Will zone make Vols moan?

When Tennessee's basketball team traveled to Georgia on Jan. 22, the Vols learned that they could hang with the nationally ranked Bulldogs, pushing them to overtime before bowing 81-76.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs learned something from that game, too -- that Tennessee has trouble running its offense against a zone defense.

For that reason, UT head man Buzz Peterson is pretty sure the Dawgs will use a lot of zone in Saturday's rematch (3 p.m. tipoff at Thompson-Boling Arena).

''You may see more people playing zone against us, so we need to get better at attacking a zone,'' Peterson said. ''The second time around, some teams have a tendency to go that route. Saturday, if you're Georgia, why not play a zone? That's what beat us last time. I'd come in here and play a zone because last time we looked at it like we'd never seen one before, so I'm sure we'll see that.''

One reason zone defenses work against Tennessee is the fact the Vols have an inexperienced point guard, true freshman C.J. Watson. He's a tremendous talent but he's still learning to recognize changing defenses. So are freshman reserves Stanley Asumnu and John Winchester.

''I'd do it on us because a lot of times freshman guards struggle against a zone,'' Peterson said. ''But I hate to call them freshmen -- C.J., Stanley and John -- because it's February and there shouldn't be any such thing as freshmen now ... especially as many minutes as C.J.'s played.''


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