Vanderbilt knocks off Tennessee, 64-60

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) drives past Vanderbilt forward Damian Jones, left, and forward Rod Odom (0), right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) drives past Vanderbilt forward Damian Jones, left, and forward Rod Odom (0), right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE — A questionable non-call and too much Rod Odom led to the end of the Tennessee men’s basketball team’s string of positivity.

UT lost to Vanderbilt 64-60 at Memorial Gym on Wednesday. UT (14-8, 5-4 SEC) severed a two-game win streak while Vanderbilt (13-8, 5-4) stretched its fun of consecutive victories to four.

Vanderbilt senior forward Rod Odom led all scorers with 26 points. He plagued the Vols all night, no more so than when he made two free throws closed the door. Odom sank the game’s final two points from the charity stripe with three seconds remaining.

Those shots came after UT guard Josh Richardson tried to tie the game with a hard drive to the rim. There was contact under the basket, but no foul was called. Jarnell Stokes was whistled for the foul on Odom after he corralled the ball that was stripped from Richardson.

UT had tied the game at 53-53 with 6:35 to play after trailing by as much as 10 in the first half.

Jordan McRae led the Vols with 16 points on six of 18 shooting. Josh Richarson scored 14 and Jarnell Stokes had 11.

Vanderbilt point guard scored 12 points and dished 10 assists for the Commodores.

Ben Frederickson covers UT men’s basketball. Follow him at twitter.com/Ben_Fred

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Comments » 26

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Looks like the lazy I don't give a phooey losers infiltrated Nashville pretending to be a good BB team.
Down by 10 at the half in a pathetic performance due to walking up and down the court and listlessly attempting D.
They had 7 players including two in foul trouble
Thompson looked like a bad high school player with no intensity and Barton is an absolute disaster as a point and shooter.
To salvage the season they need to bench both and play point with McRae and Richardson.
Probably won't help if the team doesn't show up with a desire to hustle and win. Coach Martin was intense but the nonchalant attitude of the players after a time out is unsat.
Had a chance for third place that was wasted.
Pathetic!

Chris_L75 writes:

I wonder where our coach stashes these timeouts he can't bear to part with at crunch time. Then again, if the players don't know who the best scoring option is by now, it might not do any good to tell them.

These are the times when you start to think, to heck with this two steps up, two steps back...it's exhausting. If we knew for certain the bottom was falling out, we could just relax and wait for the house cleaning. Bertelkamp even said he was "flabbergasted" tonight (or some similar term). I'd love to hear how he describes it while off the air.

underthehill writes:

Didn't see this coming..the Vols didn't either..they just were not ready to play..have to credit Stallings..he had his team ready and they ran a lot of old fashion give and go.. and back door cuts when the Vols zoned..just a clinic by Stallings..

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Obviously getting pounded by your big three rivals, UK, UF and Vandy doesn't seem to bother this bunch of zombies.
No senior leadership or desire to play as a champion.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Coach Cafego is turning in his grave, Vols can't beat Vandy in football, men and woman's basketball and baseball. If we had a bowling team we would lose to them also.
Loserville!

willphill#241787 writes:

Vanderbilt's only chance to win this game was to play a slow low scoring game. Stalling's should be a gentleman and send Cuonzo a thank you note. Did the Vols attempt to push the ball up court on fastbreak opportunities to speed the game up and wear out a team short on players? No. Did the Vols press on defense to speed the game up? No. Did the Vols walk the ball up court on every possession? Yes. Outcoached again.

stevefromjasper writes:

Richardson may be nursing a broken arm after that last drive, but Tennessee should have never been in that situation - playing against a Vandy team with only 7 scholarship players, two of whom spent 15 minutes of the game in foul trouble.

Whenever they get behind by 9 in a game, the Vols think they have to gun up a 3 pointer every time downcourt, and that just compounds the problem.

Yet after every loss, the announcers on TV, or ESPN3 in this case, tell us the Vols are headed to the NCAA tournament -- as if getting to the NCAA tournament is the only thing that matters. Well, they'd better quit losing games right now. Plus, so what if they do go? One and done is my prediction.

Vandy bench was wearing shirts with outline of the state of Tennessee and the words "OUR STATE" What a disgrace. Thank you, Shamilton.

robert#1417579 writes:

Tennessee is just a pitiful team. Not NCAA material at all. More talent than most teams in major college basketball, but can't beat lowly, horrible teams like UTEP, Vandy and A&M Another NIT bid looks to be coming. What a waste of talent.

MikeNPS writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Coach Cafego is turning in his grave, Vols can't beat Vandy in football, men and woman's basketball and baseball. If we had a bowling team we would lose to them also.
Loserville!

But help is on the way in football. Vandy's recruiting class is ranked last in the SEC!

Dude1980 writes:

NIT bound

tgggovols#1425081 writes:

Anybody still think we DON'T need Bruce Pearl back? How long do we have to keep watching this BS? Oh wait, I forgot, the SEC will get 5 teams in the NCAA tourney; we'll be ok!

wigmeister writes:

Kiss the NCAA goodbye! Guess the players didn't really care if they got there or not.

scvols writes:

Dang!

oldster writes:

UT just cannot stand to allow its fans to have one good day without something bad happening to spoil it. I have followed UT sports since 1957 and it has been a constant raising of hopes to only dash them over and over and over. Today I was feeling good due to the signing day. I should have known the basketball team would have to provide a downer. Thanks, guys, I would hate to feel optimistic.

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to oldster:

UT just cannot stand to allow its fans to have one good day without something bad happening to spoil it. I have followed UT sports since 1957 and it has been a constant raising of hopes to only dash them over and over and over. Today I was feeling good due to the signing day. I should have known the basketball team would have to provide a downer. Thanks, guys, I would hate to feel optimistic.

+1 My feelings exactly. Bring back Bruce before it's too late!!

DroopyDrawers writes:

How many over the top dunks before you make a change in defense? Also, just let them drive down the middle and shoot layups. One of the worst coaching jobs I have ever witnessed.

UT4prez writes:

in response to underthehill:

Didn't see this coming..the Vols didn't either..they just were not ready to play..have to credit Stallings..he had his team ready and they ran a lot of old fashion give and go.. and back door cuts when the Vols zoned..just a clinic by Stallings..

You should have seen it coming. They have done this for 3 years under Martin. Nothing has changed.

grumpyman writes:

No effort or emotion by players or coach.

Hossfly13 writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

+1 My feelings exactly. Bring back Bruce before it's too late!!

+2 My feelings exactly. Bring back Bruce before it's too late!!

underthehill writes:

in response to MikeNPS:

But help is on the way in football. Vandy's recruiting class is ranked last in the SEC!

Mike..sad to say..Vandy did not have to have a strong recruiting year to have a strong roster next year..they have a 4 star red shirt qb and players returning at almost every position..Franklin left Vandy in a position to be competitive..I hope the Vols can take them next year..but this strong recruiting class is no guarantee it will happen next year...

underthehill writes:

in response to UT4prez:

You should have seen it coming. They have done this for 3 years under Martin. Nothing has changed.

Prez..most of the tough losses in these three years I did not see as being a lack of effort by the players..this one was..they did not seem to know they were being whipped until 10 minutes was left in the game and they were 9 down..as Mike Stange says ..to their credit they did finally choose to engage..too little too late..

KENVOL writes:

Can you imagine what Bruce could have done with this group of players.

ML2020 writes:

The late Al McGuire said it clearly "the most important player on a college basketball team is the point guard". He is the floor manager who executes the Coaches game plan. I don't think fans quite understand the loss of Tra Golden. He was an experienced point guard. Tennessee has no point guard. And, as the late Al McGuire said "if you want to beat a good team, you have to cut the head off the snake". And the snake is the point guard.

Chris_L75 writes:

Golden wasn't considered by most to be a pure point guard either. (And he, too, was consistently inconsistent to say the least. Still is, from the handful of Ga. Tech games I've watched.)

Whatever being a "true point guard" entails, the category appears to be off-limits to this program. There's a kid named Austin coming in next year who was talked about as such, but I won't hold my breath.

VibrantVol writes:

Bruce Pearl is responsible for half of the men's banners hanging in the arena in Knoxville. Cheek & Hart are fools if they don't rehire him.

Next year's team will hit rock bottom. Bama, Aub, or Ga will hire Bruce & he will come back to town & beat us as long as he is elsewhere if we are stupid enough to let another SEC school get him.

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to VibrantVol:

Bruce Pearl is responsible for half of the men's banners hanging in the arena in Knoxville. Cheek & Hart are fools if they don't rehire him.

Next year's team will hit rock bottom. Bama, Aub, or Ga will hire Bruce & he will come back to town & beat us as long as he is elsewhere if we are stupid enough to let another SEC school get him.

Amen brother.

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