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Three takeaways from Vols’ 73-53 win at Missouri


#Here’s what we learned from the #Tennessee basketball #Volunteers’ victory at the #Mizzou #Tigers.

#In what was by far its biggest statement win of the year, #Tennessee basketball used a 15-0 run early to jump out to a 23-4 lead en route to a blowout win over the #No. 12 ranked #Missouri #Tigers. The #Vols never trailed in the game.

#This was the first SEC win of the seasonfor #Rick #Barnes’ team, its first game on the road and #Mizzou’s first loss. #In the process, the #Vols, who are ranked #No. 7 in the AP #Poll and #No. 6 in the #Coaches’ #Poll, improved to 7-0 on the year, while former UT head coach #Cuonzo #Martin’s #Tigers fell to 6-1 on the season.

#Up next for #Tennessee basketball is a #Saturday matchup with the #Alabama #Crimson #Tide, while #Mizzou will face the #Arkansas #Razorbacks the same day. #Here are three takeaways from #Rocky #Top’s impressive win #Wednesday.

1. #Yves #Pons led a historic defensive effort.

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#Everybody on the team deserves credit for this impressive defensive performance. #This has been a story surrounding the #Vols all year, and it was no different in this game, as they held #Mizzou to 53 points, 36.4 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from the three-point line. They also forced 21 turnovers, coming away with eight steals and blocking five shots.

#Leading the way was the reigning SEC #Defensive #Player of the #Year. #Yves #Pons came away with an impressive four blocks and two steals. #In a full-court man-to-man defense, #Pons cashed in on the #Mizzou turnovers to score 13 points. #Josiah-Jordan #James and #Jaden #Springer were also stars with three steals each, and #Sprinter had 13 points largely the same way, but #Pons was the star.

2. #When necessary, outside shooting was efficient.

#Given #Tennessee basketball’s up-tempo style and aggressive defense creating many easy buckets, there wasn’t a need for the #Vols to have an elite shooting performance. #However, they were still able to put such a night together.

UT shot 50 percent from the field. #More impressively, they were 5-of-7 from the three-point line. #Santiago #Vescovi was the star here, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc en route to 15 points, , but #Victor #Bailey #Jr. and #Springer both hit a three as well.

3. #Free throw shooting was concerning overall.

#Pons, #Springer and #John #Fulkerson all hit 3-of-4 free throws as well, which is why they all had double figures. #However, the #Vols did shoot 14-of-24 overall from the foul line, good for only 58.3 percent, which is an issue. They could only keep this a blowout with that because #Mizzou was 18-of-30, which was a mediocre 60 percent.

#To be fair, #Tennessee basketball was 2-of-6 in the final three minutes, as #Davonte #Gaines went 1-of-4 during that time. #Uros #Plavsic also missed a free throw, and #Keon #Johnson went 0-for-1. E.J. #Anosike went 0-for-2. #Overall, this is an issue that needs to improve going forward.





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