Tennessee's foul shooting has been spotty at best. The Vols hit 78.3 percent (18 of 23) in Game 1 vs. Stanford, 88.9 percent (16 of 18) in Game 2 vs. North Carolina, 80 percent (16 of 20) in Game 4 vs. Wofford and 80 percent (12 of 15) in Game 8 vs. New Mexico. However, they have been pitiful in some other games -- 66.7 percent (14 of 21) in Game 6 vs. Xavier, 58.3 percent (14 of 24) in Game 7 vs. Alabama State, 35.3 percent (6 of 17) in Game 11 vs. Nebraska and 56.5 percent (13 of 23) in Game 12 vs. Coastal Carolina.
Bad free throw shooting cost UT a victory against Nebraska. Scooter McFadgon (a 90-percent foul shooter last year) went 0 for 3 from the line in the final 30 seconds of last Thursday's 62-61 loss to the Cornhuskers. It could've cost another victory, as well. C.J. Watson missed two potential game-clinching free throws in the final seconds of Tennessee's 71-69 defeat of Xavier but redeemed himself by stealing the ball to abort the visitors' final possession.
For the year, Tennessee is hitting a so-so 69.2 percent from the foul line. Oddly, its opponents are hitting a pathetic 59.6 percentage from the stripe.