Cuonzo Martin: Maui Invitational 'has been a great test for us'

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Tennessee's Jordan McRae shields the ball from Memphis' Will Barton in the first half Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

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Eugene Tanner/Associated Press Tennessee's Jordan McRae shields the ball from Memphis' Will Barton in the first half Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Jeronne Maymon talks about his big game against Memphis

LAHAINA, Hawaii – No one on the Tennessee coaching staff or roster is calling the the men's basketball team's two losses in the EA Sports Maui Invitational moral victories.

But the Vols (2-2) have, at the very least, proved a point to those who doubted their potential.

"This has been a great test for us,'' UT coach Cuonzo Martin said after the Vols dropped a 99-97 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Memphis on Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center."It's tremendous for our program to find out where we are, for our players to go up against great talent and great teams, and, man, we feel good about it.

"We as a coaching staff feel confident with what we have, but it was important for the guys to feel that way. When you play with confidence, anything can happen.''

Tennessee, which finishes the tournament against Division II Chaminade (2-2) at 2:30 p.m. today (TV: ESPNU), fought No. 6 Duke to the finish in a 77-67 loss on Monday.

Tournament chairman Dave Odom, who coached at Wake Forest and South Carolina and lives in North Carolina, said the Vols' efforts have been inspiring.

"They have completely changed the perception of their team (and) earned a new measure of respect,'' Odom said. "They showed the kind of toughness I'm sure (UT coach) Derek Dooley is trying to recapture in the Vols' football program.''

Jeronne Maymon, UT's 6-foot-7, 265-pound power forward, has looked like he belongs on the football field at times, bulling his frame around the paint to the tune of consecutive double doubles.

Against the Blue Devils, Maymon went for 14 points and 12 rebounds, while his 32 points and 20 rebounds against Memphis were noteworthy.

"We know we're good enough to play against anybody on any given night,'' Maymon said. "Each night we go to practice like we're getting ready for the No. 1-ranked team.''

UT point guard Trae Golden said the Vols' performances against Duke and Memphis might be validation for those outside the program, but not for the team.

"We can play with anybody; I don't think we learned that here — we knew that,'' Golden said. "Right now, we have to work defensively and offensively and get better.''

Historical Notes: Not only was Maymon's 30-point, 20-rebound effort the first for UT since Steve Hamer's 31 points and 21 rebounds against Alabama at the SEC tournament in 1996, it was the first for a player on a major conference team since Oklahoma's Blake Griffin accomplished the feat in 2009. Before that, current NBA players Michael Beasley (Kansas State) and Kevin Durant (Texas) had most recently accomplished the feat.

Maymon's 16 free throws were the fifth-most in a game in UT history and most since Tony White hit 18 in 1987.

Maymon's 32 points were the most for the Vols since Scotty Hopson scored 32 in a 69-63 loss against Georgia Feb. 19.

The Vols double-overtime loss was the program's first double OT game since Jan. 27, 2001, a 77-75 loss at Georgia.

After not making a 3-pointer for the first time in 461 games on Monday, UT started a new streak of games with a made 3-pointer with seven against Memphis.

Tough-Day Trae: Martin said Golden is going through a transition now that opponents have identified him.

"It's the next phase for Trae, when he has a target on his back,'' Martin said. "He's got to be able to play through the physical play. As far as the shots, I don't get concerned with how many shots he's taking.''

Golden was 3-of-19 shooting from the field in the loss to Memphis.

"I felt like I had two and three guys on me the whole time,'' Golden said. "It was a tough day for me, but we have to get ready to play again.''

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desert_vol writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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I have no idea what you said in your previous post, but trying to understand your logic. I am 100% a fan of all of our programs, but I'm trying to figure out what logic you are using when you say the football team is a year away, but the basketball team more than a year.
We played two great teams and hung in there until the end. As much as I love the football team we didn't do very well against the rated teams this year. I think basketball is alive and well and I can only hope the football team is only a year away.

VolFanUSNavy writes:

It is about expectations. I think sometimes we act as though TN BB and FB were perennial National Champion contenders. Truth is more than 10 years for football and never for basketball. This BB team has exceeded my expectations and the potential is obvious. FB has much more work ahead.

give_him_6 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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LoL..some fan you are. The B-Ball team is oging to be more competitive than ANYONE origianlly thought!!! What are you expecting them to win a National Title??

born2ride writes:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to Bodeanvol:

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Well stated, Bo. I was impressed with the coach's composure and the response of the team to his leadership. Was honestly expecting a blowout against Duke; didn't know what to expect with Memphis. One of the posters had suggesested that Pastner was using "coach speak" in talking up UT's squad, but now it appears CP knew what he was talking about. What mistakes I did see look very correctable and the overall performance gives me hope for a much better season than what many have suggested.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Trae is quick enough to penetrate to the basket, but is throwing up awkward shots. I think practicing the shots from different angles will increase the percentages of shots made. The effort of the team is there. Playing as a team and having a good feel of what everyone is capable of will pay dividends. Good hustle. These past two game will be good in realizing what it takes to win. for example, you can't be down 6 or 8 to a team like Duke, because a few bad trips down the court and it's 14 or 16. But we can play with them and others. Team, team team.....And practice shooting. A lot. We will have our chances. The program wasn't left empty. We know it. We can have a good season. Stay focused. Beat Chaminade tomorrow. Good job Vols. Out....Aloha means enjoy the scenery.....Good trip.....

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

tnman, born2 and their chummies drink anti-koolaid. Can't figure out if they make it in a bathtub or just drain the radiators from their '70's vehicles. Either way, it makes these boys way too cranky.

SouthALVol writes:

No way this team is a lower tier SEC team. I wonder how often a tournament MVP comes from a losing team? I'm sure that won't happen with "Sirs" Duke in the field, but how do you ignore back-to-back double-doubles against two top-8 teams?

mbain13 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

2 wins and 2 loses to top 10 teams.

rdavidso writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

You and tnmantravel are true idiots. You're right, we should totally expect a redesigned TN basketball team that just changed coaches and that was picked to finish 11th out of 12 in the SEC to be able to beat 2 top 10 teams in the first 4 games of the season. Yes, one win would have been nice. But we competed and looked great against Memphis and Duke, and although we didn't get a win (and I agree that there is no such thing as a moral victory), we showed that we are capable of competing with the best teams this year. The season just started and hopefully we'll grown from here. You two are what is wrong with TN fans. You want the world right away but don't realize that there could be some growing pains. Real TN fans would congratulate this team on an impressive showing in Maui

GerryOP writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

And you b2r know all about losing. Probably the story of your life. Now get on your little tricycle and ride on out of here.

GerryOP writes:

I suspect that my prediction of winnng more than they lose and higher than SEC 11th may be under rating our basketVols. For a bunch of guys who didn't even know each other a year ago, gonna be some teams playing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid before this season is over ... who are those guys wearing the orange unis?

TheREALFightSong writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

Did you even watch either game? I don't think anyone is happy with the final score of either game, but I do think every Vol fan should be encouraged by the relentless effort they showed for the entirety of each game.

Yes, they definitely need to improve in several areas, but I am much more confident in the players' abilities and mental toughness as well as Coach Martin's coaching ability. This team was prepared to play both games and the coaching staff made some great halftime adjustments in the Memphis game.

kantanuuv writes:

When the AP and ESPN/USA Today voters start to count moral victories as W's, this Voles team will be perched atop the polls.

BOOK IT!

Call me a dreamer, but maybe one day there will be a Moral March Madness so teams like the Voles can show the entire nation how losing to a good team is really just another way of winning.

Thank you Coach Cuomo! (D-NY)

ReVolver writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

thank u, born2cry.

losing you would be good.

what happened to you? You still feel bad because you didn't get enough gold stars as a kid?

ReVolver writes:

Also...could one of you whiner/trolls change your name to Eeyore-something? That would at least help you be somewhat entertaining.

rdavidso writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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your stupidity is hilarious man, with your "competitive with the so called directional schools" and "expecting more than that". So playing the #6 team extremely close and taking the #8 team to double OT as an unranked team that just came off a turbulent season/offseason and that MOSTLY EVERYONE thought would have a terrible season this year (and yes, that is a fact), that doesn't live up to your expectations? A) you are either kidding or completely moronic and B) somehow I bet Martin and his team can live with not living up to your expectations. TN doesn't need you buddy, but at least you provide the rest of us with a good laugh (and that's at you, not with you...somehow I feel as if your brain wouldn't be able to deduce that)

atnvol#283282 writes:

Cuonzo Martin has shown nothing but class and has a firm grip on his players attention and their PLAY. I am looking forward to many years of Coach Martin at the helm. Give him a couple of years to win over the top drawer recruits after proving his coaching and leadership abilities. Our Vols are in great hands. I do not think that we have to worry about his players being arrested on a New Years day for running and gunning. The Barnum & Bailey act is over...history.

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

Spoken like a loser

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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"vols would have to play a nearly perfect game and duke an extremly bad game to have even a slightest chance of an upset...
duke by 25"

Your words.
If I were that wrong I'd stfu.

TNVolinTexas writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

Well I see that you are just as stupid about basketball as you are about football. I know that you have to know more about riding; otherwise you would already be dead.

wigmeister writes:

Some people that post on here are absolute idiots. Kudos to coach Martin and his staff. The BBall program had become a disaster. Two people went pro, graduates, coaching staff gone. He has come in here and in a short time turned this program around. These kids played well in Maui. They deserve every accolade you can throw at them for battling two top ten teams, and having them walk away knowing they were in a real battle with the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. We were unrated and not even on anyone's radar. This team plays hard, with guts. Talent will continue to improve, and they will continue to get better. This is the most hustle I have seen from a TN team in quite a while. I am proud of them and you should be as well. Most of the posts here are ridiculous, from people who think they know it all. Fair weather fans only. Look in the mirror. You are not coaching a college basketball team. If all of you think you know so much, go out and get yourself a coaching position somewhere, or just shut up.

BruisedOrange writes:

At last year's free throw shooting average... we lose this game by 4 and it never gets to overtime.

Little improvements produce cumulative effects over a season. One thing we fans learned from the Memphis game: as challenged as their offense can be, you can't presume this team is ever out of a game.

Right now, coaches are focused on what their own team can/can't do. When conference play starts, we'll find out what's been exposed about this team. There may be weaknesses that can't be hidden, and some unexceptional teams with just the right combination of abilities may be able to totally shut us down. But this team will win its share of upsets, too.

HtownVol writes:

I love the direction of UT basketball. I do not like seeing the 70's porn star we have playing. He is a joke to look at and his game does not exist. Against Memphis when McBee entered the game on his first 4 defensive sets it was McBees man that scored on all 4 plays. Then he gives the ball away on an inbound and then fouls the player while he is making a layup. McBee's shooting is not good enough at all to overcome his horrid defense.

McRae has great talent but he is very selfish.

Other than that I love the energy and nerver quit attitude UT has right now.

For the Steven Pearl supporters, please go look at most UT basketball boards on here from last season. I complained every day that SP was playing over Maymon.

See why? Steven Pealt can never dream of playing like Maymon.

We have to ride on his shoulders this season.

GO VOLS

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to HtownVol:

I love the direction of UT basketball. I do not like seeing the 70's porn star we have playing. He is a joke to look at and his game does not exist. Against Memphis when McBee entered the game on his first 4 defensive sets it was McBees man that scored on all 4 plays. Then he gives the ball away on an inbound and then fouls the player while he is making a layup. McBee's shooting is not good enough at all to overcome his horrid defense.

McRae has great talent but he is very selfish.

Other than that I love the energy and nerver quit attitude UT has right now.

For the Steven Pearl supporters, please go look at most UT basketball boards on here from last season. I complained every day that SP was playing over Maymon.

See why? Steven Pealt can never dream of playing like Maymon.

We have to ride on his shoulders this season.

GO VOLS

Agree where was Maymon last year? We all know about Steven Pearl. McBee is just a fill in to give other gurads some air. Pearl was a good promoter and not a very good floor coach and seemed to have his favs. I have to wonder what Hopson is thinking right now. Like others have said on here the job coach Martin has done is unbelivable and we will only get better as the season goes on. Now to sign a couple of studs.

springtx_vol writes:

Back on August 19, I made the following prediction, I feel even better now than I did then!

I was looking at our schedule for this year. I think we could realistically be as good as 19-10 this year!

Maui - 1 win, 2 losses
Oakland - W
Pitt - L
Austin Peay - W
College of Charleston - W
UNC Asheville - W
ETSU - W
Citadel - W
Chattanooga - W
Memphis - W
UConn - L

9-4 out of conference

SEC East

KY - 0-2
Vandy -1-1
UGA - 2-0
USC - 1-1
UF - 1-1
Ala - L
Aub - W
Miss - W
Miss St - W
Ark - W
LSU - W

10-6 in conference, 19-10 overall, NCAA bid!

lomas98 writes:

Yes they are 0-2 as some have pointed out. They need to finish off Chaminade today or the momentum they have gained will be lost. Losing in basketball is not like football and there are plenty of great opportunities for this team to build its resume. You would think based on some national basketball folks, that TN was 2-0 instead. As long as they keep competing and don't lose confidence I think this team can be a bubble type team. I still think it will be hard to finish better than 4th in the east though. I know Martin likes the tough man to man defense, but at least against Memphis it was a tough draw to continue that set. Would have liked to have seen some zone just to mix it up and force Memphis to take outside shots. I think so far, the players really like playing for Martin and that will help future recruiting. We are on TV a lot this year so hopefully they continue the effort and the players will come.

I didn't see Jordan Mcrae a lot in the 2nd half yesterday, was he hurt or fouled out? Martin went with the hot lineup for most of the end of game and OT so maybe that was why.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Agree where was Maymon last year? We all know about Steven Pearl. McBee is just a fill in to give other gurads some air. Pearl was a good promoter and not a very good floor coach and seemed to have his favs. I have to wonder what Hopson is thinking right now. Like others have said on here the job coach Martin has done is unbelivable and we will only get better as the season goes on. Now to sign a couple of studs.

Maymon would not have fixed what was wrong with this team last year post the Pitt game. Now if he had been around the year before, Final Four.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Witch Doctor say no National Title in foreseeable future.
BUT Okemo must not have watched the games
Witch Doctor say forget all the predictions you have read and actually watch them, Witch Doctor worried program would crash after all the poo that happened last year..We gonna beat a few people we wasnt supposed too.
ANYONE...with ANY B-Ball knowledge saw that the last couple of games in Maui. Did we win
NO
BUT
Witch Doctor say this team will beat several this year, this team as shown in Maui is gonna be NOBODYS easy out.
Bones never lie.
Go REAL Vols

CoverOrange writes:

While I'm encouraged by the competitiveness Tennessee showed against Top 20 teams (Memphis is overrated), I have distant memories of Buzz's first year of many, many almost wins. We know how that turned out. Despite this good showing, Martin needs a win over a Pitt, UConn or Kentucky caliber team to make a statement.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Back on August 19, I made the following prediction, I feel even better now than I did then!

I was looking at our schedule for this year. I think we could realistically be as good as 19-10 this year!

Maui - 1 win, 2 losses
Oakland - W
Pitt - L
Austin Peay - W
College of Charleston - W
UNC Asheville - W
ETSU - W
Citadel - W
Chattanooga - W
Memphis - W
UConn - L

9-4 out of conference

SEC East

KY - 0-2
Vandy -1-1
UGA - 2-0
USC - 1-1
UF - 1-1
Ala - L
Aub - W
Miss - W
Miss St - W
Ark - W
LSU - W

10-6 in conference, 19-10 overall, NCAA bid!

Witch Doctor say lets save this for Feb. as I'm pretty sure thats gonna be as close as anything Witch Doctor seen(ONLY other hope would be a split with Vandy..? ). Witch Doctor say the ESPN love started and both announcers said Tennessee SHOULD be and WILL Be ranking in the top 25 shortly.
Good pick GvillVol
Bones never lie.
Go Vols.

UTKin1992 writes:

A loss is a loss. But there's something to be said about how competitive our team played against two top 10 teams. I'm quite surprised at their tenacity and have more than just a glimmer of hope for future! Good effort from our team and some quality leadership from Coach Martin.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

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Witch Doctor say Golden will win us many games this year, REALLY a couple of others guys games are more off than his. Witch Doctor believe we are going to be a good D team
(Man BOTH ways...BOTH teams were completely knocked off their games by these "rent-a-refs" Witch Doctor say they weren't consistent and both teams had to adjust and readjust to these nutty calls.. AGAIN both team)
Witch Doctor think we gonna be OK. lol

TkelynN writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Back on August 19, I made the following prediction, I feel even better now than I did then!

I was looking at our schedule for this year. I think we could realistically be as good as 19-10 this year!

Maui - 1 win, 2 losses
Oakland - W
Pitt - L
Austin Peay - W
College of Charleston - W
UNC Asheville - W
ETSU - W
Citadel - W
Chattanooga - W
Memphis - W
UConn - L

9-4 out of conference

SEC East

KY - 0-2
Vandy -1-1
UGA - 2-0
USC - 1-1
UF - 1-1
Ala - L
Aub - W
Miss - W
Miss St - W
Ark - W
LSU - W

10-6 in conference, 19-10 overall, NCAA bid!

Seriously bro? South Carolina beating UT? I think it is more likely for Georgia to get a victory over UT before USC. Memphis game is an away game, THAT will be tough to win. Other than that I like your positive outlook. Pitt, Vandy, and Florida don't look as good as expected. I'd say you are not far off in overall record. Hope we keep the "Big Dance" streak alive! Go VOLS!

RockVegas writes:

I thought we played both teams good enough to win,just remember they are two of the top teams in the nation.I like Trae Golden,problem is he's not a true point guard.Maymon is a man,just need a lil more help.I wish T.Harris,and S.Hopson would have stuck around we would have a few more long body's but that's another story.I think we blow to many easy basket's but I can say I really like what I see.Coach Zo make's his team play (DEFENSE) that's why the games have been close too.

TkelynN writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Agree where was Maymon last year? We all know about Steven Pearl. McBee is just a fill in to give other gurads some air. Pearl was a good promoter and not a very good floor coach and seemed to have his favs. I have to wonder what Hopson is thinking right now. Like others have said on here the job coach Martin has done is unbelivable and we will only get better as the season goes on. Now to sign a couple of studs.

FYI, Maymon was not eligible to play for nearly half the season last year because of his transfer from Marquette. The rotation was already set, plus he was still learning the system. This season he had a full year to prepare and learn all of the new plays this coaching staff has worked on. Plus last year we had a pretty good talent playing the 4, you might have heard of him, Tobias Harris. Maymon (or his father) didn't want to play the 5 so he was left with not a lot of playing time.

STstatefarmVOLS writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

REALLY?? That's what you have to say?? Please go jump off a bridge or something, you're ridiculous. After hearing his comments, reading numerous stories, and listening to the team, NOBODY is happy with losing. And by the way, they are 2-2 and gave 2 top 10 teams a run for their money. I take back what I said about NOBODY happy with losing. You must be happy being a LOSER, by the way you stay on the UT boards and run your trap. Please go cheer/blast another team. GBO

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to VolFanUSNavy:

It is about expectations. I think sometimes we act as though TN BB and FB were perennial National Champion contenders. Truth is more than 10 years for football and never for basketball. This BB team has exceeded my expectations and the potential is obvious. FB has much more work ahead.

You nailed it! Many of the comments here and on the football posts are indicitave of this new breed of instant gratification, fair-weather, bandwagon fan with very selective memory. It's also no accident that the prevalance of that type of fan on GVX coincided with its becoming a free site. A couple of years back, when there was a small monthly subscription fee, there were far fewer trolls and far fewer bandwagon baffoons with multiple screen names. Oh well, just an observation. GBO!

1vavolfan writes:

I was skeptical of CCM but I'll gladly eat crow. Very nice to see a UT hoops team shoot free throws well and overachieve. Last years team had the talent to win a championship but never played like a team. I have never seen such a talented team play so poorly as last years bunch, a loss to a Charlotte team that was 2-14 in the A-10 was mind boggling.

STstatefarmVOLS writes:

in response to atributetoLombardiwasbanned:

"vols would have to play a nearly perfect game and duke an extremly bad game to have even a slightest chance of an upset...
duke by 25"

Your words.
If I were that wrong I'd stfu.

I was waiting on someone to point that out. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

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Witch Doctor say Nigerian kid looks like he can play he rebounds really well and is strong inside Impressed with him this far. Waspun and Richardson played big and can now see what Martin seen in both(really thought they were just names on board at first) Witch Doctor say Tatums gotta step a little closer to the front and BE the senior even if not the leading scorer. Witch Doctor say TBA is saved!! lol
Bones never lie.
*Witch Doctor say Dr. always want W_D to wear a long sleeved white jacket((??)) lol

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

You'd probably know all about that.

dlobh writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Do you spend your day eating lemons? You are one sour human . . .

Most Vol fans would probably take a 5th place finish in the SEC right now. That would be in the "bottom 2/3 rd of the sec". That would probably be 9-10 SEC wins, 18-19 wins overall, and a NCAA bid. And, you're quite the prognosticator too . . . the Vols are playing for 7th in the Maui tournament. Beat Chaminade!

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

This team looks like it can improve and learn from this tourney. The future looks pretty bright! Go Vols!

budd#207344 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Somebody tell Martin his team is 0-2 and lost both games in Maui.

Nothing good about losing.

There is nothing good about losing but if you do not understand the article and the fact that these games were great confidence boosters for this team then you show your complete ignorance of sports
And their record is 2-2

budd#207344 writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Agree where was Maymon last year? We all know about Steven Pearl. McBee is just a fill in to give other gurads some air. Pearl was a good promoter and not a very good floor coach and seemed to have his favs. I have to wonder what Hopson is thinking right now. Like others have said on here the job coach Martin has done is unbelivable and we will only get better as the season goes on. Now to sign a couple of studs.

"Pearl was a good promoter and not a very good floor coach"
Not a very good floor coach? He beat Texas, Kansas without three of his starters, SC when behind by 16 his first year, and Kentucky, Pitt, and took TN to its first Elite Eight. Also garnered the first and only #1 ranking in TN BB. This sounds like the revised history of Fulmer's last recruiting class.CBP was and is probably one of the best game coaches today.

phhome writes:

in response to volfaninbuckeyeland:

Well stated, Bo. I was impressed with the coach's composure and the response of the team to his leadership. Was honestly expecting a blowout against Duke; didn't know what to expect with Memphis. One of the posters had suggesested that Pastner was using "coach speak" in talking up UT's squad, but now it appears CP knew what he was talking about. What mistakes I did see look very correctable and the overall performance gives me hope for a much better season than what many have suggested.

Well Spoken!!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Some people that post on here are absolute idiots. Kudos to coach Martin and his staff. The BBall program had become a disaster. Two people went pro, graduates, coaching staff gone. He has come in here and in a short time turned this program around. These kids played well in Maui. They deserve every accolade you can throw at them for battling two top ten teams, and having them walk away knowing they were in a real battle with the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. We were unrated and not even on anyone's radar. This team plays hard, with guts. Talent will continue to improve, and they will continue to get better. This is the most hustle I have seen from a TN team in quite a while. I am proud of them and you should be as well. Most of the posts here are ridiculous, from people who think they know it all. Fair weather fans only. Look in the mirror. You are not coaching a college basketball team. If all of you think you know so much, go out and get yourself a coaching position somewhere, or just shut up.

Good post. The big problem with the trolls posting on here is the RE-POSTING many just can't seem to resist. If our fans would just say stuff like you did without re-posting the trolls this site would be a much better read.imho

phhome writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Back on August 19, I made the following prediction, I feel even better now than I did then!

I was looking at our schedule for this year. I think we could realistically be as good as 19-10 this year!

Maui - 1 win, 2 losses
Oakland - W
Pitt - L
Austin Peay - W
College of Charleston - W
UNC Asheville - W
ETSU - W
Citadel - W
Chattanooga - W
Memphis - W
UConn - L

9-4 out of conference

SEC East

KY - 0-2
Vandy -1-1
UGA - 2-0
USC - 1-1
UF - 1-1
Ala - L
Aub - W
Miss - W
Miss St - W
Ark - W
LSU - W

10-6 in conference, 19-10 overall, NCAA bid!

I agree with most of your picks, but if that PITT game is in the state of Tennessee, we'll win that game, and I believe Kentucky will also be a one and one split, I'm going 21-8.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say Nigerian kid looks like he can play he rebounds really well and is strong inside Impressed with him this far. Waspun and Richardson played big and can now see what Martin seen in both(really thought they were just names on board at first) Witch Doctor say Tatums gotta step a little closer to the front and BE the senior even if not the leading scorer. Witch Doctor say TBA is saved!! lol
Bones never lie.
*Witch Doctor say Dr. always want W_D to wear a long sleeved white jacket((??)) lol

lol!!

The Nigerian kid" Makenjuola really looks good to me. He's a presence we need. Same with Miller.

Josh and Wes have also shown to be good finds for Martin and UT. I'm very happy because it looks like we'll only get better. I don't have a clue about how many games we'll win. But it looks to be a fun year to watch basketball.

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