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Tennessee basketball a walking defensive highlight reel

Dec 15, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers guard Donovan Gregory (11) goes to the basket against Tennessee Volunteers guard Yves Pons (35) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Barnes’ Tennessee basketball Volunteers make defensive plays for the camera.

Normally, a team that wins games with elite defense and rebounding is considered boring. Tennessee basketball is 3-0 despite being tied for No. 252 in the nation in scoring offense at 66.5 points per game. That’s because they only allowed 47 points per game, tied for first in the nation.