Tennessee cruises past The Citadel, 86-60

UT freshman Robert Hubbs on his game against The Citadel

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Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes gets to the basket against USC Upstate on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes gets to the basket against USC Upstate on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Tennessee’s men’s basketball team found the fast start that had twice eluded it, then never looked back.

UT (2-1) overpowered The Citadel 86-60 on Monday at Thompson-Boling Arena, cruising to a second consecutive home win and adding a bit more distance from its season-opening loss at Xavier. The Vols are now 5-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (2-3).

Senior guard Jordan McRae led the Vols with 20 points. Guards Antonio Barton and Robert Hubbs each added 13. Bulldogs’ Matt Van Scyoc scored 19.

UT struck early against an overmatched Bulldogs team that is picked to finish last in the Southern Conference. Back-to-back buckets by junior forward Jarnell Stokes (nine points, three rebounds) came within a minute, and the four-point lead eventually grew as large as 20 in the first half.

The Vols’ 45-28 lead at half was the first time they’ve led at intermission all season, and it allowed reserves to get plenty of playing time in the second. Every scholarship player but sophomore guard Derek Reese entered the game, and walk-on guard Galen Campbell entered in the final minute.

Monday’s game was preliminary round action for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, which Tennessee will play in from Nov. 28-30 in The Bahamas.

The Vols host Tennessee State on Friday.

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rockypop writes:

It'll be interesting to see how the Vols perform in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Stokes has so far been a non-factor. He continues to be double-teamed and frustrated. Maymon is not 100%, no matter what anyone says. McCrae is the only real deal, and the supporting cast hash't yet jelled.

Early on, it looks like there isn't much chemistry, free-throw shooting is below par, and the defense is lax about extending to guard the 3-point shot.

The Vols faced a woefully-overmatched opponent in the Citadel tonite, and in spite of a double-digit victory, seemed to be out of synch and dependent upon McCrae to do his thing. Not much from Stokes or Maymon, but Hubbs seems to be coming on. All-in-all, not a very inspiring win despite the margin.

UTANDNOBAMA writes:

Why does Stokes feel he has to go down and pump fake when he gets the ball 2 feet from the basket against a 6-6 defender? Does anyone know?

jakethevolguy writes:

The new "touch foul" rule set by the NCAA makes basketball hard to watch. I wonder if the refs will call such a tight game against Ky as they did the Vols and Citadel? Probably not.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to rockypop:

It'll be interesting to see how the Vols perform in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Stokes has so far been a non-factor. He continues to be double-teamed and frustrated. Maymon is not 100%, no matter what anyone says. McCrae is the only real deal, and the supporting cast hash't yet jelled.

Early on, it looks like there isn't much chemistry, free-throw shooting is below par, and the defense is lax about extending to guard the 3-point shot.

The Vols faced a woefully-overmatched opponent in the Citadel tonite, and in spite of a double-digit victory, seemed to be out of synch and dependent upon McCrae to do his thing. Not much from Stokes or Maymon, but Hubbs seems to be coming on. All-in-all, not a very inspiring win despite the margin.

Actually, nobody has said Maymon was 100%. The most Martin has ever said about him--and the most he has said himself--is that he is improving, getting better, etc. I think he is. His free-throws looked much smoother than they did earlier. He has hit the boards well in all of the games so far. In this age of "miracle" recoveries from knee injuries, he is recovering from surgeries on BOTH knees and he is still carrying a lot of weight on them. He still has some way to go, but he is getting there little by little and he is contributing.

I still think Stokes needs to go a bit quicker and more decisively. He needs to recognize what his power positions are, learn how to pump-fake, and then power up. His free-throw shooting is markedly better this year; if he would just go stronger to the hoop, he would draw even more fouls.

I think some of your remarks about the free-throw shooting and lack of chemistry may have been applicable in the Xavier game, but, IMHO, both of those have been better since. Besides, this is the time of year when every team is determining their regular rotation. That is what these games are for. Besides, do you really think the Vols couldn't have beaten the Citadel by 50 if they wanted to? What would that have proven?

I certainly agree that the Vols must play better to make a mark in the Battle 4 Atlantis, but I think they will. Given their starts in the last two seasons, I suppose a degree of healthy skepticism is warranted, but I just don't think they will follow that script this year. Barton is a tremendous addition, McRae is all but unstoppable, and Hubbs is starting to show what kind of player he is going to be. Cheer up!

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Actually, nobody has said Maymon was 100%. The most Martin has ever said about him--and the most he has said himself--is that he is improving, getting better, etc. I think he is. His free-throws looked much smoother than they did earlier. He has hit the boards well in all of the games so far. In this age of "miracle" recoveries from knee injuries, he is recovering from surgeries on BOTH knees and he is still carrying a lot of weight on them. He still has some way to go, but he is getting there little by little and he is contributing.

I still think Stokes needs to go a bit quicker and more decisively. He needs to recognize what his power positions are, learn how to pump-fake, and then power up. His free-throw shooting is markedly better this year; if he would just go stronger to the hoop, he would draw even more fouls.

I think some of your remarks about the free-throw shooting and lack of chemistry may have been applicable in the Xavier game, but, IMHO, both of those have been better since. Besides, this is the time of year when every team is determining their regular rotation. That is what these games are for. Besides, do you really think the Vols couldn't have beaten the Citadel by 50 if they wanted to? What would that have proven?

I certainly agree that the Vols must play better to make a mark in the Battle 4 Atlantis, but I think they will. Given their starts in the last two seasons, I suppose a degree of healthy skepticism is warranted, but I just don't think they will follow that script this year. Barton is a tremendous addition, McRae is all but unstoppable, and Hubbs is starting to show what kind of player he is going to be. Cheer up!

That guy is not going to cheer up. As we have seen early, teams like Duke and KY are trying to find themselves but to these guys since Tennessee is doing the same, it is oh CCM can't coach. The one thing Tennessee did not have last year that I think they will have this year is multiple people that can score and multiple people that can create their own shot. You will see as the season goes how good this team is going to be. I think as their offense gets better, their defense may take a bit of a hit. The key though is to get more stops than made baskets. I am sure this team will.

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