Jarnell Stokes plays big on birthday night, and Vols beat LSU 68-50

Vols extend win streak to four games

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  LSU Tigers guards Tim Quarterman (55) and Anthony Hickey (1) force the ball away from Tennessee Volunteers guard Jordan McRae (52) during the second half on Tuesday in the Maravich Center.

Photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON, © 2014 The Advocate

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- LSU Tigers guards Tim Quarterman (55) and Anthony Hickey (1) force the ball away from Tennessee Volunteers guard Jordan McRae (52) during the second half on Tuesday in the Maravich Center.

BATON ROUGE, La. — On the eve of his 20th birthday, Jarnell Stokes watched college football’s national championship Monday with his Tennessee teammates in a Cajun seafood restaurant called Ralph and Kacoo’s.

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johnlg00 writes:

Great job, young man! I guess you are just going to continue to get a lot of shots blocked, but keep putting them up anyway. As they say, "Never up, never in." Still, you could be a little better at finishing. I thought you maintained your cool even in circumstances that might have frustrated you earlier. The perimeter guys are doing a great job of shaping up for their shots and their strokes look great right now.

volnsc writes:

A solid game on the road. Should be a confidence booster. They need to work on getting around the press, but all played very well, IMO. GBO

underthehill writes:

May have been the best game played by Stokes as a Vol..Stokes can rebound with any player in college basketball..and he will play in the NBA in that role..Maymon had a good game with his defense and passing..the Vols are not going to shoot the ball outside like this in all games..but when they do ..they are not likely to lose..I had given up any hope this team would make the big show..this does restore a bit that. the SEC is not likely to have more than 4 and may only have 3..can't afford to let up...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

May have been the best game played by Stokes as a Vol..Stokes can rebound with any player in college basketball..and he will play in the NBA in that role..Maymon had a good game with his defense and passing..the Vols are not going to shoot the ball outside like this in all games..but when they do ..they are not likely to lose..I had given up any hope this team would make the big show..this does restore a bit that. the SEC is not likely to have more than 4 and may only have 3..can't afford to let up...

I agree. A performance like this has to be merely one in a lengthy series. "Blind squirrels and acorns" and such OR a quantum leap in joint effectiveness. In recent games, the Vols have greatly improved the way they attack defenses. They have at last mastered the art of productive passes. They have done a better job of keeping the lane area open for drives, post-ups, and offensive rebounds. These all constitute at least a repeatable series if not an unbreakable habit pattern going forward.

grumpyman writes:

The Vols are more aggressive and playing more as a team.

Caspian writes:

Happy birthday Jarnell. Now if Stokes and Maymon could hit a layup and jump more than 6 inches off the floor.

underthehill writes:

Maymon does not appear to be the same player he was before his injury ..but he is the leader of this team..he is a great position defender..I still vividly recall how he shut down the Kentucky wannabe bully..Terrance Jones..he did the same against LSU..I have never seen him intimidated by any other player..I have seen several intimidated by him.. this is a huge part of the game..Maymon is dependable with the ball in his hands and is excellent at getting the ball to Stokes when he is in scoring position..Maymon does appear to have lost some of his lift off the floor ..but don't underestimate what he can still do..

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Maymon does not appear to be the same player he was before his injury ..but he is the leader of this team..he is a great position defender..I still vividly recall how he shut down the Kentucky wannabe bully..Terrance Jones..he did the same against LSU..I have never seen him intimidated by any other player..I have seen several intimidated by him.. this is a huge part of the game..Maymon is dependable with the ball in his hands and is excellent at getting the ball to Stokes when he is in scoring position..Maymon does appear to have lost some of his lift off the floor ..but don't underestimate what he can still do..

Players the size and build of Maymon and Stokes are just never going to be skywalkers, but that surely doesn't mean they can't play among the trees and thrive. They are both learning how to obtain favorable body position before going up with the ball. They are becoming more patient. They have learned not to have their ego invested in whether or not they get a shot blocked, though they DO have to make the ones they successfully worked to get. They screen for each other and they pass to each other. Both are shooting well from the FT line. They are going to keep getting better.

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