Red-faced vs. Big Blue

Wayne Chism has watched films that made him laugh ... that made him cry ... that made him think. He had never watched a film that made him embarrassed, though, until he watched the tape of last Saturday's 77-58 loss at Kentucky.

"It's embarrassing to watch the film," he said this week. "You don't want to see yourself in a position like that."

The toughest part for Chism was viewing his own performance on film. He allowed Kentucky's Patrick Patterson to score a team-high 19 points, including a couple of late dunks.

"It was a lack of focus; that's all it was," Chism said. "I wasn't even aggressive. I only had one freakin' foul."

Shortly after draining a 3-pointer that narrowed the gap to 61-47 with 8:02 left on Saturday, Chism went to sleep on defense, allowing a Patterson dunk that ignited a 10-4 UK spurt and boosted the lead to 20 points (71-51).

"It looked so bad," Chism grumbled, "that they had a big run after that."

Chism and his teammates have taken a lot of criticism for their lackluster performance at Lexington. The Vols seemed unable to focus, even during their own timeout huddles.

"The whole team wasn't even into the huddle," Chism conceded. "You could see that. You can see Coach is talking to five players and everybody else is running around talking to each other. That's not us."

So, who's fault is that?

"It falls on all of us.... It's all of our fault," Chism said. "It's the coaches' fault. It's not just one particular player. We can't blame it on one person."

Regardless of who's to blame, Saturday's lack of focus made for an embarrassing visit to Rupp Arena ... and an even more embarrassing visit to Thompson-Boling Arena's film room.


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