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Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl says only players who are committed to defense will see playing time as the Volunteers prepare for No. 21 Memphis and the start of the Southeastern Conference season. The Vols (9-4) are in a tailspin, having lost four of their last six games because of increasingly poor defense.
"We made it worse on ourselves by losing confidence in ourselves and each other," Pearl said Monday. "You put it all together and you put yourself in a bit of a spin."