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Tennessee missed a bunch of shots and still won

Posted on: February 9, 2008 7:47 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2008 8:27 pm
Butch Pierre is one helluva defensive coach.

Or either Tennessee just picked a strange time to stink offensively.

Either way, the worst team in the SEC (LSU) spent Saturday nearly beating the best team in the SEC (Tennessee), and it's hard to imagine emotion didn't play a role. LSU was on the court roughly 24 hours after its coach, John Brady, had stood in front of reporters and discussed his in-season firing while battling back tears. That's a rally-the-troops moment every time. And so the Tigers used the inspiration to take the Vols into the final minute before losing on a turnover that led to a JaJuan Smith layup with 11 seconds remaining.

Final score: Tennessee 47, LSU 45.

Yep, UT scored just 47 points ... which is wild for a team that came in averaging 85.4 points per game . That number ranked first in the SEC and fifth in the nation. But it's difficult to reach the 80s (or 70s or 60s or 50s, even) while shooting 31.7 percent from the field (19-of-60), 26.3 percent from 3-point range (5-of-19) and 26.7 percent from the free throw line (4-of-15) , and how in the world can a group of players on full scholarships to a basketball power make just 4-of-15 free throw attempts?

Answer: I have no idea.

But the good news for Tennessee is that it managed to win another road game in spite of itself. The Vols' road record is now 7-1, and that's the main reason they will maintain the best RPI in the nation. Their next road game is Feb. 16 at Georgia, and a week after that they'll have a shot to derail Memphis' perfect season when they enter FedExForum for a showdown that has long been soldout and will make ticket scalpers rich if the current prices at StubHub are any indication.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Tennessee

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2008 9:41 pm

Tennessee missed a bunch of shots and still won

Whenever you go on the road to a tough inconfernce venue all you want is a win. tennessee accomplished that with everything against them . LSU was fired up, we shot 32% from the field, and our second leading scorer had a fever of 100+. I cannot wait for Feb. 23. If both teams win out to that date their will be tickets going for $15,000. Go Vols


Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2008 9:37 pm

Tennessee missed a bunch of shots and still won

I agree completly anytime you can get a quality road win in confernece you take it.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2008 9:20 pm

Tennessee missed a bunch of shots and still won

Good post, I think it was possibly a little of both. They had a good crowd and looked fired up. Tennessee was not on their game offensively. There is no defense that can stop Tennessee from scoring for ten whole minutes, that's a problem. I know Jajuan had the flue and had a 101 fever before the game. I guess it was a good game to play terrible in and they perservered to win the game. They need to move on now and get ready for Arkansas.

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