December 14, 2012
Golden, McRae lead Vols in right direction
Trae Golden didn't credit his more streamlined look for his big night on Thursday, but after dropping 25 points on No. 23 Wichita State you have to wonder if he won't break the razor out a little more frequently. The beardless--for a change--Golden had his best offensive effort of the season in the win, sparking a Tennessee offense that has been stuck in first gear for the past two games.
The status of Golden's facial hair probably didn't have a tangible impact on the game, but his increased aggressiveness about getting into the paint with his dribble and forcing the action on the offensive end of the court most certainly did.
"My mom and my sister have been on me for a long time to shave it off, I guess they didn't want me to have it for Christmas pictures," Golden joked. "I'm not a superstitious guy though, so I wouldn't say I'm going to keep it off or anything just because of tonight.
More than at any point this season Golden seemed focused and intent on forcing the issue from the point, looked for his offense and constantly made the defense react to his penetration or attempts at penetration.
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