Mike Strange: Vols leaving too many points on the court

Mike Strange
Mike Strange: Vols leaving too many points on the court

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WICHITA, Kan. — When it comes to Tennessee men’s basketball, I’m having a reoccurring thought.

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wigmeister writes:

It is amazing to me that we cannot recruit a pure shooter. Our foul shooting is atrocious. Stokes picked up, I believe 2 or 3 of those fouls coming out of the box to help double team someone. Stokes should be a force inside. But he seems a little slow to me, ergo the fouls. Something just seems to be missing.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

When whats-his-name, Cotton? blocked Mammon's "uncontested" lay-up, I broke out in a chorus of "Turn out the lights, the party's over".

willphill#241787 writes:

The problem is Cuonzo's outdated concept of how to play basketball. It was boring when Gene Keady was losing playing that slow, methodical plodding style of basketball. Why on earth did Tennessee hire a coach with that philosophy?

wazzya69vol writes:

They were pathetic!!! The ole cliche, "Big hat, no cattle" definitely applies to these guys. Big names, no wins.

atnvol#283282 writes:

Yes, coaching style has its effect on this team and I cannot help but wonder if Stokes were playing at another school, would he be a much better player? I hate this for the players...you know they want more...but just can't seem to get the push to win in the big games.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

This team doesn't know how to put an opponent away and win. They are like the rest of the Volunteer teams. Complacency and losing is now a constant on Rocky Top.

johnlg00 writes:

The Vols actually did some pretty good things in that game, things that should help them to a fairly successful season if they keep doing them.

For one thing, they did position Stokes more in the high-post area, from which he was able to set some good screens and make a few nice passes that led, or certainly should have led, to baskets. However, when he picked up a couple of early fouls and had to leave the game, they weren't able to establish any continuity with it.

Second, the Vols did run more of a patterened offense that got some good shots for several of the players. However, they rarely knocked them down.

Third, they actually had the advantage in FTs attemped for most of the game, but, as has been the case all too often this year, they didn't make enough of them.

Fourth, they showed a greatly improved defense against out-of-bounds plays, creating a couple of turnovers and forcing a couple of timeouts that WSU didn't want to use at that time. They should definitely keep doing that.

Fifth, the pressure defense was fairly effective, though I think I would have called for it a couple of minutes sooner. It still needs a few tweaks, particularly with the movement of the defender who is not involved in the back-court double-team, but it has promise and should be continued.

This team is frustrating to watch at times. It is clear that they have decent talent fairly widely distributed on the squad. For the most part, they are trying to do the things that win games. It is, however, up to the players to be more efficient in their own scoring moves and of course to MAKE THOSE DARNED FREE THROWS! They are generally taking pretty good care of the ball. So to conclude, they are ALMOST there, but they have to do these things they are doing well now better and more often.

magicbyswh#221420 writes:

No offense and that is on Martin. He wants to play good D which I understand but coaching is terrible. This team has the talent but the coach is not able to bring it out of them. I was on Martins side and giving him the benefit of doubt. His laid back style is showing up with his players. Laid back, no sense or urgency and that leads to getting beat. He better change his style and start becoming more agressive in his style or he will be back at a mid major program real soon.

bUTch__please writes:

We have an entire offensive game plan based around Stokes. Who, by the way, contributes the least amount of prime time points and plays SOFT. This is a game plan for failure. Why does Coach Zo keep holding this players hand????

But him on the bench until he understands how to play effective ball at his position and score at the rim. Leading the SEC in double-doubles on a .500 team means squat.

Let his mother bring him milk and cornbread and "there,there, baby it'll be okay". We have ballgames to win, no time to wet nurse 5 stars.

bUTch__please writes:

By the way Strange, spot-on column.

murrayvol writes:

I find nothing to disagree with in this column. Good analysis Mike.

Volborn writes:

Vols lead the league in one category. Getting their ish packed! Liberace would fit right in with our low post rotation.

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