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Golden slumping as Vols enter SEC competition

4:40 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy: UT Sports
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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee heads into Southeastern Conference competition with its leading scorer in a major shooting slump.

Although junior guard Trae Golden averages a team-high 11.8 points per game, he has shot 1 of 16 over his last three games while dealing with a bruised left shoulder. He didn't make a basket in either of Tennessee's last two games.

His assist-turnover ratio also has taken a hit lately. In Tennessee's first 10 games, Golden had 49 assists and only 17 turnovers. In his last two games, he has two assists and six turnovers.

Golden isn't sure how much the shoulder is affecting his shot. He's hoping to end the slump Wednesday as the Volunteers (8-4) host Mississippi (11-2) in the SEC opener for both teams.

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