What started as a big opportunity soon turned into a bigger debacle Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
The Tennessee men's basketball team went to Florida looking to improve its NCAA tournament resume and instead limped home after flopping in significant fashion.
The sixth-ranked Gators won their 11th straight game this season and 26th consecutive game at the intimidating "O-Dome" by whipping the Volunteers 67-41.
"We'll watch parts that we need to watch and learn from it," Vols coach Cuonzo Martin told the Vol Network after the game. "It's a tough loss. You've got to learn from it. As painful as it is, you've got to watch the film and grow from it.
"As a coach, I understand, and our players, it's a painful loss. As a player, you take pride in playing well and playing hard and competing, and we didn't do that. Those guys outplayed us from start to finish."
For full story, read Sunday's Times Free Press.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...