Cam Tatum's work ethic doesn't slip

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Tennessee guard Cameron Tatum, right, knocks the ball from Arkansas guard BJ Young during the first half of the teams' game Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee guard Cameron Tatum, right, knocks the ball from Arkansas guard BJ Young during the first half of the teams' game Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee's Cam Tatum entered Wednesday's men's basketball game with Arkansas mired in a shooting slump of epic proportions.

And he entered it as a starter, despite being 4-for-20 shooting from 3-point range and 1-for-14 shooting on 2-point shot attempts during the previous six games.

So to what does the fifth-year senior wing player attribute UT coach Cuonzo Martin's decision to keep him in the starting lineup all season?

"It's a testament that I'm going to continue to work hard and I would run through a wall for that man," Tatum said. "It's just strong loyalty. You can't go wrong with a guy like that."

Tatum didn't run through any walls in the Vols' 77-58 victory against the Razorbacks, but he did run through and around plenty of bodies in scoring 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two steals and three assists.

Tennessee (14-12, 6-5 SEC) returns to action at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (TV: WVLT) at Alabama (16-9, 5-6) having won four straight.

"I just keep coming out there every day, busting my butt in practice, playing hard, playing defense and contributing any way I can," Tatum said. "I didn't take any shots in the Florida game, but I still felt like I contributed. I still felt like I was a part of it out there and did some good things. This game was just my night to have a couple buckets."

Martin is proud of Tatum's tenacity and made it clear he plans to continue to reward him so long as Tatum's work ethic remains strong.

"The thing about Cam is he continues to bring his hard hat to practice, so you have to give him an opportunity," Martin said. "I continue to preach that if you work hard, good things will follow. He's struggled with his shot, but he's stayed consistent, stayed in the gym and shots have started to fall for him. He's always been a good defender for us and played hard, he got nine rebounds tonight."

Money McRae: UT sophomore Jordan McRae has been another project of sorts for Martin who appears to breaking right at the perfect time.

While McRae hasn't returned to the starting lineup, the acrobatic wing has scored in double figures in four of the past six games and led the Vols with 14 points against Arkansas.

But ask McRae why things are suddenly working out for him, and he'll tell you it's because of his defense.

"I definitely enjoy playing defense now," said McRae, who also had four assists, three blocked shots and a steal against Arkansas. "It's like Coach Martin says, you have that pride of locking your man up."

As for his ability to find his shot in the motion offense, McRae said that's a result of more hard work.

"That goes along with practices, and practicing hard," McRae said. "You figure out what's a good shot, and what's a bad shot, and we talk to each other about it a lot more. We're a lot harder on each other than at the beginning of the year."

Stokes Tour: Freshman Jarnell Stokes has played nine games since enrolling midterm, but he has managed to play against four of the five schools who were finalists in his recruitment.

Stokes played against Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida and Arkansas. He sat on the bench for UT's game against his other finalist, Memphis.

Stokes said he takes no extra pleasure in performing well against the coaches who sought his services.

"It's not extra motivation," Stokes said. "I don't want to show up any coaches or anything."

RPI Talk: The Vols RPI rating jumped from 110 to 105 after the win over Arkansas, according to statsheet.com.

Saturday's game against the Crimson Tide is critical in UT's quest to polish its resume for a potential NCAA tournament at-large bid, as Alabama boasts the No. 32 RPI in the nation.

The current RPI ratings of the Vols' final regular-season opponents are: Ole Miss (No. 52), South Carolina (No. 167), LSU (No. 63) and Vanderbilt (No. 26).

Streak Jeopardized: UT's string of six consecutive seasons ranked in the nation's top five in attendance could end, as the Vols have slipped into sixth with an average of 17,116 per home game after 16,048 turned out for the Arkansas game.

Wisconsin, which plays in the 17,230-seat Kohl Center, is averaging 17,171 with home games remaining against Penn State and rivals Minnesota and Illinois.

UT's remaining home games are against Ole Miss (Wednesday) and Vanderbilt (March 3).

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tnbigg writes:

Awesome! Way to go coach & team! BRING IT!

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

This was a complete butt-whuppin'...and it was a total team effort. When was the last time we had six in double-figures?

I believe we can say we've turned the corner. The team the was trying to find itself earlier in the year appears to have found the formula. As long as we keep our heads straight, we should be a force to contend with at tourney time and beyond.

Congratulations to the players and the coaches for their hard work. Go Big Orange!

CrankE writes:

Awesome win. Keep it going!
GO VOLS!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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you definitely don't matter troll

volinlm writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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There's always a BUTT!!

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

we know this team plans better defense than teams of recent years but now with Martin we have the look of a team than has an offense plan---quick passes, cuts, rolls, in and outs etc------they seem to have a purpose---------got so tired of the streetball of recent years just lazily tossing the ball around the horn back and forth just to jack a 3- brick up 30 times a game-------shooting brick and crashing boards for the miss was the offense------------this team looks more like a team on both sides of the ball---------like what Coach Martin has brought

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Can anyone tell me where Renaldo was? His name wasn't even on the list of players on the Gametracker. I know he hasn't played a lot lately, but had some good games earlier this season. What did I miss?

GreerVol22 writes:

Kenny Who?

lomas98 writes:

Where is everybody today? If the article was the other way around and ARK routed Vols, you can bet there would be over 100 comments by now. Great effort and game. Although, ARK had not won any road games, I think that win was better than the previous 3 at home against the cellar dwellers of the conference. This team is playing with ALOT of confidence right now and is believing in Coach Martin. Too bad we couldn't pull out the Ausint Peay or at GA game and we would be a realistic bubble team. Too much has to happen for them to strongly be considered right now ,but just keep winning and who knows what can happen.

VolFan1958 writes:

This team was predicted 11th in the SEC. Martin should be coach of the year.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

While I predicted a home win for the Vols yesterday as Ark has not won a road game the entire year, the second half was more indicative of these two teams. UT won 30-28 in the second half which is a much better barometer. Ut scored 47 points in the first half and that will not happen often for this limited team. It was a good win, but I wouldnt look at final scores too much. Once again UT can play vs teams teams with no inside size, and Ark is a skinny team right now. When Ut faces teams with true Bigs they cant stop them. Still a decent win, but be honest, every team on the schedule has beaten Arkansas at home this year. Still say UT drops 3 of the last 5 as Bama,LSU and Vandy are too big inside for the Vols.

JCforUTVols writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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That's like asking "How many home games has Florida LOST?

Ibleedorange34 writes:

4 IN A ROW! CONGRATS COACH MARTIN AND TO ALL THE VOLS! DONT PAY ATTENTION TO THE HATERS. JUST KEEP PLAYING HARD AND PLAYING TOGETHER AND GOOD THINGS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN!

VOLSONTHECOMEBACK writes:

Great win!! I hope they can keep it up

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

As I mentioned yesterday, McRae is a stone cold baller. It just took him a while to get a grasp on the game at the D-1 level. But if Pearl could have kept his players in school, guys like McRae would have had the luxury of a red shirt as he needed. Mcray is gonna be an assassin down the road for this team. Golden is the PG we have all been waiting for the last 5 years. And McBee....Oh McBee...He just has a thing for big shots. His shots always seem to be in a time of need. They either ignite a run for us or stop a run for the enemy. The "Grainger Gunner" has put a halt to all of the "McBrick" comments we used to see on here. He too should have gotten a RS season to get his feet under him. And even though he traveled, Stokes dunk was flat out SICK. This team is gonna be a handful the next two seasons.

bvol1inSC writes:

Yes - I'm bringin' FB to a basketball thread...I'm in disbelief that KNS has not put out the fact that Kenneth Bynum (3-star LB from Jax, FL) signed with us yesterday (Weds). They did put it out on GoVols247...it's ridiculous to "pay" for this site. One more reason to HATE the KNS. Am I wrong? Did I miss the report somewhere other than 247?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

While I predicted a home win for the Vols yesterday as Ark has not won a road game the entire year, the second half was more indicative of these two teams. UT won 30-28 in the second half which is a much better barometer. Ut scored 47 points in the first half and that will not happen often for this limited team. It was a good win, but I wouldnt look at final scores too much. Once again UT can play vs teams teams with no inside size, and Ark is a skinny team right now. When Ut faces teams with true Bigs they cant stop them. Still a decent win, but be honest, every team on the schedule has beaten Arkansas at home this year. Still say UT drops 3 of the last 5 as Bama,LSU and Vandy are too big inside for the Vols.

You are trying to say that this win doesn't prove anything. But that is not totally true. While it doesn't prove UT is a good team it did prove that they are capable of playing up to their abilities and not down to their competition which they done many times earlier this season.

The other day you said they would finish 2-4 now you are saying 3-3. How many times are you allowed to revise your prediction?

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

While I predicted a home win for the Vols yesterday as Ark has not won a road game the entire year, the second half was more indicative of these two teams. UT won 30-28 in the second half which is a much better barometer. Ut scored 47 points in the first half and that will not happen often for this limited team. It was a good win, but I wouldnt look at final scores too much. Once again UT can play vs teams teams with no inside size, and Ark is a skinny team right now. When Ut faces teams with true Bigs they cant stop them. Still a decent win, but be honest, every team on the schedule has beaten Arkansas at home this year. Still say UT drops 3 of the last 5 as Bama,LSU and Vandy are too big inside for the Vols.

And I predict that by the end of the season you will have gained another 20 lbs and your bald spot will have grown to the point you won't be able to hide it with a Britney Spears hat.

tennboy78 writes:

Based on what I saw at times, when Jarnell learns that he can do that dunk pretty much anytime he wants, he will be the unstoppable force that no one can deal with. He got called for traveling because the officials have never seen such a Monster move and slam like that -- he "must have done something wrong" to be able to do what he did.... One day they will have to stop the game in order to re-position the basket support after one of those "thunder dunks"....

illinoisvolfan writes:

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Still goes in the win column, right? No win points get deducted from UT because the Hogs are winless on the road. Sheeesh, some people would gripe they found a dried turd in a big pot of gold...enjoy the victory without sweating the small stuff.

underthehill writes:

in response to pj_ladyvolnMI:

Can anyone tell me where Renaldo was? His name wasn't even on the list of players on the Gametracker. I know he hasn't played a lot lately, but had some good games earlier this season. What did I miss?

Renaldo don't seem to play good enough on defense.

jt45 writes:

ProfessionalHandicapper, no way Im reposting your nonesense, you dont even know who Bamma is starting for that game and LSUs bigs as you call them didn't look very good against Bamma's bench players the other day. Vandy might be a tough game, but the rest of your post makes no sense. Pepto Bismol might work better for you.

Maymon and Stokes will do just fine against your bigs.

SeminaryVol writes:

1. No matter what happens from here on out this team has exceeded expectations and should be proud.

2. We are now in good shape for an NIT bid.

3. IF we beat Bama on road, then we will have a legit shot at finishing 3rd or 4th in conference and entering into bubble talk.

4. This team is fun.

GBO from Louisville

IdahoVol writes:

WHERE ARE THE FANS? The team is playing great, we need a strong finish for a shot at the dance. There is no excuse for only 16,000 showing up (if there were even that many actually there). It's frustrating seeing so many open seats. All the people that showed up over the past 5 years need to get to the games and get us back to a packed house - show the team you care! Go Vols!

blackoutcuffem1592 writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

WHERE ARE THE FANS? The team is playing great, we need a strong finish for a shot at the dance. There is no excuse for only 16,000 showing up (if there were even that many actually there). It's frustrating seeing so many open seats. All the people that showed up over the past 5 years need to get to the games and get us back to a packed house - show the team you care! Go Vols!

I couldn't agree more. Us Vol fans need to have our impact on the outcome of these homes games by being loud but most importantly filing a seat! This team is legit and they have the potential to be special especially next year. Support our boys!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

we know this team plans better defense than teams of recent years but now with Martin we have the look of a team than has an offense plan---quick passes, cuts, rolls, in and outs etc------they seem to have a purpose---------got so tired of the streetball of recent years just lazily tossing the ball around the horn back and forth just to jack a 3- brick up 30 times a game-------shooting brick and crashing boards for the miss was the offense------------this team looks more like a team on both sides of the ball---------like what Coach Martin has brought

They could still use more movement and penetration against zones, but no question the movement on offense generally is the best we've seen in some time. Not too surprising that the offense was behind the defense most of the year. Martin's philosophy rests on establishing the defense first, and then getting the offense to catch up. As has been stated many times, offense goes up and down even for the best of teams, but defense and rebounding should be there every night. If you can count on those two, you have a chance to win even when the shots aren't falling.

bvol1inSC writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

While I predicted a home win for the Vols yesterday as Ark has not won a road game the entire year, the second half was more indicative of these two teams. UT won 30-28 in the second half which is a much better barometer. Ut scored 47 points in the first half and that will not happen often for this limited team. It was a good win, but I wouldnt look at final scores too much. Once again UT can play vs teams teams with no inside size, and Ark is a skinny team right now. When Ut faces teams with true Bigs they cant stop them. Still a decent win, but be honest, every team on the schedule has beaten Arkansas at home this year. Still say UT drops 3 of the last 5 as Bama,LSU and Vandy are too big inside for the Vols.

We shall see oh wise one....drop 3 of last 5 huh. Why don't you take your troll arse back to your own team's site to spew your insipid drivel? So long bozo...please, change your user name to arse clown...much more appropriate for you.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

WHERE ARE THE FANS? The team is playing great, we need a strong finish for a shot at the dance. There is no excuse for only 16,000 showing up (if there were even that many actually there). It's frustrating seeing so many open seats. All the people that showed up over the past 5 years need to get to the games and get us back to a packed house - show the team you care! Go Vols!

Listening to Basilio today apparently there's an issue with scalping tickets, which, while legal in this state, and even in instances where the tickets are being sold under face value, the Sherrif's office is "enforcing" a no scalping policy. Since most people go through scalpers and not the box office anyways, for whatever reason, i'd imagine that may be keeping people away. That and the fact we're 2 games over .500 this deep into the season.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

While I predicted a home win for the Vols yesterday as Ark has not won a road game the entire year, the second half was more indicative of these two teams. UT won 30-28 in the second half which is a much better barometer. Ut scored 47 points in the first half and that will not happen often for this limited team. It was a good win, but I wouldnt look at final scores too much. Once again UT can play vs teams teams with no inside size, and Ark is a skinny team right now. When Ut faces teams with true Bigs they cant stop them. Still a decent win, but be honest, every team on the schedule has beaten Arkansas at home this year. Still say UT drops 3 of the last 5 as Bama,LSU and Vandy are too big inside for the Vols.

Sometimes you get yourself tangled up in your own statistics in trying to prove your points. You say that the fact that UT only outscored the Hogs 30-28 in the second half is a better indication of the relative strength of the two teams. Yet you seem to ignore that UK only beat UT by three at TBA and played them almost even at Rupp after UK's opening outburst. In fact, I think I read that UK only shot about 36% after going 11 straight on FGs early. So, by your logic, the game at TBA and the fact that UK didn't materially stretch out their advantage in the late going is a better indication of the relative strength of UT and UK than the final score of the game at Rupp.

You say that you still think UT drops 3 of their last 5, yet only UK and Vandy can be reasonably argued to be decisively better than the Vols right now and you know the game at TBA will be a LOT closer than the one at Vandy, unless of course the Vols blow them out. Since nearly everybody, including you, thought the Vols wouldn't be better than darn near ANYBODY before the season began, how can you think the Vols are going to lose to a depleted Alabama team AND an inconsistent LSU team, now that they feel they might really have something to play for? Of course they CAN lose those games, but don't you think they have a better chance than you would have thought a few weeks ago?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to tennboy78:

Based on what I saw at times, when Jarnell learns that he can do that dunk pretty much anytime he wants, he will be the unstoppable force that no one can deal with. He got called for traveling because the officials have never seen such a Monster move and slam like that -- he "must have done something wrong" to be able to do what he did.... One day they will have to stop the game in order to re-position the basket support after one of those "thunder dunks"....

Great point! I would have liked to have seen the replay on that dunk. It looked like a legal--if AWESOME!--move to me. Maybe he shuffled his feet, but in real time it just looked like he took his allowed steps and the ref just couldn't believe he covered that much ground.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to illinoisvolfan:

Still goes in the win column, right? No win points get deducted from UT because the Hogs are winless on the road. Sheeesh, some people would gripe they found a dried turd in a big pot of gold...enjoy the victory without sweating the small stuff.

This poor sucker has made it abundantly clear that there is NO real joy in his life. Some people are only happy if they are miserable or are making OTHER people miserable. I guess that is a choice someone COULD make, but it must be a lousy way to go through life. I surely don't want to find out.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Listening to Basilio today apparently there's an issue with scalping tickets, which, while legal in this state, and even in instances where the tickets are being sold under face value, the Sherrif's office is "enforcing" a no scalping policy. Since most people go through scalpers and not the box office anyways, for whatever reason, i'd imagine that may be keeping people away. That and the fact we're 2 games over .500 this deep into the season.

And 6 out of their last 8. And ONE SEC home loss, by 3 to UK. And still playing for the post-season after you and your ilk were SURE they would be completely dead and buried by this time. Just had to get your little dig in, didn't you?

MDiv writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

While I predicted a home win for the Vols yesterday as Ark has not won a road game the entire year, the second half was more indicative of these two teams. UT won 30-28 in the second half which is a much better barometer. Ut scored 47 points in the first half and that will not happen often for this limited team. It was a good win, but I wouldnt look at final scores too much. Once again UT can play vs teams teams with no inside size, and Ark is a skinny team right now. When Ut faces teams with true Bigs they cant stop them. Still a decent win, but be honest, every team on the schedule has beaten Arkansas at home this year. Still say UT drops 3 of the last 5 as Bama,LSU and Vandy are too big inside for the Vols.

Brett,
You gamblers are so obsessed with numbers, that you can't see the forest for the trees. Tennessee beat Arkansas by 19 points. How can you say that you wouldn't look at final scores too much? Tennessee won, and you probably lost a pile of money. I'm happy with both situations.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to johnlg00:

And 6 out of their last 8. And ONE SEC home loss, by 3 to UK. And still playing for the post-season after you and your ilk were SURE they would be completely dead and buried by this time. Just had to get your little dig in, didn't you?

I'm not jumping on the Martin bandwagon until i see some improvement in recruiting. I'm not banking on Washpun, Chievous and Richardson being the future of our program that will lead us to SEC Championships and SEC Tournament appearances.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

I'm not jumping on the Martin bandwagon until i see some improvement in recruiting. I'm not banking on Washpun, Chievous and Richardson being the future of our program that will lead us to SEC Championships and SEC Tournament appearances.

And so because you worry about the future of the program, despite the fact that you have already been proven to be wrong about how you saw them before the season, you see no reason to support the team NOW. Some fan you are.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to johnlg00:

And so because you worry about the future of the program, despite the fact that you have already been proven to be wrong about how you saw them before the season, you see no reason to support the team NOW. Some fan you are.

I do support the team, but I'm not going to be one of these delusional people who thinks we stand a chance of getting to the NCAA tournament. Yes, Martin can develop talented players, unfortunatly he's not shown he can recruit talented players. Stokes, as of right now, and in any case for any recruiter, was an anomoly, very situational. Yet the other players he's signed are medicore at best, and unless every other known recruiter was wrong about everyone of these kids, they're not going to cut it on an SEC roster. Hustle, playing hard, heart, all that is well and good, but if you don't win championships it's meaningless, and I want him to bring in players that are going to win championships.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Listening to Basilio today apparently there's an issue with scalping tickets, which, while legal in this state, and even in instances where the tickets are being sold under face value, the Sherrif's office is "enforcing" a no scalping policy. Since most people go through scalpers and not the box office anyways, for whatever reason, i'd imagine that may be keeping people away. That and the fact we're 2 games over .500 this deep into the season.

2 games over 500 HUH? I'm pretty sure Bruce's record wasn't much better at this point last yr.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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1. Stokes recruiting process was started by Pearl. There's no indication had he never been contacted by Pearl he would have even considered Tennessee.

2. His availability was only due to a bad ruling by the TSSAA. Had he been able to play his Senior year of high school, teams like Kentucky and Memphis would have had scholarships available for him and might have factored into his decision, whereas in December neither team had a scholarship.

3. He's one of eight players Martin has signed, and the only one who is an SEC calibur player. 1 for 8 is not going to win SEC Championships.

thevoice writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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Looks like those known recruiters/coaches were also wrong about how the Vols would compete in the SEC. I couldn't be more satisfied with the Vols right now, especially given the situation Cuonzo inherited. We've had 2 full seasons of Dooley to project that he can't win championships. But Cuonzo hasn't had one. As far as recruiting, give it a chance. Who, again who, would have come in to play for ANY team under heavy NCAA scrutiny AND possible sanctions, including post-season bans??? I'm a 'Zo fan now and I believe. Unlike Dooley, I see things in 'Zo that give me good expectations.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

I'm not jumping on the Martin bandwagon until i see some improvement in recruiting. I'm not banking on Washpun, Chievous and Richardson being the future of our program that will lead us to SEC Championships and SEC Tournament appearances.

Martin pulled Stokes. Pearl's team last yr wasn't much better at this point in the season. And that was with 2 McDonalds AA's who were both ranked #5 nationally coming out of HS. Not to mention a Sr PG and Sr center. You know, Williams...the one Pearl covered up the failed drug test for and said it was a back injury. If CCM got his hands on that talent Pearl had last yr, who knows what he could do? Matter of fact, he got his hands on them when he came to Knoxville and nearly beat them with far less talent. Your stuff is weak and is getting REALLY old REALLY quick.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Martin pulled Stokes. Pearl's team last yr wasn't much better at this point in the season. And that was with 2 McDonalds AA's who were both ranked #5 nationally coming out of HS. Not to mention a Sr PG and Sr center. You know, Williams...the one Pearl covered up the failed drug test for and said it was a back injury. If CCM got his hands on that talent Pearl had last yr, who knows what he could do? Matter of fact, he got his hands on them when he came to Knoxville and nearly beat them with far less talent. Your stuff is weak and is getting REALLY old REALLY quick.

Yeah, if he had other coaches players, same old story, what about his players? Why does Chievous have a scholarship? Why does Washpun have a scholarship? Why does Richardson have a scholarship? You could say if he had Roy Williams players or Coach K's players, what would he do with them. He doesn't, he has Stokes next year and he still hasn't recruited a point guard. Year after next, when Stokes is gone, then what?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

1. Stokes recruiting process was started by Pearl. There's no indication had he never been contacted by Pearl he would have even considered Tennessee.

2. His availability was only due to a bad ruling by the TSSAA. Had he been able to play his Senior year of high school, teams like Kentucky and Memphis would have had scholarships available for him and might have factored into his decision, whereas in December neither team had a scholarship.

3. He's one of eight players Martin has signed, and the only one who is an SEC calibur player. 1 for 8 is not going to win SEC Championships.

1. Stokes recruiting process was started by Pearl. There's no indication had he never been contacted by Pearl he would have even considered Tennessee.

That's a lie in itself! Stokes said he came to visit UT out of respect for it being his state school. He got here and was overwhelmed by CCM. CCM came into a bad situation being that we had an NCAA investigation going. Not only were most of the top recruits left not gonna come, most top guys were gone. I think lot's of folks are gonna take note of what he's doing and the recruiting will pick up. And while Pearl's recruiting classes ranked high, he obviously couldn't keep lots of his recruits on campus.

crappieking writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Martin pulled Stokes. Pearl's team last yr wasn't much better at this point in the season. And that was with 2 McDonalds AA's who were both ranked #5 nationally coming out of HS. Not to mention a Sr PG and Sr center. You know, Williams...the one Pearl covered up the failed drug test for and said it was a back injury. If CCM got his hands on that talent Pearl had last yr, who knows what he could do? Matter of fact, he got his hands on them when he came to Knoxville and nearly beat them with far less talent. Your stuff is weak and is getting REALLY old REALLY quick.

+1. Coach Martin has done a good job. I wasn't sold at first, and the crow sandwich didn't taste very good, but after he gets his own players and teaches them his way, they will be strong. I like the defensive intensity they play with, unlike a Pearl coached team.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, if he had other coaches players, same old story, what about his players? Why does Chievous have a scholarship? Why does Washpun have a scholarship? Why does Richardson have a scholarship? You could say if he had Roy Williams players or Coach K's players, what would he do with them. He doesn't, he has Stokes next year and he still hasn't recruited a point guard. Year after next, when Stokes is gone, then what?

Chievous has a scholarship because he deserves it as does Richardson. These guys will be good SEC players. Richardson needs a RS season, but couldn't take it because we lacked depth. Chievous will greatly benefit from a RS season. Dude has a 52" verticle and will be a good player. Washpun, not quite sold on him yet. But you wouldn't know coaching if it hit you in your face. You wouldn't know facts if they hit you in your face.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/tennessee/bas...

A really good shot at landing this kid for 13'. Yeah, another Memphis kid. Zo is respected in Memphis and will continue to do well recruiting there. Something your lover couldn't seem to accomplish. Perhaps the folks in Memphis saw right thru Pearls junk.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Chievous has a scholarship because he deserves it as does Richardson. These guys will be good SEC players. Richardson needs a RS season, but couldn't take it because we lacked depth. Chievous will greatly benefit from a RS season. Dude has a 52" verticle and will be a good player. Washpun, not quite sold on him yet. But you wouldn't know coaching if it hit you in your face. You wouldn't know facts if they hit you in your face.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/tennessee/bas...

A really good shot at landing this kid for 13'. Yeah, another Memphis kid. Zo is respected in Memphis and will continue to do well recruiting there. Something your lover couldn't seem to accomplish. Perhaps the folks in Memphis saw right thru Pearls junk.

Yeah, Chievous and Richardson were so sought after that exactly ZERO teams who made an NCAA tournament appearance in 2011 offered them a scholarship. Add Washpun and Yemi, along with the two signess for next year to that list.

Oh and if by Pearl's junk you mean 6 straight trips to the NCAA tournament and an Elite Eight appearance, if they didn't want that I'm not sure what they wanted.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, Chievous and Richardson were so sought after that exactly ZERO teams who made an NCAA tournament appearance in 2011 offered them a scholarship. Add Washpun and Yemi, along with the two signess for next year to that list.

Oh and if by Pearl's junk you mean 6 straight trips to the NCAA tournament and an Elite Eight appearance, if they didn't want that I'm not sure what they wanted.

I can assure you that those boys had more offers than Steven Pearl. UT should hire and re-fire Pearl for playing Steven over Maymom.

BigBadVol writes:

TN ranks 1st in defense in the SEC! I like Coach Zo's style.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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You just helped prove my point, thanks RTR. I wasn't gonna waste my time doing it for West Knox Repo. He's heartbroken and it's gonna take him time. Time heels all wounds.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

You just helped prove my point, thanks RTR. I wasn't gonna waste my time doing it for West Knox Repo. He's heartbroken and it's gonna take him time. Time heels all wounds.

Yeah, well when this team makes the NCAA tournament. . .wait, NIT. . .wait, CBI. . .well, IF this team makes any post season tournament let's see how well they do. It amazes me how many people are talking bad about Pearl when he's the most successful basketball coach in the history of the program. I guess the NCAA touranment isn't an important goal for our basketball program, nor is winning SEC Titles.

LSG410EC83 writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

WHERE ARE THE FANS? The team is playing great, we need a strong finish for a shot at the dance. There is no excuse for only 16,000 showing up (if there were even that many actually there). It's frustrating seeing so many open seats. All the people that showed up over the past 5 years need to get to the games and get us back to a packed house - show the team you care! Go Vols!

One reason for the lower than normal attendance was there was a power outage that hit the campus and many heard about it on the radio. According to a UT policeman that I have come to know over the years said he was suprised to see me there. He told me they had announced the outage over the radio and even some stations supposedly had said the game may be postponed if they could not get the power back on. Sure many may have stayed home instead of getting out and having to go back home if the game was postponed.

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