Jekyl-and-Hyde Tennessee Tops Memphis
A withering display of scoring fueled the Vols as they easily and emphatically dispatched of No. 21 Memphis Wednesday night, 104-84 in Knoxville. Tobias Harris and Scotty Hopson led the charge, scoring 17 and 16 points respectively. Melvin Goins added 15, and the Tigers never really challenged, save for a short-lived spurt which brought them to within 10 points early in the second half. A Hopson dunk and Goins three followed, and that was all she wrote.
How it was won: Well -- and I understand how stupid this sounds -- the Volunteers simply scored better. They shot better from the perimeter, they ran better offense, they scored in transition and they capitalized on Memphis mistakes. Anytime they wanted to, it seemed, they could get a bucket. Plus, Memphis did the opposite. It couldn't score or run an offense all night. It was dreadful.
How it was lost: Really, Memphis never really stood much of a chance. The Tigers seemed shocked to be in an arena with opposing fans, and they never got into much of a rhythm. Their defense was bad, their shooting was bad and their execution was bad. But, wow, to give up 104 points to a team that scored 48 against Charlotte. That hurts. So, yeah, it was a complete loss, if such a concept exists.
Where to from here: Tennessee leads the SEC in offensive rebounding. That's good. But I have a suspicion as to why: its shot selection is atrocious. This is not an easy team to rebound against. But, still, the Vols give themselves several chances by firing up wild fadeaways.