The numbers sometimes don't make sense with this Tennessee women's basketball team.
The Lady Vols beat Ole Miss 97-68 Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena. They also made 19 turnovers against the worst team in the SEC along the way. How did that happen?
An 80-63 loss to Missouri the previous Sunday made even less sense. That was the same team UT beat by 45 points a month earlier.
But not all of the surprising numbers are negative. The most telling numbers add up to a compliment.
This team is actually ahead of its more heralded predecessor at this stage of the season. Imagine that.
Last season, the Lady Vols were 17-7 overall and 8-3 in the SEC after 24 games. Now, they're 19-5 and 10-1.
Last season, they were 6-4 against top-25 teams. This season, they are 6-3.
Last season, they were outscored by an average of 18 points in three regular-season games against top-five teams Baylor, Stanford and Notre Dame. This season, they were outscored by an average of 15.3 points in losses to the same elite threesome.
The improvement has been accomplished despite significant attrition.
Starting forward Cierra Burdick missed eight games with a broken hand, freshman backup point guard Andraya Carter hasn't played since suffering a season-ending shoulder injury seven games into the season, and center Isabelle Harrison is out indefinitely after having knee surgery two weeks ago.
So how do you explain the improvement after the Lady Vols had to replace their entire starting lineup from last season while also making the transition from legendary coach Pat Summitt to first-time head coach Holly Warlick?
"We play so much together," Warlick said Sunday. "I think they understand the importance of a team effort."
Effort also has something to do with it. This team consistently plays harder than the last one.
Also, Meighan Simmons and Taber Spani have increased their production. Simmons has improved her shot selection and her defense; Spani, who wasn't healthy for much of the 2011-12 season, has come on strong after a slow start.
The scoring and rebounding production from freshman post player Bashaara Graves is another factor in UT's success. She has scored and rebounded at a rate comparable to departed All-American Glory Johnson.
You can't ignore the coaching, either, when making comparisons between this season and last.
Tennessee was basically a coach short last season. Summitt could only do so much while battling Alzheimer's; the assistants did their best to take up the slack. It was hard on everyone involved, especially Warlick, who handled many of the head-coaching responsibilities.
Succeeding a legend is one of the biggest challenges in sports. And no one is more aware of the challenge than other coaches. A number of coaches have been complimentary of Warlick after games.
"Holly came into a tough situation and she has done a great job of molding (this team)," Ole Miss coach Brett Frank said. "She has a very unenviable task. Anything short of a national championship can be perceived as not having met the standard."
But the task isn't as difficult as what Warlick went through last season.
Now, she has the head-coaching title as well as head-coaching responsibilities. And the change has been for the best.
The way the season is going, the rookie head coach could be the SEC Coach of the Year.