Pearl still tweaking

Bigger Vols make for slower pace of play

"Pay the price! Deserve victory!''

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl commanded his players in midseason fashion Monday, running them through a merciless, full-court drill known as "Oklahoma'' after two intense hours of work.

A few hours earlier at his weekly press luncheon Pearl concluded he's "never played this slow'' with any of his previous teams at Southern Indiana nor Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

And certainly not Tennessee, which plays host to LSU (15-4, 3-1 SEC) at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena (TV: WVLT).

Pearl's frantic "controlled chaos'' press produced turnovers galore and led to a fast-breaking, high-flying style that led the SEC in scoring each of the previous three seasons and kept fans on the edge of their seats.

The Vols (12-6, 3-1) still lead the SEC in scoring with 81.2 points per game, but over the past four games they're averaging 70.5 and pressing less with each outing.

"We weren't getting back on defense,'' UT junior captain Tyler Smith said. "We understand where Coach is coming from; it's about victories. You just look at his record, and you know he knows what he's doing.''

But Pearl's the first to admit he's still in the process of fine-tuning a team with five new players in its 10-man rotation.

"I've never played this slow, but I've never had a team that was as big and couldn't get out and extend defensively,'' Pearl said. "While we've found a remedy defensively, it's hurt our offense.''

Redshirt freshman Cameron Tatum, who leads the team with 29 made 3-pointers this season, said it's an adjustment.

"We're a different team this year, made up with bigger wings,'' said the 6-foot-6 Tatum, who shares the shooting guard position with 6-7 Scotty Hopson. "In the half-court we have to be more precise to get open, and cut with a purpose.''

The past three seasons, UT often streaked past opponents, some not as quick, others worn down by the Vols' full-court defense.

"One of the things that has hurt our offense is the way we're defending; we've slowed the offense,'' said Pearl, alluding to the lack of full-court pressure and extended defensive sets. "There's fewer transition opportunities and fewer possessions.''

And there have been considerably fewer made 3-pointers: UT is in the middle of the SEC pack in made 3-pointers (sixth, 6.2 per game) and rank 11th in 3-point field-goal percentage (.300).

"Offensively, as far as our shots, it's those guys hunting their shots,'' Pearl said. "It's confidence to come off of down screens and handoffs and play calls.

"The thing that has been the most difficult is to continue to have to orchestrate the offense, to get the guys shots rather than trusting our continuities.''

Pearl also points to point guard play, noting that "the one area that we're just not getting any productivity is the penetrate and pitch; C.J. Watson was so good at that, and Ramar (Smith) could go by you anytime.''

The team's relative inexperience is a factor in that area as well, as Bobby Maze is still making the transition from junior college and junior Josh Tabb finds himself at the point for the first time in his collegiate career.

Regardless, Smith trusts Pearl will lead the team in the right direction, even if it has been quite literally at a slower pace.

"It is a lot different this year,'' Smith said. "We're still learning, and we know it will take time.

"But now that we've found our identity on defense, the offense will come.''

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vols_fan_n_tx writes:

It seems like this team stands around too much on offense. There are not a lot of cuts to the basket and everyone seems to be going through the motions instead of playing with a purpose. Until we get more movement on offense, and start hitting some 3s, we're going to continue to struggle. (Oh yea, playing some defense would help too). I'm a huge fan of CBP, but watching these games is painful knowing that we have so much talent that is no where close to meeting their potential. Here's hoping that they start putting things together over the next few weeks.

jr8657 writes:

Where oh where is ryan childress? if he's healthy and fully recovered from his injury, why does cbp not let him into the game? he can shoot the 3, atleast let him get in there get his feet wet and let him get some shots up. he couldn't do any worse than cam or scotty. we have to find somebody who can get out there and get some shots up from 3. he's a senior with experience who's played in alot of big games for us and did pretty well. why not give him a chance?

Vol_Jokes writes:

Looks like this team needs more than tweaks.
I watched the game again tonight on cbs college channel. It was just as good the second time around. I believe it will be on several times during the week. At 4pm tommorrow. I know you'll want to catch it. After watching again it's easy to see the refs were trying to help you out at the end but you just couldn't take advantage of it. You playing on national tv again this weekend? That's not good. We know what happens. Another national nightmare.

Ironcity writes:

in response to vols_fan_n_tx:

It seems like this team stands around too much on offense. There are not a lot of cuts to the basket and everyone seems to be going through the motions instead of playing with a purpose. Until we get more movement on offense, and start hitting some 3s, we're going to continue to struggle. (Oh yea, playing some defense would help too). I'm a huge fan of CBP, but watching these games is painful knowing that we have so much talent that is no where close to meeting their potential. Here's hoping that they start putting things together over the next few weeks.

Without throwing anyone under the bus Pearl told us whats wrong. Without a good point guard the offense just shuts down. You can get away with that if you are creating turnovers and getting a lot of points in transition but thats not the case with this team. Every game will be a struggle and we will lose a few more we would have thought we would win. This is a big week. IF we take care of LSU and the Florida (big if). The team might regain its confidence. There is no way they can continue to shot as poorly as they have.

bls8617#370509 writes:

Pearl still tweaking his girlfriend's...nevermind. We'll get better though once Scotty remembers how to shoot and everyone finally realizes that Chism is a better player than tyler smif

MrBamSeydu writes:

I agree about the PG play. Ramar Smith could take anyone one-on-one to the cup. He wasn't a great FT shooter, however, so alot of the times when he would drive and get fouled it actually hurt some of our possessions because he'd go 0-for or split them.

This team just needs to stop pretending it deserves to win because of what we've done the past 2 seasons and realize they haven't proved anything.

I love teams that play with swagger, don't get me wrong, but these guys need to work hard for wins like Pearl's very first UT team did. Hopefully, we can break the 22-game win mark and get a decent seed in the NCAA tourney. If not, we'll need at least 2 wins in the SEC tourney to make it in.

slambob2#228938 writes:

There was one possession that told the whole story of this team to me. Bobby Maze was leading a fast break, but it just wasn't there. Three defenders between him and the goal and he looked at Scotty who had set up perfectly for the three from the wing. Nobody within 15 feet of Scotty.

Bobby chose to drive on the three defenders. He drew a foul and made one of two, I think.

I could sink that three point shot, but Bobby has no confidence in Scotty. Probably because Scotty has none in himself.

That told me this team won't get better this year. Not unless the guards produce something, anything, from beyond 5 feet. And not until they trust each other.

askUncleMaze writes:

in response to bls8617#370509:

Pearl still tweaking his girlfriend's...nevermind. We'll get better though once Scotty remembers how to shoot and everyone finally realizes that Chism is a better player than tyler smif

I agree 100% Chism is UT MVP for the year. Chism play's team ball & is not about self.... When all you care about is going to the NBA and not puting team first. Then you will never win. I dont need to call out any names Im sure you can figure it out.

eb502us#225637 writes:

Not to be negative (but realistic), I just don't see our offense improving much the rest of the season.

We're not all of the sudden going to find shooters on this team that can extend defenses and bring teams out of the lane.

Hopson has the talent but is the softest, most tenative Mickey D's AA I've ever seen. Doesn't matter how talented he his if he's afraid to compete in an aggressive manner.

Tatum is more aggressive, with less talent. He only shoots wide open 3's (at a low %)and has zero ability to create his own shot or take his man off the dribble. Ask yourself when is the last time you saw him take a mid-range jump shot? His game is either a 3 pointer or an out of control drive to the basket.

JP Prince is without a doubt the worst shooter in the league and shouldn't be shooting the ball anywhere outside the paint.

Maze and Woolridge have inconsistent outside shots and Tabb is hesitant to ever pull the trigger, not that he's going to do much offensively.

Bottom line is that these are our perimeter players and not a one of them has consistently shown they're capable of even making a wide open shot. And it's not going to change overnight.

richvol writes:

Pearl needs to go after a talented point guard and a pure shooter for next year. What we have is basically not going to change appreciably by seasons end or by next season.

This inexperience excuse for our point play is BS... Maze is a junior and has not lived up to expectations.

volroadwarrior writes:

If our super athletes could just shoot foul shots, we would have won on Saturday. Of course that doesn't make the ESPN highlights. We need to win these next 2 SEC games and take care of Tiger High later when it counts.

volsthetruth writes:

It's not that Maze has not lived up to the expectations. You can't take your point guard out of the game at the 16:00 mark and expect for him to do anything. He can't get into any type of rhythm. I agree the inexperience excuse of our point guard play is BS. The fact of the matter is you have players on the team that is selfish as hell. You have the big men shooting 3's and not positing up. You have the 2 guards who can't defend or shoot. You have your player who does not want anyone to out shine him. Then, you have a coach who can not make adjustments, beside pointing the finger at his point guard which is BS.

volsthetruth writes:

in response to bls8617#370509:

Pearl still tweaking his girlfriend's...nevermind. We'll get better though once Scotty remembers how to shoot and everyone finally realizes that Chism is a better player than tyler smif

I agree with you. Chism is a better player then Smith. Smith should of pass the ball like he was asked instead of trying to make the last shoot which cost the game.

GreerVol22 writes:

Hey Bruce, remember how you used to hang out with Pat a lot when you first got here??.....

StroVol writes:

Tweak all you want, need perimeter threat(lofton,Jajuan). Without it, opponents will slow pace and play zone.

VolJunkie writes:

The next two games are very big, need to defend the home court the rest of the season.

This team will finish 21-9, maybe 20-10. With quality wins against Gtown, Marquette, Sienna and a great strength of schedule rating (currently 3), UT (Utex is in Uranus) will have no problem making the NCAA. Perhaps not having to worry about where/how we are seeded will help this team focus.

Go Vols!

KENVOL writes:

Where in the world is Childress? He was fairly good from 3 point land. If we had just 1 person who was a 3 point threat this would be a different team. Heck if nothing else get Chism outside to shoot the 3. At least be thinks he can make it.

KENVOL writes:

in response to GOTGO:

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Ya'll are really getting old. You beat a team that is bad, by only 2 points and almost lost the game and you think you are great.Yea you won a w is a w. I know the sayings. I also know that ya'll are just as bad as we are. Don't expect to beat any good teams.

johnlg00 writes:

I think the team is finally starting to come to terms with a different style of play than they were expecting in the pre-season. I agree that Chism is our MVP at this point, though Tyler is just as important. Sometimes he probably should pass instead of forcing it on every possession, but on a given play he is our best bet to make a tough shot, get fouled, or both. He is also a good, though not great, FT shooter. Even so, Wayne needs more touches.
In terms of succeeding in a radically different style of play, I seem to recall an LSU team in the early '90s. They started the season with a very athletic, fast-paced team, but then lost several key players around mid-season to injuries and academics. They then went to a somewhat less-athletic lineup and a slower pace, and went on a miracle run to the Final Four. It is not probable that this UT team can do something similar, but it is a worthy example to emulate.

bfrank78 writes:

in response to volroadwarrior:

If our super athletes could just shoot foul shots, we would have won on Saturday. Of course that doesn't make the ESPN highlights. We need to win these next 2 SEC games and take care of Tiger High later when it counts.

I hope your reffering to LSU. The way Memphis is recruiting it will be awhile before you get any wins there.

bfrank78 writes:

in response to KENVOL:

Ya'll are really getting old. You beat a team that is bad, by only 2 points and almost lost the game and you think you are great.Yea you won a w is a w. I know the sayings. I also know that ya'll are just as bad as we are. Don't expect to beat any good teams.

You can't be serious. vol fans talked smacked for an entire year. This game was just 3 days ago.

Bigger_Al writes:

We believe in Bruce. We're making a big transition, and hopefully we will gel at the right time.

vols21 writes:

the team needs a new wrinkle on offense. Since the transistion game is not there, we need a more aggressive half court set to get some open shots.

I'm not going to blame Pearl for the record this year, I'm going to applaud him. How much better would we be with Crews and Ramar on the team?? Coach had the courage to dismiss them (just like Wingate in previous years when he was the only big man on the team). And add West who didn't make the grades (we could have had 3 solid point guards). We may pay for that courage short term (this year), but I think long term it will pay off greatly as players learn what they have to do to succeed. It's good to see some discipline.

KENVOL writes:

in response to bfrank78:

You can't be serious. vol fans talked smacked for an entire year. This game was just 3 days ago.

We can talk smack on our own board. You are on our board what do you expect. If I was on a Memphis board I would expect to here it. My God I still here it about the 1 time ya'll won in football. How many years ago?

dcap8424 writes:

in response to volsthetruth:

I agree with you. Chism is a better player then Smith. Smith should of pass the ball like he was asked instead of trying to make the last shoot which cost the game.

it's not really about who's better than whom. chism and smith are two completely different players. chism is an incredible post player and smith is a great slasher.

they tried to go to chism but he was covered pretty good so tyler tried to create something. does anyone remember him hitting several game winners before? memphis last year and ole miss come to mind. he misses one shot and suddenly he's no longer allowed to take the last shot? there were a lot of things that cost us the game. the last play was not the only one. we had 2 or 3 other possesions before that in which we had terrible shots.

why so much hate for tyler all of a sudden? he's done nothing but try to make this team better. all he cares about is winning, not who leads the team scoring or buffing his stats for the draft. anyone trying to question tyler's heart has some serious explaining to do.

KENVOL writes:

in response to dcap8424:

it's not really about who's better than whom. chism and smith are two completely different players. chism is an incredible post player and smith is a great slasher.

they tried to go to chism but he was covered pretty good so tyler tried to create something. does anyone remember him hitting several game winners before? memphis last year and ole miss come to mind. he misses one shot and suddenly he's no longer allowed to take the last shot? there were a lot of things that cost us the game. the last play was not the only one. we had 2 or 3 other possesions before that in which we had terrible shots.

why so much hate for tyler all of a sudden? he's done nothing but try to make this team better. all he cares about is winning, not who leads the team scoring or buffing his stats for the draft. anyone trying to question tyler's heart has some serious explaining to do.

couldn't agree with you more. It was a bad shot he took but it was all he had. If fact it looked like the shot that beat Memphis last year,

dcap8424 writes:

in response to askUncleMaze:

I agree 100% Chism is UT MVP for the year. Chism play's team ball & is not about self.... When all you care about is going to the NBA and not puting team first. Then you will never win. I dont need to call out any names Im sure you can figure it out.

Chism has played very well as of late. i don't know or care who the MVP is so far, but Wayne would definitely be a candidate.

saying tyler only cares about the nba is ridiculous. if you had ever seen a game, you'd know how hard he plays for this team. seems to me all he cares about is winning. also, he tries to get everyone involved in offense so i'm not sure how he doesn't play team ball. who leads the team in assists by the way? probably the point guard whose job it is to dish out assists right? no, wait it's tyler. the guy that doesn't care about this team.

by the way i agree mostly with your other comments about maze. he should play a lot more minutes than he does. i'm completely puzzeled when pearl pulls him out and tabb comes in. tabb is not a point guard and is about worthless in this position. haven't seen much of his supposedly great defense either.

volmattna writes:

in response to jr8657:

Where oh where is ryan childress? if he's healthy and fully recovered from his injury, why does cbp not let him into the game? he can shoot the 3, atleast let him get in there get his feet wet and let him get some shots up. he couldn't do any worse than cam or scotty. we have to find somebody who can get out there and get some shots up from 3. he's a senior with experience who's played in alot of big games for us and did pretty well. why not give him a chance?

I feel the same way. atleast he is a 3 point threat. If he returned the way he did his sophomore season he would really help this team alot.

dcap8424 writes:

in response to KENVOL:

couldn't agree with you more. It was a bad shot he took but it was all he had. If fact it looked like the shot that beat Memphis last year,

exactly, if it goes in, it's the best shot ever by an incredible player. if not it's what was he thinking forcing that junk and why was he even the one shooting.

fickle fans.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to GOTGO:

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congrats , 1 and done

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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bones is stupid, that truth

bfrank78 writes:

in response to KENVOL:

We can talk smack on our own board. You are on our board what do you expect. If I was on a Memphis board I would expect to here it. My God I still here it about the 1 time ya'll won in football. How many years ago?

Ohh there were plenty of idiots talking smack at the CA site.

volmattna writes:

VOl fans we will be ok! Bruce will take care of it. Just remember 12-6 & 3-1 would have been a terrific start just 5 years ago. We are a 2 man team at the moment and have no shooters. But Bruce and this great staff will figure something out that will get us on the right track. I will gurantee that. GO VOLS!!

Vol_Jokes writes:

54 - 52

Pearl got outcoached. Made bad substituions.
Give Cal credit. Memphis controlled the way the
game was played and played it to their strengths.

Vols talked trash for a year. Just accept the payback. Don't
talk about how pathetic it is for memphis people to be over here. Vols flocked to the memphis site last year. Don't say it was just a 2 point win. It was the same last year only there was intentional fouls at the end that made it what 4 point win. So, same story but a different ending. I'm going to enjoy the next year and honestly the year after this one too. You ain't winning in memphis anymore. The planets alligned for you last year but that will only happen once in 100 years. You had a tiger team that had been number 1 for weeks. Had winning streaks that had gone on for over a year. We got everybodys best shot every game and sooner or later the stress begins to build. Vols came in with nothing to lose at all. If the vols lost ..big deal they were suppossed to. It made all the diff in the world. Tigers played tight, vols played loose. Now, the following game when the vols were number 1 and had the stress we see how they handled it. Seems they didn't handle anythng very well after the memphis game. A bit different being the hunted rather than the hunter. Still, tigers played one of their worst games of the year and the vols still could barely win but you guys sure could talk. You'd been in the college basketball gutter for years and you finally had a good year and you talked more trash than any team we've ever seen. Suddenly you were the kings of the state in basketball.
Now, it's back to normal and I don't see what happened last year happening again. Vols have always taken that game more serious than the tigers but now they'll not look at it as another non conf. game and you aren't going to be winning. Enjoy your edge 12-7 or whatever it is. Your bragging rights for the year have ended and within a few years this series will be even. Oh, your constant trashing of conf. usa when the sec is no better. Memphis crime when you have more rednecks per square mile than anywhere in the usa. Football...you've got to be kidding me. You're still bragging about football? The univ.'s comparison.......they are very close in most rankings.
I think you guys just need to shut up. Memphis is better and the Tigers are better. Accept it. You know you already have even if you won't admit it out loud. Concentrate on rebuiding your football team with jr. and daddy. Forget basketball the Tigers own you...little brother. Nah, your more like a red headed step child.

The_Mayor writes:

how bout we tweak 9 points out of the free throw stripe? if Lincoln misses 33% of his extra points, he'd be place kicked off the team. FREE throws are basketball's equivolent of EXTRA points. i watched duke crush maryland with "controlled chaos". they play "controlled chaos" with discipline. discipline to a plan wins games. missed freethrows is purely a result of not practicing them enough. missed freethrows is the most accurate sign of a basketball team with no discipline. tennessee, with its current personnel, would have beaten memphis by no less than 10 points if they were a disciplined team. do not want to hear "we are young" excuses. the youngest player on memphis' team is their mvp and lit us up.

Volumnus writes:

in response to richvol:

Pearl needs to go after a talented point guard and a pure shooter for next year. What we have is basically not going to change appreciably by seasons end or by next season.

This inexperience excuse for our point play is BS... Maze is a junior and has not lived up to expectations.

I agree, a pure point guard, one who can play defense, steal balls, start fast breaks, dish the ball to the high percentage open man and hit his free throws when fouled(if he scores beyond that fine but that right there wins games.) A shooter wouldn't hurt, but at least call in the witch doctor KY used to fix their team, these guys are close on shooting, but they are too slow and too selfish to play true point. Too much friction, they need someone to grease the skids and dish the ball to everyone else, not because the coach tells him to, but because it is the job he loves to do. Go on CBP drop a dime, you know where there are 3 of them right now.

Basketball_Jones writes:

in response to GOTGO:

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It only took you 3 years to bet Pearl, but like I said the day after the game, we're 7-3 in the last 10 games vs Memphis...I'll take 70% against Memphis for the rest of my life.

I think Maze can break people down but he can't finish. He needs to learn and pull up and hit the 10ft jumper. He has a good shot but it seems to never go down. I like Maze and think he is a good PG, the problem is he can dish to wide open players all day but if they can't shoot that equals a low number of assists.

In the off season this team needs to scrap the Rocky Top league and work on shooting fundamentals from all aspects. No reason a D1 teams shoots 55% from the line.

uglyorange writes:

I was always impressed with UK's 1992 team.The guys wouldn't be recruited anywhere except Mashburn, and they played their guts out.Alot of heart and team concept. Pearl needs to do what Pitino did,break down or get rid of the ego's. Prince is a cancer on the team,Chism and Smith are beast and should grab the others and slap the pizz out of them and slap them again for pizz'in.

ut_stick writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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As far as Hopson's shot goes, the arc is something that he does right, physically speaking. 2 Basketballs fit in the diameter of a basketball rim. Therefore, a higher arcing shot technically has a better chance to go through than a line drive. Plus, it makes blocking it much harder.

I do agree that he needs to drive to the basket more.

RockyTopper writes:

This year's version of the basketball team is disgustingly hard to watch. It's hard to remember the Buzz days, and how bad that was, but it is where we came from, and so I must remain humble. It's just hard because the ability is there. I see flashes of it every game, but it is ALWAYS followed by a stupid, boneheaded, or selfish play. The defense has at least improved, but I still can't help but to fear that someone will have a career night against us every game. The offense is scary bad, and the uptempo, "no one will work harder than us" attitude definately walked across the stage with C-lo and Juju. We lost way more than just dead-eye snipers.

We have no consistent outside shot, from ANYONE, and even when Cam Tatum blows the doors off the first half of Gonzaga, we still can't hold on to win. Until someone, anyone, can consistently make even a long 2-point FG, we're not going to be able have any room in paint for those athletic wingers to cut and slice to the basket.

A leader, a warrior, definately describers Tyler Smith. But game changer? PTPer? I don't see it. Tyler Smith makes tough shots because he takes tough shots. Chism is the man right now. Chism is owning the paint against nearly everyone, and 1 more clutch trailing 3 like he had against Memphis and I'm sold on him for good. His fouls are down, and he FT% up. Manly.

B-maze has yet to b-maze me, Ramar had a better jump shot and could score at the rim...and could run the offense. I see Tyler and Tabb throwing more signals and calls than Maze.

I'm gaining respect for J.P. A lot of the things he does seems selfish, but his hustle and left-scoring ability keep me thinking he can be more than a role player.

volsthetruth writes:

in response to RockyTopper:

This year's version of the basketball team is disgustingly hard to watch. It's hard to remember the Buzz days, and how bad that was, but it is where we came from, and so I must remain humble. It's just hard because the ability is there. I see flashes of it every game, but it is ALWAYS followed by a stupid, boneheaded, or selfish play. The defense has at least improved, but I still can't help but to fear that someone will have a career night against us every game. The offense is scary bad, and the uptempo, "no one will work harder than us" attitude definately walked across the stage with C-lo and Juju. We lost way more than just dead-eye snipers.

We have no consistent outside shot, from ANYONE, and even when Cam Tatum blows the doors off the first half of Gonzaga, we still can't hold on to win. Until someone, anyone, can consistently make even a long 2-point FG, we're not going to be able have any room in paint for those athletic wingers to cut and slice to the basket.

A leader, a warrior, definately describers Tyler Smith. But game changer? PTPer? I don't see it. Tyler Smith makes tough shots because he takes tough shots. Chism is the man right now. Chism is owning the paint against nearly everyone, and 1 more clutch trailing 3 like he had against Memphis and I'm sold on him for good. His fouls are down, and he FT% up. Manly.

B-maze has yet to b-maze me, Ramar had a better jump shot and could score at the rim...and could run the offense. I see Tyler and Tabb throwing more signals and calls than Maze.

I'm gaining respect for J.P. A lot of the things he does seems selfish, but his hustle and left-scoring ability keep me thinking he can be more than a role player.

What are you looking at? Tabb is not a point guard. B-Maze handled his roll until his minutes got cut to give Tabb time. Please.. what point guard do you know comes out at the 16:00 mark. That is BS. I don't care who runs the point. As long as some of the players continue to be selfish and the 2 guards can't shoot or defend the results are going to be the same. I guess D.Christmas and J.Meek was on MAZE to. Please

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to askUncleMaze:

I agree 100% Chism is UT MVP for the year. Chism play's team ball & is not about self.... When all you care about is going to the NBA and not puting team first. Then you will never win. I dont need to call out any names Im sure you can figure it out.

Our hardest workers seem to be Tyler and Wheezy. Bryan even throws in some good minutes. Our point to me is the main problem. Nothing against Maze or Tatum but they just haven't completely adjusted to SEC play. I'd like to see more movement all around but Maze needs to control it.

volsthetruth writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Our hardest workers seem to be Tyler and Wheezy. Bryan even throws in some good minutes. Our point to me is the main problem. Nothing against Maze or Tatum but they just haven't completely adjusted to SEC play. I'd like to see more movement all around but Maze needs to control it.

I don't care who you put at the point the results are going to be the same. CBP gets out coached everytime. You can't expect for your point guard to be creative if his constantly comes in and out of the game. As bad as this team has looked as a team that is the best you can come up with. What position does J. Meek and Christmas play? The 2 guards get cooked everytime, but yet him keeps them in the game.

KENVOL writes:

in response to bfrank78:

Ohh there were plenty of idiots talking smack at the CA site.

You mean ya'll have a site. There are so many of ya'll in here I thought ya'll didn't have one. By the way congrats on the win. Enjoy beacuse when you play a good team you might be in trouble. As I said many times this year we are not a good team. So good luck when ya'll finally play a good team.

VolJunkie writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Our hardest workers seem to be Tyler and Wheezy. Bryan even throws in some good minutes. Our point to me is the main problem. Nothing against Maze or Tatum but they just haven't completely adjusted to SEC play. I'd like to see more movement all around but Maze needs to control it.

Agreed though I've got to admit that even my energy level goes up when Negedu comes in. It is a common sight to see him make a block and still be the first or second man down the floor on the breakout. The E-man is a work in progress but I sure enjoy watching him play.

Go Vols!

bfrank78 writes:

in response to KENVOL:

You mean ya'll have a site. There are so many of ya'll in here I thought ya'll didn't have one. By the way congrats on the win. Enjoy beacuse when you play a good team you might be in trouble. As I said many times this year we are not a good team. So good luck when ya'll finally play a good team.

Funny I was thinking the same about you guys. Sometimes there are more vol haters over there than Tiger fans (Not these days though LMFAO).

Don't lash out at us for coming over here. Blame the hundreds of vol fans that talked so much smack since last year. Payback is a b%$##.

Ken, you are actually one of the more sensible posters over here. no prob with you, just the idiots constantly downing Memphis.

Thanks for wishing us luck... We'll be just fine against the good teams. We played Xavier, Syracuse and G-town all before X-mas, and could've easily won either game. We just beat a UT team picked to win their conf on their home floor. So we're constantly getting better and just like the past three seasons we strive to do big things in March not Nov and Dec.

KENVOL writes:

in response to bfrank78:

Funny I was thinking the same about you guys. Sometimes there are more vol haters over there than Tiger fans (Not these days though LMFAO).

Don't lash out at us for coming over here. Blame the hundreds of vol fans that talked so much smack since last year. Payback is a b%$##.

Ken, you are actually one of the more sensible posters over here. no prob with you, just the idiots constantly downing Memphis.

Thanks for wishing us luck... We'll be just fine against the good teams. We played Xavier, Syracuse and G-town all before X-mas, and could've easily won either game. We just beat a UT team picked to win their conf on their home floor. So we're constantly getting better and just like the past three seasons we strive to do big things in March not Nov and Dec.

Thanks but ya'll beating us really doesn't up your stock. We are really down this year. To be honest I fully expect us to loose to LSU and Fl. both. We just ain't got it this year. Cal is a good coach and will get ya'll through. But I do have to say I would rather have Pearl as our coach. Now before you get on Pearl just remember how many years it took Cal to get ya'll where ya'll are. Not to mention that Gene, Dana, & Larry got ya'll started. You have made it to one of the elites in college bb. It will take us a while but will be there before to long.

bfrank78 writes:

Well beating you guys sure didn't hurt our stock.

I wont blast Pearl, he's a good coach and recruiter (it's other charracter issues that will come back to haunt him). Not sure how good of a motivator he is, with all the length and athleticism the vols have this year you guys should be one of the top teams in the nation defensively, and pearl can't seem to get his guys there consistently.

All these players getting career highs against yall aint pretty. Reke is a freshman and he couldn't be stopped in the second half after sitting most of the first in foul trouble.

Vol_Jokes writes:

Oh, it's good not to be a vol. It was good to not be a vol yesterday, good today and it will be good tommorrow.

54-52 and goodbye to the ncaa vols, and NIT here you come.
You've got that class act Pearl so you'll have no probs. Better warn him about complaining about bad officiating. He can get fined for that. Especially when the officiating was in his favor in the first place.

TkelynN writes:

To the Memphis fans or Tiger High if you will... There is a great difference in the past two games of this series. Last year the number one team in the nation, undefeated and a long winning streak at home all came to an end by the much better team. This year a bad team barely got beat at home by another bad team, and had been beaten at home 2 out of the last 3 before that. See the difference kitty cat fans? Not as much smack needs to be talked because its really irrelevant. Maybe if Memphis could beat a number one team this year then they can brag a little bit. Anyways, cheers to you west siders, most annoying fans of the year! Even UK showed some class, but Memphis fans were simply trashy!

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