Antonio Barton and Robert Hubbs playing through injuries for Vols; Jordan McRae talks technical

Tennessee's Antonio Barton (2) defends against Tennessee Tech's Jeremia Samarrippas (2) 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 Antonio Barton (2) defends against Tennessee Tech's Jeremia Samarrippas (2) on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. UT won the game 84-63. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Cuonzo Martin points to two early possessions in the game against Wichita State last Saturday.

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NewMarketVol writes:

Using profanity is a big deal. There are children present and they look up to these players as role models. Represent your school with class and keep the foul mouth out of it. You are to good of a player to represent in a negative way ! Show some class and play with more integrity than that.

johndavid writes:

I agree but everyone defended Butch when he was caught on national TV with the F word.

I dont agree with the tech unless they are going to be consistent.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

He doesn't think it is a big deal which shows his immaturity. Yes, profanity has always been part of sports at all levels. He decision to use it in his vernacular is his choice to make. However, the big deal is his jam quieted the crowd and might have sparked the Vols in an even contest at that point but the "T" gave away 2 free point and Wichita State the ball where they scored again. The crowd got juiced and after Cotton rejected a gimme layup/jam by Maymon and then scored a three point play the rout was on and the Vols quit.
If McRae was a mature leader the jam would have spoken for itself but he doesn't even understand his actions hurt his team.

underthehill writes:

I knew Barton was not playing up to his hype and am glad to see Martin give out a bit of info..an area in which he usually displays no common sense..it is evident the type injuries Barton has would affect his play..as for Hubbs..he and Davis should have played far more minutes than they have ..

underthehill writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

He doesn't think it is a big deal which shows his immaturity. Yes, profanity has always been part of sports at all levels. He decision to use it in his vernacular is his choice to make. However, the big deal is his jam quieted the crowd and might have sparked the Vols in an even contest at that point but the "T" gave away 2 free point and Wichita State the ball where they scored again. The crowd got juiced and after Cotton rejected a gimme layup/jam by Maymon and then scored a three point play the rout was on and the Vols quit.
If McRae was a mature leader the jam would have spoken for itself but he doesn't even understand his actions hurt his team.

Agree..McRae showed a total lack of maturity you would expect from a team leader..Maymon should have been quicker off the floor and should not have given the defender time to have a chance to reject the gimme..Richardson missing a layup and Wichita hitting a 3 was huge..all these when the game was still undecided..simple things that make winners or losers..it does look like..wait till next year..again...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Agree..McRae showed a total lack of maturity you would expect from a team leader..Maymon should have been quicker off the floor and should not have given the defender time to have a chance to reject the gimme..Richardson missing a layup and Wichita hitting a 3 was huge..all these when the game was still undecided..simple things that make winners or losers..it does look like..wait till next year..again...

I'm afraid Maymon and Stokes are going to develop a taste for leather unless they learn to take their time, pump-fake, size up the defense, find the open space, and then explode into it. Both are seriously deficient on their footwork in the post. The pivot, even more than one--with the same foot, of course!--is LEGAL, guys! Check it out! A turnaround jumper and/or a jump hook might help, too.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

you guys are right on all points. I was very pumped up about this team but now it is kind of going away, still my team now:) but without a strong front court we will be behind the eight ball when we play good teams. We need better coaching but guys we need guys to shoot the ball with confidence and Maymon and Stokes to jam the ball instead of throwing up that loaf a bread for someone to reject it.

johnlg00 writes:

Didn't have time earlier to mention how valuable Barton has proven to be even this early. Many had projected him to be THE GUY who would make the difference in games like the ones the Vols lost in the early going the last two years. And wouldn't you know that in the big games where the Vols had the best chance to make some headway THIS year, Barton has been significantly slowed by his injuries. And while I hoped to see a big splash from Hubbs this year, I thought the Vols were deep enough at his position that they wouldn't NEED him to be the player he will eventually be. However, with the rest of the perimeter underperforming, besides McRae, the fact that Hubbs seems also to be hobbled looms large in the Vols' lack of out-of-conference success so far.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Didn't have time earlier to mention how valuable Barton has proven to be even this early. Many had projected him to be THE GUY who would make the difference in games like the ones the Vols lost in the early going the last two years. And wouldn't you know that in the big games where the Vols had the best chance to make some headway THIS year, Barton has been significantly slowed by his injuries. And while I hoped to see a big splash from Hubbs this year, I thought the Vols were deep enough at his position that they wouldn't NEED him to be the player he will eventually be. However, with the rest of the perimeter underperforming, besides McRae, the fact that Hubbs seems also to be hobbled looms large in the Vols' lack of out-of-conference success so far.

You are so right JOhn. This year is a combination of coaching and players not playing up to their potential. I would say it is more of the players than anything. They have had open looks, just can't seem to shoot the ball.

wilk58 writes:

Will they come out with a purpose against NC State? About to find out.

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