Jordan McRae in his 'environment' against Arkansas, 81-74

34 points is 1 shy of career high

Tennessee guard Armani Moore (4) blocks a shot by Arkansas guard Rickey Scott Jr. (3) during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Armani Moore (4) blocks a shot by Arkansas guard Rickey Scott Jr. (3) during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Two teams with very troubling tendencies got together Wednesday.

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wilk58 writes:

"Consistence" just isn't a word I would use to describe this team.

Plasticman85 writes:

Anderson complaining about the flagrant foul call? Seriously? The guy basically tackled Maymon. That will be called "flagrant" 100% of the time. Vols pulled out a must win. Little room for error if they want to do "dancing" in March.

wigmeister writes:

McRae is a PLAYER! Glad he is on our side.

Sauce writes:

Even in the last five minutes there was too much standing around on offense. I will give this team credit because they will crash the boards. McRae willed them to victory just like he carried them last season. Can we afford to play Barton during crunch time when he can't make free throws? Maymon has heart and Stokes didn't quit even though he had a sub par game. For some reason, this offense can not get open looks for three pointers. At least now this team knows that every SEC game they play will be a dogfight and they better show up ready to play!

ProudVol writes:

in response to Plasticman85:

Anderson complaining about the flagrant foul call? Seriously? The guy basically tackled Maymon. That will be called "flagrant" 100% of the time. Vols pulled out a must win. Little room for error if they want to do "dancing" in March.

They called an intentional foul, not a flagrant foul (Ark coach mistakenly called it flagrant). Agree that the play the Arkansas player made would be called intentional nearly every time. It was a real boneheaded play. I just don't understand why the coach feels the rules should be different at the end of the game. I have never understood that mindset.

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to ProudVol:

They called an intentional foul, not a flagrant foul (Ark coach mistakenly called it flagrant). Agree that the play the Arkansas player made would be called intentional nearly every time. It was a real boneheaded play. I just don't understand why the coach feels the rules should be different at the end of the game. I have never understood that mindset.

+1 I only watched the last 4 or so minutes but I did see that foul. It was rightly called intentional because the Arkansas player wrapped his arms around Maymon and pinned Maymon's arms to his body. He was not going after the ball at all.

underthehill writes:

Maymon was working hard to give McRae good screens and not get called for moving screens..McRae was using the screens better and not giving the defender room to get to him..this is what should happen every game and should have been happening all year ..it is basic basketball used to get open looks outside.. McRae had a great game..Stokes ..not so much ..he could have been called several times for pushing off with one hand and extending the other for the rebound..he won't get away with this on the road..glad this game was not played at Ark..and the slim chances of getting to the big show are still there..

johnlg00 writes:

Just one more lap in this grueling distance race. It has been somewhat disappointing that it has taken the team this long to find out what it does and doesn't do best, but I think they are beginning to get it. It seems most college teams these days have collective ADD; they just can't keep in their heads more than a few minutes at a time just what it is they are trying to do.

I have a feeling lots of those who are so down on the Vols--both men and women--right now must not be watching much other ball. I haven't seen Arizona that much this year, but every other current top-25 team has had any number of squeakers and stinkers. Other brand-name programs are historically bad. On the women's side, there is UConn a fair step ahead of, say, Stanford and ND and then a welter of teams who can all beat each other. We could all wish the Vols were doing better, but they could still do well and we should count our blessings as long as they last.

Plasticman85 writes:

Chances of dancing in March are better than "slim" at this point as I think UT is the 3rd team in a 3 team race to make the tourney. If they can keep winning all the games they should and not lose to any team besides FL twice and maybe 1 to Mizzou, they should be in with a 13-5 SEC record. Anything other losses and they will be skating on thin ice.

RoadTrip writes:

Not much margin for error left. Have to win all they should and one or two others against good RPI teams like UF and Mizzou.

I have no problem with them playing the way they did last night if all of them are working hard when they are on the floor. They will get their wins if they do. Can't say the effort was there with Stokes. His first half was pathetic. But, all of them float through games at times. They do not maintain their intensity well. A good HC knows how to change that quickly. Will see if Zo ever learns how to do it.

fannotsheep writes:

Amazing to me that Martin doesn't have a better understanding of his team and that he doesn't seem capable of lighting a fire under them. They don't come out ready to play -- either they're sluggish to begin the game or to start the second half -- it's one or the other nearly every game. If this team played inspired basketball the first five minutes of each half -- and hit the free throws late in games, we would have something.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

Amazing to me that Martin doesn't have a better understanding of his team and that he doesn't seem capable of lighting a fire under them. They don't come out ready to play -- either they're sluggish to begin the game or to start the second half -- it's one or the other nearly every game. If this team played inspired basketball the first five minutes of each half -- and hit the free throws late in games, we would have something.

I thought the first five minutes of the UK game were about the best the Vols have played this year. I do agree with you in general that slow starts have been an issue for quite some time now. I have suggested that they start a game with about 3-4 minutes in an all-out press. For one thing, it would shock opponents to death that staid, stoic Cuonzo Martin would do such a thing. For another, it might stake them to a nice early lead, and if it is working, pour it on! Finally, it might impress upon the players that it is time to start playing...NOW! You always wonder about free-throws, but really, the ones who shoot the most are pretty good--in Jordan's and Jarnell's cases, pretty darned good. No reason to give up on this team yet. They may yet surprise us in a good way!

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