No. 6 Florida stifles Tennessee, 67-41

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) moves the ball down court as Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) tries to keep up during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) moves the ball down court as Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) tries to keep up during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Tennessee players not named Jarnell Stokes never found their touch and the Vols lost to No. 6 Florida 67-41 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday.

The Gators (17-3, 6-0 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak to UT and strengthened their vice grip on the No. 1 spot in the conference standings.

The Vols (12-7, 3-3) posted season-lows in shooting percentage (28.6) and points scored.

Stokes scored 16 and pulled down 10 rebounds for the 28th double-double of his career. He made six of nine shots. Senior forward Jeronne Maymon (eight points, seven rebounds) made four of eight. Their teammates made five of 39.

The Vols trailed 26-19 at halftime, which was somewhat remarkable since they shot just 26.9 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from 3-point range. The 19 points were a season-low.

Florida’s swarming defense — combined with the inability of the Vols’ guards to score — resulted in a UT scoring drought that didn’t see a field goal for 8:46. But the Gators didn’t pounce on the opportunity until the second half.

The Gators started the second on a 21-5 run. Their defense remained stifling. The Vols continued to shoot, and miss.

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azuamaria#216297 writes:

We suck!!

UT4prez writes:

Guys. Pure and simple. This team is mediocre. Lower your expectations or face disappointment regularly. Stokes has stepped up but even he has some major flaws that good coaching should help. Either he isn't getting good coaching or he isn't accepting the coaching. If the latter is so then why not find a way to get his attention? That's why I think he isn't getting the coaching. He waits for the double and triple teams rather than moving fast, he dribbles too much, has never thrown a skip pass in his career, and every player, even the short guards, scores over Stokes EVERY SINGLE TIME. Watch when he defends someone driving. They score every time! All this complaining and he is by far the biggest bright spot! That says a lot.

McRae drives me nuts. Even when he drops 34 on Arkansas he has so many stupid plays and sloppy turnovers. He is not a smart player at all and in the clutch he chokes such as when he misses important free throws.

Why can't we beat a press? Why can't we move the ball effectively against a zone to get a good shot? Why does the entire team miss free throws that matter? Why do we let other teams get to the rim so easily? Regardless of the answers the reality is all of these things are true and that means we are an inconsistent and mediocre team. The question is, when we don't make the tournament, will they fire Martin? I have a bad feeling they won't. I hope they do though. His teams have been fundamentally poor since he got here and that is extremely frustrating and, to me, why we struggle.

smithm#1382509 writes:

Please ESPN do not put us back on TV until we make a coaching change... Looks like the first time we ever saw a zone.. Did we even scout Florida before we decided not to show up today?

Chris_L75 writes:

I keep seeing "insiders" like Wes Rucker insist that no coaching change will be made no matter what - miss the NIT, losing SEC record, you name it. Is there some kind of recruiting bonanza about to happen that none of us knows about? Because if not, and if this trajectory keeps playing out, I genuinely pity the folks who handle season ticket sales and promotional ideas for next year. What kind of "breed" will we become then?

It's all too easy to blame fans for being angry and not showing up (though I still plan to go on Wednesday if only to see what antics Henderson has planned). Do any national observers not named Jimmy Dykes consider this a well-coached team? Are they on the "same page" in attacking a press and passing out of double teams? Has any single area improved from the end of last season?

Yes, Florida is good. But we used to look them in the eye when they were this good or better.

bUTch__please writes:

At least it was a clean kill.

wilk58 writes:

Now that was a butt whipping!!

OrangePride writes:

Uhhh let's see. The 1, 2, 3 spots shoot a sizzling 13%? Really? This has been our story in almost every loss for the last 2 years... unexplainably atrocious shooting. And as I have said before; this will not be the last time we see this kind of performance. THIS IS the new normal for Tennessee; a pretty good outing followed by a dismal one. If we thought last Weds was a bad turnout at TBA with only about 11000 fannies in seats, this Weds could be worse. Folks have about given up on this season and it is sad to see a team that entered the season with so much promise just never quite get it together. If CCM is to be here next season, he really really needs that late season run to start NOW!

UT4prez writes:

in response to Chris_L75:

I keep seeing "insiders" like Wes Rucker insist that no coaching change will be made no matter what - miss the NIT, losing SEC record, you name it. Is there some kind of recruiting bonanza about to happen that none of us knows about? Because if not, and if this trajectory keeps playing out, I genuinely pity the folks who handle season ticket sales and promotional ideas for next year. What kind of "breed" will we become then?

It's all too easy to blame fans for being angry and not showing up (though I still plan to go on Wednesday if only to see what antics Henderson has planned). Do any national observers not named Jimmy Dykes consider this a well-coached team? Are they on the "same page" in attacking a press and passing out of double teams? Has any single area improved from the end of last season?

Yes, Florida is good. But we used to look them in the eye when they were this good or better.

Florida is definitely better than last year. We beat them last year because they played with even less discipline than we did. When they got in the SEC tournament last year they stopped shooting so many wild 3s and moved the ball well to get good looks. Next thing you know they went on a run that carried into the NCAA tournament.

We should be better and look like we are at times. The results are about the same though. What really bugs me is they quit at times today. And why in the world did we suddenly start playing Davis and Chievous so much? I could be wrong about Chievous but I know for sure Davis has not been playing. Why suddenly now? Why did Martin go back to a larger rotation? That didn't work at all. And when Stokes was our only offense why was he on the bench for what seemed like forever in the first half?

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Soft, weak, pathetic, three seniors that passed and mailed it in.
The players should apologize to the coaches, Vol nation and America for having to block prime time allowing these misfits to embarrass the orange and white.
Coach Martin had beaten the gators in Gville last year with a team much less talented but more hungry. In fact he beat UF twice last year. Quit saying it is the coaches fault! He didn't shoot 2-29 or like McRae 1-15.
Racism is alive and well in K-town. When are the players going to be held accountable? This team's issues are not coaching they are personal! They lost their composure and skills like the A@M loss and what the LV's have done.
This team failed to compete.
Loserville!

OrangePride writes:

in response to Chris_L75:

I keep seeing "insiders" like Wes Rucker insist that no coaching change will be made no matter what - miss the NIT, losing SEC record, you name it. Is there some kind of recruiting bonanza about to happen that none of us knows about? Because if not, and if this trajectory keeps playing out, I genuinely pity the folks who handle season ticket sales and promotional ideas for next year. What kind of "breed" will we become then?

It's all too easy to blame fans for being angry and not showing up (though I still plan to go on Wednesday if only to see what antics Henderson has planned). Do any national observers not named Jimmy Dykes consider this a well-coached team? Are they on the "same page" in attacking a press and passing out of double teams? Has any single area improved from the end of last season?

Yes, Florida is good. But we used to look them in the eye when they were this good or better.

I'll be there with you Weds and for the same reason..to see what craziness Henderson brings this year. And you are so right about what our future looks like. Last time I looked, we lose 4 seniors including all the post players. Worse yet, we had the 41st rated recruiting class. Are you kidding? 41st?!! So we will be more like Georgia next year than Kentucky or Florida. So, if somehow CMM survives this year, he will not survive next year...worse yet; neither will we.

underthehill writes:

I do think the Vols knew Fla was going to press and they did try to prepare for it..Fla was so quick and well coached they made it work..the Vols not getting open looks outside was really mind boggling for me..Fla defense just simply dominated..and they did it with a zone..while our predictable man defense was giving up their expected number of uncontested drives down the lane..if there was any adjustments on defense during the game ..I didn't see it..

bogey74 writes:

Fox Sports South commentators are trashing the Vols. I hear similar comments weekly from national and regional folks - Disappointing and embarrassing...

bricker865#1439238 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

I'll be there with you Weds and for the same reason..to see what craziness Henderson brings this year. And you are so right about what our future looks like. Last time I looked, we lose 4 seniors including all the post players. Worse yet, we had the 41st rated recruiting class. Are you kidding? 41st?!! So we will be more like Georgia next year than Kentucky or Florida. So, if somehow CMM survives this year, he will not survive next year...worse yet; neither will we.

We'll be lucky to be like Georgia next year. We might be lucky with a new a new coach.

murrayvol writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

At least it was a clean kill.

Should hold up as post of the day.

murrayvol writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Uhhh let's see. The 1, 2, 3 spots shoot a sizzling 13%? Really? This has been our story in almost every loss for the last 2 years... unexplainably atrocious shooting. And as I have said before; this will not be the last time we see this kind of performance. THIS IS the new normal for Tennessee; a pretty good outing followed by a dismal one. If we thought last Weds was a bad turnout at TBA with only about 11000 fannies in seats, this Weds could be worse. Folks have about given up on this season and it is sad to see a team that entered the season with so much promise just never quite get it together. If CCM is to be here next season, he really really needs that late season run to start NOW!

By my calculator 2 for 29 comes in at just under 7%. Must've been the lights.

That has to be Guinness worthy.

wigmeister writes:

They outquicked us all afternoon. Sad, so sad!

Realityvolgrad writes:

We really need to point the finger at jimmy cheek. He has done more to dismantle UT Sports than Smoky with rabies.

RoadTrip writes:

Don't worry, folks. Bama Dave will be all over this. Bama was a national power when he was Asst. AD there! Well, maybe not. But Florida State was a national power when he was AD there all those years! Well, maybe not. But East Carolina was a national power when he was there! Well, maybe not. But he played the game at Bama when he was in school nearly 50 years ago! Whew - knew there was somebody we could depend on to help our situation.

LOL!

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Soft, weak, pathetic, three seniors that passed and mailed it in.
The players should apologize to the coaches, Vol nation and America for having to block prime time allowing these misfits to embarrass the orange and white.
Coach Martin had beaten the gators in Gville last year with a team much less talented but more hungry. In fact he beat UF twice last year. Quit saying it is the coaches fault! He didn't shoot 2-29 or like McRae 1-15.
Racism is alive and well in K-town. When are the players going to be held accountable? This team's issues are not coaching they are personal! They lost their composure and skills like the A@M loss and what the LV's have done.
This team failed to compete.
Loserville!

I'm not sure what your agenda is, but this is clearly not racism. It is about poor coaching. Black, white, red, green or purple this staff cannot coach. We have mostly four and five star players who are not performing. We have one, and only one, chance to cut Cuonzo loose and get coach Pearl back. Short of getting coach Pearl back next year we are done as a possible basketball power for the next generation.

oldschoolvol writes:

Every game we are basically playing 4 on 5 as we are getting nothing out of our point guard position. If there was such a thing as a difference maker today Wilbekin was it. Same story every game. We get dominated by the other team's point. Meanwhile whoever plays point guard for us doesn't penetrate, shoot well, get the ball to the bigs or direct the offense with any efficiency at all. I hate to admit it but we miss Golden badly. You have to put this on the coaching staff as they knew we needed a point this year regardless of whether Golden stayed or not and they failed to deliver. I am sure Thompson will get better over time but this was our year to produce and not having a good point has wrecked our offense.

brokebackvol writes:

Wake me if the Vols basketball program becomes relevant again. Hopefully we are not heading down o another the Wade Houston type era. Nice guy, but wrong coach for UT.

rumaso writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Soft, weak, pathetic, three seniors that passed and mailed it in.
The players should apologize to the coaches, Vol nation and America for having to block prime time allowing these misfits to embarrass the orange and white.
Coach Martin had beaten the gators in Gville last year with a team much less talented but more hungry. In fact he beat UF twice last year. Quit saying it is the coaches fault! He didn't shoot 2-29 or like McRae 1-15.
Racism is alive and well in K-town. When are the players going to be held accountable? This team's issues are not coaching they are personal! They lost their composure and skills like the A@M loss and what the LV's have done.
This team failed to compete.
Loserville!

Racism? You mean the fact their isn't a single white player on the team? Yea I thought so.

Snapshot writes:

Has this staff never coached against a zone defense?
Has this staff never coached against a full court press? Is this program going to be allowed to fall back to the Wade Houston era depths before something is done? I had hope went C. Martin was hired, but have seen too many games like this to hold any hope for the future.

I agree with a previous post, that weasel Jimmy Cheek needs to go, also. He is the one that decided to fire Bruce Pearl, and is the reason Bruce has no desire to come back until he is GONE!

bricker865#1439238 writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Has this staff never coached against a zone defense?
Has this staff never coached against a full court press? Is this program going to be allowed to fall back to the Wade Houston era depths before something is done? I had hope went C. Martin was hired, but have seen too many games like this to hold any hope for the future.

I agree with a previous post, that weasel Jimmy Cheek needs to go, also. He is the one that decided to fire Bruce Pearl, and is the reason Bruce has no desire to come back until he is GONE!

Yes. I agree Cheek must go!!! He is a twerp and I'm befuddled on how we keep ending up with washed up administrators/AD's from rival schools (i.e. Doug Dickey etc.) I'll give Hart a bye for now since he did hire Coach Jones (who I think is a tremendous asset so far)

UT4prez writes:

Amazing. In another article Stokes said Florida doubled the post and no one was open outside. Really? Do they have 6 people? They doubled and rotated so the backside guy on the opposite wing was the one open. It felt like no one was open because Jarnell would wait on that double like he does every time and try to dribble out of it rather than pass. The other players would just stand with their arms up calling for the ball rather than moving. Basketball 101 escapes this team of juniors and seniors. I love watching Stokes flash to the high post too. A slug could get there faster. Because of this slow movement the D communicates easily that he is coming and the guards sag down just enough to deter the pass. So we just pass the ball around the outside of the zone mostly and throw up a bad shot with the clock winding down. Yes Florida is very good but we helped make them look even better with terrible execution and poor basketball IQ.

OrangePride writes:

in response to murrayvol:

By my calculator 2 for 29 comes in at just under 7%. Must've been the lights.

That has to be Guinness worthy.

Must have misread something. I thought it was 5 for 39. Whatever.... it was miserable.

wilk58 writes:

in response to oldschoolvol:

Every game we are basically playing 4 on 5 as we are getting nothing out of our point guard position. If there was such a thing as a difference maker today Wilbekin was it. Same story every game. We get dominated by the other team's point. Meanwhile whoever plays point guard for us doesn't penetrate, shoot well, get the ball to the bigs or direct the offense with any efficiency at all. I hate to admit it but we miss Golden badly. You have to put this on the coaching staff as they knew we needed a point this year regardless of whether Golden stayed or not and they failed to deliver. I am sure Thompson will get better over time but this was our year to produce and not having a good point has wrecked our offense.

You hit it flush.

Buttcrackhead writes:

We ######### SUCK

VibrantVol writes:

Cheek & Hart are total buffoons if they don't fire Martin & rehire Pearl. With all the talent we have, Pearl would've had this team at the top of the SEC right now. Instead we're in the bottom half of the league & falling.

Word has it that Alabama wants to hire Pearl. That would add insult to injury to UT fans, since he will wind up knocking us out of tournaments & beating us if we let them hire him.

Martin has never made it to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach & never will. He will never get a job at this level again. He has no clue how to design an offense. The stats today were atrocious.

We have more talent than we've had in ages. However, once these seniors leave & Stokes takes an early exit, our team will be decimated next season. We absolutely MUST fire Martin or our basketball program will fall off the map. It is practically irrelevant nationally now, & that is absolutely unacceptable for a program that has one of the biggest budgets in the country.

This guy posts as DeerPark12 on Hoopsville:

http://www.utsports.com/genrel/061702...

Check out his posts at this link, including his defense of Cheek:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=7&...

As you can see from that link, most everyone else has called him out as a shill for the UT administration, of which he is a part. It is obvious that the attorney that UT hired conspired with UT & Cheek against Pearl to get him fired. Look at how another school that is mentioned in the link above is doing by thumbing their nose at the NCAA & keeping a coach that had a show cause order entered against their basketball coach & is doing well, which is what UT & Cheek should've done with Pearl if they had any backbone....

http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/m-ba...

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-baske...

Cheek was a fool not to keep Pearl & do the same thing UCF has done. They are achieving far more with a coach that can't recruit off campus than we are with one that can't coach at all.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to oldschoolvol:

Every game we are basically playing 4 on 5 as we are getting nothing out of our point guard position. If there was such a thing as a difference maker today Wilbekin was it. Same story every game. We get dominated by the other team's point. Meanwhile whoever plays point guard for us doesn't penetrate, shoot well, get the ball to the bigs or direct the offense with any efficiency at all. I hate to admit it but we miss Golden badly. You have to put this on the coaching staff as they knew we needed a point this year regardless of whether Golden stayed or not and they failed to deliver. I am sure Thompson will get better over time but this was our year to produce and not having a good point has wrecked our offense.

That is why they got Barton. He has not turned out to be the difference-maker that I, for one among many, thought he would be. He got off to a bad start, getting hurt just before the start of the season, and then apparently getting dinged a few more times since, and now he is behind in conditioning and his confidence is hurt. I agree that Thompson is going to be a nice player. It was to Martin's credit that he signed Barton and Thompson, but not necessarily his fault that Barton has not so far come through and Thompson is a freshman who occasionally plays like one.

JSmith525 writes:

This is the worse coached, least motivated team in the SEC maybe in the entire NCAA. Sad!

JSmith525 writes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32Zwsn...

Can you say, CLUELESS! Geeze, If this theam is the 3rd best in the SEC then SEC basketball really sucks!

UT4prez writes:

in response to johnlg00:

That is why they got Barton. He has not turned out to be the difference-maker that I, for one among many, thought he would be. He got off to a bad start, getting hurt just before the start of the season, and then apparently getting dinged a few more times since, and now he is behind in conditioning and his confidence is hurt. I agree that Thompson is going to be a nice player. It was to Martin's credit that he signed Barton and Thompson, but not necessarily his fault that Barton has not so far come through and Thompson is a freshman who occasionally plays like one.

John, I generally agree with you, and will play devil's advocate here. Martin may have missed the mark in evaluating Barton. He did nothing at Memphis. Of course us fans talked him up like he was an all conference player but that was not the case at all.

Thompson does play like a freshman but even a freshman should know not to pick up your dribble as much as he does. That happens because he is not confident with his dribbling. I could be wrong but didn't I read an article about him saying he was not actually a point guard in high school?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to UT4prez:

John, I generally agree with you, and will play devil's advocate here. Martin may have missed the mark in evaluating Barton. He did nothing at Memphis. Of course us fans talked him up like he was an all conference player but that was not the case at all.

Thompson does play like a freshman but even a freshman should know not to pick up your dribble as much as he does. That happens because he is not confident with his dribbling. I could be wrong but didn't I read an article about him saying he was not actually a point guard in high school?

I don't think anybody expected Barton to come in and be a world-beater. It was thought by many that it wouldn't take one to be better than Golden at certain key PG tasks. And just because Barton's playing time was declining on a team with a rising talent base, that doesn't mean he couldn't fill a role for the Vols. I know it didn't help when he kept getting injured. All-star-type PGs don't just grow on trees and Pearl mostly failed to recruit one as well. It is easy to fault Martin for many things these days, but what lots of reasonable people saw when they looked at the Vol backcourt situation in the preseason was a much rosier prospect than what has materialized, I will grant you that.

UT4prez writes:

Thanks for responding and having a civil and intelligent discussion. Most people on here insult you if you don't agree with what they say. I didn't figure you would be that way and you aren't.

Regardless of what has happened or what will happen I'll continue to watch and continue to cheer for the Vols. Even though I believe Martin should be let go I would much rather the Vols start winning and show Martin to be the best coach in the country. That's what I want. Go Vols!

rumaso writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Has this staff never coached against a zone defense?
Has this staff never coached against a full court press? Is this program going to be allowed to fall back to the Wade Houston era depths before something is done? I had hope went C. Martin was hired, but have seen too many games like this to hold any hope for the future.

I agree with a previous post, that weasel Jimmy Cheek needs to go, also. He is the one that decided to fire Bruce Pearl, and is the reason Bruce has no desire to come back until he is GONE!

Its in free fall as we speak.

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