Entering the backend of three-game in six-day stretch, Tennessee men’s basketball is in the midst of the proverbial “grind,” coach Cuonzo Martin said Monday at his weekly media luncheon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
At 10-8 overall and 2-4 in SEC play, Tennessee sits in a seven-way tie for seventh place in the league. Vanderbilt (8-10, 2-4), another team locked in that logjam, comes to Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.)
“They shoot a lot of 3s, shoot them well, and space you out to dribble penetrate and find their shooters, especially when they go small,” Martin said. “It’s a good test for our guys.”
Having entered the weekend with five losses in six games, the Vols picked up a much-needed 54-53 win over Alabama on Saturday. Jarnell Stokes powered UT with 15 points and 18 rebounds.
“He had eight offensive rebounds, keeping that ball alive, that was a credit to his hard work,” Martin said, later adding, “He’s getting better every day at making quick moves I think in this particular game, he gathered himself because (Alabama) had a shot blocker …and he was aggressive in attacking the rim.”
Martin confirmed that freshman Armani Moore will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game. Moore made his first career start on Saturday, scoring four points and grabbing seven rebounds in 29 minutes.
More coming online and in Tuesday’s News Sentinel.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn