Vols shocked by Indianapolis in exhibition, 79-64

UT turns the ball over 25 times

After finishing last season on a historically high note, the start of the Tennessee men’s 2010-11 basketball campaign includes a decidedly down one.

Seven months after leading the men’s basketball team to its first NCAA tourney Elite Eight, coach Bruce Pearl suffered his first exhibition loss in Thompson-Boling Arena and the program’s first-ever exhibition loss to a college team.

Division II Indianapolis opened the second half on a 15-0 run that it extended to 26-3 en route to a 79-64 win over the Vols on Monday night.

“Defensively, we didn’t have great effort, we didn’t have great energy,’’ said Pearl, who is opening his sixth season as UT’s coach. “All of that is my fault. You’ve got to put it all on the coach. We were embarrassed.’’

Many in the announced crowd of 16,701 headed to the exits early after 23rd-ranked UT failed to draw closer than seven points in the closing minutes.

The Vols turned the ball over 25 times and shot poorly, making just 22 of 50 from the floor, including 7 of 29 beyond the 3-point arc. UT was 13-of-26 from the free throw line.

The smaller, quicker Greyhounds were disciplined in their offensive sets and out-hustling the Vols to loose balls.

UT wasn’t fast enough to guard them, and that resulted in Indianapolis getting to the free throw line, where the Greyhounds made the Vols pay by converting on 33 of 40 attempts.

Coached by Stan Gouard, who played for Pearl at Southern Indiana and helped lead that team to a national title, Indianapolis ran the same “cutters” system the Vols employ in the half court.

“They beat us at our own game,’’ UT senior Melvin Goins said. “It (exhibition loss) doesn’t show up on our record, but it showed up on the floor in front of our fans and our university staff members and students.

“It was embarrassing, and we’re never going to forget this.’’

Neither will Greyhounds guard Darius Adams, who scored 27 points, dished out eights assists and made four steals. Adams, who went 15-for-16 from the free throw line, also got Vols’ junior Scotty Hopson into foul trouble. Hopson played just nine minutes before fouling out, finishing with three points and three turnovers.

With Hopson out, UT struggled to score.

Cameron Tatum led Tennessee with 15 points and freshman Tobias Harris had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“Tobias Harris was the only offensive presence we had inside,’’ Pearl said. “We had other advantages on the inside and we didn’t take advantage of them. We had a hard time getting the ball into the post.’’

Vols senior center Brian Williams, who left the game with an undisclosed elbow injury in the final minutes, attempted just one shot in his 22 minutes. Senior transfer John Fields, another 6-foot-9 presence, also attempted just one shot in 18 minutes.

The Vols led by as many as 10 in the first half and were up 40-32 at the break.

But once the Greyhounds spurted ahead, they went to a zone defense, and UT settled for 3-point attempts — making 4 of 17 in the second half.

As the Vols faltered, Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt encouraged the fans to cheer. But not even Summitt could reverse UT’s fortunes on this night.

The last men’s exhibition loss in Thompson-Boling Arena was in 2001, to a team called “Worldwide,” 84-81.

The Vols open the regular season at 9 p.m. Friday against Chattanooga at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Rocky_Top_1 writes:

..............well this sucks

huntined#565710 writes:

That is some kind of bad shooting!!

GreerVol22 writes:

it was playground basketball at its finest. lose as individuals, win as a team....long way to go for this bunch to become a cohesive group. Hopson still has a "Kelly Washington" attitude.

TheREALFightSong writes:

Wow. I hope this chalks up to be just a lack of experience and overlooking an opponent that the team must not have taken seriously. We're a young team, and thankfully this wasn't during the regular season or our RPI would already be plummeting. Never realized how much we would miss Wayne, J.P. and Bobby!

cdmav08 writes:

I'm embarrased, this could get ugly.

TheFuj writes:

Not free throws again.

Colliervol writes:

Now that is a tad disturbing. Hopefully, it will be an opportunity for BP to point out that reading press clippings and past performance does not make a basketball team.

NorthwestVol writes:

Was Payton playing point guard?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Well...the bright side is...uhhhh

UTC has a chance...maybe?? I doubt it now 'cause UT won't be overlookin' nobody!!!

MrBamSeydu writes:

More over-rated: The Snuggie or Scotty Hopson?

cdmav08 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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nope

NorthwestVol writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Having a bit of fun tonight Scratch?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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D II Catty! but I suspect you knew that.

TopTenn writes:

Do not Panic!!!!!!!!!!!

PeeDee writes:

Maybe Bruce's press clippings caught up to him. I cannot believe he still has a job at UT. This year will be like Fulmer's 2005 team that underachieved. They have no true scorers.

MrBamSeydu writes:

CatScratchFever........ do you really think anyone cares what you're saying? Give it a rest.

NorthwestVol writes:

in response to TopTenn:

Do not Panic!!!!!!!!!!!

The sky is falling! Run for the hills!

Ah, what the heck. It preseason boys. Wake me in January.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

same ole story as every year --bad FT shooting and bad 3 pt shooting-------a dose of reality for those outraged by us not being more highly ranked in the SEC preseason ranking

Bogytrain writes:

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Didn't Syracuse lose some exhibition game to a D2 school last year en route to being ranked #1 during the season? Gloom and doom over one exhibition game is a bit of wishful thinking there Kentucky fan....

I watched them play - they will be fine. Sorry to disappoint you.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

In case the team didn't get the memo..... WAKE UP!

Smallmike4pres writes:

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givehim6 writes:

Hope this is not a sigh of things to come.

Colliervol writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Cat, you just don't realize it yet but you should probably worry about that mess that you are going to have up there. It will be just as much "fun to watch" you and the KY faithful try to figure out every year just who is wearing those blue uniforms. With all the one-and-dones, you truly "can't tell the players without a scorecard" at Lexington. As with our issues, it makes you proud to be a fan, doesn't it? Sometimes I wonder why we waste our time with these so-called "student athletes" and these coaches that "only want to make an impact on kids".

A likely conversation between two KY fans this year: "Who is number 32? The Turkish Pro or the guy that Worldwide Wes bought for us?"

"Oh no, it's John Wall. Cal thought he could sneak him back in for a year when nobody was looking."

lomas98 writes:

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TN could have lost to Gardner Webb or VMI at home during the REGULAR season instead. Wait, the Cats did that the past couple of years.

eduardo writes:

embarrassing!!!!!

Agee_Vols_82 writes:

Gardner-Webb ring a bell Cat Scratch? And that was a season game. This was a friggin scrimage. Typical kitty litter from your kind.

TopTenn writes:

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Didn't UK lose to some nobody a couple of years ago at home. I forgot the team.

WashYourDirtyVols (Inactive) writes:

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hopson only played nine minutes because he fouled out

Agee_Vols_82 writes:

in response to lomas98:

TN could have lost to Gardner Webb or VMI at home during the REGULAR season instead. Wait, the Cats did that the past couple of years.

I agree, you beat me to the punch

Bogytrain writes:

in response to TopTenn:

Didn't UK lose to some nobody a couple of years ago at home. I forgot the team.

They've lost to our football team since 1984, and that was a long time ago!! Trolling relives the steam I guess. Poor guy.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Did they play a bad game? Yes, they were "turrible"! Don't know whats up with the rotations. Why did Pearl get so much PT in the first half, when we had major talent on the bench? No defense, too many turn-overs, can't hit free throws, they were definitely out of sych tonight. On the plus side Harris is the real deal! I agree with some others, don't panic, Vols are too good to be this bad!

VOLS....TCB.....KOKO.....GBO!!!!!

TopTenn writes:

UK loss to Gardner- Webb-Mason. Yeah, that's the team that beat UK at home. A regular season game.

LongBeachVolsFan writes:

It was an EXHIBITION, who cares! For those doubting Bruce Pearl's Coaching, have you forgotten about last seasons tournament run already?

abnermc writes:

It doesn't matter.. Bruce still owns Ky & will again this year. Enjoy it Cat, you know what's coming.

lomas98 writes:

Tn should not have lost, but they were trying new lineups and experimenting with press. The other team was 33-40 from the ft line. They shot 40% from field and did not shoot the 3 very well. Looks like we just kept fouling them and they made almost all of them. on the other hand we didn't shoot ft's very well and couldn't hit the 3. We need to find our go to plays when we can't hit the 3. As another poster mentioned Hopson only played 9 minutes and I think he had 2 fg attempts. They will get better and if they are going to lose, might as well be tonight.

TopTenn writes:

This was a good lose for a young team. They will respond. But expect this to be a rollacoaster year.

RichmondKyVol writes:

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Just like Gardner-Webb and VMI?

RichmondKyVol writes:

Maybe Bruce was just sand baggin'. If not, beware of a Moc stompin'.

tiger8834 writes:

Lots of excuses here... Uh-oh! Wake up call for Vols fans.

GO TIGERS!!!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I believe Pearl was lookin at different players early...how they work together etc. then he saw haw good Indy's 2 guards were...These guys weren't Pros probably but they've seen some time together and simply outplayed some young guys, Goins was off and Golden isn't quite ready maybe... Cam had some good minutes but Williams and our forwards sorta look lost at times. we should have and probably would have gone inside with Harris more if it had counted as a game. There guards outplayed our guards on both ends. Goins never looked like that last year, ever against the best teams. He was off tonight. We had no one to go to in his place to let him get his head together.
McBee is just a little too slow for Point. Maybe Cam should have played point some. Golden and McCrae can only get better as we go.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Ouch!! WTF???

bigorangeman47 writes:

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you better worry about your own problems besides ours. your inside game going to suck big time this year. teams with ne size goiing to kill your cats.you better tell your boy cali, because he cant coach his you know what out of a paper bag dude.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

Yeah - they have bad practices too. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Yet.

CUSA_NEWS writes:

..................BREAKING NEWS...........

UT just lost to a division IV team tonight!

Stay tuned for more CUSA NEWS update...

LILwaynesrockyTOP writes:

in response to givehim6:

Hope this is not a sigh of things to come.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what it is.

Bones never lie.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Meaningless. Season starts Friday evening.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

The year UTCHATT. won the DivII National title
they were playing well with the top div. one schools in the country.
This Indy team was a decent team. They didn't have our talent but they outplayed us in a PRACTCE game. It is embarassing sure, but happens often to lot's of good teams.

Vol_a_tile writes:

This is nothing new to sports. Remember Syracuse last season ... I think they finished pretty strong. We are very fortunate this happened early. Hopefully our guys will respond !

blue_mist writes:

Pearl owns KY? He is 4-6 against UK, I think UT was the only SEC East team that Billy Gillispie had a winning record over, he was 3-1 against UT. The UK team that lost to Gardner Webb split against UT. UT only won by 3 points at home and was ranked #1. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but that same UK team that lost to VMI was the same team that swept UT? The same UT team that Jodi Meeks dropped 54 points on at TBA? So UT fans stop wishing you were KY in basketball and Bama in football. Oh, and the UT beating UK 24 years in row comment is as unoriginal as UK's 24 year losing streak to UT.

pvtoe writes:

in response to NorthwestVol:

Was Payton playing point guard?

Get it right, Its Peyton, and thats Mr. Peyton to you!!!!

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