I am just curious about some of the strategy, especially in our halfcourt sets.
On defense, you have to look at it from the perspective of lesser of two evils. Tennessee is known for their driving and penetrating offense. McRae was only shooting 29.8% on three point baskets this season before the game.
The gameplan was to keep the defense inside and try to prevent penetration. For the most part we took that away from Tennessee. We just so happen to get caught on a night where a guy who was 31 out of 104 hit 6 of 6....
Hindsight is 20/20 but I think we did exactly what any coach would want to do on Tennessee. Give them the outside shot (albeit we could have defended them better) before you give them the penetration.
On offense, I think we did a great job of working through Johnny. We shot relatively well and had one of our best nights inside the three point line of the season. We hit 14 of 18 free throws which has been a major issue on the year. Sometimes the offense was a little stagnant, but I think that is going to happen when your goal is to work through the post. You have to wait for the post player to get the position needed to have a good move work.
While we didn't play good enough to win last night, I think we played one of our better games on the year and we could have beaten any team in the SEC with that performance given they dont shoot 67% from deep and 53% from inside.