The Tennessee Volunteers needed a big win on the road and that is exactly what they got. Jordan Bone came in struggling with his game but exploded to lead the Vols to victory, 87-75. Bone finished with a career high 23 points and only committed one turnover. As poorly as the Vols played on Wednesday this game was just the opposite. Tennessee dominated a number of phases in the game in a much needed win in Nashville. Tennessee was just the tougher team as the Vols took it time after time into the lane right at the bigger Commodores.
Offense: Tennessee played a perfect game offensively if there is such a thing. The Vols shot 59 percent from the floor and made eight of 15 3-pt attempts. If the shooting numbers aren't good enough to impress you then look no further than the Vols assist to turnover ratio. The Vols had 18 assist and only committed six turnovers. Bone was the star but it was not just a one man show for the winners. Tennessee had five players score in double digits in the total team effort. There hasn't been a team all season able to keep Bone from getting into the lane with ease and tonight he showed just how lethal his game can be if he makes the outside jumper. Bone made four of his five 3-pt attempts and his mid range jumper was effective as well. Admiral Schofield had an excellent game as well scoring 15 points on 11 shots attempts. This game was without a doubt the best offensive performance of the season.
Defense: Tonight was not a fun game to witness if you like hard nosed tough defense on either side. The Vols continue to have trouble keeping the ball in front of them on defense and the host were able to get to the rim most of the day. Vandy shot 53% from the floor and also shot 16 first half free throws. The Vols were able to limit their fouls the second half and Vandy only shot five free throws in the second stanza. Without the stellar offensive performance the outcome of this game would have likely been very different. Rick Barnes did make a nice adjustment the last seven minutes of the game where he made the decision to stop switching on all screens and that allowed the Vols to pull away.
Rebounding: The two teams both finished with 26 total rebounds and eight total offensive boards. Grant Williams continues to play well above his size and had a game high for either team with nine rebounds. No other Vol had over three but the overall team rebuilding effort was a winning.