5 Issues Tennessee Basketball Needs to Address Before 2014-2015

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5 Issues Tennessee Basketball Needs to Address Before 2014-2015
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New Tennessee Volunteers head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has quickly overhauled the team's roster, but replicating his recruiting success on the court may be a tall order with so many new faces on the team. 

Tennessee's 2013-2014 season was full of ups and downs: There were some bad losses, some very bad losses, a widely circulated petition to bring back a certain controversial coach, a late-season rally and a surprise NCAA tournament run to the Sweet 16.

Just when things appeared to be settling down in Knoxville following the Vols' tournament exit at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines, Cuonzo Martin accepted the head coaching position at California and left the Tennessee basketball program in limbo.

After a short coaching search, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart hired Tyndall from Southern Mississippi, where he led the Golden Eagles to a 56-17 record and two NIT quarterfinals appearances in two years. 

Despite a rash of defections, decommitments and transfers from Tennessee recruits and players during his first few weeks on the job, Tyndall managed to pull in a recruiting class that can contribute right away on the hardwood.

But to compete in the SEC and play on into the postseason, the coach and his patchwork squad of Volunteers must find a way to eliminate last season's deficiencies and improve on its strengths. 

Here are five issues the team needs to address before the 2014-2015 season begins. 

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