By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's inability to hang on to the ball is causing its preseason goals to slip out of its grasp.
The Volunteers have dropped five of their last six games and have produced more turnovers than assists in six of their last eight contests. The Vols (9-8, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) will try to stop both trends Saturday when they host Alabama (12-6, 4-1).
Tennessee committed a season-high 21 turnovers Thursday in a 62-56 loss at No. 23 Mississippi.
In their last five losses, the Vols have a combined 49 assists and 71 turnovers, and they've been outscored 77-48 in points off turnovers.
Their lone win in their last six games was a 72-57 victory over Mississippi State in which they had 19 assists and only 11 turnovers.