Difference like night and day in Tennessee's bounce-back win against Xavier, 64-49

Xavier's Semaj Christon, left, drives to the basket tightly guarded by Tennessee's Jordan McRae during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Tennesse won 64-49. (AP Photo/Bahamas Visual Services, Craig Lenihan)

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Xavier's Semaj Christon, left, drives to the basket tightly guarded by Tennessee's Jordan McRae during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Tennesse won 64-49. (AP Photo/Bahamas Visual Services, Craig Lenihan)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — The shots that rimmed out late Thursday night fell Friday afternoon, and those that didn’t were almost always gobbled up and put back successfully by a Tennessee men’s basketball team determined to make its second game against Xavier turn out differently than its first.

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rockypop writes:

I'm sure UT's dominating win over Xavier will be perplexing to the naysayers, but I think it's indicative of where the program is right now.

There is absolutely no consistency in how the team performs from one game to the next, and that has to be maddening to CCM. It's clear to me that this inconsistency is a players' issue and not a coaching issue. While every team will occasionally have a bad day at the office (see Louisville vs. North Carolina), it should be the exception, not the norm. This team so far has not maintained its focus on the details of defense, rebounding, put-backs and free throw shooting well enough to weather a bad offensive performance.

This game today showed me that when this bunch pays attention to detail, plays hard every possession and executes, it can play with anybody in the SEC, except Kentucky. Beyond that, they simply aren't in the same class with the top teams in the country and probably won't make it past the first couple of rounds in the Tournament if they qualify.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to rockypop:

I'm sure UT's dominating win over Xavier will be perplexing to the naysayers, but I think it's indicative of where the program is right now.

There is absolutely no consistency in how the team performs from one game to the next, and that has to be maddening to CCM. It's clear to me that this inconsistency is a players' issue and not a coaching issue. While every team will occasionally have a bad day at the office (see Louisville vs. North Carolina), it should be the exception, not the norm. This team so far has not maintained its focus on the details of defense, rebounding, put-backs and free throw shooting well enough to weather a bad offensive performance.

This game today showed me that when this bunch pays attention to detail, plays hard every possession and executes, it can play with anybody in the SEC, except Kentucky. Beyond that, they simply aren't in the same class with the top teams in the country and probably won't make it past the first couple of rounds in the Tournament if they qualify.

you are so right. the only thing a coach can do is coach. It is up to the players to execute the game plan. It seems to me that this team does not put in the extra time that they need. Most of the time they have open looks but they can't put the ball in the basket. That is not coaching that is the players not doing what they have to do to become better shooters

housetohouse2000#313556 writes:

It appears KNS printed the wrong start time for the UT-Wake Forest game.

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