Many Tennessee basketball fans – and even players – opted to forget about the Vols' ugly, 67-41 loss at Florida over the weekend as quickly as they could.
Jordan McRae wasn't in a forgetful mood.
With a ghastly 1-of-15 shooting performance against the Gators still fresh in his mind, the Vols' leading scorer headed straight to the gym Saturday evening after arriving back in Knoxville and brought some of his fellow Vols with him.
"Jordan is Jordan; he worked several guys when we got back the night of the game," UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said at Monday's press conference. "He worked out yesterday. He worked out this morning. Jordan is going to be in the gym."
McRae's biggest impact on Saturday's game was on the boards as he finished with just five points but added seven rebounds – tied for a season-high.
But after a few days of breaking down game film, Martin is on the same page with McRae about his missed scoring chances versus the Gators that can be fixed before Wednesday's home affair with Ole Miss.
"He knows and understands in watching film what gaps he had an opportunity to score and just watching it," Martin said, "attacking the rim and didn't do it.
"But I mean, Jordan spends time in the gym. It's never an issue with him."
It might be an issue with other players, however.
When asked about the struggles of Antonio Barton and Josh Richardson, Martin attributed "finding time and consistency in the gym" as the biggest key to their success – or lack thereof.
Martin was later asked to elaborate on lack of consistency from Barton, a Memphis transfer who has struggled to fill the shoes of recently-transferred guard Trae Golden.
"You have practice time, but you also have to find time when school is in to get that individual time," Martin said. "Maybe half an hour or 45 minutes every day. There has got to be a time when you get in on your own, whether it's 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., or eight or nine at night to get that work in."
The Vols' guards received plenty of blame for Saturday's loss, with the starting backcourt combining for a 2-of-29 shooting performance.
Stokes' best not good enough
For the second time in three games, Jarnell Stokes had a big game down low and simply didn't receive enough help from his teammates.
Stokes was 6-of-9 from the field with 16 points and 10 boards. The other Vols combined for 9-of-47 in the loss.
Martin lauded the big man for his performance but added that as a leader, he needs to demand wins.
"Jarnell is playing well," Martin said, "but I take it a step further and talk to Jarnell. Your team lost a game at a high level. Now as an elite guy, you have to do what it takes to put the team on your back to win ball games.
"It is not about numbers at that point, it is about winning games."
Davis back in rotation?
Freshman forward A.J. Davis was a mainstay in the Vols' rotation for the first half of the season but has since played in just one SEC contest.
Davis nursed an ankle injury heading into league play, but all indications are that the freshman is healthy and will start seeing time again in the near future.
"I think you will see a lot more of him," Martin said. "The thing he has gotten better at is being physical around the rim.
"He is posting up harder now. It was just an adjustment he had to make."
Davis is averaging 2.1 points and 2.14 rebounds per game this season, while logging 12.3 minutes per contest.