January 5, 2013
Slow start dooms Vols, and many more notes
It seems a safe bet that Tennessee's players and coaches will be kicking themselves a bit in the aftermath of Saturday's 85-80 loss to Memphis. Just about every loss comes with its 'what if' moments, but few of them are as obvious as the 'what if' the Vols will be contemplating for the next day or two.
It's a simple one.
What if the Vols had played the first half like they played the second half, or even close? What if instead of scoring 28 points in the first half and an incredible 52 in the second (more than Tennessee has scored in four entire games this season), they'd come out from the tip with the same kind of urgency they showed in the second half.
It's a purely hypothetical question, but one that begs to be asked, and probably will be a couple of dozen times amongst the Vols in the next few days.
"It was a fight. I'm not surprised because that's what we do, we fight and we have heart. But if we would have come out and played like that in the first half then we wouldn't have needed that huge comeback in the second half," Kenny Hall said.
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