Mike Strange: A 3-0 SEC start by Vols would be a 180 from last season

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Tennessee Volunteers guard Darius Thompson (15) is pressured by LSU Tigers forward Jarell Martin (12) as LSU Tigers guard Malik Morgan (24) looks on 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 -- Tennessee Volunteers guard Darius Thompson (15) is pressured by LSU Tigers forward Jarell Martin (12) as LSU Tigers guard Malik Morgan (24) looks on during the second half on Tuesday in the Maravich Center.

Cuonzo Martin has to play ’em one game at a time. As the man responsible for Tennessee men’s basketball, that’s a sound policy.

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stevefromjasper writes:

It's actually the first year since 1953, not 1922, that Kentucky has not played in Knoxville. They didn't play in 1953, because Adolph Corrupt's Wildcats were serving their death penalty season. We should never pass up an opportunity to educate readers that Kentucky basketball was the first program ever to serve an NCAA death penalty. It's a fact they don't teach in the Kentucky public schools.

stevefromjasper writes:

I see now that you said "in seasons in which both schools fielded a team," so 1922 is correct. Kentucky's corruption prevented them from fielding a team in 1953.

johnlg00 writes:

The Vols are hopefully in the middle of a long stretch of exemplary basketball. Their identity as a team is taking on more of that character of toughness promised by the "tougher breed" ad campaign. Until recently, that campaign seemed to me to be an only semi-successful attempt by Martin to give them an image to live up TO. Well, whether or not it is image or reality, the Vols certainly LOOK a lot more like contenders than they did a month ago.

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