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Dance Lessons: Depth charge?

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ESPN finding more ways to write off Tennessee. Kind of. They are dispelling myths about successful tournament teams. This episode explains why a deep bench doesn't necessarily translate to a deep tournament run. Actually, they suggest the opposite may be true. Their research suggests that teams with a core group are more successful than teams using a 10 man rotation. Tennessee is #1 in bench minutes used of all the teams entering the tournament. But Tennessee still has 3 starters averaging more than 25 min/game (Chism, Hopson, and Maze. Also, Brian Williams is averaging just under 25 since becoming a starter against Florida) I think Tennessee's numbers are inflated due to the numerous lineups and different rotations that Bruce has tried this season - and a full utilization of the bench during the suspension of 4 players. Now that we have a reliable rotation, this article suggests that we need consistent production from that core group if we want to make a deep tournament run. Kind of a no-brainer, right?

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