Mike Strange: A 3-point shot won it after all, but not for the Vols

Mike Strange
Texas A&M's Antwan Space is called for the offensive foul on Tennessee's Armani Moore during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game at Reed Arena in College Station, TX Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  (Bryan College Station Eagle/ Stuart Villanueva)

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Texas A&M's Antwan Space is called for the offensive foul on Tennessee's Armani Moore during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game at Reed Arena in College Station, TX Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (Bryan College Station Eagle/ Stuart Villanueva)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Some of it was just dumb mean luck. Some was Tennessee’s failure to execute a basic thing like a free throw.

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johnlg00 writes:

The emperor Napoleon was asked by a contemporary historian what qualities he sought in his subordinate commanders. High on the list of the man regarded as one of the greatest military geniuses of all time was...LUCK! Sadly, Martin and the Vols seem to have none of it, except maybe BAD luck. Oh, sure, the Vols haven't been especially adept at creating their own luck, and just ONE of those first six free throws they bricked to start the game or one of those four or five majority-break situations on which they failed to score might have made all the difference in the outcome, but in VERY many situations over these past three years, when the results depended on a favorable coin flip, it seemingly came down on the opposite side of whatever the Vols called. There have been lots of pithy sayings over the years about the relationship between work and preparation on one hand and luck on the other, but sometimes the final result IS just a matter of chance. It would be a shame if something as off-the-wall as the failure to get lucky wound up costing Martin his job.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

We should never have gone down to the wire on either of the A&M games. Good teams do not make it a habit of going down to the last minute. In some cases it can't be helped not as a general rule.

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