The Tennessee Volunteers’ next game is against an undefeated – and now ranked – Wichita State team. After back to back ugly losses with low scoring to Virginia and Georgetown, Tennessee is in need of a marquee win.
Tennessee is one of the most talented teams in the SEC, especially when it comes to the post. The Volunteers possess one of the best players in the country in Jarnell Stokes. They also have an injured All-SEC player in Jeronne Maymon, who Tennessee misses greatly on offense. Maymon is one of those players who always finds a way to score down low, and with so much of the opposing defense focusing on Maymon and Stokes, players like Trae Golden and Jordan McRae will be able to find a way to score. Tennessee misses Maymon and the threat he brings to the offense.
No one questions Tennessee’s defense; it is clearly one of the best in the county. However, their offense is a little shaky. Without the offensive rebounding threat of Maymon, Skylar McBee seems to be the only player on the court who is not scared of shooting. Coach Cuonzo Martin needs to drill a scoring mindset into these players before they lose another game they should have won.
Whenever Maymon returns – before the start of SEC play, so fairly soon – the Volunteers will be a top offensive team in the SEC. However, Tennessee cannot wait until later in the season to start winning. They need a win, and they need one bad. The game against Wichita State could mark that win, but we will have to wait until Thursday to find out.