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Vols are hitting their stride -- just in time

Originally Published: March 5, 2009
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tennessee's basketball team no longer smothers its opponents with a flurry of small, ultraquick guards, forcing turnovers and doing its best imitation of "40 Minutes of Hell."

The Volunteers no longer possess sharpshooters such as Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith, who combined to make a whopping 211 3-pointers in the 2007-08 season.

But in the past five days, Tennessee has showed that it is still more talented than most every other team in the mediocre SEC and that it ...

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