Another false alarm?

Tennessee's 95-78 trouncing of No. 6 Texas last weekend may have roused the Vol basketball program from a deep sleep that has lasted four years. But what if it was just another false alarm?

Consider the Vols' recent history:

Tennessee upset No. 8 Syracuse 66-62 in January of 2002. Four days later, though, it lost 94-60 AT HOME to South Carolina.

The Vols shocked No. 7 Kentucky 76-74 in February of 2002. Three days later, they lost 72-54 at South Carolina to open a skid that saw them drop seven of their last nine games.

The Big Orange stunned No. 4 Florida 66-59 in February of 2003. The Vols then lost four games in a row and six of the final eight, blowing an NCAA Tournament bid that once appeared to be a sure thing.

Tennessee thumped No. 23 Vanderbilt 76-66 in January of 2004. Three days later, it fell 85-64 at South Carolina to start a four-game losing streak.

The Vols upended No. 22 Florida to end the four-game losing streak in January of 2004. They promptly lost seven of their next nine games.

The Big Orange upset No. 11 Mississippi State 64-63 last January. The team then lost 10 of the next 13 games, however.

What's the point? As bad as the Buzz Peterson years were, they produced some notable wins that appeared likely to springboard Tennessee to bigger and better things. But a big win is relatively meaningless unless you build on it.

Tennessee never built on its big wins under Peterson. Maybe the Vols can reverse that annoying trend under Bruce Pearl, starting with tonight's game against Oklahoma State (6 p.m. EST tip-off on ESPN2).

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