By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's inability to hang on to the ball is causing its preseason goals to slip out of its grasp.
The Volunteers have dropped 5 of their last six games and have produced more turnovers than assists in 6 of their last eight contests. The Vols (9-8, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) will try to stop both trends Saturday when they host Alabama (12-6, 4-1).
Tennessee committed a season-high 21 turnovers Thursday in a 62-56 loss at No. 23 Mississippi.
In their last five losses, the Vols have a combined 49 assists and 71 turnovers, and they've been outscored 77-48 in points off turnovers.
Their lone win in their last six games was a 72-57 victory over Mississippi State in which they had 19 assists and only 11 turnovers.
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