Tennessee 85, Missouri 86
For the second straight game, Santiago Vescovi stood at the free-throw line with a chance to push a two-point Tennessee lead to two possessions. For the second straight game, Vescovi missed the shot, and for the second straight game a buzzer-beater three crushed Tennessee’s hopes for a win.
I wouldn’t even know how to look up such a stat, but the list of teams that have lost on back-to-back buzzer beaters has to be infinitesimal. The reality is that Tennessee is a good team (with the potential to be great) that has run into some bad luck recently. The concern, however, is how that bad luck affects the team mentally. Can they bounce back from heartbreak twice? If they can, it will need to happen quickly, as Alabama comes to Knoxville Wednesday (7 p.m., ESPN2) before the Vols travel to Lexington for a rematch against Kentucky on Saturday (1 p.m., CBS).