Mike Strange: UT plays hard, but it was Florida that played well when it mattered

Mike Strange
Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1), right, chases Florida guard Michael Frazier II (20), center, downcourt during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1), right, chases Florida guard Michael Frazier II (20), center, downcourt during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

In its biggest game of the season, Tennessee answered the bell with its heart. Heart wasn’t enough.

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Comments » 4

Plasticman85 writes:

Maymon 8 turnovers, McRae 5 turnovers. Both Seniors. Enough said.

irishcoffee writes:

after another disheartening loss to FL just generates 1 comment the day after, it would appear that apathy has set in. if TN goes to the NIT again, crickets will be the largest noise makers in TBA. sad.

Volsreign1 writes:

Why do you let your team fight to get back in it. Let them hit a big three which gets them within 2 with all the momentum, them immediately call a time out which destroys that momentum letting the other team take back control. I'll never understand that strategy.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

Why do you let your team fight to get back in it. Let them hit a big three which gets them within 2 with all the momentum, them immediately call a time out which destroys that momentum letting the other team take back control. I'll never understand that strategy.

You nailed that one, buddy! I couldn't believe he called that TO then! A good coach has a sense for the flow of a game. When things are going good, let them go! If you've just scored a couple of times, why would you not want to see if they can get 10! What could you tell them that would be better than what they were doing? Who cares if anybody has more than some sacrosanct number of fouls? Play the guy while he's feeling it, while that particular bunch is feeling it. When you have a favorable streak going, even if a guy is waving to come out, you keep him out there until he drops unless he gives up a couple of drive-killing plays. Above ALL, you don't kill your own team's momentum!!! Use your TOs to stop THEIR runs, not your own! If you have a chance to knock an opponent out with a 20-2 run, you do it! Let them try to whittle away at a big lead. I don't get that strategy, either, and I'm afraid that's going to weigh against him and the team in determining when and how this season ends.

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