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Tennessee's bench key in 4-game SEC win streak

By: AP
By: AP

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl knows he
runs a risk every season by relying on his team's depth. His
approach is finally paying off this season.

Tennessee's bench has been key on both ends of the floor during
a modest four-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference play
that's got the Vols tied in the loss column with East Division
leader Florida.

Lax defense by the Vols in four losses and some narrow
non-conference wins in December prompted Pearl to shorten his
rotation and take senior center Brian Williams out of the starting
lineup.

Since then, Tennessee's second rotation - Williams, senior guard
Josh Bone, sophomore guard Skylar McBee, senior forward Steven
Pearl and freshman point guard Trae Golden - have played bigger
roles for the Vols (14-7, 4-2), who next travel to Auburn on
Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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