Matchup: Tennessee vs. Notre Dame

Mississippi State guard Savannah Carter (51) tries to dribble past the defense of Tennessee forward Jasmine Jones, left, and center Isabelle Harrison (20) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Mississippi State guard Savannah Carter (51) tries to dribble past the defense of Tennessee forward Jasmine Jones, left, and center Isabelle Harrison (20) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Matchup: Tennessee vs. Notre Dame

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underthehill writes:

Have not seen ND play..but sounds like the Lady Vols may have to zone if their outside defense is like it has been against quick guards..such as Vandy...I expect a good game from the Lady Vols..

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Have not seen ND play..but sounds like the Lady Vols may have to zone if their outside defense is like it has been against quick guards..such as Vandy...I expect a good game from the Lady Vols..

The zone may be the LVs' only chance; I think ND would absolutely carve up their man-to-man. The LVs offense will be more important than the defense, IMHO. With what will probably be a pretty big, loud home crowd, one would hope that the LVs were inspired to play good defense, but you also hope they aren't so keyed up that they can't shoot with a relaxed stroke. If the shooters aren't hitting, they could wind up with a final total in the 40's, a sure loss even if they really defend ND well.

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