Mike Strange: Vols need to make long trip to Wichita State worthwhile

Mike Strange
Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon (34) and Josh Richardson (1) celebrate teammate A.J. Davis (21) scoring against Tennessee Tech on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. UT won the game 84-63. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon (34) and Josh Richardson (1) celebrate teammate A.J. Davis (21) scoring against Tennessee Tech on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. UT won the game 84-63. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

WICHITA, Kan. — Here, smack dab in the middle of America, Tennessee’s men hope Saturday to find a hoops version of the Holy Grail.

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johnlg00 writes:

Mike tells it like it is. There can be no question the Vols pass any "eye-test" any observer might subject them to. They have all the necessary elements to be even a top-10 type team. The one thing they do not have, the one thing that could MAKE them a top-10 team--in their own minds at least, if not immediately in the polls--is a win against a ranked opponent on the road. The one thing they have seemed to lack in the last two somewhat disappointing seasons is the CONVICTION that they can do it.

Confidence in sports, as in much of life, is a necessary requirement to accomplish great things. The question is, how does one acquire that confidence? A person or team that has succeeded in similar circumstances in the past KNOWS what it can do in the present. One that has repeatedly failed in such circumstances doesn't have that assurance. Then it becomes a matter of FAITH, the belief in things that cannot be proven objectively. The question of the day is, do the Vols have the faith that they can succeed in circumstances where they have failed before? Do they BELIEVE in themselves and each other strongly enough that they can reverse the unfortunate tendencies of the past?

I guess we'll see. A loss today will not necessarily ruin the season, but it would be an additional weight added to the psychic baggage that holds them back from achieving what their talent, experience, and coaching SHOULD allow them to accomplish.

magicbyswh#221420 writes:

Another PITIFUL Loss

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