As Lady Volunteer guard Kamiko Williams explains: "Nobody expects us to do anything."
Perhaps that prognostication will come to fruition. Perhaps it will be worse. Much remains to be seen with a roster that has five new players, two new coaches and one less legend of coaching.
Tennessee is a program that's been built around tenacious defense and relentless rebounding. Funneling opposing guards and forwards into dynamic, long athletes in the paint may or may not be the best idea in 2012-13 with Izzy Harrison being the only returning post. However, newcomers Nia Moore (6-foot-3), Jasmine Jones (6-2) and Bashaara Graves (6-2) definitely possess the agility and wingspan to augment shots and run down bricks.
Post production is just one of many questions marks circulating around Thompson-Boling Arena. Answers are sure to come soon enough.
After taking on Carson-Newman (Nov. 1) and Coker (Nov. 4) in exhibition contests, the Lady Vols roll down Interstate-75 to play Chattanooga (Nov. 9) in the season opener.
InsideTennessee took part in the Tennessee media day at the Pratt Pavilion in Knoxville on Tuesday to get site subscribers more information on what lies ahead. Hear players talk about senior leadership, life without Pat Summitt, getting healthy and more in the video interviews below: