Vols Struggle to Win Close Games

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Updated: 2/25 5:21 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Near misses are becoming all too common for Tennessee.
After falling just short of the NCAA tournament each of the past two years, Tennessee (16-11, 7-7 SEC) could fail to earn a bid again because of its inability to win close games. Tennessee enters Wednesday's game at Mississippi State (13-14, 3-11) holding a 2-10 record in games with single-digit margins and an 0-5 mark in matchups decided by five points or fewer.
The pattern continued Saturday with a 68-65 overtime loss at Texas A&M that increased speculation regarding the future of Volunteers coach Cuonzo Martin.
Tennessee made six straight NCAA tournament appearances before Martin's arrival. The Vols reached the NIT each of Martin's first two seasons. Martin said he doesn't "waste time and energy" worrying about his job security.

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NickAndros423 - 2/25/2014 8:20 PM
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They struggle to win games... period. And a lot of the "close games" they play in shouldn't really be that close, considering the Vols' talent. When you're kind of pathetic and tend to play down to the level of your competition, you also tend to lose close games, since that's a litmus test for poor discipline and coaching. It doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to get to the bottom of that mystery, lol. UT should follow Martin's example and waste no more "time and energy" on him. The basketball team will never be better than mediocre with Martin at the helm, so it's probably a good time to move in a new direction... hopefully a more competitive one.
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