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Lofton's injury made Vols better

The Tennessee Basketball Vols are 20-6 when All-America guard Chris Lofton plays this season and just 1-3 when he doesn't. At first glance, it appears that his four-game absence was a real negative.

In retrospect, however, it may have been a blessing in disguise. Minus their go-to player, the Vols had to find other ways to score. And, minus the scoring prowess he had prior to the injury, Chris Lofton had to find other ways to contribute when he rejoined the lineup. Looking back, Vol head coach Bruce Pearl believes Lofton's absence had some positive repercussions. "I think everybody else had...

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