Mike Strange: Vols, fans head to Christmas break relieved by a win

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Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) shoots past Morehead State guard Brent Arrington (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 82-67. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Wade Payne)

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Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) shoots past Morehead State guard Brent Arrington (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 82-67. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Wade Payne)

’Twas two nights before Christmas and all through the gym, Tennessee basketball was a good bit less grim.

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WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Good win, a lot of players stepped up. There was a different feeling in TBA with more movement and intensity.
Merry Christmas Vols!
Come back motivated to beat UVA and the SEC!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Good win, a lot of players stepped up. There was a different feeling in TBA with more movement and intensity.
Merry Christmas Vols!
Come back motivated to beat UVA and the SEC!

I agree. The guys really showed me something last night. This win may not mean much in terms of RPI/BPI, but they needed it for morale and confidence. Some of the freshmen especially got exposed defensively but the offense looks way more fluid and confident than it has been in some time. Glad to see Stokes attempt some hooks and make some jumpers; hope he continues to use both. Loved to see Reese get some successful run and especially proud of Josh. The question with this team has always been focus and intensity; if they don't lose that over the holidays, the season may well turn out near to what we all expected.

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