Vols say they can recover from slow start again

3:37 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
Jarnell Stokes, Trae Golden, and Jeronne Maymon of the UT basketball team. Courtesy: UT Sports
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By STEVE MEGARGEE / AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee believes it can bounce back from another slow start in Southeastern Conference play.

The Volunteers lost four of their first five SEC games last season and ended up 10-6 to finish tied for second in the league standings. This year, they're 1-3 in league competition and confident they can turn things around again.

Tennessee beat Mississippi State 72-57 on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak that included three conference games.

The Vols (9-7, 1-3 SEC) play at No. 23 Mississippi (15-2, 4-0) on Thursday and host Alabama (12-6, 4-1) on Saturday, giving them a chance to avenge their first two conference losses of the season. Mississippi beat the Vols 92-74 in Knoxville on Jan. 9. Tennessee fell 68-65 at Alabama three days later.

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