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Vols beat Vandy in a close one 67-62


Tennessee basketball picked up Tuesday night where it left off defensively Saturday at South Carolina, shutting down Vanderbilt in the first half two weeks after the Commodores scored in bunches against UT.
Then it couldn’t stop Vanderbilt at all and the Commodores couldn’t miss in a scorching hot offensive stretch that cut a 20-point Tennessee lead to two.
But the No. 21 Vols hung on, getting just enough stops in the final minutes and getting a big shot from Lamonte Turner to leave with a 67-62 win against in-state foe Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena.
“We are not so good that we can get a big lead and think the game is over,” Vols coach Rick Barnes said. “We ought to know that by now.”

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11 Comments

A win is a win but the way that game was played and at home should leave some wondering about this team. They came out of the gates looking good but man this Vandy team is terrible this year. They had a lead up by 20 and let them come back in their own home arena? 

 

IT is nice to be in contention for the Tourney and at 14-5 there is a good chance but this team is still missing something...

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Momentum is a funny thing.  :smiley_dizzy:

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Almost losing to a team with only 7 wins is embarrassing to say the least

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But winning convincingly in Ames against a decent Iowa St. team and a hostile crowd that the Vols shut up and sent home sad was good to see. It's what I was hoping to see happen. Workmanlike performance, nothing for the top plays of the day but some nice clutch shooting and rock solid defense once again.

 

A basketball schedule is not like a football schedule. As they say in baseball, it's a marathon, not a sprint. You can have an off night or a lapse late against a team you had dominated for most of a game and there's not as much to read into it as you might with a football game. This Vol team is not an elite team but it has proven it can play with and challenge elite teams and that it is competitive and disciplined. Certainly a well coached team. No complaints about Barnes & staff.

 

That's enough to get them to the Dance and then let the chips fall where they may.

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From GoVols.com:

 

Tennessee opened its season against Presbyterian and High Point, holding both schools to fewer than 20 points in the first half.

The Vols now have done the same thing in back-to-back games against Vanderbilt and Iowa State. UT limited Vanderbilt to 15 first-half points Tuesday, before coming back to shut down the Cyclones, who scored 19 first-half points.

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Stop paying so much attention to won/loss records. That terrible Vanderbilt team took Kentucky to OT in Lexington before losing by 2 last night. And Kentucky was fresh off of it's upset of West Virginia in Morgantown. 

 

Vols better be ready against LSU tonight. Yeah this is a game they should win easily but who's so good they can take anybody for granted?

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Won/Loss records isn't the only thing I was looking at. As for Kentucky and playing them close, honestly kentucky is not that good this year. You can expect any game to be close when it is a conference game in the SEC so I get that. It is just the team has great potential but when they lose it is the way they lose. It leaves you scratching your head. Still no need to complain. More than likely they will enter the NCAA tourney as a 3 or 4 seed which that ain't bad. Just making the tourney is a success based on expectation so anything above just making it is an improvement. 

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No doubt it would be reassuring if the Vols dominated lesser opponents from opening tip to final whistle but even top 10 teams have lapses from time to time. Granted, at times the Vols haven't responded well to shifting momentum, something concerning but not entirely unexpected from a relatively young team. When they are on their game, making shots, forcing turnovers and grabbing rebounds, they can play with anybody in the country. The test is to play that way for 40 minutes. Tonight would be a good opportunity to show they can.

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Well Tennessee handled LSU pretty easily...  :ohyeah:

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Yeah they didn't exactly dominate from start to finish but they shot the ball well, outrebounded LSU all night and responded to every LSU attempt to get a run going by going on one of their own. Scary moment when Williams hit the deck hard but he did fine once he got back in the game.

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Everyone stepped up while Williams was down..They kept the heat up when Schofield fouled out..

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