Turnovers hurting Vols during recent slump

Lexington, KY - January 15, 2013: guard Jordan McRae #52 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

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.



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