February 13, 2012

Vols won't dwell on upset

The fact that Tennessee picked up another signature win on Saturday--they're third of the season in the eyes of most--wasn't exactly a shocking development. However, having the scenario unfold on an opponent's home floor, where the Vols haven't won all season, was more than a little surprising. At least in the eyes of fans and SEC observers.

About the only group not stunned into silence by the 75-70 upset in Gainesville over the No. 7 Gators were the Tennessee players themselves. And their stoic head coach.

Martin has been largely dismissive of the notion that his team's ability to win on the road would require them to clear some vast mental hurdle that prevented them playing sound basketball anywhere other than Thompson-Boling Arena. That kind of sentiment is a little too New Age for the Vols' head man, who insisted all along that for his team, winning on the road was simply a matter of going out and doing it.

It took nearly three-quarters of the season, but on Saturday, it appeared that his team finally bought into their coach's simplistic view of taking care of business on the road.

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