November 16, 2012
Martin hopes Vols learned lesson, notes
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- If a coroner were called in for an assessment of today's Tennessee loss to Oklahoma State he wouldn't need to go full-blown CSI to make a determination. The Vols were done in by a historically bad shooting performance that would have made winning under any circumstances a nearly impossible proposition.
If you're looking for panic from the Vols though after they made just 13-of-50 shots in a 62-45 loss, you haven't been paying attention to this head coach.
Martin is famously even keeled, and it will take more than a cold shooting day from his team for him to lose his cool. Fans that want to see a coach rail away at his players aren't going to get that from Martin. Not from a coach who's demeanor after last year's loss to Austin Peay was pretty much the same as it was after the Vols' two wins over Florida.
You'll almost never hear him criticize his team's offense, and other than noting that they missed a ton of open looks, he wasn't overly critical even on a day like today.
The same rules of engagement don't seem to apply to defense though. One detail that bothered Martin about today's effort was that the Vols appeared to let their struggles on offense affect their effort on the other end as the deficit mounted.
"I think we let our offense affect our defense today. I hate to say we got down because I'm not in their heads and I'd like to think they didn't. It happens though when you miss a lot of looks that you normally make," Martin said of what he noticed
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