By STEVE MEGARGEE / AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee is winning right now without shooting well from 3-point range, but the Volunteers would rather not find out how long that trend can continue.
The Vols (7-3) have won three straight games despite continuing their season-long struggles from beyond the 3-point arc. Tennessee is making 29.6 percent of its 3-point shots (48 of 162) to rank ahead of only Mississippi State among Southeastern Conference teams.
Tennessee can't afford to continue shooting that poorly as it enters a tougher portion of its schedule. The Vols host Xavier on Saturday and Memphis on Jan. 4.
Senior guard Skylar McBee, the Vols' top outside shooter, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Nov. 30 against Georgetown. He has shot 7 of 27 from 3-point range in the four games since.