The little things added up for Tennessee in 74-66 loss to Kentucky

Tennessee guard Quinton Chievous (31), Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon (34) and Tennessee center Rawane 'Pops' Ndiaye (10), from left, walk off court after losing to Tennessee 74-66 at University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena in Lexington on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Quinton Chievous (31), Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon (34) and Tennessee center Rawane "Pops" Ndiaye (10), from left, walk off court after losing to Tennessee 74-66 at University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena in Lexington on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — If Cuonzo Martin had known before Saturday’s game that his guys would bully Kentucky in the fight for rebounds and points around the basket, the Tennessee men’s basketball coach would have been optimistic.

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vut5686#1405392 writes:

I applaud effort. Reading this report, however, if the game plan is not working...do we ever know how to try something else? That said, if a team cannot hit shots, it loses most of the time. We did not; they did..and won.

baneberry writes:

Quit recruiting "athletes" and start recruiting someone that can shoot the ball. Chris Lofton types are out there, it seems like every team has one except Tennessee. All coaches seem to look for anymore is someone that can throw down a dunk. Most of these same guys can't make a simple free throw and their outside shots hit the backboard so hard, the ball bounces to half-court. You can't tell me there aren't three-star recruits out there that can flat-out shoot the ball.

I guarantee you that Jarnell Stokes, if given the chance, can shoot the three-ball better than any of the guards or wings that Tennessee has - I know Wayne Chism could.

Plasticman85 writes:

in response to baneberry:

Quit recruiting "athletes" and start recruiting someone that can shoot the ball. Chris Lofton types are out there, it seems like every team has one except Tennessee. All coaches seem to look for anymore is someone that can throw down a dunk. Most of these same guys can't make a simple free throw and their outside shots hit the backboard so hard, the ball bounces to half-court. You can't tell me there aren't three-star recruits out there that can flat-out shoot the ball.

I guarantee you that Jarnell Stokes, if given the chance, can shoot the three-ball better than any of the guards or wings that Tennessee has - I know Wayne Chism could.

Surely you Are kidding? Stokes has just started hitting 10-15 jump shots this season. No way he should be shooting 3's.

murrayvol writes:

Good effort......bad result. Really good teams have a hard time at Rupp. We're not a "really good" team.

murrayvol writes:

in response to baneberry:

Quit recruiting "athletes" and start recruiting someone that can shoot the ball. Chris Lofton types are out there, it seems like every team has one except Tennessee. All coaches seem to look for anymore is someone that can throw down a dunk. Most of these same guys can't make a simple free throw and their outside shots hit the backboard so hard, the ball bounces to half-court. You can't tell me there aren't three-star recruits out there that can flat-out shoot the ball.

I guarantee you that Jarnell Stokes, if given the chance, can shoot the three-ball better than any of the guards or wings that Tennessee has - I know Wayne Chism could.

There once a kid named Robin Cude who averaged 46 ppg game at Obion Central. When he played for UT Martin (OVC) he averaged about 4.

Why is that? He was going against "athletes" not nearly as good as those we see at UK, Duke, KU, etc. Most of the great athletes who can also shoot wind up at the above institutions and their like.

Stokes ain't no Chism. When Jarnell starts making most of his 8-12 footers, then he can work on his 3 ball.

wigmeister writes:

Good teams somehow find a way to win close games. Enough said.

johnlg00 writes:

Stokes has only been TAKING 10'-15' shots lately, but his shooting form has looked great for most of the season. I think he could shoot 3-pointers if he worked on them, though I hope he doesn't take as many as Chism.

As to the other comment above, I have taken a ride or two on that particular hobby-horse myself. Athleticism is a wonderful thing; most people who play sports and games could stand to have more of it. However, it does seem these days that it is better to look, run, and jump like an athlete than to execute the precision skills of a game like basketball.

The "macho" school of defense holds that you can't be a really good player unless you can personally dominate your man on defense. This reduces the game of basketball to single combat. Well, lots of things can go wrong one-on-one, especially if one is at a disadvantage, so I think it is smarter to bring help!

The fact is that it doesn't really take a whole lot of defense to stop most players these days because they already shoot so poorly on average that there are always one or two who don't need to take up attention needed elsewhere. If there is one guy who's tearing you up, ALL of you need to do something to stop him, even if it is only stationing one man permanently in the part of the floor the opponents like to work the most.

When everybody is participating in the team defense, then it is relatively less important if one guy is not a real defensive stopper on his own. So you play zones and junk defenses so your smallish suburbanite can shoot, pass, dribble, locate, make FTs, etc., i.e., put POINTS on the board. But most coaches don't seem to see it that way, so the average fundamental skill level of the players will continue to drop, even as they run faster and jump higher than ever before.

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