Something amiss: Arkansas beats Tennessee, 68-65

Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez (31) and Tennessee forward John Fields (25) battle for control of a loose ball as Arkansas forward Delvon Johnson (21) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Photo by Beth Hall, Associated Press

Arkansas forward Michael Sanchez (31) and Tennessee forward John Fields (25) battle for control of a loose ball as Arkansas forward Delvon Johnson (21) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Fayetteville, Ark.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — It was a day filled with misses for the Tennessee men’s basketball team, including a potential game-tying 3-point shot at the buzzer.

The Vols opened the SEC season Saturday while missing head coach Bruce Pearl, who was sitting out the first game of an eight-game league suspension as a result of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the program.

The UT players said they also were missing the necessary intensity at the start of the game and missed assignments throughout the action.

The result was a 68-65 Arkansas victory over Tennessee before a rowdy crowd of 12,044 at Bud Walton Arena.

Associate head coach Tony Jones assumed the sideline duties while Pearl watched the game at the team hotel, barred from having any contact with the team until one hour after the final buzzer.

UT freshman Tobias Harris led the Vols with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but Harris misfired on an open 3-point attempt from the corner just before the buzzer sounded.

“I didn’t know how much time was left on the clock, and I kind of rushed it,’’ said Harris, whose shot sailed over the rim. “It wasn’t my regular shot.’’

Scotty Hopson scored 15 points for the Vols (10-5, 0-1 SEC) and Melvin Goins finished with 10, as UT rallied from a 13-point deficit with 8:21 remaining and from eight down at the 2:05 mark.

“We needed to play the whole game like we did those last seven minutes,’’ Harris said. “(Arkansas) came out strong and you could tell they had something to prove.’’

Center Delvon Johnson led the Razorbacks (11-3, 1-0) with 17 points, Rotnei Clarke had 15 and Marshawn Powell finished with 14.

Arkansas held a 30-29 lead at halftime, but Goins said the Vols had already damaged their hopes of winning by not taking better advantage of an early five-point lead.

“I don’t think it (Pearl’s suspension) was much of a distraction,’’ Goins said. “I just think they got some confidence early, and you can’t give an SEC team that kind of confidence in their own gym.

“I don’t know why we didn’t come out with that much energy, but it’s something that has to change.’’

Arkansas ran its record to 10-0 in its home arena after many wondered how the Razorbacks would respond after getting blown out Tuesday at No. 12 Texas, 79-46.

Arkansas answered that question by jumping to a 4-0 lead on two inside baskets by Powell and went on to outscore the Vols in the paint 34-30.

It was a surprising advantage; UT out-rebounded Arkansas 38-24, including 18 on the offensive glass.

“The second and multiple opportunities we didn’t hit really hurt us,’’ said Jones, who has been Pearl’s top assistant the past 10 seasons at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UT. “We failed to finalize around the basket; it has been an Achilles’ heel for our big guys this year.’’

So have missed free throws.

Jeronne Maymon and Brian Williams missed the front end of one-and-one situations within a one-minute span as the Razorbacks took their largest lead of the game, 57-44, on a Jeff Peterson layup.

Arkansas’ high ball screens proved effective, with Julysses Nobles dishing out most of his eight assists after penetrating.

“There was some miscommunication on the ball screens,” Goins said.

But the Vols’ defense clamped down late, holding the Razorbacks without a field goal over the final 3:27.

A Hopson 3-pointer cut the lead to 66-63 with one minute remaining before Johnson split a pair of free throws with 30.6 seconds left to boost the lead back to four.

John Fields dunked with 21.9 seconds left to pull UT within 67-65, and when Peterson hit only one of two free throws with 19.3 seconds left to make it 68-65, the Vols had a window of opportunity.

Goins dribbled around frantically, probing the lane before finding Harris open in the corner.

“I’d like to get it to Scotty or Cameron (Tatum), but they weren’t open,’’ Goins said, “I probed until we had a good look.’’

Harris started the season 7-of-10 shooting the 3-pointer, but over the past eight games he’s 1-of-18 shooting beyond the arc.

“We left a lot of points out there on the court, and you can’t do that in an SEC road game,’’ Jones said. “To our guys’ credit, we came back and had an opportunity to make a play and send it to overtime.

“But to not come out with the right intensity level and ready to play, that’s something we’ll address.’’

UT returns to action at 9 p.m. Tuesday (TV: ESPN) at Thompson-Boling Arena against Florida (12-3, 1-0), which beat Ole Miss (12-4, 0-1) on Saturday night, 77-71.

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TopTenn writes:

Oh well nothing changes. We continue to lose to horrible teams.

Katphan29 writes:

Winning on the road in the SEC is tough to do...

sambad writes:

If Hopson could hold onto the ball we might be able to win some games. He also commits a lot of senseless fouls. There's no use to shove a guy when he is dunking the ball.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

How big of a adjustment is it to tell Melvin to not pressure the ball and stay back and not let Nobles go around him. All they done all day was let Nobles go around Melvin and then one of our bigs would step up and he would through it to their man. Over and over. Great job Tony Jones.

volaholic45 writes:

I didn't think Jones has the refs' respect, being a temp. He expressed himself to the refs "in his way," as he calls it, but they practically b@#ch-slapped him a couple of times, and told him to go sit down and like it. I'm not sure his way carries as much weight with the players, either.

rockytopnation16 writes:

I can't take these close, poorly-officiated games. So many little mistakes and bad calls cost us. Still the worst part was the last play. Lets give it to Tobias with 1 second on the clock. Works every time.

samjcarroll writes:

all vol fans should boycott gameday next week. as a fan base we should mobilize and leave that place empty. dont support the slander of our coach.

Vol_Jokes writes:

Awww.. did the Vols lose another one? Ever noticed that under Pearl anytime you do something good you follow it up with a bad or a lot of bad?

To FredKnox and CollierVol you classy guys. It's not wise to post trash over on the Memphis site. Fred posts regularly and some clown named CollierVol came over and posted his trash..only after the Vols won the game. You know that's what started the Memphis fans coming over to this site and posting trash several years back. Just remember, Memphis will be back they always have been and the Vols...well they are the vols and it seems they don't know how to succeed. You're just invitiing the Memphis trolls to head back over and talk trash when you guys are down and Memphis is back up. Don't complain when it happens. When you have trash like FredKnox and CollierVol over on our site talking trash it's just inviting the Memphis trolls to come over and raise some Vol blood pressure. Besides that if you look at the Vols the last 7 or 8 games their is nothing to brag about and let's not mention that embarrassing football meltdown last week.....So plese don't commit anymore 'personal fouls' over on the memphis site.

pennvols writes:

put the interum coach tag on jones. release pearl.try to save season and tennessee dignity. espn nailed it on the head this morning. the head coach is there to mold these young men. telling lies and telling them to lie is not proper coaching assets.

givehim6 writes:

UT lost the game at the line, I counted 3 or 4 times UT went to the freethrow line in the last 5 min. of the game and missed every shot. If at least 3 were made we win! OK now we got or L out of the way in SEC play lets kick UF's butt and win out for CBP.

beetlebomb7 writes:

The story should not have been about Harris missing the three. The story was this. Hopson lets his man blow by him 9, that's right, 9 times of which the Hogs scored 7 of them. Then he also turns ball over several times. The boy cannot dribble. When he tries to the ball is 4 feet away from his body. And , boing , the ball is going the other way. You people who bash the Pearl kid are way off. I what? , less than 1 1/2 minutes he steals the ball and the Vols are within 4. Then he boxes out causing the shot clock to expire. Guys , give me 3 Pearls and 2 Harris' and I will beat lots of teams.If not for Hopson we win. Sure there were others who messed up,but, not at the crucial times Hopson did.

DoolanderVol (Inactive) writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Here you go again just looking for attention and giving us a reason to laugh at you. You do realize that our WAC coach that has never won a game over a ranked team, with a losing record beat your sorry football team on your home field. Not only that but Vandy is chasing Tennessee in basketball. Tennessee is the last team in the state to make the elite eight. You better hope Vandy makes the tourney and they don't have to play Murray St. again.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to Vol_Jokes:

Awww.. did the Vols lose another one? Ever noticed that under Pearl anytime you do something good you follow it up with a bad or a lot of bad?

To FredKnox and CollierVol you classy guys. It's not wise to post trash over on the Memphis site. Fred posts regularly and some clown named CollierVol came over and posted his trash..only after the Vols won the game. You know that's what started the Memphis fans coming over to this site and posting trash several years back. Just remember, Memphis will be back they always have been and the Vols...well they are the vols and it seems they don't know how to succeed. You're just invitiing the Memphis trolls to head back over and talk trash when you guys are down and Memphis is back up. Don't complain when it happens. When you have trash like FredKnox and CollierVol over on our site talking trash it's just inviting the Memphis trolls to come over and raise some Vol blood pressure. Besides that if you look at the Vols the last 7 or 8 games their is nothing to brag about and let's not mention that embarrassing football meltdown last week.....So plese don't commit anymore 'personal fouls' over on the memphis site.

104-84. Now head on back to the Memphis site.

NYvolFan writes:

New coach, same old constant substitutions...what was McBee doing in there so much in the 1st half? I'll tell you what...shooting air-balls and playing no defense. Notice how silent Cam was? I wonder why when it's musical chairs in and out of the game constantly. Are we so poorly conditioned that our best players need so much rest?

I'm tired of this. NIT. Mark it down.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Learned two things from this game.
1. So much for the ten men rotation that worked so well against Memphis. He could not resist but play 11 when Arkansas barely played 9 players.
2. I was sitting here debating if I would rather have Mcbee or that Clarke kid from Arkansas. I mean is there a reason that Mcbrick plays so much.

utjunkie writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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If you are vanderbilt fan why do come on this site? All you do is grip and complain about UT.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to Vol_Jokes:

Awww.. did the Vols lose another one? Ever noticed that under Pearl anytime you do something good you follow it up with a bad or a lot of bad?

To FredKnox and CollierVol you classy guys. It's not wise to post trash over on the Memphis site. Fred posts regularly and some clown named CollierVol came over and posted his trash..only after the Vols won the game. You know that's what started the Memphis fans coming over to this site and posting trash several years back. Just remember, Memphis will be back they always have been and the Vols...well they are the vols and it seems they don't know how to succeed. You're just invitiing the Memphis trolls to head back over and talk trash when you guys are down and Memphis is back up. Don't complain when it happens. When you have trash like FredKnox and CollierVol over on our site talking trash it's just inviting the Memphis trolls to come over and raise some Vol blood pressure. Besides that if you look at the Vols the last 7 or 8 games their is nothing to brag about and let's not mention that embarrassing football meltdown last week.....So plese don't commit anymore 'personal fouls' over on the memphis site.

If you don't come on here posting about how much of an idiot you are, then we won't go over to your lame Tiger website. If you come here posting stupid stuff like this then all you can expect in return is more trash talk. That's how the world works loser.

This pathetic Vol team as you put managed to utterly crush your team, so I don't see what you have to talk smack to us about. That just makes your team look worse

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

New coach, same old constant substitutions...what was McBee doing in there so much in the 1st half? I'll tell you what...shooting air-balls and playing no defense. Notice how silent Cam was? I wonder why when it's musical chairs in and out of the game constantly. Are we so poorly conditioned that our best players need so much rest?

I'm tired of this. NIT. Mark it down.

Exactly. I have to laugh when I hear that we have so much depth that it is a problem. I mean play 8 or 9 like everyone else and see what happens. Ternce Jones will get freshman of the year because he plays ten more minutes a game then Harris does.

TennVol01 writes:

SEC and UT officials: 1
Bruce Pearl: 0

And the NCAA has yet to implement their sanctions. Going to be a long season.

Although the head coach should not have to be on the court with all the talent that UT has, it was very apparent that an assistant coach is not affective. These players should be embarrassed with their poor play today. Shows a lot of disrespect to Bruce Pearl.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Our WAC coach managed to put a SPANKING on your amazingly talented DEAD LAST DORES. So until you beat us, you have nothing to say, except make yourself look stupid. Please go on Vandy trash.

midnite__VOL writes:

One game down and seven to go, the plot thickens.

seaplane#216536 writes:

What an ugly game to watch. I should've gone out an cut the grass.

Orangeblood13 writes:

No clue at end game
None

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to Vol_Jokes:

Awww.. did the Vols lose another one? Ever noticed that under Pearl anytime you do something good you follow it up with a bad or a lot of bad?

To FredKnox and CollierVol you classy guys. It's not wise to post trash over on the Memphis site. Fred posts regularly and some clown named CollierVol came over and posted his trash..only after the Vols won the game. You know that's what started the Memphis fans coming over to this site and posting trash several years back. Just remember, Memphis will be back they always have been and the Vols...well they are the vols and it seems they don't know how to succeed. You're just invitiing the Memphis trolls to head back over and talk trash when you guys are down and Memphis is back up. Don't complain when it happens. When you have trash like FredKnox and CollierVol over on our site talking trash it's just inviting the Memphis trolls to come over and raise some Vol blood pressure. Besides that if you look at the Vols the last 7 or 8 games their is nothing to brag about and let's not mention that embarrassing football meltdown last week.....So plese don't commit anymore 'personal fouls' over on the memphis site.

So, you justify your existence on here b/c two UT fans post over on the MEmphis site. You're pathetic. Whatever happened to being "above the fray"? You sound like the 9-year-old who says "he started it" after getting caught punching his brother. Get a life, troll.

samvol writes:

we need to start from scratch beginning from the top.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Arkansas starters played 37 32 32 27 and 27 minutes. Tenn starters played 29 29 28 26 and 23 minutes. Thats right folks. Arkansas best player played 37 minutes and our two best players played 28 and 29 minutes. Their starters played 20 minutes more then ours and people wonder why we lose.

tmartin writes:

This game was cursed the minute S Pearl got in the game.

Hopson was a no show when the game was on the line, he went and hid becuase he knows he is a bust; he made no attempt whatsoever to get open and get a three. But thats probably best, he would just dribbled it off his leg in the process.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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...still beat Vanderbilt, though, didn't he?

gillblog writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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To me, your #8 is the most critical and supportable point. All other mistakes, mis-alignments, poor execution, bad clock management, all those things are completely irrelevant at the free throw line. All teams in all the history of basketball have troubles executing plays and managing defenses. Good plays and players come and go in a game. Good coaching or bad coaching can always be debated in any game, but free throws are totally independent of every other game condition. No strategy involved there. Nobody defends, nobody posts, nobody breaks or dishes when free throws are going on. Make the free throws and win games. How many times have great coaches said that free throws will win you 'x'-number of games by themselves.

midnite__VOL writes:

McBee played the "ole'" defense under the goal today, just ran away from player and it led to a dunk.

Pullingguard writes:

If anyone is concerned about Hopson leaving the program for the NBA// They should not be... for Hopson presently is not NBA material that would warrent a draft slot//

tmartin writes:

in response to beetlebomb7:

The story should not have been about Harris missing the three. The story was this. Hopson lets his man blow by him 9, that's right, 9 times of which the Hogs scored 7 of them. Then he also turns ball over several times. The boy cannot dribble. When he tries to the ball is 4 feet away from his body. And , boing , the ball is going the other way. You people who bash the Pearl kid are way off. I what? , less than 1 1/2 minutes he steals the ball and the Vols are within 4. Then he boxes out causing the shot clock to expire. Guys , give me 3 Pearls and 2 Harris' and I will beat lots of teams.If not for Hopson we win. Sure there were others who messed up,but, not at the crucial times Hopson did.

That would be too easy to defend. Double team both the Harris players and put the other guy in front of goal to defend the three Pearls. They would never score.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Started the SEC against a pretty tough team on the road...
The sky isn't falling yet.

airship writes:

hopson is a joke.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to seaplane#216536:

What an ugly game to watch. I should've gone out an cut the grass.

dam, cut the grass, why not the beach?

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Are you kidding me? Tony Jones just said Hrris was winded out and he played 28 minutes.lamo. These coaches are a joke. I bet that Johnson guy that played 37 minutes could not make it off the floor.haha!!! My support for this team because of the coaches stops today!!!!!

bigdisbig writes:

I don't know why any of you are surprised at the loss. Arkansas is not a good team. Tennessee loses to bad teams. Tony Jones will never make a good head coach. He blew his chance today against an inferior team......just another ridiculous loss.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Vol_Jokes:

Awww.. did the Vols lose another one? Ever noticed that under Pearl anytime you do something good you follow it up with a bad or a lot of bad?

To FredKnox and CollierVol you classy guys. It's not wise to post trash over on the Memphis site. Fred posts regularly and some clown named CollierVol came over and posted his trash..only after the Vols won the game. You know that's what started the Memphis fans coming over to this site and posting trash several years back. Just remember, Memphis will be back they always have been and the Vols...well they are the vols and it seems they don't know how to succeed. You're just invitiing the Memphis trolls to head back over and talk trash when you guys are down and Memphis is back up. Don't complain when it happens. When you have trash like FredKnox and CollierVol over on our site talking trash it's just inviting the Memphis trolls to come over and raise some Vol blood pressure. Besides that if you look at the Vols the last 7 or 8 games their is nothing to brag about and let's not mention that embarrassing football meltdown last week.....So plese don't commit anymore 'personal fouls' over on the memphis site.

We may be bad,but our bad put an arss whipping on you.You dumb b$#@.

midnite__VOL writes:

Oh look it is snowing out.

kdub writes:

in response to NYvolFan:

New coach, same old constant substitutions...what was McBee doing in there so much in the 1st half? I'll tell you what...shooting air-balls and playing no defense. Notice how silent Cam was? I wonder why when it's musical chairs in and out of the game constantly. Are we so poorly conditioned that our best players need so much rest?

I'm tired of this. NIT. Mark it down.

man this team is hard to watch, i barely watched any of the Memphis game b/c of little interest which has never happened and almost turned off this phooey today. a few observations:
1. Williams is weak, lazy, has zero post moves and sucks at FTs and talks back to the coaches which is why he needs to sit IMMEDIATELY
2. Hopson is weak, lazy, has zero ball handling skills and refuses to play defense
3. Goins repeatedly gets beaten by small guards like him and dribbles way toO frikking much
4. Our team has an inflated opinion of themselves bc they sleepwalk when playing crappy teams, watch and see Ark will get run off floor their next game
5. We better get some quick guards next season (jones and ware??) cuz we simply can't guard quick guards, our whole team looks slow as molasses
6. Since Pearl has been here you could always count on team playing hard with a sense of urgency and that is obviously gone this year
7. Our bigs offer no offense and suck at FTs so they are offensive liability
8. Welcome to the NIT or possibly that other crappy postseason tourney which no one watches

Vols7Twins writes:

in response to beetlebomb7:

The story should not have been about Harris missing the three. The story was this. Hopson lets his man blow by him 9, that's right, 9 times of which the Hogs scored 7 of them. Then he also turns ball over several times. The boy cannot dribble. When he tries to the ball is 4 feet away from his body. And , boing , the ball is going the other way. You people who bash the Pearl kid are way off. I what? , less than 1 1/2 minutes he steals the ball and the Vols are within 4. Then he boxes out causing the shot clock to expire. Guys , give me 3 Pearls and 2 Harris' and I will beat lots of teams.If not for Hopson we win. Sure there were others who messed up,but, not at the crucial times Hopson did.

That was not a shot clock violation, Pearl bailed them out with a foul with 1 sec. on the clock.

BigOSammO writes:

A MESSAGE FROM BIG B WILLIAMS:

Hi. My name is Big B Williams! I am 6'10" and play basketball all day everyday, yet I can not make a free shot from 15 feet in front of the basket. In fact, I missed 4 of those today. Uh oh. I do not exert much effort in helping my team win -- nor can I jump high enough to dunk the ball, even though I can grab the rim flat-footed. tee hee. Sometimes rebounds fall into my hands though, since I outsize everybody. That doesn't take effort and that's why I love rebounding!!! I am very big you know, and my hope is that since I take up so much room on the floor, that I will continue to get some PT, keep my scholarship, and keep playing video games at Gibbs! Ladies: Tweet at ya boy!

P.S. - If we make the Big Dance, I'm gonna step my game up bc I will be on National TV and that's what gets me hype! That or if you talk trash to me on Twitter. I just love love love social media! Please wave at me as I walk up and down the court for the rest of our games! Oh, and if my head's down bc I'm pouting, just try me again the next time down!

Holla and GBO!

-BBW

TennVol01 writes:

When the five players on the court are hot and scoring .... why does UT bench them? At most, they let players play about four minutes, then sit them down to get ice cold. These athletes are in tip top shape and can play the whole game without getting too tired. If you have a hot five playing really well, let them play until they have a big lead. Jeeezzzzz. It makes me so upset to see our starters sitting on the bench, staring at the floor.

DebKY writes:

It was a disappointing loss, along with the news of an upcoming contract for Pearl. I don't expect him to be able to recruit any future NBA players with his tainted reputation. Unsuccessful future for the VOLS.
The rotation continues to be eratic for the VOLS which is the responsibility of the coaches.
I don't know why McBee played! Pearl got lucky with the steal, but wasn't tall enough to pull down a rebound!
Goins played out of control at times and Hopson had difficulty dribbling the ball!
Harris is just a freshman, but is no doubt the best player on the team!
There has been some good news today. Pitt took down the baby Cats, and Georgia is pouring it on Cal!
Hamilton, plase hire a Coach who has not only a winning record, but is respected so that we don't have to listen to the trash during the entire game!

govolsrpa writes:

Our post play continues to struggle around the rim. Maymon has no offensive skill but bangs and rebounds, a shorter Williams.We have only one NBA future player in Harris,and he needs at least one more year. And not only one NBA player but no one else will play any professional ball any where. So much for that wonderful depth. Its just a game however as GOD has given us another day to enjoy with our families and come together on Sunday to worship HIM through HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. Galatians 2:20

ctownvol writes:

in response to Vol_Jokes:

Awww.. did the Vols lose another one? Ever noticed that under Pearl anytime you do something good you follow it up with a bad or a lot of bad?

To FredKnox and CollierVol you classy guys. It's not wise to post trash over on the Memphis site. Fred posts regularly and some clown named CollierVol came over and posted his trash..only after the Vols won the game. You know that's what started the Memphis fans coming over to this site and posting trash several years back. Just remember, Memphis will be back they always have been and the Vols...well they are the vols and it seems they don't know how to succeed. You're just invitiing the Memphis trolls to head back over and talk trash when you guys are down and Memphis is back up. Don't complain when it happens. When you have trash like FredKnox and CollierVol over on our site talking trash it's just inviting the Memphis trolls to come over and raise some Vol blood pressure. Besides that if you look at the Vols the last 7 or 8 games their is nothing to brag about and let's not mention that embarrassing football meltdown last week.....So plese don't commit anymore 'personal fouls' over on the memphis site.

"...they don't know how to succeed"

Maybe the UT basketball team doesn't handle prosperity well, but what they did handle quite easily was the Tiger High team. 20 point wins by UT over Mempuss is reason enough for you people to shut up until next year when it's time to make idle threats. Now go away little brother. Never forget that we run this state!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Until Tennessee gets a viable, reliable, consistent INSIDE presence (Ex: a true Center), who can get 15 points per game and 15 rebounds per game, we will lose games we shouldn't. Tennessee has not had a true center during Pearl's tenure.

I love Pearl's enthusiasm; however, his basketball strategy is based on outside shooting first, and this is the exact opposite of core basketball principles. When we're hitting, it's great; but when we're missing shots, Pearl's system is no fun to watch because we then try to go inside to players who don't have the ability to put the ball in the basket. What happens? Teams pack it in and make us take perimeter shots. This goes on and on until we finally make one.

Until we can get a true BIG, we'll see regular frustrations. No "big man" is ever going to develop in Pearl's system or get looks because we rely too much on outside shooting. If we have a true BIG, then teams will drop back inside to help defend and it'll open up perimeter shots. Until then, we'll remain frustrated at our perimeter players going "one on one" and taking bad looks.

All that said, I'm just a hoop fan and Vol fan. There's a reason Bruce gets paid the big bucks and I don't. I wish the team the best and hope they can get this straightened out soon.

TennVol01 writes:

in response to midnite__VOL:

McBee played the "ole'" defense under the goal today, just ran away from player and it led to a dunk.

McBee and Pearl are the least talented players on the team. They should never play unless we have a 20 point lead i.e. Tyler Summit. Every time McBee came in the game today, UT lost ground. I like Pearl's big body under the boards, but why little McBee was standing under the goal I will never understand. As a low talent player myself, I knew my place on the team.

baldingalum writes:

All in all, the kids played hard... I'm not sure who I'm more upset with - Pearl or Slive.

midnite__VOL writes:

I wonder if the sticking point of CBP contract is SP's playing time?

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