Lady Vols to play Kansas on Saturday

Second-seeded Tennessee will play 11th-seeded Kansas at noon EDT Saturday (TV: ESPN) in the semifinals of the Des Moines (Iowa) Regional in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The Jayhawks (21-12) upset third-seeded Delaware, 70-64, on Tuesday night. The Lady Vols (26-8) beat DePaul, 63-48, on Monday.

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golfman1975 writes:

Are the stars about to align?

butch31 writes:

KU is doomed, their best player is out for the season too. We would have shoot like we did against Baylor *(29%)* for KU to have a crack at us. UT needs to put this one away early. KU beat Texas twice and lost to Baylor twice, even if KU had their leading scorer UT would rout. What I'm worried about is playing to their level tho. UT 73-45

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to butch31:

KU is doomed, their best player is out for the season too. We would have shoot like we did against Baylor *(29%)* for KU to have a crack at us. UT needs to put this one away early. KU beat Texas twice and lost to Baylor twice, even if KU had their leading scorer UT would rout. What I'm worried about is playing to their level tho. UT 73-45

Playing to the other teams level has been the norm for this team. Monkey see,Monkey do. That is how these Lady Vols seem to do things.

huntined#565710 writes:

KU will be a tough game period. They have put a 6 seed NEB. and a 3 seed DEL away.And they can rebound and have some good shooters.This will be a tough game for us. Watching them the last two games has shown me they get up and down the floor FAST. VOLS can win this game if they can shoot the ball and play D if not they will go home.

jt45 writes:

One game at a time ! At this level they cant afford to overlook anyone I just hope they draw better officials than the last game wich was called like an arena football game. Good ball handling will be essential against KU as well as controlling the tempo. KU will try to push the tempo and the LVs are a much faster team than Delaware. Lady Vols by 20 if they can keep the turnovers in check.

jdcdjc writes:

Now if somebody can just knock off Baylor for us.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to jdcdjc:

Now if somebody can just knock off Baylor for us.

Don't worry, the Lady Vols will take care of Baylor themselves.

Kansas is better than their seed, but the Lady Vols are playing better than they have all season and should win by double digits again. 6 wins in a row, 6 double digit wins, 6 playoff teams. Shall we make it 7 on each?

jt45 writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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Off topic but did anyone hear her (griner) in the post game interview, I swear that voice gets deeper every time Ive heard her talk.

min32926#266113 writes:

Lady Vols please don't look ahead. Take care of KU on Saturday. Good luck! VFL

movol53 writes:

As I stated on another thread; KU is built on speed and quickness and they can score. We have maybe 2 - 3 players that can match their speed. Yes their best player is out for the season but they play very well together; they just keep attacking. KU seldom turns the ball over playing at speed and we turn it over numerous times each game. KU averages half the turnovers per game as the Lady Vols. It will be an interesting game; I doubt it will be over midway through the second half as some have stated above.

voloffaith writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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That was almost optimistic for you....are you ok this morning? Baylor is beatable if we get past Kansas. To beat Ms. Kim's baylorettes will take top game of season and them having an off night/day. But again must beat lady jayhawks...

Jephry writes:

KU's Angel Goodrich scored 27 against Delaware. Sound familiar? A guard going off for a near career high? LVs are going to have to shut that 5'4 dynamo DOWN. She can shoot and drive the lane. The rest of her team is a turnover waiting to happen. With great D, the LVs can win this game in a rout...Time to take care of business!

movol53 writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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I do usually read and agree with your comments and yet you attack my comment. Why? And the answer to your question is: YES I do read. And I don't need to use a famous Vol's name to provide me with an ego boost. The Lady Vols have been very inconsistent all season about playing sound, fundamental ball that is exactly MY POINT. Do you ever read??? Perhaps you do read but the process that is to take place in the brain upon reading seems to not be taking place in your grey matter. Please don't waste time responding as I will not respond to someone who can't even come up with an original "screen name". Does using Peyton's name make you "feel" connected? or like someone of importance?

BigRMan writes:

in response to jt45:

Off topic but did anyone hear her (griner) in the post game interview, I swear that voice gets deeper every time Ive heard her talk.

That voice is so deep, it could raise The Titanic-Not Despariging, just sayin' Of course, if she could talk in a tone as high as she can sky she'd have an octive range greater that the late Minnie Ripperton

BigRMan writes:

This Lady Vol team can count on nothing. The team will have to scrap for everything. If KU has overcome the loss of its' leading scorer to get this far and put Della Donne out of the tourney, they aren't to be taken lightly. Respect, but don't fear the opponent. Play fundamentally sound basketball with the passion that each possession may be your last and you know you will have done your best. No one can ask more than that!

madrigal writes:

Should be an interesting game. Kansas plays a lot like UT does. Some of the comments make me wonder if some of you even WATCHED the game last night! I did, every minute, and Kansas handled Delle Donne pretty much the way I think anyone should...kept 2 players on her most of the night and ran her legs off.....and she stil scored over 30. They also did a pretty nice job of holding the rest of the team back and rebounding. They are much tougher than they look and were under-seeded for sure. The moral is that if Delaware wants to run with the big dogs, they need to get off the porch......out of the CAA and into playing more top 25 teams more often. I predict, though, that when Delle Donne graduates, they will sink right back into obscurity.

movol53 writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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So the first thing you do is call me a moron; that's not attacking at all is it? And then your last comment; are you 12? NO you are just one of your generation who is narcissistic; like most of them are. (Hey look at me!!!!) You probably have numerous Facebook accounts just trying to get people to like you. And as I read your previous post over the past few weeks I thought you were reasonably intelligent; now I'm not so sure. If you didn't even realize you attacked me . . . well; I'm not sure any more.

volboy81 writes:

If UT gets their head and heart in the game early, we should take care of Kansas in routine fashion...if not, it could be a struggle. Going to Denver...want to see the place orange!! Bet Peyton will be there if the Lady Vols are!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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I was more impressed with Griner's dunk than I was with Parker's. Parker got hers on a breakaway; Griner's was in the half-court offense with players all around. She caught the ball about half-way up the lane, saw a crease, and exploded through it. Parker is perhaps a better all-around player, especially in ball-handling out on the court, but Griner is clearly the most dominant single player in the game today.

martic#220796 writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

KU will be a tough game period. They have put a 6 seed NEB. and a 3 seed DEL away.And they can rebound and have some good shooters.This will be a tough game for us. Watching them the last two games has shown me they get up and down the floor FAST. VOLS can win this game if they can shoot the ball and play D if not they will go home.

I was impressed with Kansas's defense. Also their guard was very good at dribble penetration which has always been the bane of this teams existence!!! I just hope we can gain some offense or we're doomed.

kazoo writes:

So a noon EDT start means that the game will start at, what, 11:00 am central time? That's absurd.

martic#220796 writes:

in response to jt45:

Off topic but did anyone hear her (griner) in the post game interview, I swear that voice gets deeper every time Ive heard her talk.

Amen to that. I'm always shocked when I hear her speak! When not looking you'd swear it was a guy. Scary! The one thing that I know for sure is despite the adam's apple, she threw that punch like a girl!!!!!

jt45 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I was more impressed with Griner's dunk than I was with Parker's. Parker got hers on a breakaway; Griner's was in the half-court offense with players all around. She caught the ball about half-way up the lane, saw a crease, and exploded through it. Parker is perhaps a better all-around player, especially in ball-handling out on the court, but Griner is clearly the most dominant single player in the game today.

Practically made that dunk flat footed, I bet more than a few Mens college players wish they could do that. There is no way I would compare her to Parker though, I think she would look slow and clumsy in a 1 on 1 against Parker where she would have to keep up with Parker off the dribble.

butch31 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Playing to the other teams level has been the norm for this team. Monkey see,Monkey do. That is how these Lady Vols seem to do things.

U haven't seen the Lady Vols play recently, they have played great since the Florida game. U would know this if u kept up.

plainspeaker1 writes:

This comment is not too far off topic, I hope. I finally had the chance to watch Ellena DelleDonne play last night. I realize this young lady put her famiy first over everything, basketball included. I have nothing but respect for her choices. Here goes the wishful thinking. Pat Summitt recruited her, and I could not help but think what an impact on her life as a ballplayer she(Pat) could have been. She is one of the most extraordinary OFFENSIVE players I have ever seen. I would have rejoiced in watching her develop as a defensive player as well. It may have been an off night or fatigue, but she just was not there on defense. There is no changing the past, but it costs nothing to engage in a little "what if". For her own possible future career in women's basketball, I would have loved to see her in Tennessee orange and coached by the best there will ever be-Pat Summitt.

r2d2 writes:

in response to plainspeaker1:

This comment is not too far off topic, I hope. I finally had the chance to watch Ellena DelleDonne play last night. I realize this young lady put her famiy first over everything, basketball included. I have nothing but respect for her choices. Here goes the wishful thinking. Pat Summitt recruited her, and I could not help but think what an impact on her life as a ballplayer she(Pat) could have been. She is one of the most extraordinary OFFENSIVE players I have ever seen. I would have rejoiced in watching her develop as a defensive player as well. It may have been an off night or fatigue, but she just was not there on defense. There is no changing the past, but it costs nothing to engage in a little "what if". For her own possible future career in women's basketball, I would have loved to see her in Tennessee orange and coached by the best there will ever be-Pat Summitt.

I like your comments. I believe Ellena would have relished playing for Pat. She chose UCONN to be closer to home although she left anyhow.

Theo writes:

in response to Lane_Kiffins_Daddy_Wears_Diapers:

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My what a big man attacking a 20 year old girl. Don't waste our time.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

I watch the Baylor game and one thing I noticed is Baylor rely on Griner too much to go after rebounds and to block shots. No one else really scraped down low which should be to our advantage. Glory needs to remain composed and not throw up wild shots that is going to be contested by Griner. Make extra passes to Baugh and make Griner turn and defend. Set a lot of high / lows and please make those layups. We can't afford missed layups or FT because the refs are going to reward Baylor at the stripe . Baylor has done no wrong all season and its because they know with Griner or Sims on the bench this team is toast. Another thing with this Baylor team is they were only about a six man team against Fla. I say we throw fresh legs at them.... minus Spani. Sry doll your just too slow and your shot is lacking. We have a chance if we hold 3 of their 5 players under double digit scoring and we shoot better than %45. Only way I see us winning

abnerPeabody writes:

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butch31 writes:

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If this were true, u wouldn't have made that comment! Sorry, but I'm just calling it, like I read it BOO!

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