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oldster writes:

Defense may win championships, but good offense will be beat good defense every time - at least in basketball.

oldster writes:

in response to tan007:

Skylar McBee held Henderson in the 1st half to NO field goals. Yet in the 2nd half McBee was on the bench until 4 seconds in the game & Henderson turned the whole thing around. I want to know why McBee was on the bench the 2nd half??

McBrick started the 2nd half. He did not play any more than he did because he cannot play basketball. He was 0 for 2 from the field in shooting and when I say zero, I mean zero in that he hit nothing. He may be a good, hard working, Tennessee boy, but he just is not a division 1 basketball player. I wish he were, but he is not.

oldster writes:

in response to tgiles1944#654264:

No inside game - No big men - No defense- no controlling boards - No victory - Recruit big men - Big man game - This hurts man.

You must have seen a different game from the one I watched. The one I saw had Ole Miss playing a zone. Teams frequently choose to play a zone in order to keep the opponents from getting the ball inside - to big men. It is never played against a team that can shoot - unless the coach has a death wish. UT needs shooters, shooters and shooters (maybe I should say, makers, makers and makers).

oldster writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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I assume that you are just complaining about not switching and not about the tactic of going over the top of screens vs the one of going under the screen, because if you are complaining about the latter two tactics, then you are wrong. One never, ever goes under a screen against a shooter.

oldster writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

Henderson is a punk.

Yes, he is, but I wish he were our punk instead of Ole Miss' punk.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

Martins Inability to cope with the Rafes is killing this team
the say nothing do nothing towards the reff's is killing this team
do you think John at Kentucky would stand for that pitiful officiating... heck no!!!... that's why Kentucky wins!!!...... you gotta stay on the officiating like stink on a skunks but!!!
Martin needs to call his play and then get on the reff the whole time...
he just lets the reffs run him over... time and time again
You cannot let the officials Dictate the game like they did tonight.... you just can't
and Martin's nothing but a scared cat
nothing will change untill he demands change... and that means being stern with the referees
Bruce Pearl wouldn't stand for this stuff!!!!... bring back Bruce!!!

oldster writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

You're on a roll tonight TB..CCM did choke this game away..First he wasted all his time outs with 3:50 to play and secondly he didn't allow his perimeter players to lock down Henderson. Benching McBee and Reese late in the game meant Ole Miss only had to push the umbrella defense out on McRae, and that exposed UT's weak outside shooting.

It does not take much to expose UT's weak outside shooting. I have no idea why anyone would ever play anything but a zone against UT. In fact, I am not even sure why anyone even bothers to contest a shot outside the lane. These guys are so bad they guard themselves.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

What's that you say Martin... I couldn't hear you... can you say it again 1 more time... let me turn up the radio my mice in the attic are making too much noise to hear what you're saying.
too bad we get to be so politically correct we can't bring back Bruce... sucks for us!!.... just like in football we can't bring back Bruce Pearl we can't bring back Philip .... because you can't admit to your wrongs.... good day and good night....Cheeks is the bomb!!...so is that Alabama loser.... that guy (hart) don't know how to close a deal or his b*** from a hole in the ground

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

Marshall Henderson and others like him are huge when you take into account the biggest rule change in college basketball---the three-point shot. Just having that line on the court takes a decent shooter like Henderson and turns him into a lethal weapon. It's so simple. You take someone who can shoot 40% from three (a good percentage), and this is the same as shooting 60% inside the arc. Unfortunately, right now, Tennessee has no answer of their own. No one can shoot consistently for them outside the arc. McCrae has stepped up and made a few more outside shots, but no one else can do this consistently. And this is something that Coach Martin will have to address. I know he likes to own opponents on defense, but he is going to have to get a player or two that can shoot the basketball from downtown consistently. This would compliment the athleticism that Tenn has, and give the Vols more options on the offensive end. It's amazing what an arc just outside the top of the circle has done to the game of basketball. Other teams are taking advantage of this, but so far, Tennessee is unable to do so.

SevenT writes:

There are few guarantees in life except:

Death
Taxes
Tennessee CHOKING another lead away

Just Sayin'

manoffewwords writes:

The fix is simple .
BBB Bring Bruce Back, and bring back smiles to most Vol Fans.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to abnermc:

Anyone who watched just a few minutes of this game and thinks there was ever a hint of a possibility of UT winning is very naive. There is zero consistency on foul calls. I don't claim to know the fix but it is obviously BROKEN.

Not a single illegal screen called.

SummittsCourt writes:

More poor coaching... Dave Hart are you watching? My guess is though, that UT can't afford to let go and pay another coach to stay home and do nothing so we fans are stuck with him until his contract runs out.

Jshoop writes:

They made adjustments. We didn't. Same old story with Martin. Needs to go back to the OVC type schools. Can't coach with the bigs.

Jshoop writes:

in response to Show-me-your-TDs:

The only reason we lost this game tonight is because the ref's suck big time!!!
That was like playing at Rupp Arena
the worst officiating I've ever seen
Gonzo Martin sits on his hands as usual
Martin not being more stern with the ref's Cost us this game!
The SEC higher up's strike again!!
Keep whichever team undefeated ...undefeated as long as possible

Martins wants to keep that no technical ever streak going. If he had a little fire. He is like ice. When there are bad calls, he needs to let them know. You can then possibly get the next call. Sit on your rear and you will never get a make up call. Watch the big dogs. They start on the refs when the game starts until it is over.

willphill#241787 writes:

Let's face it. Tennessee made a mistake in letting Bruce Pearl go. Hamilton and Cheek could have kept Bruce and accepted the penalty, which would probably have been a one year post season ban. With the current coach we will have an every year post season NCAA ban. Hart need to petition the NCAA to commute Bruce's sentence to 2 years and bring him back now.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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The girls are the only game in town and will be for several more years if not indefinitely. Lady Vols have been the only consistent winner year after year and with the way some of the younger girls are playing and with next years class this should continue. When you are being beaten by Vandy in football and O'Miss in basketball, it may be time to disband the men's programs and join an all girls league. I was pleasantly surprised by the men's BB team last year after the previous year of turmoil and stated this many times, but also stated the jury was still out on the future of men's BB, but now it looks as if the judge is about to announce the verdict and he is not smiling.

arkyvol writes:

coach martin might not be a bruce pearl, but he's no derek dooley by a jug full.

bigdisbig writes:

BENCH COUNZO. I have no idea who the assistant coach is but he can't do any worse. Counzo has the personality and coaching ability of a bus driver.

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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i think theres a JV girls game a Halls this week. shut up sound like Mickey

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I wish Simmons could play for the men, she has a first step quicker than anybody on the men's BB team..

she couldnt get a shot off against a middle school team

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

You guys have pretty much said it all. I don't have a lot to add except to note the difference down the stretch in the men's and lady's games. The Vols simply cannot shoot a free throw, even McRae missed 2 of them once,
along with a flurry of traveling violations to go with his 26 points........then notice the Lady Vols.......10 for 10 at the line to ice their game.

To give up that many points to the punk hot dog in the 2nd half was.........well, not good. This Ole Miss team was and is, pretty hot right now. However, except for the flurry of turnovers and missed free throws ( even Ole Miss missed a lot of them ) the Vols did play hard.........but just can't finish games.

smokeygrowl writes:

Somebody please tell me how Martin has ruined Kenny Hall. Bruce used to back screen and alley oop to players like him. Vols used to get 10 or more dunks per game. Hall is worthless in a slow down game. He should be getting 6or 8 dunk points per game. Martin doesn't utilize his athletic ability at all. Moore is fairly athletic and is being wasted. The fast break is obsolete under fingerlicker. Boring basketball.

brod writes:

slow tempo does not work at ut. i can't even watch any more. ut was up 46-40 when i checked the score and i was expecting them to hold on. another loss. 9-8, 1-4 in the sec. this is buzz peterson ball all over again. well on our way to sub .500 season.

lomas98 writes:

in response to Show-me-your-TDs:

Martins Inability to cope with the Rafes is killing this team
the say nothing do nothing towards the reff's is killing this team
do you think John at Kentucky would stand for that pitiful officiating... heck no!!!... that's why Kentucky wins!!!...... you gotta stay on the officiating like stink on a skunks but!!!
Martin needs to call his play and then get on the reff the whole time...
he just lets the reffs run him over... time and time again
You cannot let the officials Dictate the game like they did tonight.... you just can't
and Martin's nothing but a scared cat
nothing will change untill he demands change... and that means being stern with the referees
Bruce Pearl wouldn't stand for this stuff!!!!... bring back Bruce!!!

Just because Martin is not yelling at the officials doesn't mean he is not working the officials. Unless you are on the court standing next to him, you have no idea what he is saying to the refs. He is not a yeller. while folks are complaining about officiating, the two teams shot the same amount of free throws until the last minute when we fouled on purpose. Although Bruce would have been yelling at the top of his lungs at the officials, it wouldn't help the fact these players don't have a killer instinct to close out a team.

underthehill writes:

in response to SevenT:

There are few guarantees in life except:

Death
Taxes
Tennessee CHOKING another lead away

Just Sayin'

Sorta like Ky at bama...

Banner writes:

No road wins! That is hard to do. Looks like the program is headed the wrong way.

underthehill writes:

in response to AHOUSE:

McBee had three bad missed 3's in a row---that is 3 turn overs. Henderson was not really trying to take over in the first half so don't give our defense credit. In the second half he did whatever he wanted, because our defense was not smart enough to pick him up off the screen.(coach)
Take all of one practice day and shoot foul shots. 6 for 10 and you run laps.

This is exactly what happened..if it had only happened one time..would be different..but it was over and over..no anticipation whatsoever by the Vols..Henderson should have been doubled as soon as he touched the ball in the 2nd half and UT would have won the game..they were winning the battle up front until the 4 min mark when Ole Miss missed a free throw and got the rebound..Henderson got a three when UT should have had the ball..huge turn around..up until this point ...Kenny Hall had played one of his best games in the paint..this was a game the Vols could have won..probably the worst half of game coaching since Martin has been here..Moore appears to on his way to being an outstanding player if he can improve his shot..and he appears to be the kind who can do it..he slipped and made a bad pass to Hall one time but made other passes that are seldom seen by the Vols..I think he is a future all SEC guy..the main thing to gain from the rest of this year is to get the young guys ready for next year and get out and get a Jr College point guard..look what a difference Middle Tn State made when they did this..with the possibility of a much better team next year it is pure negligence to continue to ignore the need for a point guard..Golden has been asked to do something he cannot do..he is an excellent outside shooter..let him play the #2 ..I'll keep watching..but I don't like to see a loss that could've been a good win...now my frustration has eased somewhat..I think...

govols26 writes:

Quickly losing faith in CCM's ability to keep this program on the right track. I could tolerate his style of play if it led to wins...but it doesn't. He has one more year on his contract, and a lot of talent coming back next year. If he is really worthy of being the coach, it'll definitely show after this year. Otherwise, get rid of him!! And stay away from the Gene Keady family tree!

brod writes:

you can't compare women to men's basketball. come on people. that's even more pathetic than our 1-4 start in the sec.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

When the curtains come out, attendance is down and the concessions sales are down, and are being sold down the aisles. Then there will be change.

mborokyvol writes:

in response to tgiles1944#654264:

No inside game - No big men - No defense- no controlling boards - No victory - Recruit big men - Big man game - This hurts man.

Tenn. out rebounded the rebs 41 to 30. This game wasn't lost on the glass or at the charity stripe(17 of 27). It was lost because no adjustments were made by the coaching staff. Who will teach the Vols how to hedge out on a shooter coming off a screen? It's a pick, not magic!

Col26ca writes:

With Ole Miss now holding a three-game winning streak over Tennessee dating back to last season, Henderson stated his Rebels would beat the Vols "10 out of 10 times" and concluded, "We're just better."

Pure Class

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Show-me-your-TDs:

The only reason we lost this game tonight is because the ref's suck big time!!!
That was like playing at Rupp Arena
the worst officiating I've ever seen
Gonzo Martin sits on his hands as usual
Martin not being more stern with the ref's Cost us this game!
The SEC higher up's strike again!!
Keep whichever team undefeated ...undefeated as long as possible

I would totally agree with that..Head Ref was as bad as I have ever seen in a SEC game..Really bad calls going both ways; no consistency whatsoever!!! This idiot called a foul on about 80% of all possessions..It was so bad I literally was watching the clock to see how many seconds would go by before he stopped play..This jerk called 5 straight offensive fouls on us on 5 straight possessions; something I have never seen in 40 years of watching BBall!! I could go on and on!! Good rule of thumb if your a Ref==If a team is in the double bonus with only 6 minutes gone in the half you are f#cking up

rbwtn writes:

Boy! Do we miss Pearl!

mborokyvol writes:

in response to 8inarow:

It pains me so to see Vols going after each other like this.

Me too!

crappieking writes:

Martin has one more year, then it's time for a change. Nice guy. Average coach at best.

MikeInTN writes:

Gotta make NCAA next year or Martin is history!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88:

How many teeth do you think CJ would've knocked out of that kid's mouth?

The whole grille..lol

Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88 writes:

Well, as a Lakers fan, maybe( and hopefully) you guys can get Mike D'antoni after he's fired from L.A.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Show-me-your-TDs:

Martins Inability to cope with the Rafes is killing this team
the say nothing do nothing towards the reff's is killing this team
do you think John at Kentucky would stand for that pitiful officiating... heck no!!!... that's why Kentucky wins!!!...... you gotta stay on the officiating like stink on a skunks but!!!
Martin needs to call his play and then get on the reff the whole time...
he just lets the reffs run him over... time and time again
You cannot let the officials Dictate the game like they did tonight.... you just can't
and Martin's nothing but a scared cat
nothing will change untill he demands change... and that means being stern with the referees
Bruce Pearl wouldn't stand for this stuff!!!!... bring back Bruce!!!

I agree Iam not sure how he holds back..I think he realizes it will only cost us points but at the beginning of the second half that idiot Ref called 5 straight offensive fouls on 5 straight possessions!! Win or lose Martin should have gone ballistic on the Ref!! I really couldn't even get a gauge on how well we were playing cause the Ref had the game so totally scr#wed up

Rumblefish writes:

This was a very winnable game. FAIL

ronburgundy (Inactive) writes:

This Vol team just is what it is. Don't expect things to change. Martins laid back coaching style just doesn't inspire the team to get tough. But forget Pearl coming back. He would probably love to but what administration in history has ever rehired a coach under those circumstances? Bottom line for this team is they just don't have a take control guy like Lofton to finish games out. I don't even think Golden would make a decent 2nd guard on most teams. He's just not good. I basically spent the entire 2nd half hoping someone would re-construct Hendersons smile. Punk of the century, I don't care how good he is. What do you think Coach K. for Duke of any other 1st class coach would do with that idiot? Go ahead and outfit him with $50,000 in arm ink and send him on to the NBA. He would make an ideal poster child for todays NBA.

bobe4544 writes:

This team has talent. Martin just cannot coach it up. Why did he call timeout with 4.2 secs to play. Game was over. Maybe he was drawing up a 6 point play. And why does he keep licking his fingers, drives me nuts.

samvol writes:

in response to born2ride:

McRae - the best and most improved player.

Golden - terrible point guard.

Stokes - lazy and horrible free throw shooter.

Kenny Hall - pathetic (sorry but true)

Richardson - good for an unheralded player.

Skylar - did an outstanding job on Henderson in first half.

Moore - has potential.

Yemi - a project.

Martin - boring

I suppose you can do better? one thing i can say for all the players you are demeaning is that they were smart enough to get a FREE education...unlike you who never had any talent to do so.

tan007 writes:

in response to oldster:

McBrick started the 2nd half. He did not play any more than he did because he cannot play basketball. He was 0 for 2 from the field in shooting and when I say zero, I mean zero in that he hit nothing. He may be a good, hard working, Tennessee boy, but he just is not a division 1 basketball player. I wish he were, but he is not.

McBEE ssed his shots but the most important thing in this game was keeping Henderson from hitting the 3's & that is what McBEE did. If he could have stayed on him the 2nd half the score would have been different. We didn't need McBEE for offense but for defense this time.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to samvol:

I suppose you can do better? one thing i can say for all the players you are demeaning is that they were smart enough to get a FREE education...unlike you who never had any talent to do so.

i'm sure he couldn't do any better...but i'm also sure he couldn't do any WORSE.

so what's your point now?

Rumblefish writes:

in response to tan007:

McBEE ssed his shots but the most important thing in this game was keeping Henderson from hitting the 3's & that is what McBEE did. If he could have stayed on him the 2nd half the score would have been different. We didn't need McBEE for offense but for defense this time.

it's "McBRICK", not McBee

underthehill writes:

in response to mborokyvol:

Tenn. out rebounded the rebs 41 to 30. This game wasn't lost on the glass or at the charity stripe(17 of 27). It was lost because no adjustments were made by the coaching staff. Who will teach the Vols how to hedge out on a shooter coming off a screen? It's a pick, not magic!

Seems accurate to me..Ole Miss did dominate the inside game in Knoxville..not this time..Kennedy did an excellent job using Henderson in spots..took him out on defense..kept him fresh on offense..McRae got caught chasing Henderson several times and could not close the space..McRae is needed too much on offense to get caught chasing Henderson..out coached on the screen action .it seemed that way to me.. middlesboro ky vol..seems we had a guy named Rodney Woods from that area..

Lizardgrad89 writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

Henderson is a punk.

Nobody ever likes the other team's punks.

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