What is the identity of this season's basketball Vols? They don't know, and it looked like it Saturday against Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's Aleem Ford, right, and Tennessee's Yves Pons watch the basketball as it falls into the net during Saturday's game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Wisconsin won 68-48 in Tennessee's final game before hosting LSU next Saturday to open its SEC schedule. / AP photo by Calvin Mattheis

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee men's basketball team spent its first 11 games this season trying to create an identity.

With senior guard Lamonte Turner recently deciding to have season-ending shoulder surgery, the Volunteers found themselves right back where they started: a team with no idea who it is.

Already a work in progress while trying to determine roles for a slew of former role players and a crop of freshmen, Turner's exit seemingly couldn't have happened at a worse time. The Vols looked completely outmanned Saturday afternoon in a 68-48 loss to Wisconsin at Thompson-Boling Arena, their final game before opening Southeastern Conference play next Saturday with a visit from LSU.

On offense, Tennessee (8-4) had nobody who could create a shot, and players sometimes were out of control and attempted things that were out of character.