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Vols struggle to produce points in their losses

5:28 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee already is playing the suffocating defense Cuonzo Martin demands of his teams. The Vols' offense isn't nearly as far along.

The Volunteers have shot a combined 28 of 96 (29.2 percent) in their two losses, a 62-45 setback against Oklahoma State and a 37-36 defeat to Georgetown.

The Georgetown game Friday represented Tennessee's second-lowest point total since the 1985 introduction of a shot clock. It was the lowest combined point total in a Tennessee game since the Vols' 11-6 victory over Temple on Dec. 15, 1973.

Tennessee (4-2) faces another tough test Wednesday at Virginia (6-2), which was tied for fourth nationally in scoring defense through Monday's games. The Cavaliers, who have won five in a row, allow 52.9 points per game and limit opponents to 36.9 percent shooting.

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