Tennessee men's basketball team off to hot start from behind the arc

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) shoots over Florida Southern forward Lamar McKnight (22) during their game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Tennessee won 105-80. 
 (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

Photo by Wade Payne, © 2013 The Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) shoots over Florida Southern forward Lamar McKnight (22) during their game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Tennessee won 105-80. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

The drill came again Wednesday, toward the end of practice like always, when their arms are sore and their legs are weak.

Subscribe to read the full story

Current Subscribers - Activate Now

Already subscribe to the News Sentinel? Unlimited access to KnoxNews.com on the web, your smartphone, tablet, Knoxville.com and GoVolsXtra.com is included with your subscription. All you need to do is ACTIVATE now!

Activate Now

New Subscribers - Subscribe Now

Want to keep reading?
KnoxNews now offers Premium and Digital Subscriptions. Subscribe now and select how you want to keep up-to-date on local news, reader comments, photos, videos, blogs and more.

Subscribe Now

© 2013 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 5

johndavid writes:

Where is Derek Reese? Redshirt? I have always liked Moore but Moore needs more offense. Chievous always makes good things happen and can shoot the 3 some also! Hubbs has a good shot. Please take the open 3's and don't let Stokes force up bad shots when double teamed. Barton NEEDS to shoot every open look he gets!

bUTch__please writes:

+1.

Barton absolutely, without doubt, under all circumstances needs to shoot every single look he gets every single time.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

+1.

Barton absolutely, without doubt, under all circumstances needs to shoot every single look he gets every single time.

Not sure I would go quite that far. Don't get me wrong; I love the way Barton shoots, and I expected him to make a high percentage. However, there can be no doubt that the thing the Vols have that gives them the advantage over at least 90% of the teams on the schedule is the inside power of Maymon and Stokes. Barton has a better head and handle for getting them the ball than anybody else, either on this team or on the last several. True, they haven't put up the big numbers on a consistent basis just yet, but they will continue to draw the majority of the opponents' attention. The more touches they get, the more fouls they can draw on opposing big men and thus the easier it will be for the perimeter guys to penetrate to the basket. If the outside guys keep shooting at their current percentage, without just throwing them up willy-nilly, those defenses WILL loosen up and the big dogs will eat!

BenFrederickson writes:

in response to johndavid:

Where is Derek Reese? Redshirt? I have always liked Moore but Moore needs more offense. Chievous always makes good things happen and can shoot the 3 some also! Hubbs has a good shot. Please take the open 3's and don't let Stokes force up bad shots when double teamed. Barton NEEDS to shoot every open look he gets!

Hey John,

I've had a couple people ask me about Derek Reese. There is no plan to redshirt him at this point. He is in the process of trying to convince the coaches he belongs on the court.

OrangeVol4Life writes:

I really want to like this team. I like Martin and I like the players but has anyone noticed that this team cannot win a game when shooting poorly from the field? I played basketball for many years (not at this level) but it isn't about winning games when hot shooting - it is about finishing those games that you cannot hit a basket consistently. Great Teams do it all of the time - mediocre teams struggle. It is the difference maker!

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features