With Wednesday’s loss to the Virginia Cavaliers, the Tennessee Volunteers go 4-3 to begin the season. The only game that the Volunteers should have lost is the game against Oklahoma State. In the loss to Georgetown, Tennessee seemed to not know what to do with the basketball and were content to play defense and seemed to panic on offense. Tennessee need to fix this soon or this basketball season will be almost as disappointing as their football season (if that is possible).
Tennessee cannot score. Whether it is a lack of aggression, or early season jitters, no one knows, but one of the most prolific offenses in the SEC seems lackadaisical. Tennessee needs other players to gain some confidence and start shooting from outside. Everyone knows Kenny Hall and Jarnell Stokes are good down low, but what about some mid-range jump shots from players that are clearly capable of making them – like Josh Richardson. This team is very young, but they are all capable of playing with the best in the SEC. Cuonzo Martin needs to get at these players and encourage them to shoot. When their defense is as good as it is, a player can miss a few shots and not lose the game – Martin needs to let them know that.
It is still very early in the season – good news for the Vols, because they are a much better team than most give Tennessee credit. Trae Golden and Jordan McRae are two extremely talented players, and Skylar McBee may have the smoothest three pointer in the entire SEC. Oh, and Tennessee get All-SEC player Jeronne Maymon back from injury in the next few weeks. Expect the Vols to turn around this season very quickly and remember: they have the same record as Kentucky. This team will only continue to get better as the season goes towards March.