Tennessee Basketball cruised to a 73-53 victory over No. 12 Missouri Tigers in its SEC opener to improve to 7-0 and remain in the top ten.
As I tuned into Tennessee basketball’s season opener against Missouri, the Vols were heating up on offense and quickly jumped out to a 14-4 lead. The dominance that the Vols showed in the first five minutes to lead by ten early in the game, continued for the final 15 minutes of the first half, and the rest of the game.
The Tigers aren’t a bad team, either. Missouri is ranked No. 12 in the country and came into the game undefeated at 6-0. The Vols offense was just too much for the Tigers as the Vols had four players finish with double-digit points.
Santiago Vescovi led the offensive dominance with 15 points, Yves Pons and Jaden Springer both finished the night with 13 points, and John Fulkerson finished with 11 points. If you’re a Tennessee basketball fan that enjoys offense, you probably really enjoyed Tennessee’s first SEC win of the season on Wednesday night.
With SEC play no underway, the Vols’ schedule will get harder as we progress into the season, especially as the Vols remain undefeated. Tennessee can at least celebrate going into 2021 with an undefeated record before they take on Alabama in its next game on January 2.
With Wisconsin and Tulsa, two teams directly ahead of Tennessee, losing this week, the Vols will have the opportunity to jump up into the top-five in next week’s AP rankings if the Vols can beat Alabama this Saturday.
The Vols are in a good spot once again to rise through the rankings and take over the No. 1 spot in the AP rankings for the second time in three years. Gonzaga and Baylor at the top of the rankings might have something to say about that, though.
If the Vols can hang around for awhile in the top-five, then that game against Kansas for the Big 12/SEC game looks like it could be an important one for both teams.
The Vols have to get through an SEC schedule that won’t be kind to them before they get to that Kansas game on January 30 with two straight home games up next against Alabama and Arkansas.