The Tennessee Vols couldn't overcome another poor start and lost its forth contest over a five game stretch. South Carolina stopped a slide of their own winning 82-55.
South Carolina jumped out to a quick 27-9 lead but the Vols fought back pulling to within eight at the break 38-30. Tennessee started the second half right where it left off pulling even closer at 38-34 but that was as close as it would get.
Rick Barnes shook up the starting lineup by inserting Kwe Parker and Lamonte Turner but neither gave the spark he was hoping for.
The loss drops the Vols record to 15-14 overall and 7-9 in the SEC.
Offense: To put it plainly the Vols offense has been down right awful lately. The revolving door that Barnes has implemented at the point guard position has backfired.
Since scoring 15 points at Rupp Arena, Jordan Bone has found himself in the Barnes' doghouse playing just 13 minutes against Vandy and just 10 today.
Barnes played five different point guards in the loss that saw the Vols commit 20 turnovers while dissing out only three assists.
The future of the position is clearly Jordan Bone and it is time to allow him to learn thru failing instead of watching from the bench.
Tennessee was led in scoring by Robert Hubbs III with 16 points as he was the only Vol in double figures.
Defense: The Big Orange couldn't slow down a struggling South Carolina offense other than the last eight minutes of the first half and the first few of the second stanza.
South Carolina shot 45% from the floor making 9 of 23 from outside the arc.
Barnes did confuse the Gamecocks into making a number of turnovers (18) with a zone in the first half and a three quarter court trap early in the second half.
Rebounding: The Vols did not win any phases of the game and this area was just another sign of how dominating the Gamecocks were in blowout contest.
Tennessee lost the overall rebounding battle 38-29 and also 12-9 on the offensive glass.
Grant Williams and Kyle Alexander led the way with eight boards a piece for the Big Orange.