What was the deal with Vescovi last night...

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Apologize if already discussed. Didn't get to watch and noted he only played 14 minutes with one shot and no points.
 
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Apologize if already discussed. Didn't get to watch and noted he only played 14 minutes with one shot and no points.
13 minutes too long.

When he is out on court dribbling away and not getting free for shots and not hitting them he is hurting the team and not helping.

Hopefully Barnes is figuring this out.

I am not a Santi hater but when he is not looking and hitting his shots the other team only has to guard 4 Tennessee players with their 5.
 
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Vescovi is playing worst now than at any point in his career and better work out of the funk or he will find himself on the bench. The team really needs his leadership and he isn't even providing much of that consistently. Against Syracuse he didn't shoot well but was a calming influence late in the 2nd half at least. Against UNC he was detrimental to the team across the board.

He is already losing minutes to Gainey and may lose more to Carr unless he starts playing up to his ability. Not a good look for any professional team that may consider signing him next year either. I've been a big supporter and think he has deserved more credit than some fans have given him over the years. Maybe his good friend JJJ will help him out. James isn't always a consistent scorer, but he is without question playing some of his best ball of his career right now. Against UNC, his 20 pt effort was only the 5th time in his career that he got 20+ and generally he has a complete game in other areas.
 
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13 minutes too long.

When he is out on court dribbling away and not getting free for shots and not hitting them he is hurting the team and not helping.

Hopefully Barnes is figuring this out.

I am not a Santi hater but when he is not looking and hitting his shots the other team only has to guard 4 Tennessee players with their 5.
I assure you when Santi is on the court, hitting or not, coaches have him covered. Last night when Vescovi came in he was temporarily alone in the corner before Hubert Davis ran to nearly mid-court pointing for his defender to cover him. He’s been first team ALL SEC the last 2 years. Your statement debunked.
 
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I assure you when Santi is on the court, hitting or not, coaches have him covered. Last night when Vescovi came in he was temporarily alone in the corner before Hubert Davis ran to nearly mid-court pointing for his defender to cover him. He’s been first team ALL SEC the last 2 years. Your statement debunked.
His 38% shooting says otherwise.
 
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I feel like he has regressed into a spot up shooter who is currently ice cold. And it's not all on him, he's been playing long enough teams know exactly how to defend him. They know he is very rarely looking to finish at the rim so they just let him pump fake and drive and kick.
It's an adjustment he must make. Last year he got the opponents' best defensive guard in him every game. That won't be the case anymore with Knecht in the rotation. He should actually get better looks if he's patient. He knows how to play the game. Probably needed a reality check tiff with Barnes
 
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It's an adjustment he must make. Last year he got the opponents' best defensive guard in him every game. That won't be the case anymore with Knecht in the rotation. He should actually get better looks if he's patient. He knows how to play the game. Probably needed a reality check tiff with Barnes
IMO this year's team does not pass and move the ball at a quick pace like the previous, that was mostly how Vescovi got his looks. Everyone said the team lacked a guy that could create his own shot. Now I believe we have 2 guys in Knecht & Gainey that create, so the O has a little more dribbling in it, and I feel SV has not adapted. JJJ actually looked better last night taking it to the rim so the adjusted O may fit him better.
 
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13 minutes too long.

When he is out on court dribbling away and not getting free for shots and not hitting them he is hurting the team and not helping.

Hopefully Barnes is figuring this out.

I am not a Santi hater but when he is not looking and hitting his shots the other team only has to guard 4 Tennessee players with their 5.
There’s more to basketball than just offense. Vescovi is our best rebounding guard and one of our best defenders. He hasn’t found his normal long range shot outside of the Kansas game, but he’s played tough defense IMO

In Maui, I think he was far from “hurting the team”
Kansas 21 points / 4 rebounds / 3 assists
Purdue 8 points / 4 rebounds
Syracuse 8 points / 5 rebounds / 5 assists

Averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2,67 assists.
 
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I’m wondering why Mashack only played about the same number of minutes as Santi. Seems like keeping one of your best defenders on the bench while falling behind by about 23 points wasn’t very Barnes-like.

I love SV. He looks just like my Son in Law and we joke about it all the time. But, his defense was horrible last night and he's lost his way all season offensively. Something really looks different and I'm not sure why. Not judging the young man. Remember Chris Lol Lofton?
Something seems off and you never know what a person's going through. If we could get SV involved 100%, get DK 100% healthy, get Awaka back 100%, and get Freddy Dillion back 100%, all with time to gel by seasons end ... Then we may have something.
 
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IMO this year's team does not pass and move the ball at a quick pace like the previous, that was mostly how Vescovi got his looks. Everyone said the team lacked a guy that could create his own shot. Now I believe we have 2 guys in Knecht & Gainey that create, so the O has a little more dribbling in it, and I feel SV has not adapted. JJJ actually looked better last night taking it to the rim so the adjusted O may fit him better.

Josiah is finally healthy and actually got a full off-season workout for the first time, Barnes said. He looked really good against UNC. Maybe this is the year we finally get to see what we've been expecting.
 
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13 minutes too long.

When he is out on court dribbling away and not getting free for shots and not hitting them he is hurting the team and not helping.

Hopefully Barnes is figuring this out.

I am not a Santi hater but when he is not looking and hitting his shots the other team only has to guard 4 Tennessee players with their 5.

Silly comment. We had plenty of guys missing shots in the first half. Barnes, asked about Santi after the game, mentioned something
about "consistency." We certainly didn't play great defense in the first half--but it's also true that UNC played extremely well. Their guards are super-quick, they spread us out, and they found the open man, who knocked down threes.. And they made all their free throws--14 for 14 at one point.

I think we should have changed defenses at some point in the first half---gone to a zone to limit their guard penetration or to just give the Heels a different look. I've always liked coaches who switch defenses, as doing so can throw an offense off, at least for a while--and you'd especially want to do so when you're getting torched as we were. But I don't think Barnes ever plays zone, does he? I also think we should have stuck Mashack on Davis and kept him in the game, but Barnes did not like the way Mashack was playing either. We had our quickest guards--Ziggy and Gainey--on their guards for most of the game, but we failed completely to throw them off their games.
 
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I love SV. He looks just like my Son in Law and we joke about it all the time. But, his defense was horrible last night and he's lost his way all season offensively. Something really looks different and I'm not sure why. Not judging the young man. Remember Chris Lol Lofton?
Something seems off and you never know what a person's going through. If we could get SV involved 100%, get DK 100% healthy, get Awaka back 100%, and get Freddy Dillion back 100%, all with time to gel by seasons end ... Then we may have something.

My take on Santi is that DK's emergence has really changed our offense. Let's remember, we didn't have a true go-to player either last year or the year before. Last year we isolated Nkamhoua sometimes, in the hope that he could score, but he was never a go-to guy. We passed and moved a lot until somebody got open for a shot--often Santi. Now, we suddenly have DK--a true go-to, and while he's certainly a team guy, the offense is not quite like it's been the last two years. And that can throw some guys off their games. Also, offensively, I haven't seen Santi get too many open looks this season--very few, in fact. He's been guarded quite tightly most of the time and, as a result, as not taken many shots at all. Lastly, we've got four guards who can play and who have different skill sets. I think Barnes will go back to Ziggy as our starting PG, and then try to figure out how best to use the other three.
 
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The guy has been through a lot. I remember in baseball this year that Trea Turner was only hitting around .200. The fans gave him a standing ovation and that support turned his year around.
Santi had an ill stricken grandmother, lost some playing time, then has 2 shooters come in that don't play great defense.
Let support the guy and he will turn it around
To be honest this whole team has no chemistry as Barnes , if I may say so, has so many good players. Hard to rotate so much and have great chemistry. Go Santi and go Vols
 

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