Preview: Tennessee Volunteers

An efficient offense should lead the Volunteers back to the NCAA tournament

Updated: October 24, 2013, 10:26 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Jarnell StokesDonald Page/Tennessee Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty ImagesTennessee forward Jarnell Stokes is among the elite offensive rebounders in the nation.

Tennessee Volunteers

2012-13: 20-13 (11-7 SEC)
In-conference offense: 1.05 points per possession (fifth)
In-conference defense: 1.02 points allowed per possession (11th)

Tennessee under Cuonzo Martin is achieving a degree of success on the boards that can only be termed striking. At a time when most "good rebounding" teams specialize on the defensive glass alone (and a few squads that aren't even recognized as being good at rebounding are actually quite successful on the offensive boards), the Volunteers comprise a rare exception to the rebounding rule. Martin's men are simply good at getting rebounds, period. Offensive, defensive, doesn't matter.