Vols Golden against UNC Greensboro, 92-63

Tennessee guard Trae Golden (11) shoots past UNC-Greensboro's Taylor Hoffer (51) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Tennessee won 92-63. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

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Tennessee guard Trae Golden (11) shoots past UNC-Greensboro's Taylor Hoffer (51) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Tennessee won 92-63. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

Trae Golden lost 17 pounds cutting out fried foods

It was all about the treys - and Trae - for Tennessee on Friday night.

Sophomore point guard Trae Golden erupted with career highs of 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and the Vols shot a collective 15 of 24 from beyond the 3-point line.

It added up to a 92-63 season-opening triumph over the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before a crowd of 17,483 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Golden was 5-of-9 shooting beyond the 3-point arc and scored on three, three-point plays against the Southern Conference's Spartans.

"It's a great feeling when you have this type of fan support and energy,'' said UT coach Cuonzo Martin, asked about his regular-season debut. "It's humbling to be head coach anywhere, but to be the head coach at Tennessee is certainly an honor and a privilege I don't take for granted.

"Our guys are hungry to be good, they have a passion to play, and they play with a chip on their shoulder.''

Golden is performing like he has something to prove. Golden made only one start last season — ironically, against Martin and Missouri State. UNCG gave him a golden opportunity to show his improved shooting.

"I felt they challenged me to shoot the three,'' said Golden, whose previous career-high scoring was eight points. "I only shot about 25 percent (6 of 33, 18.2 percent, from 3-point range) last season, so I would challenge me, too.''

UT's 15 made 3-pointers fell one short of the school's single-game record of 16, reached on five occasions. The Vols shot 64.6 percent from the floor in the game, the best team effort since UT made 64.9 percent in a 109-40 win over Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 20, 2007. The Vols ascended to their first No. 1 ranking and finished that historic regular season as SEC champions rated No. 1 in the RPI rankings and No. 1 in schedule strength.

Appropriately enough, former Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton, the SEC's all-time leading 3-point shooter and the captain of UT's 31-5 2007-08 team, was court side Friday.

UT was off and running from the opening tip, jumping to an 8-0 lead on baskets by Jeronne Maymon (career-high 15 points), Jordan McRae (career-high 14 points) and Golden.

The score was 13-2 before UNCG, which returned four starters from last season's 7-24 squad, scored its first field goal.

The Vols extended their lead with a 12-2 run at the end of the first half for a 49-30 advantage heading to the locker room.

Golden scored 19 points in the opening 20 minutes, including three straight treys, before Martin took him out for good with 8:02 left to play and UT leading 79-53.

Renaldo Woolridge had 11 points, marking the first time the senior scored in double figures since UT beat then-No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 10, 2010, when Woolridge had 14 points.

Guard Korey Van Dussen led UNCG with 12 points.

It was UT's 20th consecutive home-opening win and 13th straight season-opening victory. Martin's the eighth consecutive UT men's basketball coach to win his first game.

The Vols return to action Wednesday against Louisiana Monroe. Game time is 7 p.m. The game will not be televised.

Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32

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sandiegovolunteer writes:

nice job boys!

bmaples writes:

Congrats to the Vols! Good way to start the season, and to build some confidence. Glad to see Golden play well. VFL!

born2ride writes:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Fully realize that it was just UNCG, but I wasn't expect 92 points or a 29 point win..It exceeded my expectations by a long shot..My only complaint is that the offensive rebounding wasn't as good as I would have liked, but Coach Martin will emphasize that aspect of the game at the next practice because he seems like he is a very thorough coach..Enjoyed watching a team play DISCIPLINED and GOOD DEFENSE because every shot was contested.

Smokey says not bad for the 1st game under a new coach..

ACWLY writes:

Very impressed with Coach Martin and the 2011 Vols first game. Even saw a hint of team play!

volfanmatt writes:

I wonder how long it will be before Westknoxjerk or Borntojerk comments on how we will have a terrible season because we only won by 29 and if we were Kentucky we would have won by 50? I think we are off to a good start and can build upon this victory. I'm not saying we will beat Duke or win the SEC but that I am going to give Coach Martin a chance to succeed. GO VOLS and McBee For Three!

elbtenn#502977 writes:

great to see free throws made

Flabbergasted writes:

I thought we shot the ball great, went to the basket with authority, got to the line and made the foul shots. Woolridge had some strong rebounds.

VolunteerLifer writes:

I think it was Griff who predicted a Volunteer win - by 4 points. He said UNC Greene would be a tough test. He said they were our equivalent. Looks like he was wrong about that.

Good win to begin the season. If a guard was their high scorer with only 12, I take it that inside defense was good. And with Maymon and Woolridge scoring almost 30 points, inside scoring must have been good.

Those who are whining about the newcomers need to remember that they are freshmen and will be learning and improving throughout the season. Yes, we lack depth of experience but if we can avoid injury we might be able to minimize that.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

b2r
I can't wait to here what you have to say when Martin loses his first game. You are so positive it scares me.

GerryOP writes:

in response to volfanmatt:

I wonder how long it will be before Westknoxjerk or Borntojerk comments on how we will have a terrible season because we only won by 29 and if we were Kentucky we would have won by 50? I think we are off to a good start and can build upon this victory. I'm not saying we will beat Duke or win the SEC but that I am going to give Coach Martin a chance to succeed. GO VOLS and McBee For Three!

Hell yes volfan, all these gloom-and-doomers predicitng failure before the 1st game is played! Maybe their schtick is that "If we predict the worse, we'll be greatful for anything better than that." I'm sure this westknox clown is already at work analysing the tapes to point out our shortcomings.

My prediction remains -- we'll win more than we lose and we'll finish better than 11 or 12 in the SEC. Go Vols!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'm attempting to ignore born2ride and just talk about the team! WOW!!!?
64% shooting?? Who'd a thunk it? Not born2ride.
Oh and barn2rid u a dummy!
just sayin'

mocsandvolsfan writes:

OK that WAS NOT ok to call you a dummy burnuhide!uhhhbarn1tide? bornfreeride?

Golden for president!! Woolridge for VP
Maymon for Gov.

Sure would like to vote for McCrae on something. Tatum played well I think but didn't get many good ops to shoot.

carbonzip writes:

really beautiful all-around play by Golden. His scoring ability opened up his ability to distribute and he took advantage of it. Hall made some big steps in the right direction offensively. McRae played well and is exciting to watch, but stop with the hot dog antics already.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Impressive win, no matter how you slice it.

I know many will say it was UNCG, what's the big deal. But these guys had their hardest times against seemingly easier teams last year. From what I saw, these guys played a lot looser, like there wasn't any pressure. it could be that with the specter of NCAA big brother no longer looking over their shoulder, we may have yet to see the best out of this team. I, for one, am excited.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

Impressive win, no matter how you slice it.

I know many will say it was UNCG, what's the big deal. But these guys had their hardest times against seemingly easier teams last year. From what I saw, these guys played a lot looser, like there wasn't any pressure. it could be that with the specter of NCAA big brother no longer looking over their shoulder, we may have yet to see the best out of this team. I, for one, am excited.

yes...GO VOLS!!!

volpreacher writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

Where did you learn so much about basketball and football? With your knowledge you could coach both teams and save the university a lot of money. And where did you develop that positive attitude that you have for your so called team? Inquiring minds want to know.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

Well well well. A 29-point win, not bad at all. We didn't beat the Dallas Mavericks, but we did thump a team that many thought would give UT some trouble. 64% from the field, a good performance from the charity stripe, overall, not a bad start, guys. It seems that only one fan so far is disgusted with this kind of performance. He's probably still throwing things around his little bungalow.

movol77 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

"Our best players are the Pearl leftovers."

You're a genius.

out_of_town_vol_fan writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

born2ride - come on man. your lack of optimism stinks and clearly you don't know much about the history of the "pearl leftovers" as you put it.

last season as a freshman golden didn't do much, mcrae sat the bench most of the season, woolridge has struggled his entire career, maymon did little to support the vols last season, and tatum tonight looked like tatum. SO its unfair to expect much from the first year guys, no matter who recruited them.

give major credit to coach martin for getting this team ready to play. and i will certainly say that i'm am extremely impressed with the production he was able to bring out of a group of "pearl leftover" that were not particularly productive last season.

great win vols - especially the coaching.

1vavolfan writes:

Nice game, can't remember the last time a UT team shot this good from the field and the charity stripe. Last years team couldn't shoot 64% in an open gym.

GreeneVol writes:

I read nickname 'born2jerk' and it made me giggle...thanks volfanmatt. Amazing the dkweads that get on here and try to throw mud - keep wasting your time kids......

Encouraging game recap here; I didn't get to see any of it. Makes me want to tune in next time though. Good start, Zo & Co!

pupvol writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Nice game, can't remember the last time a UT team shot this good from the field and the charity stripe. Last years team couldn't shoot 64% in an open gym.

This team would've beat last years team I beleive and certainly would by late season! but that said, it's still the higher starred players carrying the scoring load! not worried about CCMs coaching but concerned over the recruiting!

UTbassdrummer writes:

On thea brink of record shooting sounds awesome. And yeah, its only UNCG, but there are cupcakes every year, and we only shot better than this against one. Good shooting is good shooting, and this team has INFINITELY fewer distractions than last year. Things feel steady for now. On to the next one!

HarryHood writes:

I was seriously concerned about who our breakout player would be this season (e.g. Hopson when he showed up). Golden obviously has the chops to be that guy. I just hope he can keep it up through the season.

iowavol writes:

Jesus Christ, Mary and St Joseph. Is it absolutely necessary for everyone on God's green earth to respond to lengthy diatribes of insignificance? What a waste of perfectly good cyberspace. Sure wish we had an ignore button.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

Same ole garbage
Dude do u ever get tired of hearing your
Own gloom and doom ? What's this we crud?
U have zero good to say about the vols
Moron

SneakyPete writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

UNCG is a Southern Conference team...from the same conference as College of Charleston, the team that these same Bruce Pearls leftovers lost to last year....from the same conference as Chattanooga, the team that beat Buzz Peterson's team and gave Bruce Pearl a job. They've gone to the dance several times and usually are not an easy win.

hueypilot writes:

In the overwhelming victory over a patsy home opener category tonight, Duke powered over those always tough Belmont (Bulldogs??? I don't know who they are, when my grandmother went to school there they were a girl's school) by a whopping 1 point at Cameron Indoor. I'll take Zo's 29 point coming out party against a UNC directional team anyday.

totoiv writes:

I went to the game. If the Vols can stay hot from the outside we will suprise a few people. The free throw shooting was much improved. But, our inside game was weak. If our outside shooters go cold we will be in trouble. Sometimes they launced a three and we had no one in the paint. Golden looked great.

VOLet_parking writes:

in response to SneakyPete:

UNCG is a Southern Conference team...from the same conference as College of Charleston, the team that these same Bruce Pearls leftovers lost to last year....from the same conference as Chattanooga, the team that beat Buzz Peterson's team and gave Bruce Pearl a job. They've gone to the dance several times and usually are not an easy win.

"gone to the dance several times" if by several you mean two, then yes, you are correct.

tennezz writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers because the rest are freshmen.

VolzsFan writes:

I saw Duke beat Belmont 77-76 tonight. I guess sometimes cupcakes age and get hard.

utjunkie writes:

92 points! I thought we were supposed to be all defense? Hope we can shoot like this the rest of the year.

VolzsFan writes:

20th ranked UCLA lost to Loyola Marymount.

1986sugarbowl writes:

I was more exited than an Ethiopian eating Krispy Kreme. When you shoot 64% from the floor and 62% from behind the line, you can beat anyone. It then boils down to turnovers and rebounding on the offensive glass. We didn't turn the ball over much, but we didn't do a great job at offensive boards. I know it's the first game, but I have a good feeling about the future if the program. We need some 6'9 to 6'11 athletes' to be strong against KY etc. What I like about Martin, is that he is all business. He is not worried about the camera, or putting on a show. BIG change from Pearl. He knows if he wins, the crowds will cheer!!

10SE writes:

We have something to cheer about! Go Big Orange!

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Anyone could easily see this blowout coming. It was easy money at the Vegas window. Pearl left UT with the Mr Basketball from two states plus other 4 star recruits. UNC Greensboro couldn't recruit a 4 star player. It's a nice win but lets be honest, it was not Kentucky or Vandy. A good win over a talentless team.

lyafarre writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

"Our best players are the Pearl leftovers"

I try to respect your attempts at analysis until I see comments like this. I mean, what's with this whole fatalistic attitude? Most real fans at this point are thinking, "ok, I'm curious to see what Coach Martin can do in his first year with a lack of height and talent in some key positions, and how he's going to recruit to make up for those missing pieces."
But you, sir, seem ready to forfeit the entire season. I mean, I can't figure out if you're a troll or just someone with a really pessimistic general outlook. As a rule, it's almost impossible to use performance against an outmatched opponent as a predictor of performance against equal or superior opponents.
Maybe you should keep your "analysis" to yourself until you've seen UT play against a team that you don't have to say, "whoever they are."

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Anyone could easily see this blowout coming. It was easy money at the Vegas window. Pearl left UT with the Mr Basketball from two states plus other 4 star recruits. UNC Greensboro couldn't recruit a 4 star player. It's a nice win but lets be honest, it was not Kentucky or Vandy. A good win over a talentless team.

I think Bruce left the cupboard pretty well stocked and I expect us to get to the NCAA tourney. I hope for his sake that Tatum doesn't become the eigth or nineth player in the rotation. It looks like that may happen. Practice and shoot, shoot, shoot Tater. Hard to the basket!!

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Anyone could easily see this blowout coming. It was easy money at the Vegas window. Pearl left UT with the Mr Basketball from two states plus other 4 star recruits. UNC Greensboro couldn't recruit a 4 star player. It's a nice win but lets be honest, it was not Kentucky or Vandy. A good win over a talentless team.

"I'm sure they will play hard this season and play defense. The problem lies in nobody can score on this team. After ranking 186 in field goal percentage last year, without the two scorers this team may rank below 200. Martin had better recruit some pure shooters quickly."

That was your quote from November 3rd. Keep Changing your story there Brett...it's what we have all come to expect. Regardless of which of your half dozen screen names you post under, you're consistently the biggest joke on this site.

lyafarre writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Anyone could easily see this blowout coming. It was easy money at the Vegas window. Pearl left UT with the Mr Basketball from two states plus other 4 star recruits. UNC Greensboro couldn't recruit a 4 star player. It's a nice win but lets be honest, it was not Kentucky or Vandy. A good win over a talentless team.

I'm pretty sure born2ride and professionalhandicapper are really the same poster using different names. Why someone would be so sad as to do this, I have no idea. If you look at their previous posts, though, it seems like they feed off of people reacting to the negativity of their posts.
It's like when my puppy barks...if I respond, that would just reinforce her bad behavior. Same thing goes with these trolls and their sick way of seeking attention.

STLVOLS writes:

in response to born2ride:

Congratulations to Coach Martin on his first win at Tennessee.

The Vols looked good but this was against UNCG, whoever they are. I am sure we will also beat LA Monroe, Asheville, ETSU, and Citadel the other cupcakes but it is not the same as playing teams like Kentucky and Duke.

We will find out in the Maui how we stack up against Duke and Michigan or Memphis. 1-2 is probable if can beat Chaminade.

Our best players are the Pearl leftovers. Golden could become one of the best point guards in the SEC but he needs to mature, play under control and not turn the ball over.

Mcrae can score but hurts us on defense. Tatum is experienced and a steady player. Woolridge and Hall have been big disappointments although Renaldo looks improved. And we got Skylar!!!

Maymon played well tonight but not impressed with the newbies. Josh Richardson is not ready for the SEC. Don't expect much from Miller or Washpun and the big kid from Nigeria is a project.

We may surprise a few teams this year but we lack depth, size and experience. Our rebounding is weak. If we make mistakes and turnovers we will lose or get blown out.

Nice win but it doesn't look good for us when we play good teams and get to conference play.

Thanks for your show of lack of confidence.

Katphan29 writes:

Speaking as a Kentucky fan I think the difference in scoring and frankly drubbing you all gave UNC Greensboro is a definite good sign for your team, and bodes better than anyone thought.

These schools are no slouches, and you see top rated teams in preseason often get beat by such schools.

Its a better effort than I imagined. I think your coach is a solid motivator and X's and O's guy. The question is will he bring the talent necessary to be competetive in the SEC. For now, this big win I think is a very positive sign and should be encouraging for you all.

I'm surprised by all the negativity. There is alot to complain about with Pearl, but that's in the rear view mirror.

FeelVol writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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Indeed,it seems that alot of people miss Pearls antics than would rather have Martins cool demeanor but I'm not one of them.Glad he's on our sidelines.

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to iowavol:

Jesus Christ, Mary and St Joseph. Is it absolutely necessary for everyone on God's green earth to respond to lengthy diatribes of insignificance? What a waste of perfectly good cyberspace. Sure wish we had an ignore button.

Could it be that these response-provoking trolls are working for GVX to up the value of their website? Advertisers pay for quantity, not quality.

If just the responses to all our free-range, re-branded Eeyores were removed, each comment thread would be 50% shorter... and more of the sincere comments would get read.

I'm tempted to say we should begin policing ourselves and hit "suggest removal" on all these long-quote posts tagged with a mindless "sez you" response.

p.s. Iowavol: Did you really have to invoke the Savior's name to make your otherwise spot-on point?
Of course, now that I've added a donkey to the imagery, maybe I can spin your sacrilege as a Christmas reference and pull your chestnuts out of the fire... so to speak.

VolfanClinton writes:

I was totally impressed with the Tennessee team and coach Martin !! The future looks bright for the basketball program, especially when he is able to get his own recruits..Now if we could get a football coach !!

OldNumber7 writes:

The team looked very good offensively and defensively....but against a team that has gone 20-72 last 3 years. So good win, but need to keep in perspective. Big tests loom. GBO.

smokeyvol1 writes:

Hey Born2Ride, I think I figured it out. Are you a Penn State Alum?

SummittsCourt writes:

A lot of major conference teams struggled in their first game against so called "cupcake" teams. Congrats to UT for coming out prepared and focused and getting the big win!

Duke is going down in Maui!!!!

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