Vols find defense, 77-58

Wyoming was in the midst of a 19-2 run in the first half when Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl called a rare timeout.

"You probably noticed our circle was a little tighter during that timeout,'' UT center Wayne Chism said. "We came in the huddle, and we realized we needed that. We hadn't been behind by 10 points all year.

"Coach (Pearl) had faith in us the whole time.''

The ninth-ranked Vols (8-1) scored a 77-58 victory over Wyoming (5-5) before an announced crowd of 17,274 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night.

But not before the Cowboys shot out to a 7-0 lead and went up 35-25 at the 5:47 mark of the first half.

The Vols rallied to take a 42-41 lead into intermission and wore down Wyoming with their depth and staunch half-court defense.

The upset-minded Cowboys, led by Afam Muojeke's 15 points, trailed 48-47 with 16:51 left when Tennessee kicked it into another gear with an 11-2 run.

The Vols clamped down defensively and got more aggressive going to the rim in the midst of their run. Melvin Goins capped it with a short pull-up jumper that gave the Vols a 59-49 lead with 13:46 left.

Wyoming didn't draw closer than eight for the remainder of the game, managing only one field goal over the final 13 minutes.

"That second-half defense, we held them to five field goals, 17 points, outrebounded them; that's how you win games,'' Pearl said. "I think we learned a lot. We stepped up, so I'm pleased.''

Scotty Hopson led the Vols with 14 points, Chism had 13 points and Tyler Smith had 10 points and six rebounds.

"We shot 4-of-20 from three(-point range), and last year we would have pulled out the win, but it would have gone right down to the final minute,'' Smith said. "Playing that defense opens up more run-outs, dunks and possessions.

"We just had to man-up.''

Brian Williams and J.P. Prince provided pivotal minutes off the bench. Williams had seven rebounds to go with nine points, and Prince recorded six assists while making a game-high four steals.

"He (Prince) is starting to come, starting to get in the flow, taking the charges and joining Tyler in that high assist/turnover ratio,'' Pearl said. "Getting 12 assists from Tyler and J.P., that's why I talked to (associate head coach) Tony Jones about keeping Tyler or J.P. on the floor the whole time.''

Renaldo Woolridge made the most of his eight minutes with four rebounds, drawing praise from Pearl for providing quality time that gave Smith an opportunity to receive a much-needed rest.

The Vols play at Southern Cal (4-4) at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday.

History Lesson: The first meeting between the Vols and Wyoming took place in December 1958 in the Armory-Fieldhouse, which later became Stokely Athletics Center.

Kenny Coulter made a basket to give UT a 72-71 win. Coulter was the timeout coordinator for the game Tuesday night.

Hospital Visit: UT players and coaches will visit patients at the UT Medical Center's Cancer Institute this morning in conjunction with the OUTLIVE initiative founded last year.

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eduardo writes:

whew!!!

sidwalkvol writes:

I just wonder why it took GVX TWO HOURS to get even so much as a score from this game onto the site... maybe all the writers were looking through tomorrow's NYT for THEIR next article. Pretty shabby, guys. Too much attention to speculation and not enough to actual NEWS like a good UT win tonight.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

2nd half was stark contrast to first. Hope we get to playing a full game soon, we will need it when we play Memphis in 2 wks. Scotty played like he wanted it this game. Glad to see Woolridge get some quality play in. Skyler looks somewhat lost in defense and his shooting has been horrendous lately. JP had another quality game.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

were not a legit # 9 team---------sloppy, absolutely no half court offense, nothing but jacking up 3s from bad shooters and how many layups and dunks can 1 team miss------a pearl supporter but he seems happy to settle for jack it up 3s street ball rather than working an offense to get the ball inside--its early but we are overrated at present

MDiv writes:

Vols are 8-1, and appear to have some room for improvement. History tells me Bruce will have them playing well enough to be in the thick of things in March.

ChattTownVol writes:

yabadabadoo -- I want you to try to think about this from a basketball perspective. When are the Vols at their best? When they are playing GREAT defense. That great defense turns into easy opportunities in transition. That's what this team is based on. We need to stop hoping that we are suddenly going to turn into an A+ half court team. This team is built to run and they did it tonight. Im not sure if we Vol fans fully comprehend how hard it is to hold a team to 17 points in one half! 5 field goals! That is impressive. Great win tonight for the team.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

This could be a long season for Hopson. He worked all offseason on his 3 point shot and it looked good early on until he hit a mental snag. Now he's pressing it and trying to get into a rhythm with newly learned mechanics from the offeason. Unless he starts taking about 100 3 point shots a night until the new mechanics on his shot start feeling natural, then he'll continue to struggle and this will be and achingly long season for him. He's not going anywhere if that's the case. Let's not forget that he's not a naturally aggressive attacker of the basket like say John Wall at KY or Kalin Lucas at MSU, or even JP for that matter, so I'm starting to give up on him as a slasher and thinking of him as a perimeter player that can drive on occasion.

Eventually this team will start playing 30-35 minutes of basketball reguarly (cmon let's be honest, this team will never put forth 40 minutes of hell as they do have their lapses), but it will take some time, a couple of loses and lessons learned from that in order to get there.

VOLKING writes:

in response to ChattTownVol:

yabadabadoo -- I want you to try to think about this from a basketball perspective. When are the Vols at their best? When they are playing GREAT defense. That great defense turns into easy opportunities in transition. That's what this team is based on. We need to stop hoping that we are suddenly going to turn into an A+ half court team. This team is built to run and they did it tonight. Im not sure if we Vol fans fully comprehend how hard it is to hold a team to 17 points in one half! 5 field goals! That is impressive. Great win tonight for the team.

Great post. Running the floor and defense are what Pearl's teams have always won with. It is his style and we knew that when UT hired him. It's not pretty sometimes and looks iffy in half-court, but it wins more than it loses. Some people hate his style of coaching, but he is what he is....a proven winner. BTW, Joe Lunardi's first NCAA bracket projection of the season is out on espn.com. The Vols are a 2 seed. Purdue is also a 2 seed. Florida is a 3. The 1's are Kansas, UK, Syracuse and Texas with the Orangemen being the overall #1.. SEC teams in the tourney are UK, UF, UT, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Miss. State.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Played much better in second half. It will take some time to play GREAT the entire game. They will lose some games no doubt, but it will only inspire them and make them play better ball. As the season moves along, so will the Vols. Great win tonight. Tennessee probably has the best overall athletic team in the enitre NCAA!!!
Vols TCB...Keep on keeping on....GBO!!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to sidwalkvol:

I just wonder why it took GVX TWO HOURS to get even so much as a score from this game onto the site... maybe all the writers were looking through tomorrow's NYT for THEIR next article. Pretty shabby, guys. Too much attention to speculation and not enough to actual NEWS like a good UT win tonight.

Much more into boobygate than a win for a Top Ten team.

EngineerVol writes:

in response to UTVOLSRROCKN:

Played much better in second half. It will take some time to play GREAT the entire game. They will lose some games no doubt, but it will only inspire them and make them play better ball. As the season moves along, so will the Vols. Great win tonight. Tennessee probably has the best overall athletic team in the enitre NCAA!!!
Vols TCB...Keep on keeping on....GBO!!!

UT doesn't even have the most athletic team in the conference, UK does, and it's not all that close.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to EngineerVol:

UT doesn't even have the most athletic team in the conference, UK does, and it's not all that close.

True. They might have the deepest team but not the most athletic.

PennVol writes:

The Vols don't seem to be motivated to play good defense and they kick it in only when they need to. If they start playing good defense all the time, the offense opportunities will come from that. The Wyoming point guard easily and routinely got past Maze and then he quits on the play.

They don't USE a go-to guy on offense but I think Tyler or Wayne could become that guy. We need to declare who that is and let them take over when necessary. Lots of confusion on offense and I believe this may be part of the reason. Everybody's looking for somebody else to take over.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to ChattTownVol:

yabadabadoo -- I want you to try to think about this from a basketball perspective. When are the Vols at their best? When they are playing GREAT defense. That great defense turns into easy opportunities in transition. That's what this team is based on. We need to stop hoping that we are suddenly going to turn into an A+ half court team. This team is built to run and they did it tonight. Im not sure if we Vol fans fully comprehend how hard it is to hold a team to 17 points in one half! 5 field goals! That is impressive. Great win tonight for the team.

I dont disagree with you but we are not going to get fast break opportunities every trip so must play some half court game---------we dont need a A+ grade on that but a B would be an improvement--------there is no concerted effort to take it inside to score or get fouls and as much as I like BP I put that in him----Chism needs to be inside rather than pumping 3 attempts all nite--just tired of another year of seeing jackin 3s at a generally low make % against better teams---course the fact we butcher most attempts from close in may be part of that--blew a couple dunks last nite and a couple layups opps that should have just been dunked were blown

samvol writes:

Until the coach gets off his high horse and start coaching this team, they will continue to play like they have. The players are not motivated. Utenn basketball are winning against teams they should win against. Wyoming should not have been ahead during any part of the game, for goodness sake this team only has one senior…Wyoming is a young team!!…where’s our experienced players and when are they going to step it up. Playing just bad in first half and mediocre in the second half of the game is not going to help us at all. We might see an eight, it would be a stretch though, a four and a championship is completely out of the question….for now.

richvol writes:

Brian Williams continues to amaze...he is the absolute softest 6'10" 270lb player on the planet. He had several attempted layups swatted away instead of going up strong and dunking the ball. Why is he such a wuss when he could be dominating and helping give this team an inside presence? It's so frustrating that he's such a passive,lazy,timid player.

Woolridge actually did some things last night that would indicate that he could help. He still can't hit a basket from outside and Skyler has missed so many that it's beginning to hurt the team.

Wayne needs to stay under the basket. Many times we shoot the outside shot and there is absolutely no one under the basket to rebound. No one.

Prince played well again and Hopson showed some life after being absent for two games.

Please develop some precision. The first half looked exactly like last year...

rootin4volz writes:

in response to sidwalkvol:

I just wonder why it took GVX TWO HOURS to get even so much as a score from this game onto the site... maybe all the writers were looking through tomorrow's NYT for THEIR next article. Pretty shabby, guys. Too much attention to speculation and not enough to actual NEWS like a good UT win tonight.

Amen.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

Does anybody know what the story is with Bone...is he going to be eligible later in the season? Someone shed some light please.

Orangeblood13 writes:

good win, we will be fine

you guys keep doubting, I have full faith in Bruce!

VolunteerLifer writes:

A twenty point win against a decent team is nothing to snear at. I am happy to see that we could put the hammer down on defense. Obviously we are built to run, and so our half-court offense is not precise. But defense is more important than that. The half-court offense will come. Tyler Smith has be the go-to player that everyone wants. He must reassert himself when we start emerging from these pre-season games. In the meantime, I think Pearl is using these games to see what others can/will do. If JP and Chism assert themselves, and if Tyler takes control, then we'll be fine. We can't depend on Scotty Hopson to be the go-to guy. He may emerge later in the year, but its not happening now. It is very good to see that Williams and Woolridge put up some stats. Developing depth is one of the keys to this team's success.

johnlg00 writes:

Second-half defense was pretty tough. Even with all the lapses, we may have worn them down a bit in the first half. As long as we can keep the pace up, we may well look sloppy in the first half but then throttle them in the second. It isn't always pretty but it has been pretty effective.

Last night was the first time I saw Skylar shooting with bad fundamentals. He was leaning toward the basket rather than going straight up with it. That is a sign of a guy losing confidence in his stroke and trying to "guide" the ball into the basket. He just needs to relax and put it up in his normal rhythm. And what has happened to Kenny Hall? I don't think I have seen him on the court in a few games now. He had some good moments earlier in the season, so I wonder why he isn't getting any run now.

johnlg00 writes:

I was glad to see some variations in our pressure defense. Even though it wasn't always as effective as I would like, it should give opponents something else to have to work on. Mark Gottfried said, "You always know what UT's press is going to look like." Maybe that won't be the case from now on. In a way, I hated to see it against a team we would have beaten without it, but it was probably good that they had a chance to experiment with some things before they really needed them.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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That makes sense. Since it looks like Tyler is going to see most of his time at the 4, there won't be many minutes for Hall at the 5, where Wayne and Brian look to get most of them. Early on, I thought the team might look to "go big" in some games--with Tyler at 3, Wayne at 4, Brian at 5, and Hall subbing at 4 or 5--but now I think they will be more effective with a quicker team on the floor. Too bad Kenny won't get the experience he will need for next year, but they really need to look to win THIS year.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to ChattTownVol:

yabadabadoo -- I want you to try to think about this from a basketball perspective. When are the Vols at their best? When they are playing GREAT defense. That great defense turns into easy opportunities in transition. That's what this team is based on. We need to stop hoping that we are suddenly going to turn into an A+ half court team. This team is built to run and they did it tonight. Im not sure if we Vol fans fully comprehend how hard it is to hold a team to 17 points in one half! 5 field goals! That is impressive. Great win tonight for the team.

The defense was pretty bad in the first half; Some of that was due to Wyoming playing good basketball and having a good game plan.Shooting 46% didn't hurt either. I watched the vols perimeter defense and man to man switching off and pursuit was decent; Wyoming just found open shooters and got to many uncontested shots and put backs

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

That makes sense. Since it looks like Tyler is going to see most of his time at the 4, there won't be many minutes for Hall at the 5, where Wayne and Brian look to get most of them. Early on, I thought the team might look to "go big" in some games--with Tyler at 3, Wayne at 4, Brian at 5, and Hall subbing at 4 or 5--but now I think they will be more effective with a quicker team on the floor. Too bad Kenny won't get the experience he will need for next year, but they really need to look to win THIS year.

Hall has turned out to be more of a longer term project than we thought;which fits into our plans anyway..He's far from being physically dominate and needs to work on his shot and touch

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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It's disappointing that Skylar hasn't found his touch. A lot of his shots seem to be going in but rattle out..I can live with his defensive short comings if his 3 pointers are going down..Unfortunately the trend of making a high percentage of 3 pointers has become a big part of a teams offense in college ball now. Our 3 point offense last night was terrible

ChattTownVol writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

I dont disagree with you but we are not going to get fast break opportunities every trip so must play some half court game---------we dont need a A+ grade on that but a B would be an improvement--------there is no concerted effort to take it inside to score or get fouls and as much as I like BP I put that in him----Chism needs to be inside rather than pumping 3 attempts all nite--just tired of another year of seeing jackin 3s at a generally low make % against better teams---course the fact we butcher most attempts from close in may be part of that--blew a couple dunks last nite and a couple layups opps that should have just been dunked were blown

I agree about Chism. He could be a 20 and 10 guy if he would stay inside instead of floating. He becomes an offensive nonfactor when he floats out because he isnt going to take anyone off the dribble and his three point shot is not consistent enough for people to respect.

volsunited writes:

I agree with a lot here we keep playing down to comp at time. It is evident our best ballhandlers and point guards are tyler and prince. Cam looks to take more of skylar minutes unless he starts hitting those wide open 3's and renaldo played his best game as a vol that i saw last night. Wondering why people are still calling brian williams lazy he lost over a 100lbs goes to school f/t and plays basketball. we are sitting in front of a computer on a message board perspective people lazy, No. soft, probably. Go Vols

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Hey CatScratch...Again, it's always a pleasure to have your post on the Vols site becuase you a very reasonable and actually want to discuss basketball like thee rest of us!!! Thanks for the link and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

BTW..Not so sure I agree about that prediction KP made aboutt he Vols...Once, I can defnitely see, but not twice.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

good win, we will be fine

you guys keep doubting, I have full faith in Bruce!

I'm with 'ya!!! So do I!!!

sizeDD writes:

This team is not very good. Much improvement needed before SEC schedule starts.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

"not much at predictions...just glad we won.

doctorvol#211700 writes:

in response to richvol:

Brian Williams continues to amaze...he is the absolute softest 6'10" 270lb player on the planet. He had several attempted layups swatted away instead of going up strong and dunking the ball. Why is he such a wuss when he could be dominating and helping give this team an inside presence? It's so frustrating that he's such a passive,lazy,timid player.

Woolridge actually did some things last night that would indicate that he could help. He still can't hit a basket from outside and Skyler has missed so many that it's beginning to hurt the team.

Wayne needs to stay under the basket. Many times we shoot the outside shot and there is absolutely no one under the basket to rebound. No one.

Prince played well again and Hopson showed some life after being absent for two games.

Please develop some precision. The first half looked exactly like last year...

pretty good assessment. I sat behind wyo bench. Observations: (1)No one goes to offensive glass. On outside shot, the shooter admires, Hopson actually followed once, and one or two get back, the others watch. 2-3 need to be going to boards.
(2)If Tatum/Hopson would slash more, we could break teams down and have better chance of keeping pace quick. We lose depth advantage by passing ball around for 20 sec/possession before trying to score, thereby allowing teams to rest on D.
(3)Tyler plays like he is 6ft or less. Appreciate a lot he does, but when in lane, he needs to go strong, not afraid of getting blocked by anyone 6'3" or more.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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He played last night, you moron. He became eligible after this past fall semester.

murrayvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Much more into boobygate than a win for a Top Ten team.

Heaven help us if there's a mooning incident during the course of the "investigation".

murrayvol writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

I dont disagree with you but we are not going to get fast break opportunities every trip so must play some half court game---------we dont need a A+ grade on that but a B would be an improvement--------there is no concerted effort to take it inside to score or get fouls and as much as I like BP I put that in him----Chism needs to be inside rather than pumping 3 attempts all nite--just tired of another year of seeing jackin 3s at a generally low make % against better teams---course the fact we butcher most attempts from close in may be part of that--blew a couple dunks last nite and a couple layups opps that should have just been dunked were blown

Good teams (NCAA Tourney types) will take away the transition game and force you to execute in the half court. Right now we're not very good in that area.

Will we get better? I hope so.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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I predict 1 win over your Wildcats.

Has Pomeroy ever been to Rupp? Hardest place on earth to get a W.

pupvol writes:

Think it's time to play best five whoever that is until they need a breather instead of giving everybody x amount of minutes regardless. IMHO that keeps from developing chemistry. does anybody else feel that way or am I just nuts? (maybe shouldn't have asked that)

VOLKING writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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yawn...sosdd

It was the shooter on the grassy knoll. We faked going to the moon. Pearl can't coach so he is winning with smoke and mirrors. The government was responsible for 9/11.
Does anybody (who doesn't have to change their screenname because they were banned for being hateful and stupid) buy what you are selling? NO.

sizeDD writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Good teams (NCAA Tourney types) will take away the transition game and force you to execute in the half court. Right now we're not very good in that area.

Will we get better? I hope so.

Well said. In the Purdue game we had one obvious advantage, Wayne was having his way on the inside. Didn't matter late when we needed a score because we don't run set plays or post people up.

sizeDD writes:

in response to pupvol:

Think it's time to play best five whoever that is until they need a breather instead of giving everybody x amount of minutes regardless. IMHO that keeps from developing chemistry. does anybody else feel that way or am I just nuts? (maybe shouldn't have asked that)

You are not nuts. I do think our depth takes it tolls on inferior teams late (last night)but I also think the rotation shouldn't be etched in stone.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to pupvol:

Think it's time to play best five whoever that is until they need a breather instead of giving everybody x amount of minutes regardless. IMHO that keeps from developing chemistry. does anybody else feel that way or am I just nuts? (maybe shouldn't have asked that)

That is a valid opinion and I surely get your point. In fact, several of us have argued for a shorter bench for just that reason. The thing is, that is not PEARL'S philosophy. We might as well get used to the fact that it is HIS team, and, unless or until he starts losing a whole LOT more than he has, he isn't likely to change it. We can and will continue to share our own opinions, but we have to realize that it is just for amusement purposes only. I would rather sit back and enjoy the wins, mourn the losses, and pointlessly dissect both to my heart's content, without imagining that anything I say will make any difference on the court at all(;-P)!

rbromley7#241642 writes:

What is the combined won/loss record of UT's opponents to date?? Does this say something?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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After losing four senior starters--Scotty isn't going anywhere--the Vols WILL be comparatively young, even if Hall played this year. I expect the team to drop off a bit next year in any case, though the talent will be better than it looks right now. I expect a starting lineup of Goins, Tatum, Hopson, Harris, and Williams to be quite competitive. The bench will be shorter, but lots of teams would be glad to have McBee, McCrae, Golden, Hall, and Woolridge coming off the bench. If any of those are good enough to start next year, all the better. They probably won't be picked higher than third in the SEC-E next year, but 20 wins and a SIXTH straight NCAA bid are not out of the question, IMHO.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to rbromley7#241642:

What is the combined won/loss record of UT's opponents to date?? Does this say something?

Not much. I assume you are inferring that our schedule is weak. All the top teams in the power conferences mostly play cupcakes in the pre-conference portion of the season. Hardly anybody plays more than two or at most three other power teams out of conference anymore. Last spring, the NCAA Selection Committee told the world that they pay WAY more attention to a team's performance in its last ten regular-season games than they do anything a team does pre-season or in conference tournaments. Therefore, the early part of the season is about building a base of wins to get ranked to provide a cushion for a few conference losses later, all in order to get the highest possible seed in the tourney. Power teams playing each other early out of conference benefits no one except fans, and we know where they rank in the NCAA's scheme of things.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to pupvol:

Think it's time to play best five whoever that is until they need a breather instead of giving everybody x amount of minutes regardless. IMHO that keeps from developing chemistry. does anybody else feel that way or am I just nuts? (maybe shouldn't have asked that)

I think Pearl's theory is that to beat teams who have a talent advantage in the starting five, you must wear them down with a deep bench keeping fresh legs and lungs in the game all the time. By using the bench liberally and making the other team play a full court rather than half-court game, Pearl feels he gains an advantage. If ever that philosophy has a chance of working against the talent laden elite teams (Kentucky, Kansas, ncaa top seeds, etc), it is this year with this team. We are deep, talented, experienced and coached up. If we don't crack a couple of glass ceilings this year, then maybe Pearl should re-evaluate that style of play.

Ironcity writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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Pete your right! We are not going 35-1. My gosh we should fire our coach for winning by 19 points. Next thing you know we might only win games by 10 points or 6 points. How horrible that would be. Heck we might even lose two or more games! I am aghast!! If coach doesn't win them all then we need to find someone that will!!!!! Maybe Billy D will come in and show us how to win 18 games a year and keep Petey happy!!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Thank you IRON for setting Pete Negativity straight..How hard is it to see that Wyoming and some of the other so called patsy teams might actually come in and play decent basketball despite whatever their record is..As far as the half court offense goes:I don't think Bruce is ordering hot dogs when he's holding up fingers and screaming from the bench

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to EngineerVol:

UT doesn't even have the most athletic team in the conference, UK does, and it's not all that close.

I think she is referring to top-to-bottom and I think she is probably correct. Ky probably has 6 or 7 best athletes, but they can't put 10 players on the court with as much athleticism as UT, especially with the second team. Our only hope in beating Ky is to wear them down like we did with Wyo. Don't know if Ky will wear down though, especially late in the season. I expect we will possibly split with Ky, if our team plays well at home. I'm hoping for a 11-5 or 12-4 conference record.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to richvol:

Brian Williams continues to amaze...he is the absolute softest 6'10" 270lb player on the planet. He had several attempted layups swatted away instead of going up strong and dunking the ball. Why is he such a wuss when he could be dominating and helping give this team an inside presence? It's so frustrating that he's such a passive,lazy,timid player.

Woolridge actually did some things last night that would indicate that he could help. He still can't hit a basket from outside and Skyler has missed so many that it's beginning to hurt the team.

Wayne needs to stay under the basket. Many times we shoot the outside shot and there is absolutely no one under the basket to rebound. No one.

Prince played well again and Hopson showed some life after being absent for two games.

Please develop some precision. The first half looked exactly like last year...

Wow, those are almost exactly my comments for the past 2 weeks and I get nailed by all the posters for being negative. Good to see some objective insight here. Hope you don't get shredded!! One other thing I would add - our point guards MUST get more than one assist per game and they need to learn how to penetrate and dish. Cost us the Purdue game.

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