Pearl gives ETSU rave reviews

Guard play, depth will challenge Vols

It's wasn't hard to get the Tennessee men's basketball team's attention for tonight's game.

All they needed to see was the score last Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.: East Tennessee State 94, Arkansas 85.

The Buccaneers (4-3) put a three-game wining streak on the line against the 11th-ranked Vols (5-1) tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena (TV: SportSouth and MyVLT2, 7 p.m.)

"East Tennessee is a good team, and right now a better team than Arkansas,'' UT coach Bruce Pearl said. "You watch that tape, and their win wasn't a fluke. Some of the stuff they run is similar to what we do, and they do some of it better than us.''

The Vols have been off and running this season with the return of Pearl's "Controlled Chaos" press, which has led to high-flying dunks and transition breakaways.

But East Tennessee State is well-equipped to handle that style with depth and stellar guard play.

"They play better when they go fast, too,'' Pearl said. "I think we can run, but it could be difficult to press them.''

Justin Tubbs, a junior guard, scored 29 points in ETSU's 77-71 win over the College of Charleston last Wednesday and another 21 against Arkansas.

Junior forward Tommy Hubbard has posted double-doubles in five of the Bucs' past six games.

"Tubbs is special for them; he's a very physical transfer from Alabama,'' Pearl said. "Hubbard is a nightmare matchup; he does whatever they need.''

Senior guard Mike Smith, a preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference pick, is back in the lineup after missing five of ETSU's first seven games.

"They attack pressure very well,'' Pearl said. "I told our guys they are the second-best team we'll have played next to Purdue.''

The Boilermakers dealt UT a dose of reality with a 73-72 triumph in the title game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands last Monday.

Pearl has pushed the Vols hard since the team arrived back from the trip, putting them through an intense three-hour Thanksgiving Day practice that exhausted them the day before their 86-69 victory over Charleston.

"We've continued to practice hard, and practice physically,'' Pearl said. "We've got to stop making unforced turnovers and start putting more value on our possessions.''

UT point guard Bobby Maze said the team is adjusting to Pearl's increased demands.

"We're sticking to what Coach (Pearl) wants us to do on offense, and we're getting better defensively,'' Maze said. "East Tennessee State beat Arkansas at Arkansas and that definitely got our attention.''

Just to make sure, Pearl reminded the Vols of ETSU's last visit to Thompson-Boling Arena two years ago.

"They were up six on us in the second half,'' Pearl said, referring to a 58-52 Bucs' lead with 15 minutes remaining. "They're going to come into our arena very confident they can beat us, just like they did last time.''

The Vols eventually prevailed, 93-88, but it's worth noting that both of East Tennessee State's victories in this series took place in Knoxville.

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ETSU_Vol writes:

Woooo yeah!! Hope it's a good one! Hope vols win... In a well played maybe close game by etsu haha

CoachFulmer writes:

Boy oh boy to I love this match up. Its time for ETSU to shine against a nationally ranked team on tv. Hope UT prevails cause they have alot more to lose but I hope ETSU gives them all they can handle.

Go Bucs and Go Vols!

bluevol writes:

I have to agree with Minne Pearl on this one. I say ETSU takes UT and exposes them for the posers they are. The Vols, a top ten team riiiiiiight. This is just like when the Vols made the top ten last year and proceeded to lose what 14 games? Where's the talent on this team other than Hopson? And Hopson only came to UT was because his recruiting had been tied up by Buzz earlier. I'm not really a bad guy. Now that I posted the hurtful truth here is a short but entertaining video for your viewing enjoyment, a peace offering, enjoy!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/college...

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

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arkyvol writes:

i understand what pearl is doing, but what e.t.s.u. did to the hogs was no great achievement. the loss to the bucs was sandwiched between losses to those traditional powers morgan state (its in maryland) and south alabama. yeah, the hogs are that bad.

GreeneVol_TN writes:

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I agree with you Witch! The great days of cruising through Johnson City and getting the gals to take a ride to the lake bring back some memories but if you live in this state you still have to bleed Orange! I love ya Bucs, but GO VOLS!

utfutbolfan writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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That is TOO funny!

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to bluevol:

I have to agree with Minne Pearl on this one. I say ETSU takes UT and exposes them for the posers they are. The Vols, a top ten team riiiiiiight. This is just like when the Vols made the top ten last year and proceeded to lose what 14 games? Where's the talent on this team other than Hopson? And Hopson only came to UT was because his recruiting had been tied up by Buzz earlier. I'm not really a bad guy. Now that I posted the hurtful truth here is a short but entertaining video for your viewing enjoyment, a peace offering, enjoy!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/college...

Are you serious? I get it, another Pearl basher that has nothing to do but yap yap yap. Memphis played Kansas close and all of the sudden they are ok? Tulsa will blast them for the big CUSA title this year, and we will see how many more time you show up here.

There is no truth to what you have posted, so you hurt no one, maybe got a laugh or 2 but nothing more.

Vols are going to smash ETSU.

bluevol writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

Are you serious? I get it, another Pearl basher that has nothing to do but yap yap yap. Memphis played Kansas close and all of the sudden they are ok? Tulsa will blast them for the big CUSA title this year, and we will see how many more time you show up here.

There is no truth to what you have posted, so you hurt no one, maybe got a laugh or 2 but nothing more.

Vols are going to smash ETSU.

No, I'm not a Pearl basher. I actually defended him. Someone said just the other day he wasn't fit to sleep with pigs and I said "Oh yes he is!!"

tennrich1 writes:

in response to bluevol:

I have to agree with Minne Pearl on this one. I say ETSU takes UT and exposes them for the posers they are. The Vols, a top ten team riiiiiiight. This is just like when the Vols made the top ten last year and proceeded to lose what 14 games? Where's the talent on this team other than Hopson? And Hopson only came to UT was because his recruiting had been tied up by Buzz earlier. I'm not really a bad guy. Now that I posted the hurtful truth here is a short but entertaining video for your viewing enjoyment, a peace offering, enjoy!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/college...

Again, over and over I must ask you guys....WHY WOULD ONE REPLY TO THIS POST....A POST THATS MEANT TO GET RESPONSES.....Of course this response isnt to the poster, but only to the others on this site...least i appear hypocritical...UH?

cc623 writes:

The Pearl bashers kill me.The man takes a team to the top(#1 ranking),outright SEC title,fills up the gym(used to always be empty),recruits top talent(getting better every time)and you fools want to bash him and complain!

crappieking writes:

blowvol is actually the memphis CA poster they call Zander. He was banned on this site a while back. He is a megatroll. Ignore him and he will go back to his powerless trailor.

jomo11 writes:

Give me a break !...ETSU lost to UT-Chattanooga this year and Chattanooga was missing THREE starters.....Pearl is so full of it

VolJunkie writes:

in response to crappieking:

blowvol is actually the memphis CA poster they call Zander. He was banned on this site a while back. He is a megatroll. Ignore him and he will go back to his powerless trailor.

Are you suggesting he will "vacate"? LOL ... man, I crack myself up!

Go Vols!

paul5170 writes:

in response to jomo11:

Give me a break !...ETSU lost to UT-Chattanooga this year and Chattanooga was missing THREE starters.....Pearl is so full of it

Are you kidding me.Thats called coaching.Every player(basketball,fooball ect.)need something to pick them up for a game.If not they would look past this game and probably lose.UNless they are playing a top notch team, thats all thats needed.

Skullz_VOL writes:

in response to cc623:

The Pearl bashers kill me.The man takes a team to the top(#1 ranking),outright SEC title,fills up the gym(used to always be empty),recruits top talent(getting better every time)and you fools want to bash him and complain!

Thats because they are scared non-vol fans that want to see Pearl go.

bluevol writes:

in response to crappieking:

blowvol is actually the memphis CA poster they call Zander. He was banned on this site a while back. He is a megatroll. Ignore him and he will go back to his powerless trailor.

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JTC writes:

I've never been more proud to be an ETSU alum than after these words:

"Witch Doctor all Vol but still ETSU alum...Witch Doctor pillage alot of ETSU women in Witch Doctors youth."

DC_Vol writes:

in response to bluevol:

I have to agree with Minne Pearl on this one. I say ETSU takes UT and exposes them for the posers they are. The Vols, a top ten team riiiiiiight. This is just like when the Vols made the top ten last year and proceeded to lose what 14 games? Where's the talent on this team other than Hopson? And Hopson only came to UT was because his recruiting had been tied up by Buzz earlier. I'm not really a bad guy. Now that I posted the hurtful truth here is a short but entertaining video for your viewing enjoyment, a peace offering, enjoy!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/college...

Wow you are not very bright are you? Buzz was fired three years before Hopson attended UT! Hopson is only a Sophomore or this is his second year. Ask yourself a simple question. How long has Pearl been the coach at UT? Come on bluevol see if you can work out this math problem and reply back and let all us Vol fans know your answer. Bet you don't figure out your mistake. HA HA LOL

bluevol writes:

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I copied that link from the post on the CA board Sherlock, d'oh! Seems for someone that doesn't care you spend your share of time on the Memphis boards, not don't ya? You and the crapking.

abnerPeabody writes:

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God may have a sense of humor,but I guarantee he is not disturbed.The most like candidate for that would be you.You need to examine your life NOW.

jd4bucs writes:

in response to jomo11:

Give me a break !...ETSU lost to UT-Chattanooga this year and Chattanooga was missing THREE starters.....Pearl is so full of it

Greetings Vol fans, ETSU fan here...True enough we did lose to UTC, however, we also were missing 2 players, 1 of whom is the best player in our league (Mike Smith).

This game will not be a blowout, just as it was not 3 years ago. I'm not saying we'll win, because I think you are supremely talented.

I'm confident our players will not be intimidated either. We played a strong Pitt squad to the wire last season in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Best of luck...ETSU fans are really looking foward to this one.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to arkyvol:

i understand what pearl is doing, but what e.t.s.u. did to the hogs was no great achievement. the loss to the bucs was sandwiched between losses to those traditional powers morgan state (its in maryland) and south alabama. yeah, the hogs are that bad.

I don't know about Morgan State but South Flrorida is usually a very good team...at least most years. Sounds like they might be good this year. ETSU used to win the Southern Conf. a lot and has a history of upsetting big schools. This will be a good close game if Tennessee doesn't come to play. If we play defense we'll win big. If we don't then we'll just pull it out at the end. Maybe.lol

CarlChilders writes:

Kinda hate when these teams play each other. This is the only matchup where my blood doesn't run orange. It's blue and that's because of the heading on the sheepskin.

In all honesty though, this could be scary. Maybe we can pull an Urbie and play to keep the score close. On the other hand, we hung close with Patino's boys. Upset time?

MattDillon writes:

The Bucs gave Pitt all they wanted in last years NCAA tourney.They are a very athletic group and are capable of giving the Vols all they want.

bill#1374014 writes:

Bucs are not as good as last year, and they beat Ark. because Pelphrey has suspended 4 players indefinitely. Memphis and Kansas, along with Purdue, are the only good teams on an otherwise soft non-conference schedule.

spacehistorian writes:

As a proud ETSU graduate (Bachelor's & Master's) I am proud as the Witch Doctor of how well our "directional" school has performed against major Division 1 powers. Despite growing up in Jason Witten town (known to some as Elizabethton) & attending ETSU (twice) I find myself in the same quandary as most homegrown upper East TN Big Orange fans. Part of me wants to see the Bucs pull off the upset but when I cut myself shaving this morning, I found my blood still run Orange (just a tinge of Blue). So I also hope for a great game, hard-fought, well-played, with the Vols pulling it out at the end with a great long-distance 3-point shot (launched from the Sunsphere) hitting nothing but net as the final horn sounds for a resulting 93-92 Tennessee victory. ETSU gets mad props for pushing their in-state big brother to the end while our beloved Vols remain a Top 10ish 1-loss team. Then we can move forward to whipping the (allegedly in Tennessee) Memphis Tiggers by 20+ points. PS: Look for the Bucs in the Big Dance in March.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to bluevol:

No, I'm not a Pearl basher. I actually defended him. Someone said just the other day he wasn't fit to sleep with pigs and I said "Oh yes he is!!"

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crappieking writes:

in response to brownsvillevol:

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BV - I see our friends at the KNS reconized bluevol as that CA idiot Zander. They have already removed one of his post here. lol. I feel the Kitties should keep appealing, and keep pizzing off the NCAA. Stiffer penalties for cheaters sounds good to me. GBO!!!

MattDillon writes:

ETSU is a member of the Atlantic Sun conference

MattDillon writes:

Festus got us good seats... don't know how he does it, you?

MattDillon writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Maybe Witch Doc forget to earn sheepskin...Maybe him pillage too much

zigvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Witch Doctor you crack me up......

golfin_blondie writes:

Just watched the game between our beloved VOLS and ETSU. I have to admit they gave us a game and our boys responded. That freshman McBee (??? i think is the right spelling) had a great game. At one point had hit several 3 pointers. I think maybe another shooter???

golfin_blondie writes:

Just watched out beloved Vols play ETSU. I have to admit they gave us a game, but our boys responded. That freshman McBee (I think that is right) had a good game behind the line. I am thinking another shooter.......remember last year our guard play killed us.

bluevol writes:

in response to VolJunkie:

Are you suggesting he will "vacate"? LOL ... man, I crack myself up!

Go Vols!

Well Junkie at least Memphis had something to vacate which means they were there which is more than can be said for some schools. There are actually schools from MAJOR conferences that have never been past the Sweet Sixteen.

bluevol writes:

in response to crappieking:

BV - I see our friends at the KNS reconized bluevol as that CA idiot Zander. They have already removed one of his post here. lol. I feel the Kitties should keep appealing, and keep pizzing off the NCAA. Stiffer penalties for cheaters sounds good to me. GBO!!!

You really should take tennrich's advice crappie. It seems you've spent all your time on this board addressing me. And that post wasn't removed because the KNS recognized me as anyone. It was removed because, well I guess I said some things I shoudn't have and for that please accept my most sincere apologies. So what name are you using on the CA boards after crappieking was banned there?

midnite__VOL writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Do you remember Atlee Hammaker?

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