By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on April 15, 2014
The Tennessee Volunteers barely made it into the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but once they did they dominated. Led by arguably the best offensive rebounders in the country, the Vols made it all the way to the Sweet 16 and narrowly missed out on a berth against SEC rivals Kentucky in the Elite Eight. Here are five takeaways from Tennessee’s 2013-14 college basketball season.
There may not have been a tougher team in college basketball this season than the Volunteers. They didn’t always play the prettiest basketball, but it got them to the tournament.
Tennessee would’ve been one of the best teams in the country if they had a proven three-point scorer. It happened time and time again that the Vols would dominate an opponent all over the floor but go less than 20 percent from three and lose the game.
With good minutes from players like Armani Moore and Derek Reese, as well as the return of Robert Hubbs III and the new-found scoring ability of Josh Richardson, Tennessee may have lost their muscle, but they still have their heart.
While the somewhat ignorant side of Tennessee’s fanbase tends to live in the past and was shouting for Cuonzo Martin’s job, Auburn brought in Bruce Pearl instead. Pearl’s time at Tennessee was great, but it’s time for the Vols to move on with Martin.
Martin led this team to a Sweet 16 berth and barely missed out on the Elite Eight. He’ll never be as flashy as Pearl was, but his teams adopt a winning mentality. Tennessee is in good hands with him in control.
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