March 15, 2013
Vols can't tame Tide
NASHVILLE -- Tennessee (20-12, 11-7) ran into a riddle it couldn't solve today in the form of Alabama's zone defense, falling 68-58. An ice cold shooting day ended the Vols' SEC Tourney run before the weekend rolled around, and the loss may have have done some damage to their chances of snaring an NCAA invite.
It doesn't take a forensics unit to determine what cost the Vols on this day. Tennessee shot 5-of-23 from three-point range, lulled into jacking up long-range jumpers time and time again by the Crimson Tide's 2-3 zone.
The Vols' problems were compounded by a 7-of-14 effort at the foul line, and they simply never looked like the same team today that closed the season winning 10 of its final 11 games.
"It was a hard fought game," Cuonzo Martin said. "We had some good looks, we just didn't make shots.
"I'll have to go back and watch the film, but I thought 15 or 20 of them were decent shots."
Josh Richardson led Tennessee with 16 points, Jarnell Stokes added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Leading scorer Jordan McRae finished the game with 9 points on 3-of-13 shooting. McRae's stat line is one that reflects the effectiveness Alabama's zone.
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