KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Vols are rebounding better, have more depth and have improved point guard play this season compared to last.
That doesn't mean they're a better team than the squad that won the Southeastern Conference championship.
Pearl says his team is behind where it was a year ago, mainly because of its struggles to grasp the full-court pressure defense that is the hallmark of his teams' play.
The Vols are struggling to get points off of turnovers as they average only 7.4 steals per game -- good for seventh in the SEC.
Tennessee jumped two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 to No. 8. Pearl's team travels to Philadelphia to face Temple again on Saturday.
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