Poll: What is your impression of the men's basketball team so far?

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RockyToptoNeyland writes:

well theyre 3-4, simple as that, so not good, they gotta improve

redskinvol1 writes:

They prove that they know how to come up short.Maybe one day the team will learn how to win close games.You are only as good as your record.

davids2010 writes:

They will further perpetuate our newly acquired title of ‘Morale Victory U’…football….basketball….who knows maybe even women’s basketball (only time will tell with them)…

SouthPaVol writes:

CCM has two loafers hustling, two enormous egos in check, turned a no-name #4 post man into a monster scorer, improved tenacity on defense, and found out our point guard is also our best scorer. So, CCM signs a PG last week to move TG to a 2 guard full time next year. We win 5 of the next 6 (maybe all 6) then meet Memphis again. Go Vols!

SCVFL writes:

I watched Duke, Memphis, and Pitt games. They look great for 30-35 minutes, but are having problems scoring at the end. They need a quality win to get them rolling. So far, very impressed with CCM. Also first time we have had a real point guard in ???
GBO, VFL

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to SouthPaVol:

CCM has two loafers hustling, two enormous egos in check, turned a no-name #4 post man into a monster scorer, improved tenacity on defense, and found out our point guard is also our best scorer. So, CCM signs a PG last week to move TG to a 2 guard full time next year. We win 5 of the next 6 (maybe all 6) then meet Memphis again. Go Vols!

CCM signed a point guard last week? Really? I thought he got a commitment from a pg in the class of 2013. He already has a point guard in Wes Washpun, now on the team, and he will not move Golden to shooting guard next year or any year. BTW, I agree with the rest of your post.

tytanner writes:

This team already has more discipline defense and team play than pearl teams had except the first year. If they continue to improve this is the find of team that can make some noise around tournament time.

carbonzip writes:

A match-up zone might help on defense. Less dribbling by Golden. McBee should not shoot unless wide open. Need a few schemes for inbounding the ball under pressure. I like the team and really look forward to development of the new players.

bigdisbig writes:

I'm not sure that Pearl would be doing any better and I was a Pearl supporter. For what its worth, I was not impressed with the hire but the UT athletic dept. always goes as cheap as they can with coaching hires. The Vol Nation needs to realize this and get used to mediocrity in almost every sport.
HOWEVER, I'll support Cuonzo and hope he can recruit a few blue chippers in the future and build a good solid team. UT does not have a great basketball tradition like Carolina, Duke or Ky. but we need to be at least respectable and make the big dance each year.

BolivrBob writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

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Haven't heard anyone say woulda-coulda-shoulda. I see a very young team that has never played together with only one player, (who was not the star), as the only player with any extensive experience. This young team that has never played together is banging, almost even, with the best teams in the country. I see a young team growing and getting better.

johnlg00 writes:

I said on the poll that the team is doing about like I expected. To elaborate, they are playing hard, as you might expect from highly-recruited guys who haven't really played much yet, but not smart largely because they, well, really haven't played much in key roles. I like some things better, such as more apparent attention paid in the huddle--it was embarrassing the way some guys just seemed to stare off into space during some huddles last year. The things they are weak at--defensive rebounding and individual defense--are mostly the same things a vastly more experienced team was weak at last year. I wish they could have had a couple more wins--Memphis and Pitt looked especially winnable--but there is still much to like, especially if they can internalize the fundamentals I am sure Martin is emphasizing over and over and over....

daporter22#1402249 writes:

They fall behind and never recover. Need offensive rebounding to overcome.

brod writes:

yes, this team has trouble coming back from defecits. they will get better instead of worse.

ACWLY writes:

Coach Martin said he was focussed on getting better and not the win/loss record. Well, I've been a fan for many years and I kinda look at the RECORD, WIN and we're getting better, LOSE and we're not, Simple as that.
But I do think our team is playing hard this year and for some reason I think they may get better as the season goes on, WE WILL SEE

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Polls mean nothing. But I voted they are playing about as I expected. Not great not terrible but somewhere in between. This also says nothing and I'll leave it there till I see them play more. What I've seen though I like...well except losing a couple we should have won. But hey maybe we won a couple we should have lost?

I am positive we'll get better. Much better.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Coach Martin said he was focussed on getting better and not the win/loss record. Well, I've been a fan for many years and I kinda look at the RECORD, WIN and we're getting better, LOSE and we're not, Simple as that.
But I do think our team is playing hard this year and for some reason I think they may get better as the season goes on, WE WILL SEE

What Martin is saying is that if we get better then the the win/loss record will take care of itself. "don't worry about tomorrow" today has enough troubles. btw it's not nearly as simple as you'd like to make it. LOTs of very good coaches have had "growing pains" especially starting out.
I'm not exactly disagreeing with you really. The "RECORD" IS a reflection on how the current situation is. But a new team has to have time to grow. Even a talented team like Kentucky. Can you imagine how good they'd be if the players stayed more than a year? Never mind I don't want to consider that now.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Coach Martin said he was focussed on getting better and not the win/loss record. Well, I've been a fan for many years and I kinda look at the RECORD, WIN and we're getting better, LOSE and we're not, Simple as that.
But I do think our team is playing hard this year and for some reason I think they may get better as the season goes on, WE WILL SEE

Bob Knight, John Wooden, and Coach K are just a few of the great coaches who saw the importance of the process over "merely" winning or losing. The idea is to be, as John Wooden said in his pregame prayer, not victorious but WORTHY of victory.

As much as fans are fixated on the idea of winning and losing, that is one thing you just can't control in this world. Sometimes the ball just doesn't go in the basket; sometimes your best player gets hurt or fouls out early; sometimes a scrub on the other team beats you with a career game. You can also win when you DON'T play well, but you don't want to count on that.

You become worthy of victory by doing your very best at all times. You play hard and smart. If you do those things all the time, the victories will come. You create the right habits so victory will come more often than not, and that is ALL you can do. So, no, those great coaches and I say it is NOT as "simple as that".

johnlg00 writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

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I'm not saying you are wrong, and I had much the same thought at the time. However, Martin did rotate several different guys on Robinson. I don't know precisely what he said to them, but my point was simply that the guys, to the extent that they are being taught the fundamentals, don't yet carry them into the games. I think you have enough coaching background to know that you can drill things over and over in practice, but even in practices dedicated to particular fundamentals, you have to stop practice over and over to make the same correction again and again. That is not as easy to do in games. Players get caught up in the action and revert to their familiar ways. It is HARD to get players to learn to think and act automatically in unfamiliar ways. It is even harder to manage with players with demonstrably fragile psyches. Nobody can fix everything that needs to be fixed at the same time.

VOLDoll writes:

Bruce Pearls unethical, non coaching asz is gone so even if we would have lost every game it would be a great year.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

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No question Robinson put on a clinic; hope the Vols were at least taking notes. Whatever a player's physical attributes, there is absolutely no substitute for WANTING the ball. The best rebounders are seldom the biggest or strongest guys around; they are just the ones who WANT it the most. Too many players these days--certainly too many on UT's current squad--seem to think they are only responsible for rebounds that practically fall on them. One attribute NBA scouts look for in prospective inside players is "rebounding range". In other words, how good is a player at GOING AFTER the ball instead of just sometimes snagging the ones that come to him. So many players just don't realize all the things they COULD and SHOULD be paying attention to on the court. Anticipating good rebounding position and at least being ready to go to it before the ball is shot is just one of them.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ScoonerTN:

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Who cares?

huntined#565710 writes:

For those of you that think this team is BETTER then you expected man you must has not expected much and we don't have very much!!

huntined#565710 writes:

The men's program at TENN has turned into a ALSO RAN program..Bottom of the pack in FB,BB, AND BASKETBALL just a shame!!

huntined#565710 writes:

When you lose at HOME to A.P. don't know how we get any lower!!! Lot of H.S teams would wear this team out!!

ACWLY writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Bob Knight, John Wooden, and Coach K are just a few of the great coaches who saw the importance of the process over "merely" winning or losing. The idea is to be, as John Wooden said in his pregame prayer, not victorious but WORTHY of victory.

As much as fans are fixated on the idea of winning and losing, that is one thing you just can't control in this world. Sometimes the ball just doesn't go in the basket; sometimes your best player gets hurt or fouls out early; sometimes a scrub on the other team beats you with a career game. You can also win when you DON'T play well, but you don't want to count on that.

You become worthy of victory by doing your very best at all times. You play hard and smart. If you do those things all the time, the victories will come. You create the right habits so victory will come more often than not, and that is ALL you can do. So, no, those great coaches and I say it is NOT as "simple as that".

After following basketball for well over 50 years you just taught me something, WINS simply aren't that important, it's getting better that counts. Now that you've taught me what it takes to be a good team and coach, I still can't help but wonder...
"WHAT DO YOU THINK MARTIN AND THE PEOPLE ON HIS TEAM LEARNED FROM THE AUSTIN-PEAY Whoopin'?"
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