Bruce Pearl looking for leadership and attention to detail

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Leadership and attention to detail are two attributes Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will be looking for in his players this week.

Pearl said he'll need every minute of every day to get the No. 9-seeded Vols (19-14) ready for their NCAA tournament opener against No. 8-seeded Michigan (20-13) on Friday (TV: truTV, 12:40 p.m.) at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

“Michigan is a very very tough matchup, and a very interesting opponent,'' Pearl said on Monday's SEC coaches teleconference. “Their style of play is as unique as I've seen in a long time.''

The Wolverines run a motion offense with principles similar to Princeton's, while on defense they use an effective 1-3-1 zone.

Pearl said Michigan's somewhat unconventional approach will lead to some very important practices for UT this week.

“We'll need the time,'' he said. “It's as unique a preparation as there is in college basketball.''

Pearl said the Vols will need to break their recent trend of letting down in the second half, and vocal leadership and attention to detail will be key.

“We have lost a lot of leads in the second half, but we've probably won more of those games than we have lost,'' Pearl said. “But our second-half defense has not been as good, because when the defense is in front of my bench, we can coach them up a bit, help communicate, help anticipate what's coming.''

Teams play defense in front of their bench in the first half, and away from their bench in the second half.

“As far as the killer instinct is concerned. I would say maybe coming out of halftime we have to play with a great deal of energy in order to be effective with what we do and sometimes guys are more excited about starting a game than starting a half,'' he said. “We've got to find a way to have that same kind of intensity, and not take three or four possessions before we get ourselves warmed up a bit.''

Pearl said his players will need to be vocal in their communication on defense, and Pearl acknowledged the Vols have not had a strong vocal leader since Dane Bradshaw played for him 2006-07.

“I think Dane was a glue guy, and he made the CBS all-glue teams and things like that, and he was a great leader and a great communicator, and we don't have that,'' Pearl said. “There are other strengths we have, but certainly that leadership on the floor, that vocal leadership, would be something we miss.''

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RememberTheVols writes:

"Leadership and attention to detail are two attributes Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will be looking for in his players this week."

If you can't look in a mirror and see this, how can you expect it from those you coach?

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to TheMemphisSlim:

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Funny. I'm pretty sure I saw Memphis's entire team doing this after getting piss-whipped (again) by our underachieving Vols this year. Oh well, such is life.

rbwusa writes:

Stop your Self Righteous(Judging)comments YOU are no better man than Burce Pearl. WE all deserve Second Chances. He would be very hard to replace. Go Big Orange I really want to Play Duke to see how they match with a Pearl Team and please remember in college they are still Kids sometimes sports gets to their head and their ego's are little to big hopefully Tn's backetball team this year realizes you must be even more dedicated to make it all the way. We're pulling for ya!

MusicCityVol writes:

Pearl has his issues off the court. He will face the music in June. On the court, however, there is no way to view his 6 years as anything but the greatest in UT history.

Six Consecutive NCAA Berths is Hallowed Ground
http://checkerboardchatter.blogspot.c...

calvolfromkingsport writes:

in response to TheMemphisSlim:

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Then act like it you cunger.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to rbwusa:

Stop your Self Righteous(Judging)comments YOU are no better man than Burce Pearl. WE all deserve Second Chances. He would be very hard to replace. Go Big Orange I really want to Play Duke to see how they match with a Pearl Team and please remember in college they are still Kids sometimes sports gets to their head and their ego's are little to big hopefully Tn's backetball team this year realizes you must be even more dedicated to make it all the way. We're pulling for ya!

Who is Burce Pearl??? He is a liar too I bet

commonman writes:

in response to rbwusa:

Stop your Self Righteous(Judging)comments YOU are no better man than Burce Pearl. WE all deserve Second Chances. He would be very hard to replace. Go Big Orange I really want to Play Duke to see how they match with a Pearl Team and please remember in college they are still Kids sometimes sports gets to their head and their ego's are little to big hopefully Tn's backetball team this year realizes you must be even more dedicated to make it all the way. We're pulling for ya!

I thought this was his second chance, didn't he do the same thing at UW-M?

tulelakevol writes:

whiners and tide fans, losers and gators, only one thing in common, just a bunch of haters.

GO Big Orange!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

We may win or we may lose. Our chances are good all the way to the Final 4! BPearl WILL at least have them ready enough to know what to expect. Michigan for us may be as tough as Duke? I won't get to watch that one because the deciding idiots have the game in the afternoon Friday!??? Maybe that'll bring us some luck.lol

VOLDoll writes:

in response to RememberTheVols:

"Leadership and attention to detail are two attributes Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will be looking for in his players this week."

If you can't look in a mirror and see this, how can you expect it from those you coach?

Exactly!

VolNationPride writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

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Your post is just pompous at best. Every university out there does something that is against the rules, you just don't see it. More coaches out there lie to the NCAA than you know too, it is just a matter of if they get caught or in Bruce's case let them know yourself. (Go ahead and spit your hate PearlMustGo, I know it is coming)

Buzz couldn't do anything with his recruits, Bruce did, so what does that say for Bruce? Pretty much says he is a great coach who knows how to develop players since he took players from another coach and did better than the previous. He also took HIS players to the elite 8 last year, how many other schools did that last year? Oh right, just 7 others, I think that is pretty good.

Bruce won't be going anywhere(Spit your hate on this one too), unless he does resign which I say he won't since he sit around this long only to be chastised by every media outlet and fans who don't deserve to wear the color orange. It is fans like you who bring shame on this University, not Bruce. I use the term "fan" lightly in this case.

VolNationPride writes:

in response to commonman:

I thought this was his second chance, didn't he do the same thing at UW-M?

I believe you would be hard pressed to not committ secondary violations if you were the coach. Actually, I 100% guarantee anyone on this board could not go in and coach without a secondary violation. As far as I know, he did not lie at UW-M, so yes this is his second chance.

eb502us#225637 writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

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No matter how many mistakes Pearl makes or how low he may have stooped, nobody will ever compare with Buzz Peterson. He'd throw his mother under the bus if given the opportunity. Just ask his assistants.

The name zzuB nosreteP should be a forbidden word by all Vol fans.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

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Short buses have internet access?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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It happens by April 1 or it doesn't happen at all. June/July/August is no time to go shopping for a new coach.

If it doesn't happen are you going to stop repeating yourself expecting everyone else to agree with you? Definition of insanity isn't it?

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

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You aren't much of a person are you? Why don't you resign your position? I'm sure it would make many people happy.Well,maybe not.There isn't much demand for bottom feeders.

PeeEllthree writes:

in response to ztopia:

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The only chasm you sense is voldoll

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to ztopia:

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Nope. Just message board messiahs bi*ching us to death.

rdrgtr writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

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You are an idiot. People kill me when they get on this forum and make comments that are not true and loose all credibility. The very first year that all recruits on the floor were CBP and not Buzz Peterson's, the vols went to the The Elite 8 and were 1 possesion away from a Final 4...yes, you are still an idiot.

GreeneVol writes:

I love March Madness, and our team is still in it! Wouldn't that be something to somehow advance to the Sweet Sixteen this year? Bruce knows this is his chance to shine after all the mud that has been slung his way; don't think any team we play isn't going to get our best shot. You still just never know with this team and that's what gives us fans a bit of hope.

I'VE GOT IT - Scotty can shave his head for the tourney! lol..jis'funnin'yall

Go Bruce Go - to the Sweet Sixteen & beyond!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to GreeneVol:

I love March Madness, and our team is still in it! Wouldn't that be something to somehow advance to the Sweet Sixteen this year? Bruce knows this is his chance to shine after all the mud that has been slung his way; don't think any team we play isn't going to get our best shot. You still just never know with this team and that's what gives us fans a bit of hope.

I'VE GOT IT - Scotty can shave his head for the tourney! lol..jis'funnin'yall

Go Bruce Go - to the Sweet Sixteen & beyond!

It would most certainly be CBP's best coaching job if the Vols make the Sweet Sixteen this year. That would mean they got by Duke in Charlotte in the second game. Not saying it just CAN'T happen, but I wouldn't bet my life savings on it. I surely wouldn't bet a week's pay against a million dollars on it.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'd love to see us beat Uconn! More than Duke. Boys AND Girls Tourney! Course we gotta beat Michigan and Duke 1st.

calvolfromkingsport writes:

in response to TheMemphisSlim:

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That's the best you can do...lol!

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