Since his wardrobe turned orange in the fall of 2009, Kenny Hall has seen some things. He's seen 78 wins. He's seen 48 losses. He's seen 456 career points. He's seen two coaching staffs.
He's seen the lights of the Elite Eight and the lows of an NCAA investigation.
But there are two things Hall hasn't seen during his senior season at Tennessee.
One — a road victory —is the result of lacking the other — mental fortitude.
"It's not just getting a road win," Hall said Saturday after a 73-60 loss at Arkansas pushed the Vols to 0-6 on the road in this season. "It's more about being mentally tough — locking in and keying in on the task at hand."
Saturday's task was simple, in theory. The Razorbacks play fast. They press. They thrive on chaos. So UT coach Cuonzo Martin concocted a plan — go right over the top of that Hogs' press and attack the rim like a last meal.
Arkansas wasn't having it. Twenty Tennessee turnovers — many coming before the ball could traverse midcourt — unraveled Martin's plan.
Hall said the opportunities were there. And that they were lost, again.
"I feel like we still lack mental toughness," Hall continued. "I don't even feel like we've got it down all the way. As a team, it's about being consistent, staying focused, not turning the ball over, making plays, getting stops without the defensive breakdowns. At home we do a great job of it, but on the road, that's when we when we really have to step it up, really tighten up our screws."
Claiming to be any more than a middling SEC team comes with a prerequisite of winning league road games. That's a contract you can't break.
Saturday's disappointment corresponded with Hall's finest outing of the year. He made six of seven shots for a season-high 14 points. Ten of those points came after halftime, when Hall and Jarnell Stokes combined for 22 of UT's 35 points.
The Vols' guards missed 14 of 17 second-half shots.
It wasn't all fun for UT's two big men. They combined for seven of the team's 20 turnovers, including six of the 12 that allowed Arkansas to build a 35-25 halftime lead.
Hall didn't hide from the facts, counting himself among those needing more "mental toughness."
Saturday was soaked in the irony that despite opposite styles, Tennessee and Arkansas mirror each other. The Hogs entered the day 12-1 at home and 0-7 on the road. The Vols, 9-2 at home, 0-5 on the road.
Obviously, the trends won out.
Martin was asked in the postgame press conference to explain the differences between Arkansas at home versus on the road. Intentionally or not, he described his own team.
"Winning road games is mental," he said. "It's going through it. Leadership, those older guys, so to speak. And it's just finding ways to get one, more than anything else. Once you get over the mental hump, I think you're OK. They have the pieces to do it."
The next question is obvious.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn