At the half: LSU 21, Tennessee 21

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For much of the first half, No. 15-ranked Tennessee gave new meaning to the word "disinterested."

For a program that’s made a living of playing miserably in the SEC tournament, the Vols looked like they might take it to a new low Thursday, but rebounded enough to pull even with LSU in a 21-21 tie at the half.

The Vols were just 7-of-27 from the field, and most of the field goals they did make were rebound buckets or putbacks. Wayne Chism scored 10 points for Tennessee, and the rest of his teammates combined for 11.

The Tigers did a good job of pushing the Vols out away from the basket with their zone defense, and Tennessee couldn’t knock down shots. The Vols were 1-of-9 from 3-point range. Of course, LSU was even worse -- 0-of-7.

Yep, it’s been that kind of game … ugly.

If the Vols don’t get it going in the second half, this is the kind of listless performance that could hurt their seed in the NCAA tournament.