This article asks, "Why didn't Pearl pull the plug on the 3-ball a few weeks earlier, instead of letting the Vols continue firing and falling?"
"They had to learn for themselves," Pearl said. "When we shoot too many 3 balls – not making the percentages we were (in the past) – it leads to transitions (for the opponent).
Long shots (equal) long rebounds and long rebounds (equal) fast-break opportunities. Not only do we not shoot the 3-ball as well [as in the past], we don't get back as well. The more you shoot it, the more you miss it, the more they (opponents) run out.
We have put a greater premium on shot selection. It's something that, if I'd done it a month ago, we would've had a revolt on our hands because the players would feel like they were handcuffed offensively. Now they feel like, 'OK, I've got to turn down the 3-shot to get a better shot because this is how we can win.'"