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St. John's, Lady Vols seeking faster starts

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm •  Published: March 23, 2014
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — St. John's and Tennessee have proved throughout the postseason that they can bounce back from slow starts, but they'd rather not have to make a habit of it.

Tennessee, the top seed in the Louisville Regional, erased double-digit deficits in each of its three Southeastern Conference tournament victories and was tied early in the second half of its 70-46 NCAA tournament first-round triumph over Northwestern State. St. John's (23-10) has trailed at halftime in each of its last three games.

Both teams know they must get off to a faster start Monday when they face off in a second-round matchup.

A fast start is particularly imperative for St. John's as it tries to beat the Lady Vols (28-5) on their home floor. Tennessee is 53-0 in NCAA tournament home games.