Home wasn't where the heart was for UT against Texas A&M

Texas A&M loss a step back for Vols

Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) maneuvers around Texas A&M guard Jordan Green (5) for a layup on a breakaway during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) maneuvers around Texas A&M guard Jordan Green (5) for a layup on a breakaway during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

So much for home-court advantage. Five of the seven SEC men’s basketball teams playing at home Saturday walked off the court losers.

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Comments » 7

Plasticman85 writes:

Poor coaching is once again going to afford this team another first round game at TBA in the NIT

Dude1980 writes:

Coach Martin is digging himself a buy out

fannotsheep writes:

Just when you think this team has turned a corner they walk out into traffic. Unfortunately a trademark of Martin's teams is the uncanny ability to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. These kind of games make you question why you pull for a team -- the missed free throws, the wasted possessions, the lack of any kind of strategy to put a game away -- unbelievable.

bogey74 writes:

Coaching was very poor - again. Why no timeout when Maymon was at the line to discuss strategy? Why no timeout when Jordan was trapped in the corner? Why was Jordan trapped in the corner? Why no time out after A & M hit the 3 to take the lead? Why no zone to stop A & M 's penetration? Coaching 101.This staff appears lost...

ML2020 writes:

Maymon choked. Not Martin's fault.

RockyTop1 writes:

How do you lose a 14 point lead at home?? LACK OF FOCUS!!

johnlg00 writes:

Any time a game is decided by one point, it is obvious that there were countless little plays which could have gone only slightly more favorably toward the winner and flipped the results. But of course it is the failure to dominate in enough of those situations all along that puts you in those last-second jams in the first place.

It is SO hard to get young players to play the game that is before them in close concert with other skilled players rather than the one they are playing in their respective heads. When the eyes wander, when you see that "1000-yard stare" on the court or in the huddle, team communication is breaking down and somebody, preferably the head man, needs to straighten it out RIGHT NOW.

Some of the players are worse at paying attention to the proper things than others, but the few who work the team way the hardest MUST command the attention of the others. Any who can't cut it right now can sit and think about how they can get better. The way everybody is playing now, not more than two or three players could be said to be irreplaceable and there would seem to be a lot of bodies to try in those other roles.

The question may be, why wasn't more of this experimentation going on earlier? Perhaps it was, but it may simply be because of the physical similarity of all the guys that it was hard to say which would be best in what roles and in what combinations. But their own youth and/or inconsistency made it hard to know WHICH ONES to use when certain things aren't working. Until a couple of guys show that they can deliver on both ends of the court on a regular basis, the team will continue to stagger.

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