Tennessee's mid-November trip to Hawaii didn't start the way they'd like.
The No.16 Wisconsin Badgers came out hot, going 7 of 7 to start the first half, leading 12-0 in the opening minutes and by as much as 17 in the opening period.
But the Vols weren't going to let this first game in the Maui Invitational be a blowout. Tennessee went on a run in the last 10 minutes of the first half, going 5 of 10 from outside. Junior Detrick Mostella came off the bench to lead all players in scoring in the first half, with 12 points. Vols closed the Badger lead to just 8 at halftime.
Tennessee came firing out on all cylinders in the 2nd half. The Vols went on a 10-0 run and took the lead from Wisconsin, 42-40, but the youth of the Vols came back to bite them in the end, with some costly turnovers and defensive lapses. Badgers come away with the win, final score 74-62.
Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig played well for Wisconsin. Hayes had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Koenig led all scorers with 21 points.
For the Vols, Shembari Phillips went 3 of 4 from outside and scored 16 points. Senior Robert Hubbs III had 12 points for Tennessee.
The Vols will play the loser of Oregon and Gerogetown tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.