Vols get 'swag back' against Memphis, 66-59

Vols fueled by hostile crowd; Pearl says UT ‘controlled the game'

Tennessee guard J.P. Prince (30) makes a pass over Memphis defenders Will Coleman, second from left, Willie Kemp (5) and Roburt Sallie (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. Tennessee won 66-59.

Photo by Lance Murphey/Associated Press

Tennessee guard J.P. Prince (30) makes a pass over Memphis defenders Will Coleman, second from left, Willie Kemp (5) and Roburt Sallie (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. Tennessee won 66-59.

MEMPHIS — It turned out all the Tennessee men’s basketball team needed to regain its form was a wake-up call.

A raucous, sold-out Memphis crowd of 17,544 at FedEx Forum provided it, and the 14th-ranked Vols responded with a 66-59 victory Thursday afternoon.

“We got back to that Tennessee basketball, playing with a chip on our shoulders,’’ UT senior captain Tyler Smith said. “We got our swag back.’’

Tennessee hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to thwart the Tigers’ comeback hopes. Memphis failed to draw closer than four points after trailing 31-24 at half time.

Wayne Chism led UT with 15 points and nine rebounds, Memphis native J.P. Prince scored 12 points, had five rebounds and three assists and Smith had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Vols (10-2) snapped Memphis’ 23-game home court win streak in the process.

“The crowd and intensity made a difference for us,’’ said Prince, who hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute and forced a turnover with 25 seconds left to secure the win. “We were going to bring the intensity from the start and keep it up. They started hot, but we stayed poised.’’

The Tigers (9-3) jumped to a 12-6 lead, pushing the arena noise level to deafening proportions seven minutes into the action.

But after the teams exchanged free throws, the Vols went on a 9-0 run capped by a Prince dunk, going up 16-13 at the 10:24 mark and Memphis never led again.

Tennessee held a commanding 47-28 rebounding advantage and out-scored Memphis 30-12 in the paint and 10-5 on second-chance points.

“We were the bigger team, and we did the things we needed to do when you have that advantage,’’ said UT coach Bruce Pearl, who’s 3-2 against Memphis and 2-1 in FedEx Forum. “We controlled the game.’’

The Vols went up by as many as 13 points when Scotty Hopson drove to the basket to cap a 9-0 run and make it 42-29 with 16:02 left to play.

But the Tigers, who lost to No. 1-ranked Kansas by a 57-55 count earlier this season, chipped back into UT’s lead with defense and free throw shooting.

Memphis held the Vols without a field goal for seven minutes after Hopson’s drive, and two Elliot Williams free throws cut the lead to 44-37 with 9:27 left and got the electric blue crowd back into it.

Williams, who entered the game averaging a team-high 20.7 points per game, scored 11 of his 13 from the free throw line. His only field goal was academic, coming with 12.4 seconds left.

“Elliot goes left, and he goes lefter,’’ said Pearl, who instructed the numerous defenders he threw at Williams to force the star guard to his right.

Hopson was one of those defenders, and he came through with a minute left by stoning Williams on a drive that could have pulled Memphis within two points.

“I knew coming in he was a key guy for them, and when we were matched up it was fierce,’’ Hopson said. “It was a good confidence boost for me to know I can come up with a big stop on defense.’’

Memphis coach Josh Pastner bemoaned the Vols’ rebounding advantage and said he knew it could be a factor entering the game.

“They got second-chance points,’’ Pastner said. “That hurt us — 18-9 (UT’s advantage in offensive rebounds) was the big difference right there.’’

Doneal Mack led the Tigers with 15 points and was 4-of-9 shooting beyond the 3-point arc before fouling out with 3:32 left. The Vols continued their struggles from the perimeter, connecting on 2 of 13 beyond the arc.

Memphis had three players disqualified, and UT’s Bobby Maze also fouled out, as officials whistled 50 personal fouls to keep the chippy game under control.

“This crowd, it was hostile and ranks right up there with Kansas, Kentucky and Florida,’’ Hopson said. “But we kept our composure. We needed this game to start our turnaround.’’

The Vols return to action against Charlotte (10-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena before No. 1-ranked Kansas (12-0) comes to Knoxville on Jan. 10.

Orange Slices: Nine Vols played double-digit minutes, and sophomore Renaldo Woolridge played eight minutes. ... Memphis was favored by one point, the first time UT had been an underdog in 17 games dating back to a win at South Carolina last season. ... The Tigers’ two previous losses, to Kansas and UMass, were by a combined three points. ... Memphis is now 101-11 in its sixth season playing in FedEx Forum. ... Sixteen of the 21 meetings between the Vols and the Tigers have been decided by 10 points or less.

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CoverOrange writes:

Dominate? Really? Only because they can't shoot from more than two feet away. Even within that is iffy.

10SE writes:

One down. One to go. Beat the Hokies!

berry_time writes:

where you at memphis st. lovers?????23 game streak over HAHAHAHA

azorange writes:

Didn't see the game. Was it as close as the score might suggest? From the article, it sounds like the Vols were cold. Love beating the Tigers no matter the score. GBO!

movol53 writes:

OK we won, however, Memphis showed everyone how to defend against us just go to a zone. Seems like the Vols were not patient enough to break it down. You've got to move the ball around and get the defense to move to break down a zone. We had a back door (baseline) open several times;and no one made the cut to the bucket(once we began to pass the ball around but only once or twice did we try to use the back door cuts). We've got to learn to play against and defeat zone coverage. Also we can't be afraid to just cut though the zone; you've got to try to penetrate; cn't just throw up 3's' we don't shoot them that well. Or we will not move past he sweet 16; again. Plus at stud at guard would help. Even the announcers on TV said we need better point play.
A good win but it should not have been a game in the second half.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Now thats what I'm talking about! Much improvement overall. Great rebounding and defense! Great hustle! Overall very happy with win!! Just a note....Goins looked lost as the PG. Guess what? Now everybody is going to play zone against us, since we obviously have a major problem there....but there will be a little time to work on that. CBP did a much better job too!
Great win Vols!!Now we have to beat the HOKIES!!!
VOLS...TCB...Keep on keeping on.....GBO!!!!!!!!!

LEXKYVOLS writes:

For a team that everyone said was a favorite, Vegas did not think so. Memphis was a 1 1/2 point favorite. Great road win! GO VOLS!

SeanJean writes:

Again, not a pretty game to watch, but I saw big big improvements in this game. A lot more inside play, a lot more aggressive drives to the basket and trips to the free throw line. Very few forced 3's, which I love. When we play that type of game, we are tough to beat. I'd still like to see Hopson more aggressive with the Ball, and I have no idea what Williams is ever doing on the floor (why not play Hall?), but overall, a step in the right direction. Also, it's so obvious Chism is our best offensive weapon. We should try to get him the ball every trip down the floor. And again, please stop playing Brian Williams. He is a liability in every phase of the game.

SeanJean writes:

Also, some credit to Melvin Goins. He hit some huge jumpers and made some clutch free throws down the stretch. Liked what I saw out of him.

TopTenn writes:

Good quality road win. GBO, make it two wins today.

eduardo writes:

Why was Prince up in E Williams face at the front end of the game? Thought that was pretty classless! The kid came back to tiger high because his mom is sick. Come on Prince grow up and just play ball!!

eduardo writes:

I dont like Tyler's body language he looks so disinterested. Not the same guy as the last couple of yrs.

Kiffin_fan writes:

We'll be good, great, when Tyler and Wayne leave. I know they are All Americans but they hurt what Bruce wants to do so bad. ... But, guess what, The kitties are just kitties and the Hokies are a joke. ... Go Vols!!!

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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WD....I agree "witch" ju! My "nerbes" got all out of "handle" during the 2nd half! We just might need some major "nerb" medications until the last second ticks off and we BEAT THE HOKIES!
VOLS...TCB...Keep on keeping on....GBO!!!!!!!!!!

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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I think Hall missed a practice and is in the doghouse right now. Expect to see him really contribute against Charlotte.

jcalhoun writes:

Great defense by both teams. They both played well, but Tennessee has more talent and depth right now. To attack the zone in the future, we need to go to tyler in the middle and let everything collapse on him. He can then shoot it, dish it to wayne down low, or to mcbee and hopson and tatum to shoot outside if they ever find their touch. If the zone is spread out, let bobby maze drive to the basket.

newportvol writes:

in response to azorange:

Didn't see the game. Was it as close as the score might suggest? From the article, it sounds like the Vols were cold. Love beating the Tigers no matter the score. GBO!

we had the lead the entire 2nd half.. i think the most we was up by was 13 with ten min left and memphis went into a 2 3 zone and cut the lead to 4 at 1 point but we kept pushing it out to 7 or 9

Fryinpansvols writes:

Good win for our basketball team. Where are all the Memphis fans? Maybe at home with a box of Kleenex!

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to berry_time:

where you at memphis st. lovers?????23 game streak over HAHAHAHA

Remember this is an unrated Tiger team. Something we all know for sure, the Tigers will be in a Final Four before the Vols. I love Vols football, but the E. TN supporters are obnoxious. Mark my words, by next year the Tigers will at least make an Elite 8 and Brucie will be trying to make it to the Sweet 16.

MTN_MAN_VOL writes:

This game would not have been this close if the vols could hit a layup or free throws.

vol98champ writes:

We are very good against man to man; very scary against zone. Every time Williams touched the ball today I winced.

db11_cn writes:

McBee may be marginal with most duties, but he can shoot, is open and overlooked plenty. Point guard(s)don't look to kick to wing. Top 20 teams do it, Vols don't. Overall, they can play. Charlotte is better than Memphis. Wednesday will be an excellent test.

lomas98 writes:

Where are all the negative comments. When USC beat us there were over 200 comments in a few hours. Solid win on the road against a decent opponnet. Best win for the resume all season. Shock the world Jan. 10 and we are primed for SEC season.

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

Was exactly the knock down kind of fight you would expect in a game like this. It was great to see the intensity on defense. I believe that is the most effort I have seen on defense all year. If they continue to give that kind of effort on defense, they will be in every game they play. Looking forward to see what they can do against Kansas. Agree with the other poster about Prince, his little escapade at the beginning of the game was sickening, no class at all.

eduardo writes:

in response to The_Four_Horsemen:

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stick it four legs!!! you aint got no game hows that for talk!!!!

ChatBleu writes:

in response to berry_time:

where you at memphis st. lovers?????23 game streak over HAHAHAHA

Congrats! Your ranked team managed to beat a gutted and team with 7 scholarship players by 7 points, impressive!! Maybe you'll be ranked #1 on Monday. Hehehe! :) Hope you enjoyed it. This team is going doooown, Kansas, Kentucky(twice), Mississippi, Miss. St. etc.. many future loses to come if that's the best your team can do. Maybe they can make it to 22-14 like last year when they were once again overrated.

AFTiger writes:

Vols had too many guns for us to handle. Good win for the Vols.

charlespartin#1378327 writes:

in response to ChatBleu:

Congrats! Your ranked team managed to beat a gutted and team with 7 scholarship players by 7 points, impressive!! Maybe you'll be ranked #1 on Monday. Hehehe! :) Hope you enjoyed it. This team is going doooown, Kansas, Kentucky(twice), Mississippi, Miss. St. etc.. many future loses to come if that's the best your team can do. Maybe they can make it to 22-14 like last year when they were once again overrated.

r u serious tennessee beat a less than impressive memphis by seven. you cant shoot worth a phooey. all teams have to do is play zone and your screwed. in my opinion the the fourth best team in the sec east. youll struggle to make the tourney if you play like that. memphis had all kinds of guys in foul trouble and u still couldnt pull away. wats up wit jp he runs his mouth but dont back it up. cant wail till he plays a team like uk who will actually retaliate and set him straight. wouldnt be surprised if he gets his teeth knocked in. all these guys who come on here and praise ut on defense you didnt obviously count how many open shots memphis missed it was awful display of offense and missed oppurtunities. i dont know wat wrong with this team but they dont look interested ur so called all american tyler averages 10 points a game he shouldve gone pro last year he might no get drafted.

vol_4_fan writes:

CBP needs to have his players show class. JP was a classless act from before the tip till after the game. Come on Vols, nice win now learn to be a class act win or lose! Very good rebounding & half court defense, that is all effort!

lomas98 writes:

I would be happy if Prince doesn't suit up anymore with his attitude. Good win for the Vols today. Notice not a lot of comments after a win?? Go look at the peach bowl threads. Nobody comes on here except to complain.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to BigVolMan:

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And you would be that "some". More things happen "inside" than just rebounding. What good does getting 100 rebounds do if you miss 100 of the put backs? Try to use more of your brain before firing off a brain fart.

BillsBrother writes:

in response to ChatBleu:

Congrats! Your ranked team managed to beat a gutted and team with 7 scholarship players by 7 points, impressive!! Maybe you'll be ranked #1 on Monday. Hehehe! :) Hope you enjoyed it. This team is going doooown, Kansas, Kentucky(twice), Mississippi, Miss. St. etc.. many future loses to come if that's the best your team can do. Maybe they can make it to 22-14 like last year when they were once again overrated.

It seems I hear the lyrics to this tired Memphis song every time Tennessee beats the Tiggers at anything....

1vavolfan writes:

I can't believe all the negative comments on this win. This was a huge game. Not perfect but a big step in the right direction. Much better shot selection.Awesome rebounding. And great defense. At no time last year did the Vols play this type of defense. This is huge because it is our first quality win of the season. If you know anything about college hoops then you know how hard it is to win on the road, especially at Memphis.If you aren't happy with this win then you are a total moron.

TnScooby writes:

in response to charlespartin#1378327:

r u serious tennessee beat a less than impressive memphis by seven. you cant shoot worth a phooey. all teams have to do is play zone and your screwed. in my opinion the the fourth best team in the sec east. youll struggle to make the tourney if you play like that. memphis had all kinds of guys in foul trouble and u still couldnt pull away. wats up wit jp he runs his mouth but dont back it up. cant wail till he plays a team like uk who will actually retaliate and set him straight. wouldnt be surprised if he gets his teeth knocked in. all these guys who come on here and praise ut on defense you didnt obviously count how many open shots memphis missed it was awful display of offense and missed oppurtunities. i dont know wat wrong with this team but they dont look interested ur so called all american tyler averages 10 points a game he shouldve gone pro last year he might no get drafted.

OMG...How pathetic...Cry yourself to sleep troll....You got whooped...PERIOD...I heard all the smack from pussycats for months, now you CONTINUE to whine...JP had 12 pts 5 boards and 3 assists in 18 minutes...Do the math doofus...Idiots like you make Mempuss look utterly PATHETIC!!!!!! BTW, Good luck in winning ANYTHING against the Vols next decade too!!!!!!!

VOLKING writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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They are all sitting in the hottub and crying on each other's shoulder. Don't worry, they'll be back as soon as they think up some way to spin this as a bad coaching job by CBP. They are interlopers posing as Vol fans anyway. Good win for the Vols, but there is plenty of room for improvement.

VOLKING writes:

in response to cooper65#432178:

Remember this is an unrated Tiger team. Something we all know for sure, the Tigers will be in a Final Four before the Vols. I love Vols football, but the E. TN supporters are obnoxious. Mark my words, by next year the Tigers will at least make an Elite 8 and Brucie will be trying to make it to the Sweet 16.

You must be a Cubs fan too. 'Wait til next year' is the chant for losers...which you are. Coulda woulda shoulda. Who holds the head to head lead between these 2 teams? How many NCAA championships does Memphis have? Same as UT. How many games in the NCAA has Memphis had to forfeit because they cheated? Bottom line: UT beat an inferior opponent on their own homecourt like they should have and Memphis will be lucky to even make the tourney. Let us turn our attention to Kansas and let the Tiggers keep on saying, 'we'll get you next year.'

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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You have no clue of what you talk...Go Figure

ChatBleu writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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Speaking of football I happen to see on ESPN sports there how your team did last night. Need I say more? You don't own anybody. Your chicken coaches refused to play Memphis for 25 years when Memphis had some very good teams. If they hadn't been chicken to play the Tigers the series wouldn't even be close. Memphis would "own" Hillbilly High. Next year is the beginning of the end.

First-year Memphis coach Josh Pastner improved his already-impressive recruiting class when he added top-50 prospects Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black during the early signing period. The Memphis recruiting class is loaded with seven prospects, five of which are ranked in the top 100 in the country.

2010 commits (National rank) Memphis #1
SF Jelan Kendrick (8)
SG Will Barton (11)
PG Joe Jackson (12)
C Tarik Black (47)
SG Chris Crawford (66)
PG Antonio Barton
C Hippolyte Tsafack

First-year coach Josh Pastner secured a significant commitment when elite shooting guard Will Barton turned down a number of other programs to play for the Tigers. Pastner then defended his home turf and secured a commitment from Memphis native Jackson, giving the Tigers the most dynamic backcourt in the 2010 recruiting class. This five-star backcourt is strengthened even further with the addition of Crawford. Another Memphis native, Crawford is a four-star shooting guard known for his marksmanship from behind the arc. Joining Barton, Jackson and Crawford in Memphis will be Will Barton's brother Antonio, who is a solid three-star point guard prospect. Pastner finished off his class during the early signing period with signatures from Kendrick, a versatile and elite perimeter player, and Black, a high-energy rebounder and shot blocker.

Add a high 4 star 7 footer that shoots 50 plus percent from 5 point range, redshirt Angel Garcia and that's 8 incoming and very talented players coming in next year. E. Williams is a sophomore so the Tigers will have four 5 star recruits and at least that many 4 star recruits on their roster. And you will have one 5 star recruit. Hopson used to be but after a year and a couple of months under Pearl he's regressed to a 3 star at best. I would imagine your solo incoming 5 star player will also. Pearl, the anti coach. The longer players play under him the worse they get. How many players has Pearl put in the NBA? Zero!

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Alright, regardless of all the jawing between Memphis and TN fans, I watched the whole game and I saw some good things and some bad things.

PROS:
-We didn't try to jack it up from 3 point range too very often. Only 13 attempts this game.
-When Memphis switched to the 2-3 zone, we did not get rattled. After a timeout, we attacked the zone and gashed its weakest areas.
-When things got bad and that 42-29 lead swindled down to 44-39, we never panicked, lost composure, and started visibly pointing fingers.
-The guys seemed to work well with foul trouble and created turnovers even with Memphis picking up the pace in the second half.
-We made them take low percentage outside shots and made it really difficult for them to score in the post. That's all game this occurred so that's always a plus.
-We got fouled a lot and hit over 70% of our foul shots. Refreshing.
-We kept Elliot Williams in foul troubles early and a non-factor then kept him to 1 FG for the whole game. His points came off of free throws.
-Melvin Goins was pretty effective at times.

CONS:
-We only hit 2 of those 13 threes, not even close to good.
-We may have gashed their 2-3 zone but were either constantly blocked by help side defense or we could not do anything while down inside and it looked like we were clueless at times in penetration.
-We may have not panicked or lost composure, but we did look lost and confused at times in running offensive sets.
-Brian Williams is an irritating post player now. He was 1-5 and all four of those misses were directly under the basket with only marginal opposition. He rushed all four shots and just missed badly. He's getting worse, not better sadly. Plus he added 4 turnovers to lead the Vols.
-Due to matchup issues, the tall but undersized Kenny Hall was not used and would have been a better replacement for Williams in any other situation but Memphis's bigs are actually very big and would have bullied Hall all night long so it makes sense he did not play. Still a minus because Williams was all we had.
-Bobby Maze was pretty ineffective most times.

There may be other observations but those stick out the most. It was a gritty game but you could see the senior leadership and composure for once. It was on national TV and you could see Memphis visibly unraveling and crying on court on occasions but you did not see that with the Vols so it was nice to see TN pull it out on the road in a hostile environment.

orangeJACKET writes:

you know some of your posts are really stupid. i can tell which one of you are johnny come lately fans that were nowhere to be found in the devoe/houston/green/peterson days. not really fans at all but little social butterflies that pays attention when teams win, but they have to win a certain way. trust me i was there when we had a 5-22 record. when there were so few people in that arena that you could hear individuals across the crowd. A WIN AT MEMPHIS IS HUGE. i could care less by how much. by reading some of your posts i became suddenly concerned that i was at a north carolina, duke, kentucky or kansas site. you know in the grand scheme we're still sort of up and coming. be happy with wins morons. be happy with wins.

Ironcity writes:

in response to eduardo:

Why was Prince up in E Williams face at the front end of the game? Thought that was pretty classless! The kid came back to tiger high because his mom is sick. Come on Prince grow up and just play ball!!

I would agree with you but the chirping clearly affected Memphis more then UT. I am not a fan of it and I am especially not a fan of player who can't back it up chirping. If the game is played on a neutral court Memphis would have only had Walk-Ons at the end. Our guys need to learn how to make shots when they are getting killed because on the road you just don't get the calls down low. Brian in particular has to learn to finish. He could be really good and boarderline great if he shot with confidence. Instead he takes to much time and lets guards get to the ball. Brian get tough big guy!

Ironcity writes:

in response to eduardo:

I dont like Tyler's body language he looks so disinterested. Not the same guy as the last couple of yrs.

Tyler is a great number two option or three option. He is a poor number one option. This team will roll based on what Hopson becomes. I am not optimistic that he is ready but I can hope.

Ironcity writes:

in response to ChatBleu:

Speaking of football I happen to see on ESPN sports there how your team did last night. Need I say more? You don't own anybody. Your chicken coaches refused to play Memphis for 25 years when Memphis had some very good teams. If they hadn't been chicken to play the Tigers the series wouldn't even be close. Memphis would "own" Hillbilly High. Next year is the beginning of the end.

First-year Memphis coach Josh Pastner improved his already-impressive recruiting class when he added top-50 prospects Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black during the early signing period. The Memphis recruiting class is loaded with seven prospects, five of which are ranked in the top 100 in the country.

2010 commits (National rank) Memphis #1
SF Jelan Kendrick (8)
SG Will Barton (11)
PG Joe Jackson (12)
C Tarik Black (47)
SG Chris Crawford (66)
PG Antonio Barton
C Hippolyte Tsafack

First-year coach Josh Pastner secured a significant commitment when elite shooting guard Will Barton turned down a number of other programs to play for the Tigers. Pastner then defended his home turf and secured a commitment from Memphis native Jackson, giving the Tigers the most dynamic backcourt in the 2010 recruiting class. This five-star backcourt is strengthened even further with the addition of Crawford. Another Memphis native, Crawford is a four-star shooting guard known for his marksmanship from behind the arc. Joining Barton, Jackson and Crawford in Memphis will be Will Barton's brother Antonio, who is a solid three-star point guard prospect. Pastner finished off his class during the early signing period with signatures from Kendrick, a versatile and elite perimeter player, and Black, a high-energy rebounder and shot blocker.

Add a high 4 star 7 footer that shoots 50 plus percent from 5 point range, redshirt Angel Garcia and that's 8 incoming and very talented players coming in next year. E. Williams is a sophomore so the Tigers will have four 5 star recruits and at least that many 4 star recruits on their roster. And you will have one 5 star recruit. Hopson used to be but after a year and a couple of months under Pearl he's regressed to a 3 star at best. I would imagine your solo incoming 5 star player will also. Pearl, the anti coach. The longer players play under him the worse they get. How many players has Pearl put in the NBA? Zero!

Dang it we have no one that can hit the 5 pointer like Memphis does!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to eduardo:

Why was Prince up in E Williams face at the front end of the game? Thought that was pretty classless! The kid came back to tiger high because his mom is sick. Come on Prince grow up and just play ball!!

I'm definately a Vol but Prince's classless attitude is not becoming of a quality player. I really believe he hides behind this "hotdog" persona when it's really fear and lack of skills.

Ironcity writes:

in response to PETE_BELL:

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For the first time ever I think I actually agree with Pete. The only difference is I think Williams has game. He just isn't showing it right now.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to movol53:

OK we won, however, Memphis showed everyone how to defend against us just go to a zone. Seems like the Vols were not patient enough to break it down. You've got to move the ball around and get the defense to move to break down a zone. We had a back door (baseline) open several times;and no one made the cut to the bucket(once we began to pass the ball around but only once or twice did we try to use the back door cuts). We've got to learn to play against and defeat zone coverage. Also we can't be afraid to just cut though the zone; you've got to try to penetrate; cn't just throw up 3's' we don't shoot them that well. Or we will not move past he sweet 16; again. Plus at stud at guard would help. Even the announcers on TV said we need better point play.
A good win but it should not have been a game in the second half.

Too late,,,USC showed that several weeks ago...go zone and try to make us shoot perimiter shoots....We won in a hostile arena when really we didnt play very good again....Memphis appears to be an average team to me....

tennrich1 writes:

Me thinks somebody might break the news to UM folks....Tennessee Won! and oh yeah, that recruiting class next year....Vols are right behind you....So dont act like you're running off and hiding with domination.....I rarely get into this nanny--nanny--boo boo stuff but Memphis looking at the records etc....I believe you're living in TOTAL DENIAL.....

utvolfan16 writes:

I feel very bad for the announcers and their loss as it seemed blatantly obvious that they were Memphis fans. Sorry guys.

pupvol writes:

in response to vol_4_fan:

CBP needs to have his players show class. JP was a classless act from before the tip till after the game. Come on Vols, nice win now learn to be a class act win or lose! Very good rebounding & half court defense, that is all effort!

Prince has always been a hotdog with no mustard!

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to ChatBleu:

Speaking of football I happen to see on ESPN sports there how your team did last night. Need I say more? You don't own anybody. Your chicken coaches refused to play Memphis for 25 years when Memphis had some very good teams. If they hadn't been chicken to play the Tigers the series wouldn't even be close. Memphis would "own" Hillbilly High. Next year is the beginning of the end.

First-year Memphis coach Josh Pastner improved his already-impressive recruiting class when he added top-50 prospects Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black during the early signing period. The Memphis recruiting class is loaded with seven prospects, five of which are ranked in the top 100 in the country.

2010 commits (National rank) Memphis #1
SF Jelan Kendrick (8)
SG Will Barton (11)
PG Joe Jackson (12)
C Tarik Black (47)
SG Chris Crawford (66)
PG Antonio Barton
C Hippolyte Tsafack

First-year coach Josh Pastner secured a significant commitment when elite shooting guard Will Barton turned down a number of other programs to play for the Tigers. Pastner then defended his home turf and secured a commitment from Memphis native Jackson, giving the Tigers the most dynamic backcourt in the 2010 recruiting class. This five-star backcourt is strengthened even further with the addition of Crawford. Another Memphis native, Crawford is a four-star shooting guard known for his marksmanship from behind the arc. Joining Barton, Jackson and Crawford in Memphis will be Will Barton's brother Antonio, who is a solid three-star point guard prospect. Pastner finished off his class during the early signing period with signatures from Kendrick, a versatile and elite perimeter player, and Black, a high-energy rebounder and shot blocker.

Add a high 4 star 7 footer that shoots 50 plus percent from 5 point range, redshirt Angel Garcia and that's 8 incoming and very talented players coming in next year. E. Williams is a sophomore so the Tigers will have four 5 star recruits and at least that many 4 star recruits on their roster. And you will have one 5 star recruit. Hopson used to be but after a year and a couple of months under Pearl he's regressed to a 3 star at best. I would imagine your solo incoming 5 star player will also. Pearl, the anti coach. The longer players play under him the worse they get. How many players has Pearl put in the NBA? Zero!

"beginning of the end.." blah, blah ,blah.
woulda, coulda, shoulda.
"wait til next year"
"just wait"

Haven't we been hearing the same stuff outta that retarded city for the last 30 yrs on anything compared to UT? Don't talk about UT football. UM couldn't even beat Rhodes or Christian Brothers in football. So....STHU!

Go away, Tiger Junior High. Don't you have a Final 4 banner to be taken down or something?

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