All aboard the bandwagon Tennessee Vol fans. After a number of "moral" victories to start the year the Vols have pulled off back to back road victories in games they were decided underdogs in. The outcome was never in doubt in the second half as the Big Orange defeated a bigger and more experienced Texas A&M team 73-63.
Offense: Tennessee didn't win this game with their best effort offensively. The Big Orange shot just 40% from the floor and just 27% from beyond the arc but this game was not about shooting. This game was about protecting the basketball offensively. The Vols committed just 10 turnovers and didn't commit their first until 10 minutes had been played. Rick Barnes welcomed Jordan Bone to the court but this game was about the entire roster. Nine players scored as Lamonte Turner led the Vols with 14 points and Williams had a stat stuffing game adding 12 points, 5 rebounds and six more blocks. The Vols were able to pull this improbable win off with their leading scorer Robert Hubbs III having an off night as he was just three for 10 from the field scoring just 6 points. The point guards played extremely well as Turner played a solid floor game with four assist. Detrick Mostella continued his superb play of late scoring 13 points and also adding four assists. Overall this effort on offense exemplified what team basketball should look like.
Defense: This was one of if not the best defensive efforts from a Tennessee team in a long time. Barnes did a masterful job keeping All-SEC big man Tyler Davis from hurting the Vols as he only scored two points. Williams played well much bigger than his 6 foot five frame as he set a school record with six blocks as the winners had nine total. The Aggies shot just 34 percent from the floor as they had no answer for the scrappy undersized Vols. Defensively this effort was perfect if there is such a thing in basketball.
Rebounding: The Vols allowed the home team to stay in the game in the first half in this category. Texas A&M won the overall rebounding battle 44-37 and dominated the Vols 18-9 on the offensive glass. Shemberi Phillips led the Vols with six boards with Williams and Kyle Alexander grabbing five a piece. This area will continue to be one where the Vols will have to overcome its size issues but the Vol played well enough in other areas to win tonight in spite of a very average night on the glass.