The Vols were sluggish in the first 10 minutes or so Tuesday night when they played the Bulldogs of Mississippi State in Starkville.
It was a big game and after that Tennessee had a different kind of wakeup. That sluggish start turned into a six-point Volunteer lead at halftime. By the halfway point of the second half, it was a shelling.
Here are four takeaways from Tennessee’s 22-point win over Mississippi State.
Vols destroy the glass
Tennessee just didn’t crash the glass on Tuesday, they destroyed it. It’s always good to win the offensive rebounding category, which Tennessee did 6-5.
But to out rebound Mississippi State 27-14, a team that’s won 18 games at home is a loud stat.
The last time the Vols won the rebounding battle was Feb. 6th when Tennessee beat Kentucky in Lexington. The only other non-loss in the rebounding category was when the Vols and South Carolina tied with 28 boards apiece on Feb. 13th.
The Admiral of the Vol Navy
Admiral Schofield is playing out of his mind. 25 points last Saturday in a 73-65 road win over Ole Miss.
Then he dropped 24 on Tuesday to conclude the sweep of the Magnolia State.
He totaled 24 points in 33 minutes, I can’t find a word for it. Schofield and this team are heating up at the right time. Like the old saying goes, “You don’t want to play your best basketball in November.”
The Vols love February
The Big Orange just keep on keeping on in February. Tennessee moves to 6-2 for the month after a strong January.
One thing people could see this team struggle with in the preseason was just winning in general.
They’re a young team and the only senior is a graduate transfer. But as we all know, this team has defied all odds and after it’s all said and done, we might look at this team as one of the most fun Tennessee Basketball teams of the decade.
Written by: Jake Wallman
Edited by: Sam Forman