UT basketball coach Cuonzo Martin calls scrimmage against Georgia Tech 'good experience'

Martin says getting Stokes touches is key

Without the prying eyes of fans and media, the Tennessee men's basketball team met Georgia Tech on Sunday for a "secret scrimmage" at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.

Due to NCAA rules, coaches and players couldn't speak in specifics on what occurred, who produced what stats or, yes, what the final score was.

The News Sentinel learned, however, that UT won comfortably over the Yellow Jackets by 20-plus points. The Vols played a deep rotation and started Trae Golden, Skylar McBee, Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall.

Senior forward Jeronne Maymon, who coach Cuonzo Martin said last week will miss the opening of the 2012-13 season due to a "minor setback," did not play.

Though he was limited to the details he could personally provide, Martin spoke Sunday night and described the game as a "good experience." Asked if any player stood out and boosted his shot at early playing time, Martin said, "Each guy earned minutes. They all went really hard. From the naked eye, they all earned minutes. I'll have much better idea when I watch the film."

Martin said the meeting with Georgia Tech was a good opportunity to identify "shortcomings" before games count as Ws and Ls. One lingering issue from last year is feeding sophomore big man Jarnell Stokes in the post.

"We have to get the ball to Jarnell," Martin said. "He can't get the ball enough. We have to overload and let the offense play through him. Really, he can't get enough touches. We've got to get it to him."

Martin wouldn't expand on other individual performances until after watching the game tape. He said he used a slew of different rotations and minutes were distributed relatively evenly.

The Yellow Jackets went 11-20 overall and 4-12 in the ACC last year in Brian Gregory's first season as coach.

Tennessee and Georgia Tech agreed to meet in Chattanooga so both could treat the scrimmage as a road affair. Chattanooga falls between the schools'

campuses in Knoxville and Atlanta.

Martin said the Vols dealt with all aspects of the game as they would a regular-season matchup. They traveled to Chattanooga on Saturday and stayed in a hotel that night.

The NCAA allows teams to play either two closed-door scrimmages against other Division I programs, two exhibitions against non-DI teams that are open to fans and media or a combination of the two.

The Vols will play host to Victory University from Memphis in an open exhibition Nov. 5 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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redskinvol1 writes:

THIS TEAM IS GOING PLACES!!

underthehill writes:

I am ready for some basketball..

shorttail writes:

don't give Troy's QB time to throw the ball, there wont be anyone there to stop a completion

underthehill writes:

in response to shorttail:

don't give Troy's QB time to throw the ball, there wont be anyone there to stop a completion

There would be if Martin was the coach...

shorttail writes:

in response to underthehill:

There would be if Martin was the coach...

AGREE

Patterson84 writes:

I feel a deep NCAA tournament run for Coach MArtin and the Vols this year!

tovolny writes:

I hope Tennessee can have a great basketball team. I want us to have a great football team also. Kentucky and North Carolina have to feed their pride sacks with basketball only. But we even lost to them in football. However, nothing can destroy my memories of the football glory decades of the past.

Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and to some extent UCLA and Notre Dame have stature in both sports. We are way ahead in women's basketball, and getting close in men's baseball and LadyVol softball.

But, I still don't think we need an Athletic Director (or Athletic Chancellor...whatever). This is just a position for people who can neither coach nor administrate. AD departments were created as a way to pay great coaches more.

NAME ME ONE GREAT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR that did not obtain his fame from being a coach. There have been some INFAMOUS ones of late, but let's not get into that. I could only come up with one.

allntl1#565211 writes:

in response to tovolny:

I hope Tennessee can have a great basketball team. I want us to have a great football team also. Kentucky and North Carolina have to feed their pride sacks with basketball only. But we even lost to them in football. However, nothing can destroy my memories of the football glory decades of the past.

Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and to some extent UCLA and Notre Dame have stature in both sports. We are way ahead in women's basketball, and getting close in men's baseball and LadyVol softball.

But, I still don't think we need an Athletic Director (or Athletic Chancellor...whatever). This is just a position for people who can neither coach nor administrate. AD departments were created as a way to pay great coaches more.

NAME ME ONE GREAT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR that did not obtain his fame from being a coach. There have been some INFAMOUS ones of late, but let's not get into that. I could only come up with one.

Tom Jurich University of Louisville. Rick Pitino Basketball. Tony Strong Football. Ron Mann, Olympic Coach, Track and Field. New swim complex and top 20 swim team. All new facilities including the KFC Yum Center. Pappa John's Football Stadium. Women's Basketball and men's Final 4. It is unreal the turnaround all University of Louisville's Athletic programs have had under this guy.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Rehash of yesterday's story..Sad the reporters still haven't finessed somebody into giving the individual stats

Sir_Spanky writes:

Can't go into specifics or disclose the final score. Typical, stupid, NCAA bureaucratic nonsense. Moron falls way, way short in trying to describe these folks.

VolzsFan writes:

From the naked eye, they all earned minutes. I'll have much better idea when I watch the film."
Coach Martin

Every basketball and football coach learns more after watching the film. Funny how the know nothing fans tried to hold that against the Hall of Famer.

bobe4544 writes:

Starters all Pearl recuits with exception of
Strokes although many say Pearl already had him locked up. We will see what Martin can do when these guys are gone.

BrassMonkey writes:

I can't wait until the 14-14 or worse regular season when all the sunshine pumpers realize that Martin is the basketball equivalent of Dooley.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

From the naked eye, they all earned minutes. I'll have much better idea when I watch the film."
Coach Martin

Every basketball and football coach learns more after watching the film. Funny how the know nothing fans tried to hold that against the Hall of Famer.

Are you a politician? Because you are pretty good at taking half-truths and baking them into full blown exaggerations.

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

We are a basketball school now. Let's get it on!

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

I can't wait until the 14-14 or worse regular season when all the sunshine pumpers realize that Martin is the basketball equivalent of Dooley.

AWWW look, mama not giving him much attention. How do you ever get through life with a glass half empty all the time? Must be miserable

south_alabama_vol writes:

Feed the horse!!!

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

From the naked eye, they all earned minutes. I'll have much better idea when I watch the film."
Coach Martin

Every basketball and football coach learns more after watching the film. Funny how the know nothing fans tried to hold that against the Hall of Famer.

Thanks again, Vicky. This is a basketball story.

crappieking writes:

Fire Dooley!!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bobe4544:

Starters all Pearl recuits with exception of
Strokes although many say Pearl already had him locked up. We will see what Martin can do when these guys are gone.

People continue to say a lot of things that have no evidence behind them. It is certainly true that Pearl did a LOT of spade-work to sell Stokes on playing for HIM at UT. When Pearl was dismissed, Stokes famously told everybody in sight that he was no longer interested in UT. And why should he be? Arguably, the most important factor on where a star player enrolls is the coach he will play for. Yeah, UT has a nice campus and is the main state school. Lots of schools have nice campuses and great facilities and pretty girls and other things--such as stable basketball programs--that draw young skilled athletes. As both Martin AND Stokes have told it, Stokes picked up a call from Martin, not even knowing who he was, and they turned out having the first of several lengthy conversations that convinced them that they were right for each other. It is true that UT had a scholarship to offer that some others didn't right then, but it would not have been as odd for Stokes to just finish out his senior year while waiting for a "better" deal elsewhere as it was for him to hustle to finish HS so he could sign with UT early. That is the story, but if that doesn't suit you, just believe whatever makes you feel better--everybody else does.

johnlg00 writes:

There IS still a reasonable question how the Vols will do when all the Pearl recruits are gone. However, I would simply say that 1) recent results show that CCM will do just fine recruiting going forward, 2) that the guys he has already recruited will be sophomores and juniors--at least eight of whom will be 6'7" or better--with a couple of years in the program, strongly conditioned physically, and thoroughly indoctrinated in CCM's way of doing things. They will continue to play tough defense, there will be enough of them to play hard the whole game, and some of them will be better scorers than some may think right now. As long as CCM is still in charge, the Vols will be right there in the thick of things, no matter what trolls and clueless prognosticators may think about it.

vols_fan_n_tx writes:

in response to SO_GLAD_THEY_LOST:

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Your tag name tells us all we need to know. Thanks for your scintillating, thought-provoking post. What a loser.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

I can't wait until the 14-14 or worse regular season when all the sunshine pumpers realize that Martin is the basketball equivalent of Dooley.

GET LOST!

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to redskinvol1:

THIS TEAM IS GOING PLACES!!

Yep. And they started this past saturday by going to the big Choo Choo town.Go Vols.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

I can't wait until the 14-14 or worse regular season when all the sunshine pumpers realize that Martin is the basketball equivalent of Dooley.

Fan, foe, troll, BBQ salesman, or insensitive profiler? You don't sound like a fan to me. Any of the others, or all the rest, is a sure bet.

Tennfan4075 writes:

For what reason would this game be closed to media and/or spectators? I really don't have that much interest in a scrimmage, but it seems to make so little sense.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to allntl1#565211:

Tom Jurich University of Louisville. Rick Pitino Basketball. Tony Strong Football. Ron Mann, Olympic Coach, Track and Field. New swim complex and top 20 swim team. All new facilities including the KFC Yum Center. Pappa John's Football Stadium. Women's Basketball and men's Final 4. It is unreal the turnaround all University of Louisville's Athletic programs have had under this guy.

That is a pretty impressive string of accomplishments when you put them all together that way, though honestly I'm not sure I had heard the guy's name before this post. In fact, I'm sure most of the people complaining about UT's ADs lately couldn't name more than one or two other ADs in the whole country. In general, the only way anybody not a fan of a particular school ever hears about another AD is if he/she winds up in deep NCAA doo-doo. It seems that Jurich may be an exception; he certainly would seem to be doing a fine job so far, and the good ones surely have PLENTY to do.

BTW, your football coach's name is Charley Strong, but a rose by any other name....

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

For what reason would this game be closed to media and/or spectators? I really don't have that much interest in a scrimmage, but it seems to make so little sense.

It's an NCAA rule. You know, "No reason for it, it's just our policy."

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

Georgia Tech went 11-20 overall last year in Brian Gregory's first season as head coach. The Yellow Jackets joined Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in the ACC basement with a 4-12 league record.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

Georgia Tech went 11-20 overall last year in Brian Gregory's first season as head coach. The Yellow Jackets joined Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in the ACC basement with a 4-12 league record.

ANY preseason ball is good for the team. A chance to learn and meld together. A chance to test rotations etc.

GT may not be any good this year. I doubt our beating them in a scrimmage is a sign of that however. They are traditionally a very good school that draws very good players. I'm not a GT fan but this was a good scrimmage for UT to test us a little before the year starts.imho

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

Georgia Tech went 11-20 overall last year in Brian Gregory's first season as head coach. The Yellow Jackets joined Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in the ACC basement with a 4-12 league record.

I don't recall anybody touting this as a signature win for the Vols. It was a live scrimmage and as such no worse a test than would be offered by any of the other sacrificial lambs served up to all the other major programs at this time of year. CCM said he mixed up the lineups and divided the minutes more or less equally, which he would not have done if the game really mattered. It is true that GA Tech basketball has been through a rough patch lately, but with the golden recruiting field that Atlanta is, if Gregory has anything at all on the ball, they won't be down long.

Jakevol writes:

Maybe they can beat an SEC team. Football team can't.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

ANY preseason ball is good for the team. A chance to learn and meld together. A chance to test rotations etc.

GT may not be any good this year. I doubt our beating them in a scrimmage is a sign of that however. They are traditionally a very good school that draws very good players. I'm not a GT fan but this was a good scrimmage for UT to test us a little before the year starts.imho

Never said it wasn't. Just putting things in perspective. Just because Tennessee beats the Hell out of Ga Tech in a pre-season scrimmage doesn't mean a lot.

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I don't recall anybody touting this as a signature win for the Vols. It was a live scrimmage and as such no worse a test than would be offered by any of the other sacrificial lambs served up to all the other major programs at this time of year. CCM said he mixed up the lineups and divided the minutes more or less equally, which he would not have done if the game really mattered. It is true that GA Tech basketball has been through a rough patch lately, but with the golden recruiting field that Atlanta is, if Gregory has anything at all on the ball, they won't be down long.

To the contrary. Some people were making statements about how deep Tennessee would run in the NCAA making inferences to the fact that we beat GA Tech badly in a pre-season scrimmage. I was just trying to bring perspective. GA Tech was not a good team last year!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

To the contrary. Some people were making statements about how deep Tennessee would run in the NCAA making inferences to the fact that we beat GA Tech badly in a pre-season scrimmage. I was just trying to bring perspective. GA Tech was not a good team last year!

Well, given some of the uninformed stuff some people spew on here, I don't doubt SOMEBODY said something like that, but I surely don't think that was a consensus opinion. I think the Vols will be good, but not because they had a scrimmage win over a mediocre-at-best GA Tech team.

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