Inconsistent point guard play a growing concern for Tennessee men's basketball team

Lopez may be next in line as Barton struggles

If you figured Brandon Lopez’s time on the floor in Florida was mop-up duty in the most lopsided loss the Tennessee men’s basketball team has swallowed this season, you were wrong.

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UT4prez writes:

Zero urgency. To read these words you'd think Barton had tons of time left. He's a fifth year senior. You'd also think the season were still early. Nope. This far in and UT is searching for answers and Martin is tinkering with the lineup on the road against Florida. I'm not talking about Lopez. I'm talking about Chievous and Davis. Why did they suddenly get back into the rotation? Forget the NCAA tourney. We better watch it or we might not be in the NIT either.

wilk58 writes:

in response to UT4prez:

Zero urgency. To read these words you'd think Barton had tons of time left. He's a fifth year senior. You'd also think the season were still early. Nope. This far in and UT is searching for answers and Martin is tinkering with the lineup on the road against Florida. I'm not talking about Lopez. I'm talking about Chievous and Davis. Why did they suddenly get back into the rotation? Forget the NCAA tourney. We better watch it or we might not be in the NIT either.

Agree 100%. Twenty games in and not a set rotation. Spin it anyway you want with Lopez, but this is his third year. You would think CM would know whats he's got.

johndavid writes:

Maybe we should have let Minnesota's starting PG play for us , it would have been his dream.

It may take playing McRae at point and PLAYING bigger and taking advantage of mismatches caused by your shortest player being 6'6. Oh, I forgot , that would mean us playing zone alot and that is not allowed.

johnlg00 writes:

Well, I for one did expect a lot more from Barton, and I don't blame Martin for doing so either. I do think he got off to a slow start with the early leg injuries and then with the infected hangnail. If he can get back on track, with both defense and ball-handling, it would make all the difference for this team even if he never hits double-figures. As for Lopez, I admire his pluck and grit, but while there have been good college basketball teams with non-scoring PGs, they are pretty rare, and playing him just means one more opponent can camp in the lane to cut off drives and deny entry passes to the post. Thompson has actually looked better than I expected, but I don't think he can handle the bulk of the load at PG right now. So I guess it's going to be a case of "PG by committee" unless or until somebody finally seizes the job.

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