Rece Davis updates Tennessee's SEC Tournament projection without Zakai Zeigler
Rece Davis took some time on “The Next Round” to consider how Tennessee would fare in the SEC Tournament as the Vols continue to adjust to playing without guard Zakai Zeigler.
Zeigler suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. But the chances for the Vols to play well in the SEC Tournament did not completely leave with Zeigler, the ESPN host said. He was averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 assists and 2.0 steals, and was named a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
“They’ll still do well, they’re still a threat, because they guard,” Davis said. “Zeigler was a big part of that. He’s really difficult to handle because he stays so low to the floor and does so much for their offense and he gets up under you defensive and they’re certainly going to miss that. There’s no dancing around it. But they’ve still got a lot of good players. They’re still rugged on defense. So I don’t think it’s all over for Tennessee by any stretch of the imagination. But certainly the margin for error is much, much smaller guy that’s been important for them on both ends of the floor.”
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— The Next Round (@NextRoundLive) March 6, 2023
Santiago Vescovi, Josiah-Jordan James and BJ Edwards are expected to handle the point guard duties.
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first I heard of BJ taking over any PG duties. I think he has played about 10 minutes all year. tough position to stick him in for more than a few minutes here or there. Who knows what happens. I would feel pretty good about making it to the sweet 16 and even beyond with a healthy roster but we havent been healthy almost all season. neutral sites may help some. we will just have to play and see.
It sucks that our goal “ realistically “ is to make it to the 2nd weekend. Of course the Elite 8 would be nice but our offense is sketchy at best.
Here’s to hoping I’m wrong.
Not gonna happen, focus on spring practice, basketball Vols are done