UT to play Ohio State on Friday at 7:07 p.m.

Tennessee (27-8) plays second-seeded Ohio State (29-7) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in St. Louis.

Friday's game will start at 7:07 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

UT is 1-4 all-time against Ohio State including an 85-84 loss in the Sweet 16 in 2007 at San Antonio.

The Vols won 74-69 in Knoxville during the 2007-08 season in Knoxville.

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CandaceBell writes:

What an awesome team to get this far and overcome the adversities this year. Keep winning Big Orange! How SWEET this sixteen is!

HallowedHill writes:

Congratulations on the success so far. Good luck next Friday.

GO VOLS!

vol_4_fan writes:

Go Vols

bryanvolsfan writes:

It would be super sweet to be in the ELITE 8! Shut down Turner and you stop Ohio St.

DCFloridaGatorz69 writes:

You look how deep Tennessee's bench is compared to OSU (starters played all but 9 minutes today), and you have to believe Coach Pearl will find a way to exploit that to UT's favor.

stayingorange writes:

UT defended the guards perfectly yesterday. Need that same approach. Good to see Josh Bone bring out those D skills. He could be important to stop Turner.

crimsonviper writes:

Go gettem Vols.
I think they can do it....GBO!

77VolFS writes:

I believe our Vols know that they let one slip away 3 years ago vs. OSU and will come ready to play from opening tip. I like our chances here.

92volalum writes:

I work with a bunch of ohio state fans so I can hear it now on how they are going to beat us again...

GBO and CBP will get his revenge!!!!!!

peerlessvolfan writes:

I live in Michigan so.....when we beat Ohio State and when MSU beats Northern Iowa, we will meet the Spartans for the next round--how fun would that be?! I will have to have a Vol-Sparty Party for all my MSU friends! Go Vols!

TommyJack writes:

in response to grvol:

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Get bent.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to grvol:

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Why don't we just let the coach who has won 27 games and has taken us to this position three times in four years decide who plays and how much?

I trust his judgment.

tnsportsman writes:

WE ARE UT! Good job VOLS, let's get this next win and move on to the eight! You can do it!

GO VOLS! Bruuuuce!

82cat writes:

Folks

We are playing on house money right now so lets play loose and from this point on its all gravy.

Being realistic you have to admit with all thats happened sweet 16 is probably what many hoped for--- well now that were here everything from this point on is all win nothing to lose.

Watching ESPN and CBS here is what they said about Tennessee ------(crickets chirping)

We are to good for cinderella stories and not good enough to be mentioned with the Dukes etc.

I hope the silence continues

crimsonviper writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Get bent.

I suspect he has TJ....multiple times.

fpcoach writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

Why don't we just let the coach who has won 27 games and has taken us to this position three times in four years decide who plays and how much?

I trust his judgment.

Thank you very much! I'm so sick of these ignorant basketball fans pretending they know anything about the game. CBP has done a masterful job of getting this team to the sweet 16, again. I like our chances Friday, if the guys execute CBP's gameplan and make a good percentage of their open looks, Vols win. GBO

gonzo writes:

Pearl is a plus,he has earned a spot on the floor,great D player!

FWBVol writes:

The way this side of the bracket is playing out I really like our chances of making it to the Final Four. Ohio State's record isn't really better than our's and we beat the teams that were No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in Kansas and Kentucky.

CrankE writes:

GBO!!!

We owe these guys twice over from the 2006-07 season. Just win baby!

BTW: I can't help but notice that Obama picked Kansas to win it all. The curse continues.

Fryinpansvols writes:

in response to untimed_vol:

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Actually counting today he had 5 days to get our team ready for Ohio State. One of the advantages I see is that we played yesterday afternoon and Ohio State played today. So CBP and his staff had our boys watching the Ohio State and Georgia Tech game together resting at home while Ohio State were playing. We had the extra day. I hope that it pays off. GBO and beat Ohio State!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to grvol:

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You want Wayne to play all 40 minutes? How about when he gets in foul trouble? What would you do then, Mr. Coach Gr? Brian and Kenny can't play the four. Prince and Tatum can't play the four. Woolridge can't play. Who?

stevefrommemphis writes:

Kentucky basketball: bread and circuses for the people, while the Commonwealth's pension plan teeters toward bankruptcy.

Kentucky basketball: a winning tradition built on a foundation of corruption. If Kentucky had run a clean program all these years, the Wildcats wouldn't be any better at basketball than they are at football.

First school to get NCAA death penalty in basketball? KENTUCKY

In Season on the Brink, Bobby Knight called what school cheaters more than 25 years ago? KENTUCKY
Eddie Sutton was never in trouble with NCAA BEFORE or AFTER he coached at what school? KENTUCKY (DUI is not an NCAA violation.)

(Fill in the blank) Jerry Tarkanian once said: “The NCAA is so mad at ______ that they will probably give Cleveland State two more years of probation.” KENTUCKY

Only school to hire a coach who was coach at two different schools whose appearances in Final Four were ordered “vacated” by NCAA? KENTUCKY

In December 2009, Bobby Knight said "integrity is really lacking" in college basketball and cited the coach of what school as an example? KENTUCKY

Typical Kentucky responses:
1. “Bobby Knight is a jerk.” My response: Knight is a jerk, and a bully, but he has NEVER been accused of being a CHEATER.
2. “Tennessee fans are jealous of Kentucky.” My response: Jealous of North Carolina or Duke, maybe. But contemptuous of Kentucky.

I’d like to thank all Kentuckians for coming down to Tennessee and leaving all that money at the SEC Tournament last weekend. When you don’t fund your state pension plan, I guess you can afford to spend big. I'm sitting here looking at last week's Barron's, which says Kentucky's state pension plan is only 64% funded, with a $12.3 billion unfunded liability. Tennessee's is 95% funded. So Kentucky is in the hole nearly $3,000 for every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth.

Fryinpansvols writes:

in response to untimed_vol:

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Agreed! He posted the same mess on another article earlier tonight. GBO and beat Ohio State!

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to untimed_vol:

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100% of what I said is about Kentucky basketball, but you're not smart enough to understand that, apparently. I've asked that your comment be removed also.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to untimed_vol:

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I would love to double ditto your post! GBO!

GerryOP writes:

In Bruce we trust! All is well...

Bogytrain writes:

in response to CrankE:

GBO!!!

We owe these guys twice over from the 2006-07 season. Just win baby!

BTW: I can't help but notice that Obama picked Kansas to win it all. The curse continues.

I think Obama picked North Carolina last year, and they won.

eduardo writes:

This would be great redemption for that loss 3 yrs ago in the sweet 16. Sweep Ohio and lets do this thing!!!

eduardo writes:

in response to Bogytrain:

I think Obama picked North Carolina last year, and they won.

Needs to stick to his health care reform ooops!!

ClockworkOrange writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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I highly doubt he'll be out scouting for Ohio State. He's probably not on their payroll. Wouldn't you think? Would any Ga Tech coaches be calling us, regardless if they were temporarily on the staff?

mountainvol writes:

in response to grvol:

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You might want to remember that the Vols have made it THIS far with SPearl out on the floor. And don't forget the winning shot against Kansas. Why the negativity?

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Thought I'd get on here on our last night as a truly free country.... Let's make the state of OH go 0 for TN!

orangecountyvols writes:

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We have a better chance if you'll do 2 things:

1. Remove the "Vol" part from your user name
2. Zip it up so real Tennessee fans can enjoy
the sensible posts

overhedben writes:

Go Buckeyes!! Evan Turner is gonna tear the "Big Orange" a new one.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Kentucky basketball: bread and circuses for the people, while the Commonwealth's pension plan teeters toward bankruptcy.

Kentucky basketball: a winning tradition built on a foundation of corruption. If Kentucky had run a clean program all these years, the Wildcats wouldn't be any better at basketball than they are at football.

First school to get NCAA death penalty in basketball? KENTUCKY

In Season on the Brink, Bobby Knight called what school cheaters more than 25 years ago? KENTUCKY
Eddie Sutton was never in trouble with NCAA BEFORE or AFTER he coached at what school? KENTUCKY (DUI is not an NCAA violation.)

(Fill in the blank) Jerry Tarkanian once said: “The NCAA is so mad at ______ that they will probably give Cleveland State two more years of probation.” KENTUCKY

Only school to hire a coach who was coach at two different schools whose appearances in Final Four were ordered “vacated” by NCAA? KENTUCKY

In December 2009, Bobby Knight said "integrity is really lacking" in college basketball and cited the coach of what school as an example? KENTUCKY

Typical Kentucky responses:
1. “Bobby Knight is a jerk.” My response: Knight is a jerk, and a bully, but he has NEVER been accused of being a CHEATER.
2. “Tennessee fans are jealous of Kentucky.” My response: Jealous of North Carolina or Duke, maybe. But contemptuous of Kentucky.

I’d like to thank all Kentuckians for coming down to Tennessee and leaving all that money at the SEC Tournament last weekend. When you don’t fund your state pension plan, I guess you can afford to spend big. I'm sitting here looking at last week's Barron's, which says Kentucky's state pension plan is only 64% funded, with a $12.3 billion unfunded liability. Tennessee's is 95% funded. So Kentucky is in the hole nearly $3,000 for every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth.

That's okay... the Federal Government will pick up the tab on the pensions for everyone!

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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I gotta give you credit... not many people would post their age on here.... think you got another 48 in you?

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

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Foul Trouble...You are correct!!Pearl and Hall are in there to keep the defense intensity high,stay phyiscal with opponents bigs;wear them down and absorb FOULS that would otherwise fall on chism and williams;Simple but effective..

Orangealltheway writes:

It is obvious to all you Pearl Bashers that it is time to shut the pie hole and start supporting our coach. He is a great coach that has guided us (a football school to 4 out of the last Five Sweet Sixteens) We actualy got lucky on the seeding we got and the Kansas upset. We have a shot at winning it all for real!! We beat OSU and then Either MSU or N Iowa We are Final Four . Pearl has to be the coach of the year in my opinion for sure!!

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

Payback!!!!!! Bring on Thad!

Clevername writes:

I hope we don't get hosed again by the refs like we did TWICE in 2007. As I recall, Ohio State shot 30 something free throws in the second half versus 8 for the Vols the last time they met in the regionals. It seems the SEC (a southern team) always gets screwed when playing a Little 10 (a northern team). Prejudice prevails!

Go Vols !!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Bogytrain:

I think Obama picked North Carolina last year, and they won.

Darned near everyone ELSE in the country picked Kansas this year, and most people picked UNC last year, too. Guess that proves Obama really IS human! Like everybody else, sometimes he is right and sometimes he is wrong.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to DCFloridaGatorz69:

You look how deep Tennessee's bench is compared to OSU (starters played all but 9 minutes today), and you have to believe Coach Pearl will find a way to exploit that to UT's favor.

OSU is weak on the bench but their 5 starters playing most of the game doesn't seem to hurt them much

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ClockworkOrange:

I highly doubt he'll be out scouting for Ohio State. He's probably not on their payroll. Wouldn't you think? Would any Ga Tech coaches be calling us, regardless if they were temporarily on the staff?

Coaches trade info with their buddies all the time! The value of such contacts is somewhat lessened by the availability of all the tape anybody wants to look at on virtually any team in the country, but you can be sure those two will speak at some point. As Plas said, I'm not sure how much good it will do Matta, since we don't have a "go-to" guy, like Turner for them, or even a "go-to" system that can be scouted, like Syracuse's zone. About all he can tell Matta is that the Vols play hard, but Matta already knew that!

GeneralNeylandsReturn writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Kentucky basketball: bread and circuses for the people, while the Commonwealth's pension plan teeters toward bankruptcy.

Kentucky basketball: a winning tradition built on a foundation of corruption. If Kentucky had run a clean program all these years, the Wildcats wouldn't be any better at basketball than they are at football.

First school to get NCAA death penalty in basketball? KENTUCKY

In Season on the Brink, Bobby Knight called what school cheaters more than 25 years ago? KENTUCKY
Eddie Sutton was never in trouble with NCAA BEFORE or AFTER he coached at what school? KENTUCKY (DUI is not an NCAA violation.)

(Fill in the blank) Jerry Tarkanian once said: “The NCAA is so mad at ______ that they will probably give Cleveland State two more years of probation.” KENTUCKY

Only school to hire a coach who was coach at two different schools whose appearances in Final Four were ordered “vacated” by NCAA? KENTUCKY

In December 2009, Bobby Knight said "integrity is really lacking" in college basketball and cited the coach of what school as an example? KENTUCKY

Typical Kentucky responses:
1. “Bobby Knight is a jerk.” My response: Knight is a jerk, and a bully, but he has NEVER been accused of being a CHEATER.
2. “Tennessee fans are jealous of Kentucky.” My response: Jealous of North Carolina or Duke, maybe. But contemptuous of Kentucky.

I’d like to thank all Kentuckians for coming down to Tennessee and leaving all that money at the SEC Tournament last weekend. When you don’t fund your state pension plan, I guess you can afford to spend big. I'm sitting here looking at last week's Barron's, which says Kentucky's state pension plan is only 64% funded, with a $12.3 billion unfunded liability. Tennessee's is 95% funded. So Kentucky is in the hole nearly $3,000 for every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth.

Yeehoooo...lol~

johnlg00 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Foul Trouble...You are correct!!Pearl and Hall are in there to keep the defense intensity high,stay phyiscal with opponents bigs;wear them down and absorb FOULS that would otherwise fall on chism and williams;Simple but effective..

You are both correct, but your arguments are way too subtle for the SP haters. I've noticed how they highlight every little thing he does wrong while ignoring the things he does right AND ignoring the things the guys they like better do wrong. You just can't reason with some people.

GeneralNeylandsReturn writes:

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Maybe some Sour Grapes in SteveFromMemphis, but everything he posts is dead on...really is~

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Defensively playing OSU is very much like playing KY..OSU like KY has 2 great guards and a 3rd who gets open looks just like Miller for KY..They also have Lauderdale a big time post player..Diebler is a very simplistic player who is slow and likes to hang out on the wing just past the 3 point line and can be deadly..He must be accounted for!!I suspect the vols will try a zone defense with a lot of switching on screens..This is a winnable game if we shoot 45% or better.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Clevername:

I hope we don't get hosed again by the refs like we did TWICE in 2007. As I recall, Ohio State shot 30 something free throws in the second half versus 8 for the Vols the last time they met in the regionals. It seems the SEC (a southern team) always gets screwed when playing a Little 10 (a northern team). Prejudice prevails!

Go Vols !!!

Yeah, Conley got the John Wall treatment from the refs in the championship game. I suppose it is possible Turner will get the same this year. If it happens, it is just one more thing we will have to play through. We also shouldn't forget that we shot only about 50% from the FT line in that game. If we had made just two more, we would have beaten them. Same thing for that last-second win they got in Columbus. I think we get them back for both of those "thefts" this year. GBO!!! TCB!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

OSU is weak on the bench but their 5 starters playing most of the game doesn't seem to hurt them much

The problem isn't that five guys can't play major minutes on a good team and win, it's what happens if one or more of those guys get hurt or in foul trouble. If one of your key guys has an off-day, it hurts if you can't get someone almost as good off your bench to pick up the slack.

veinsoforange writes:

in response to grvol:

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I am disappointed to agree with you but I have to. I really like the contributions both Pearl & McBee have made for this team. However, neither are needed to stretch the depth of our team at this point. They are definitely 1 & 2 from the bottom of the rotation in my opinion (excluding the other walk-ons). At this point, we must "consistantly" keep a better "five" on the floor.

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