Mike Strange: Vols took it to Virginia in every way

Mike Strange: Vols took it to Virginia in every way

Photo by Saul Young, 2013 Knoxville News Sentinel

It was, in all honesty, probably already too late. Virginia was, barring a miracle, in too deep of a hole to matter.

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Comments » 6

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Team effort team win!
Happy New Year! Now take it to the SEC!

volnsc writes:

It's always great and exciting to see all those 3's falling but the one stat that impressed me was the free throws made. The 3's won't always fall, but the FTs must. Proud of the way the Vols corrected this trend. If they continue, it will win them more games in the future.

wigmeister writes:

EVERY game is important from now on. We cannot afford to take a game off.

ktownddy writes:

Something happened between NC St. and Morehead St. TN came out against Morehead and ran a completely different offensive look. Either Cuonzo had an epiphany or a phone call but something changed.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to ktownddy:

Something happened between NC St. and Morehead St. TN came out against Morehead and ran a completely different offensive look. Either Cuonzo had an epiphany or a phone call but something changed.

Zo has started running a system built more for his players than forcing them to fit into his rigid system. More running, motion, open looks, scoring mentality with an active D that spreads the floor with pressure on the ball. If he doesn't revert back this team has a chance to make some noise. It's all on Zo.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

Zo has started running a system built more for his players than forcing them to fit into his rigid system. More running, motion, open looks, scoring mentality with an active D that spreads the floor with pressure on the ball. If he doesn't revert back this team has a chance to make some noise. It's all on Zo.

Yeah, Keady's Purdue teams never had anything like the team quickness, speed, length, and jumping ability across the whole roster that the Vols have, and neither did any other really relevant Big-10 team of the era. Any present-day team of young athletes has grown up with an innate love of the high-energy game. Not many of them, outside the Keady-esque confines of traditional Big-10 systems, have much of a formal idea of why anybody would WANT to tone athletes down which leads to a sometimes rocky adjustment for even the most discipline-accepting player. So it is only rational and strong evidence of the "epiphane" mentioned by ktownddy, whatever its source or sources. The thing is, I think Martin has done a pretty good job of instilling good habits in guys so they learn to discipline themselves naturally, leaving a solid basis for a maximum, effective athletic style of play. "Be quick, but don't hurry." It might seem contradictory to say that a more patterned offense led to a freer, more instinctive type of play, but that is what this team ought to aim for.

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