John Adams: Vols stubborn about 3-point agenda

Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl looks on as his team plays Mississippi State at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.  The Bulldogs defeated the Vols 70-69.

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Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl looks on as his team plays Mississippi State at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. The Bulldogs defeated the Vols 70-69.

UT's Bruce Pearl on loss to Miss. State

You could hear a collective moan from the Thompson-Boling Arena crowd when Tennessee misfired on a 3-pointer Saturday evening. Some even booed.

How's that for an educated response?

The fans know their team. And they know the stats.

So does Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury. He was neither moaning nor booing when UT jacked up one misguided 3 after another in Mississippi State's 70-69 victory.

In fact, he probably had to restrain himself from shouting, "Shoot it!" when a UT player even glanced at the goal from behind the 3-point arc. The Vols couldn't have looked any worse if Stansbury had scripted their offense.

UT coach Bruce Pearl should have dispensed with a halftime speech. He should have just shown his team the SEC stats.

The Vols rank next to last in the SEC in 3-point field-goal percentage. Yet the way they were triggering 3-pointers, you would have thought they had dedicated the game to Pearl's first UT team.

Remember those guys? They played up-tempo, full-court basketball and shot 3s with a vengeance. Oh, by the way, they also made a lot of those 3s.

UT hit four of 12 3-point attempts in the first half against Mississippi State. That was its good half.

In the second half, the Vols' short-term memory was as bad as their shooting touch. How else can you account for their stubborn pursuit of 3-pointers?

They made only one of nine in the second half and finished the game 5-for-21. Mississippi State's Wendell Lewis gets credit for the game-winning basket with 3.4 seconds to play, but any Vol who missed a 3 gets an assist.

"If you saw us, we backed off (when UT considered a 3-point shot)," Stansbury said.

"You pick your poison. One poison is Scotty Hopson in the lane. We were gonna try our best to keep him out of the lane."

Although Hopson had a game-high 22 points, the strategy was a success. He twice missed layups and also shot three air-balls.

"We wanted Hopson shooting the 3s," Stansbury said. "We wanted (Melvin) Goins shooting the 3s."

Ditto for Tobias Harris.

"He made some early," Stansbury said. "In the second half, I don't think he made any of them."

Harris, Hopson and Goins were a combined 0-for-4 on second-half 3-point tries. Their failure was magnified by Mississippi State's attrition.

The Bulldogs played the entire second half without post player Renardo Sidney, who was ill. Yet the Vols couldn't capitalize on his absence.

"The team did not play well again offensively," Pearl said. "If I don't call a play and put them in the spots they're supposed to be in, we have a hard time scoring and making decisions on our own.

"We're not playing well offensively and we haven't all year."

You can't attribute the lack of offense solely to the players. For all the success Pearl has had at UT, his offense has continued to decline.

His first team scored 70 or more points in every SEC regular-season game except two. And in each of those sub-70 games, it was only one point shy.

This season, the Vols have scored more than 69 points only four times in SEC play.

Pearl's sixth UT team bears no resemblance to his first. The tempo has slowed, the defense has been confined mainly to half-court and the 3-point shots have fallen farther off target.

But no matter how far off they fell against Mississippi State, the Vols didn't quit shooting.

That's not a compliment.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com

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flatrock writes:

The truth hurts. Bruce hasn't gotten thru to these guys. Is it Bruce- or is it the guys? My money says Bruce does the right thing and resigns after
the final game. It takes this mess out of the limelight. We can get on with a new coach and
new staff and rebuild this program- is there a
Derek Dooley-type to put our house back into
order? Replace Mike Hamilton with Pat Summitt
(she can still coach the women) and let her
pick Bruce's replacement. Bruce takes a year
off (a network will pick him up pretty quickly),
then gets hired by a San Diego State-type program and rebuilds his career. A win-win for
everyone!

TK writes:

What did happen to the FULL court press? UT now just does a inbound press and falls back when the ball gets in. With UT playing Miss State last night the Jalen Steele name came up and why UT choose other over him. I have had for sometime questions about who this staff brings in. Bruce seems to have done better with Buzz's players. The staff has never produced a above average pg. During Bruce's time at UT he has had several players kicked off the team (Smith, Smith, and Crews). Several that have not lived up to expections yet (Woolrich at the top of that list). This team has a low basketball IQ. They make stupid mistakes. The Fla & Miss State games no one stops the ball going the lenght of the court. Firing up 3's at end of games when a two would win the game! DUMB!!! Talking dumb...UT saying that the NCAA white elephant in the room is not hurting this team. How could it not? The other teams fans yelling "Lier" "cheater" and the team being asked over and over about Bruce and the NCAA. No matter what the future holds. Bruce will be labeled a lier. Could players or parents really over look that? Maybe in time...maybe not. I like Bruce, But, I think it is best for UT and him to go separate ways. I would love for UT to find a young coach like Butler's Coach Stevens to come in and put this whole mess behind UT.

FeelVol writes:

Good article John,Coach Pearl has been stubborn about other things that have seemed to hurt this team.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

What do you guys think? Rarely do I agree with Adams.
This time, I have to agree.

Again, when we shoot a 3, the result is just like a turnover the majority of the time.

No, we don't expect to make most of them, but notice some were even air balls.

Not much was said about the technical...........looking back, that turned out to be huge.

thevoice writes:

in response to TK:

What did happen to the FULL court press? UT now just does a inbound press and falls back when the ball gets in. With UT playing Miss State last night the Jalen Steele name came up and why UT choose other over him. I have had for sometime questions about who this staff brings in. Bruce seems to have done better with Buzz's players. The staff has never produced a above average pg. During Bruce's time at UT he has had several players kicked off the team (Smith, Smith, and Crews). Several that have not lived up to expections yet (Woolrich at the top of that list). This team has a low basketball IQ. They make stupid mistakes. The Fla & Miss State games no one stops the ball going the lenght of the court. Firing up 3's at end of games when a two would win the game! DUMB!!! Talking dumb...UT saying that the NCAA white elephant in the room is not hurting this team. How could it not? The other teams fans yelling "Lier" "cheater" and the team being asked over and over about Bruce and the NCAA. No matter what the future holds. Bruce will be labeled a lier. Could players or parents really over look that? Maybe in time...maybe not. I like Bruce, But, I think it is best for UT and him to go separate ways. I would love for UT to find a young coach like Butler's Coach Stevens to come in and put this whole mess behind UT.

The team Bruce inherited had heart, BB savvy, and smarts (on and off the court). All equals "coachable." As for the type of player Bruce recruits, they don't have these traits. All they have is athleticism. Plus they're soft and borderline thuggish. That means they aren't smart enough and tough enough at the end of a game to execute and finish and run a smart play or two and hit free throws. They need to start with a heady point guard. Plus, 20-30% of the playing time is distributed among former walk-ons. Very bad combination.

garycg writes:

For once i agree with Adams

CrankE writes:

Revised headline:
"Adams stubborn about anti-UT agenda."

tnluv2play writes:

Well, I hate to admit that I agree with John's analysis but he is spot on this time.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Finally, John Adams writes something (and is correct) that some have been saying for a few years.

The reason UT is stubborn about shooting the 3-pointer is because Pearl's offensive philosophy is focused on perimeter shots--in particular, 3-pointers! Even Adams mentioned how Pearl's first team took a lot of 3's but made a lot of 3's.

I cannot believe that folks are just now seeing the downside of Pearl's system. This is it! Coaches in the SEC (and other conferences) have figured out how to beat UT, and it's not difficult--all you have to do is play tight man-to-man defense or a pressing zone, our guys will get frustrated and force a bad 3. It's that simple. Am I the only one that sees how lost our players look when trying to run their offense against a 2-3 zone? It's like we don't know what to do.

Pearl's system has dug a HUGE hole. When we can't make 3's, we're a bad team and we play out-of-sync and disjointed. Also, we don't have a legit "big" to throw inside to for points. What legit "big" wants to come to UT when he knows all he'll be doing is chasing down other teammates missed 18'-22' foot jump shots? Has anyone noticed that we have not signed a "legit" big for next season? There's a reason--Pearl likes guys who can shoot AND "bigs" know that they're not going to develop if they come to UT because of Pearl's system. It's a vicious, self-feeding cycle that will continue to repeat itself unless Pearl changes his offensive philosophy.

thevoice writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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Agree with everything, except the last sentence LOL

UT Class of '88

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to flatrock:

The truth hurts. Bruce hasn't gotten thru to these guys. Is it Bruce- or is it the guys? My money says Bruce does the right thing and resigns after
the final game. It takes this mess out of the limelight. We can get on with a new coach and
new staff and rebuild this program- is there a
Derek Dooley-type to put our house back into
order? Replace Mike Hamilton with Pat Summitt
(she can still coach the women) and let her
pick Bruce's replacement. Bruce takes a year
off (a network will pick him up pretty quickly),
then gets hired by a San Diego State-type program and rebuilds his career. A win-win for
everyone!

BRUCE PEARL DOESN'T NEED TO BE REPLACED DUMB @@@. IF YOU TELL THOSE PLAYERS WHAT KIND OF PLAY HE WANTS FROM THEM, AND THEY GO OUT THERE AND SHOOT A BIG THREE, AND MISS THEN WHAT? THE SAME THING HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. LOST BY ONE POINT. OF COURSE NO ONE SAW MISSISSPPI STATES PLAYER TAKE A BIG WALK THAT WAS NOT CALLED. THE VOLS SHOULD HAVE HAD THE BALL AT THE END. BUT INSTEAD A BIG FOUL CALLED ON WILLIAMS. BRUCE PEARL HAS DONE WHAT NO ONE ELSE HAS DONE FOR THE MENS BASKETBALL TEAM. PLEASE, SOMEONE GIVE THE REFS ANOTHER PENNY.

scvols writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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I doubt that, he has been UT most winning coach in his short time here, you do not do that without knowing what you are doing. If this team shot 30% from 3, they would had won over 20 games.

richvol writes:

Bruce has failed in recruiting AND coaching up the ones he does have. Get a new coach that is respected enough by his players to take coaching AND recruit smarter players. Tobias is the only one that has any BB smarts.

bigdisbig writes:

Bruce is only hanging on until the end of this year so his son, Steve, can continue playing. Steve would not get in a game with another coach or team. The guy can't dribble or shoot. He can only rebound at times. Why do you people think Bruce plays him? BECAUSE HE IS HIS SON.....he has absolutely NO basketball talent. This team is a freaking joke in every way.

arkyvol writes:

i cringed every time one went up.

DTvols118 writes:

NIT...

esarmstrong#231516 writes:

If Rick Stansberry's candid post game comments do not convice this team of where their weakness as a team is then they will never get it.

Heck, the season is 90% over and Bruce will be gone at the end of the season. Whether it is before or after the hearing in June with the NCAA I cannot say. How it happens (firing, resignation) is also anyone's guess.

Thanks Bruce for the good memories and for at least showing us Vol fans that UT can be a top notch Bball school if UT just applies itself in a commited way to the process. I just wish you had not felt you had to lie about a secondary violation and turn the whole mess into a major violation.

NYvolFan writes:

I told my wife at halftime that Pearl needs to tell the team that ANY player that chucks up a 3 10 seconds into the shot clock WILL NOT PLAY @ South Carolina. So what happens? It got worse. Terrible coaching!

kevin151 writes:

Tatum should never be allowed to shoot a 3 ever gain. He is an awful shooter...

MidTennVol writes:

in response to thevoice:

The team Bruce inherited had heart, BB savvy, and smarts (on and off the court). All equals "coachable." As for the type of player Bruce recruits, they don't have these traits. All they have is athleticism. Plus they're soft and borderline thuggish. That means they aren't smart enough and tough enough at the end of a game to execute and finish and run a smart play or two and hit free throws. They need to start with a heady point guard. Plus, 20-30% of the playing time is distributed among former walk-ons. Very bad combination.

What a brainless, thoughtless comment. "The type of player recruits..." -- have a clue, dude. Those players got within a basket of the Final Four last year -- were those guys tough enough and smart enough for you?

And BP's teams have gone to the show each year he's been at Tennessee, I believe.

If you think you can do better, send Hamilton your resume.

koamalina writes:

Hammy should have kept Buzz and hired Bruce to be his assistant head coach.

tomkats3242 writes:

Adams and Hamilton need to both go. Neither is needed or should be allowed in a TN building. They are killing our programs. Quit buying the paper and they will can Adams who has never said anything good about UT. Hamilton speaks for himself. Dougs boy.

hueypilot writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

What a brainless, thoughtless comment. "The type of player recruits..." -- have a clue, dude. Those players got within a basket of the Final Four last year -- were those guys tough enough and smart enough for you?

And BP's teams have gone to the show each year he's been at Tennessee, I believe.

If you think you can do better, send Hamilton your resume.

There is a measure of truth in what you say, but gotta admit, we have slipped mightily. I think there may be some truth to what others have posted here, about the opposition forcing us into shooting three's, clearly our weakest offensive tactic. These aren't last year's guys with Chism and Prince who wanted the ball late.

Maybe Bruce is too predictable within his "system" and we no longer have the advantage of sneeaking up on people like we did with Texas, Oklahoma St in Bruce's first years here.

Still don't understand how this team beats Pitt and Villanova on the road, except that we hit a few threes then and the team that lives by the outside shot, dies by the outside shot.

Bruce may suffer a mercy killing this summer when the NCAA edict comes down. Big question: Who do we hire next?????

PeeEllthree writes:

I'm sick of L's resulting in the dramatic, "BP can't coach" bs. You don't go to 5 straight sweet 16 and rank top 5 winning % if you can't, DA's. He makes mistakes. All coaches do. It's a disappointing L. Some of you act like little 5 yr olds with the whining. This team can't shoot any better than most good HS teams. Manufacturing offense without a post, without a pg and without shooters is a task.

Greyfeathers writes:

Good column John. Our only hope is that the NCAA will do what the institution (UT) would not do. Pearl should have been fired on the spot when it was discovered what he had done. Unfortunately, Big Jim Haslam got in the way and UT is paying a high price for that. Too bad.

1vavolfan writes:

Pearl is just unable to coach under the present circumstances and who could blame him. Mr. Adams, I do remember Bruce's first two seasons. He was playing with Buzz Peterson's team, Pearl would have never recruited a player like Chris Lofton who wasn't in the top 100 coming out of high school. We need shooters and a point guard not just athletes who can shoot or play defense. Pearl's coaching lost this game, Tennessee is up 25-18 and MSU scores 12 in a row before he calls a TO. All of the 3's were ridiculous, the fans were booing and yelling and Pearl just lets them keep firing them up. I was telling my 10 year old son at the game that UT is doing exactly what State wants them to by shooting jumpshots. Come to find out that was exactly what Stansbury was thinking!!!

bigdisbig writes:

Good article John. Hopefully CBP will look at the stats and tone down the 3s against SC and KY. This team does much better when someone drives to the bucket. Goins is a good foul shooter and if he can draw the foul then its "money".
Every time they jack up a 3 I totally cringe. They would have won this game had they worked the ball in closer for a better percentage shot. IF they can beat SC and KY. I think they will be in the big dance......hopefully win a few games in the SEC tourney as well. Bruce is losing more and more supporters with each ridiculous loss. I for one am on the "bubble" with him. I have supported him thus far but last nights loss was uncalled for. Goins jacking up 3 point shots that clang off the back of the rim should bench him. Pearl lets these guys play like they are in a recreation league. ITS NOT THE ROCKY TOP LEAGUE ANY LONGER BRUCE!

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to esarmstrong#231516:

If Rick Stansberry's candid post game comments do not convice this team of where their weakness as a team is then they will never get it.

Heck, the season is 90% over and Bruce will be gone at the end of the season. Whether it is before or after the hearing in June with the NCAA I cannot say. How it happens (firing, resignation) is also anyone's guess.

Thanks Bruce for the good memories and for at least showing us Vol fans that UT can be a top notch Bball school if UT just applies itself in a commited way to the process. I just wish you had not felt you had to lie about a secondary violation and turn the whole mess into a major violation.

A lie is a lie anyway you look at it. Your post is full of lies at posting. You claim Pearl will be gone after the season ending game.Do you know that for sure? If not then you lied,even though it may happen but saying it without knowing it to be the truth is a lie.

I will say this. I believe Coach Pearl and Coach Fulmer are somewhat alike in that they both were Good for a while then both started bringing their respective programs down.Fulmer never got the chance to rebuild the Football team.Will Pearl be done the same way?

I believe Pearl needs to change his thinking and play to team strengths instead of the same game plan he has played with every team he has coached.
Every team is different as to what they can and can not do.This team can not do the things his first 4 teams could.

knoxbr27 writes:

Some of the fans on here are funny....I seem to recall a lot of people dogging Wayne Chism's random stop and pop 3-point shots in recent years. A lot of people were running their mouth about how JP Prince was awful at the point and couldn't shoot.No matter what somebody is always complaining.It's been a rough year no doubt....the team is just not closing out games. I'm tired of the whining and "the sky is falling" type comments.

MikeInTN writes:

Poor recruiting evaluations the past two years!!!!!!!

tennrich1 writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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And then ya got folkes like this one that meanders along not really saying anything....The last time I checked most all the players CBP have recruited to Tennessee were HIGHLY recruited by most colleges in the country...Please, just be man enough to say I HATE BRUCE AND WANT HIM GONE WITHOUT TRYING TO JUSTIFY YOUR POSITION...It waste my time and yours to go thru this over and over again...when you try to throw numbers out there YOU LOSE YOUR ARGUMENT EVERY TIME... NO ONE...and I mean no one has brought Mens Tennessee Basketball to the level it has achieved under CBP as far as wins/loses etc...now you can debate other issues as you're want to do....but leave the real stats out of it because they eat you up...Anyway, I agree with the excessive three's being problem....Heck, my middle school coach could figure that one out...and if you noticed Coach Peal was fairly disgusted with it as well...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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If he's not will YOU be gone? Please? or if you are right then you can crow for years to come...which would probably please you greatly,,,,Man, just hush for a while and show some grace and dignity...just a little...

DoolanderVol (Inactive) writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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Why would a Big East coach leave for the SEC? Buzz Williams is staying put.

Why would Sean Miller leave Arizona. He has just started to build a great basketball program. He is staying put.

I am pretty sure Pearl has already beaten Shaka Smart.

Gregg Marshall has yet to lead Wichita St. to the NCAA tournament.

My personal pick to become Tennessee's next coach.....Brad Stevens. I believe if he gets offered the right coaching job he will leave Butler.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to PearlMustGo:

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Again, he may be gone and if so, so be it. It's his fault. I roll with whatever. The topic doesn't dominate my life as it does yours. As far as the recruits, that is on him and the staff. Big deal. Every coach makes mistakes in recruiting. I just dread reading all the bs you start on the next coach, that is if you get to keep your waterboy position.

Orange_since_84 writes:

I thought I was going to pull my hair out when they jacked up those threes on at least four straight possessions in the second half. If I had been coaching, I would have called a timeout and told them that the next three ball to go up will be the last shot that player takes this season.

That said, anyone who says BP can't coach doesn't know anything about his career, or is just stupid.

Though we seem to be a little thin on scorers right now, he has proven his ability to recruit at UT. All top recruits just don't pan out. Hopson is just this year living up to his potential and he still will dribble it off his foot if given the opportunity.

We were projected to finish 4th in the east this year, but fans thought this was going to be a great year after Pitt. I seem to remember, however, that we also lost one of our two preseason exhibitions to Indianapolis College, or something like that, and then we had a meltdown following that great Pitt win. This team just plays up and down with no explanation for it. Like Pearl said, if he knew what to do about it, he would have already done it.

Did anyone expect Texas to melt down in football last season? This stuff happens. I think Pearl can get it straightend out, if not this year, next, assuming that he is here.

Since the decison to keep Pearl was made, I just hope the sanctions are not so severe that he has to go anyway and we find ourselves two years behind.

TheFuj writes:

in response to TK:

What did happen to the FULL court press? UT now just does a inbound press and falls back when the ball gets in. With UT playing Miss State last night the Jalen Steele name came up and why UT choose other over him. I have had for sometime questions about who this staff brings in. Bruce seems to have done better with Buzz's players. The staff has never produced a above average pg. During Bruce's time at UT he has had several players kicked off the team (Smith, Smith, and Crews). Several that have not lived up to expections yet (Woolrich at the top of that list). This team has a low basketball IQ. They make stupid mistakes. The Fla & Miss State games no one stops the ball going the lenght of the court. Firing up 3's at end of games when a two would win the game! DUMB!!! Talking dumb...UT saying that the NCAA white elephant in the room is not hurting this team. How could it not? The other teams fans yelling "Lier" "cheater" and the team being asked over and over about Bruce and the NCAA. No matter what the future holds. Bruce will be labeled a lier. Could players or parents really over look that? Maybe in time...maybe not. I like Bruce, But, I think it is best for UT and him to go separate ways. I would love for UT to find a young coach like Butler's Coach Stevens to come in and put this whole mess behind UT.

Exactly!! Even the one last second win we had at GA was really a stupid play by Williams that just went our favor. I believe the game was tied. Williams goes over the GA defender back to tip another missed 3 attempt. If a foul would have been called, the GA guy would have two free throws to make one to end the game.
Just not smart basketball IQ.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to DoolanderVol:

Why would a Big East coach leave for the SEC? Buzz Williams is staying put.

Why would Sean Miller leave Arizona. He has just started to build a great basketball program. He is staying put.

I am pretty sure Pearl has already beaten Shaka Smart.

Gregg Marshall has yet to lead Wichita St. to the NCAA tournament.

My personal pick to become Tennessee's next coach.....Brad Stevens. I believe if he gets offered the right coaching job he will leave Butler.

Why would a Big East coach leave for the SEC? So he didn't have to wade through 10 or 12 other teams to get to the NCAAs every year. So he could make a good deal more money than he probably makes now, keep more of it, and live in a nicer city and climate. I'm not necessarily stumping for Miller or any other particular coach, but UT is not the basketball wasteland it used to be.

If I were to choose a couple of coaches I have seen this year from other parts of the country, they would be Jay Wright of Villanova and Mike Anderson of Missouri. I think either one would have the program trending toward the top in just a couple of years, even if they did have to start out on probation. I'm not necessarily saying we could get either of them, but both have proven themselves masters of guard-oriented offense, which is about all we will have for the next couple of years.

holleyab writes:

Bruce is so frustrated, i think he is at a loss as to why his players won't.....well....play? He's done everything he's always done, except.....he isn't winning nearly as much now. But we cannot forget, we never got blown out in any of those losses, UT is close to having a good team, but this just isn't out year.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to TheFuj:

Exactly!! Even the one last second win we had at GA was really a stupid play by Williams that just went our favor. I believe the game was tied. Williams goes over the GA defender back to tip another missed 3 attempt. If a foul would have been called, the GA guy would have two free throws to make one to end the game.
Just not smart basketball IQ.

Without disagreeing about the general lack of basketball IQ on this team, that particular play was not a demonstration of it, IMHO. In the first place, Brian wasn't over Price's back until Price backed into him. In the second place, if Brian HAD been called for a foul, it was while trying to make something good happen instead of standing around and hoping for it. We have had much less success standing around than we have when players were actually trying to make plays.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

There are certain players that should have a green light to shoot 3s and others that should not on each and every team. Lofton and Jujuan Smith would be examples of having a green light. On THIS team, Hopson would be the ONLY player that I would allow the green light to; and the rest would have to earn taking 3s by first proving they know WHEN to take them and having the ability to make them! For example, I don't think Harris needs to be taking any 3s; it's not his game! He should stay near the basket where other 4 and 5 players stay! I didn't like Wayne Chism shooting so many 3s either and he was better (at 3s) than Harris! This team has no commitment to the low post! Most of the time this team never works the ball into the paint other than trying to beat someone off the dribble! I really don't understand how in the world we beat Nova and Pitt; that seems like years ago! Until this team gets more balanced on offense, even if we get into any tourney, it will be one and done! I hope they prove me wrong, but facts are facts! STOP with the 3s!

jasvol writes:

Everyone putting down Pearl are a bunch of idiots. The guy CAN coach, he CAN recruit. He's proven that. He went to a Sweet 16 - LAST YEAR! Give the man a break. Yes, he committed recruiting violations (all coaches do and if you say No- your a COMPLETE idiot- PERIOD). He came clean. Yes, this is an off year for EVERYONE. He has a good group of recruits coming in so next year will be a more typical BB team. Negative fans, come off your pedestal and be a REAL fan by supporting the team in the hardtimes. If not go be a fan of Duke or N.C. were they never have bad years.

The_Mayor writes:

in response to jasvol:

Everyone putting down Pearl are a bunch of idiots. The guy CAN coach, he CAN recruit. He's proven that. He went to a Sweet 16 - LAST YEAR! Give the man a break. Yes, he committed recruiting violations (all coaches do and if you say No- your a COMPLETE idiot- PERIOD). He came clean. Yes, this is an off year for EVERYONE. He has a good group of recruits coming in so next year will be a more typical BB team. Negative fans, come off your pedestal and be a REAL fan by supporting the team in the hardtimes. If not go be a fan of Duke or N.C. were they never have bad years.

Are you a CBP fan or a UT fan? The final chapter has not been revealed in the "look what Bruce Pearl has done for UT's basketball program". In the end, he may have ultimately done more damage to the UT basketball program than anyone in history. We will find out in June in Inidanapolis. I am 4UT. I am not holier than thou or without transgressions, and I am not interested in judging Bruce Pearl. That's not my place. In my opinion, he is the basketball counterpart personality of what Lane Kiffin was for UT football. Very, very exciting from a marketing and the the ability to compete at the highest level, but will it have been worth it if he sold his soul and we become a national disgrace and lauging stock and quite possibly sorely penalized by the NCAA? No thank you.

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