while. Bruce did a midnight madness once. We will do it when we get good enuf I'm sure. Big Blue Madness was a joke. Who besides their fans wants to watch practice. We will never be on level with Ky. Thats all they think about. tn is football school. But Martin has some talent and will beat Ky rear this year. Tn will be a tough hard nosed defensive team. I am just worried bout three point scoreres. If we have that sweet sixteen is not out of question. Maymonne Stokes and golden can ball. If we dont trip on the hundreds falling out of Ky players sorts we can beat them.

I don't know about beating Kentucky this year....they are loaded again, and are REALLY long. Gotta hand it to Big Blue though....they support their team better than any other school by a ton. Go to an SEC Tourney, and they outnumber the rest of the SEC combined by 10-1.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I will not predict anything about UTC this season. UT however is a sure in for the tourney maybe 16 or better. I suppose we'll have to play a few first. Let's GET IT GOING!!

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