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Martin Wants Stronger Defensive Effort From Vols

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin hopes his players finally realize after three straight losses that they can't count on their offense to bail them out of games.

Instead, Martin wants them to understand that in order for them to be successful they must be good defenders.

Spotty defense down the stretch cost the Volunteers (3-5) a surprising loss on their home court Saturday to Austin Peay, which entered the game with only one win on the season. The Governors shot 72.7 percent against Tennessee in the second half en route to their come-from-behind 74-70 victory.

On Wednesday, the Vols travel to College of Charleston (7-1) to face a Cougars team that's averaging 76 points per contest, is shooting 46.7 percent and has won all four of its home games.

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