For Vols, Auburn game one of two 'we've got to win'

Losing on the Plains all but pops bubble

Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) reacts after a 3-point basket and a foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Athens, Ga., Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) reacts after a 3-point basket and a foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Athens, Ga., Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Cuonzo Martin on facing the Auburn Tigers

There are must-win games. Then there are can’t-lose games.

Trust that there’s a difference.

When Tennessee steps on the Auburn Arena floor Wednesday night (TV: CSS, 9 p.m.), the Vols will do so as a clear favorite. Auburn is 3-13 in the SEC, 9-20 overall. Tennessee is 9-7, 17-11.

A win by the Vols will barely leave a blip on the ESPN BottomLine. A loss will all but eliminate any NCAA tournament at-large berth hopes, stir a storm in Knoxville and erase the team’s late-season surge.

“We’re in the exact same spot as last year so we know what we need to do,” UT junior guard Jordan McRae said. “We don’t like to label games must-wins, but these next two games, we’ve got to win.”

Or, at least, they can’t lose.

The Vols are looking to reroute from a weekend detour. A 78-68 defeat at Georgia snapped a six-game winning streak. But despite local reactions to the contrary, the loss didn’t derail those NCAA hopes.

Tennessee is still very much in the picture.

That will only remain intact as long as business is tended to Wednesday.

“Just get Ws and keep moving forward,” coach Cuonzo Martin said.

Auburn is languishing in the SEC basement alongside fellow 3-13 bottom feeders South Carolina and Mississippi State. Those Bulldogs, though, offered up a weekend reminder for UT of what can happen when wins are counted before they hatch. They dented the NCAA tournament resume of rival Ole Miss in an out-of-nowhere 73-67 win in Starkville on Saturday.

“We’ll talk about it, but more about trying to beat an Auburn team that’s a hungry team on a senior night, not necessarily what their RPI is,” Martin said. “You lose a game, it doesn’t matter what the RPI is. For us, it’s going to win a basketball game and being locked in from start to finish of a game, because anything can happen in league play.”

The RPI doesn’t matter in Wednesday's game, but it does matter in that big picture. In the NCAA’s official weekly ranking released Monday, UT dropped three spots from 53 to 56. Auburn sits at 228, worst in the SEC.

The Vols enter the final two games of the season jockeying shoulder-to-shoulder with Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia and LSU for seeding lines in the SEC tournament. Tennessee could finish as high as fourth place, thus earning a double bye to the conference quarterfinals, or anywhere from fifth to eighth.

The argument exists that UT might be best served not advancing directly to the quarters. A likely win over a lower-seeded team in the second round can at least pad the win total. A one-and-done appearance in the quarterfinals, resembling last season when the second-seeded Vols lost to seventh-seeded Ole Miss, would crumple up the resume.

That is, of course, down the road.

Auburn has lost seven straight, 13 of its last 14 and been held to less than 56 points in its past five outings. The tough times have spoiled coach Tony Barbee’s third year at the helm. The former UTEP coach is 12-36 in SEC games at Auburn and 25-56 overall.

With the heat rising in East Alabama, Barbee said during Monday's SEC teleconference, “Nobody hates losing more than me. I’ve aged 10 years this year because I haven’t slept. I’m trying to figure out ways to get this team back on the winning track. I see the direction that it’s going — and I’m excited about it.”

The Vols are excited for what’s ahead, too.

As long as it’s not a loss.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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CoverOrange writes:

Is 4th the highest possible? I calculated 3rd but I don't know all tiebreaker rules.

John_10065 writes:

Losing to GA twice was horrible. But UT has never done well against a zone style defense for years. Pearl lost more than one game against a zone. Yet we want to hang Martin for the same problem. Oh Well!

A loss to Auburn would be inexcusable. They have to be beaten so badly that their ancestors roll over in their graves. That is the only way to come back home to face Missouri which is a game that we need to win badly before the tourneyment.

That last game is against a team thqat is barely out of the top 25 and will likely get a bid all on their own. That's the game we have to win and before we get there we need to plow under Auburn like they were Athletes in Action from a couple decades ago.

maciste54 writes:

What the He77 is CSS and how come almost no one gets it ?

greatdaysahead writes:

My name says it all. Have faith.

iowavol writes:

in response to maciste54:

What the He77 is CSS and how come almost no one gets it ?

Seriously? I live in Wisconsin now, but back when I lived in TN CSS is College Sports South and almost everyone who has cable has access to it. Now, in WI we don't get it, but I can usually pick it up on the internet or always go to a sports bar, have a few pints and yell and scream with the other basketball fans watching their favorite team. If I go to the right place, I can smoke a cigar at the same time. Got a pretty good Fuente in the humidor just waiting to be smoked.

8inarow writes:

in response to maciste54:

What the He77 is CSS and how come almost no one gets it ?

You cannot pick it up on rabbit-ears.

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to 8inarow:

You cannot pick it up on rabbit-ears.

then how do you get it?

SouthPaVol writes:

It's gut-check time. Vols got a mission and the team to do it, question is, will they. Media are trying to distract McRae about whether he goes pro, and to think--the young man came off the bench at the first of the season.

McRae played summer-league ball and averaged about 25 points a game. CCM has made Jordan a better defensive player, but that wasn't done on the bench. We could have used his point production against Georgetown and Virginia, then we would not be talking bubble, but what seed the Vols would be in. And Jordan would be in the national player of the year conversation.

Hope CCM doesn't sit our 5-star SG on the bench next year to teach him defensive lessons. Go Vols!

signalcorps writes:

in response to greatdaysahead:

My name says it all. Have faith.

if your talking about our basketball team your right on it,,,,,this team is coming into it's self,,,,next year they will be ranked....

tnvol4ever writes:

A loss at Auburn would be sickening. Hopefully they jump on an already down Auburn team early. Rocky Top will be rocking on Saturday if the Vols get it done tonight.

John_10065 writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

then how do you get it?

Tin foil hat and face into the wind with your mouth open?

John_10065 writes:

FYI ESPN 3 is now carrying the game.

claiborneh writes:

Yawn. They are not a tournament team anyway. All this endless chatter so they might barely get in and lose in the first round.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to SouthPaVol:

It's gut-check time. Vols got a mission and the team to do it, question is, will they. Media are trying to distract McRae about whether he goes pro, and to think--the young man came off the bench at the first of the season.

McRae played summer-league ball and averaged about 25 points a game. CCM has made Jordan a better defensive player, but that wasn't done on the bench. We could have used his point production against Georgetown and Virginia, then we would not be talking bubble, but what seed the Vols would be in. And Jordan would be in the national player of the year conversation.

Hope CCM doesn't sit our 5-star SG on the bench next year to teach him defensive lessons. Go Vols!

Martin MAY not have to teach him any lessons. Usually that's the point of getting the 5* young men. AND no offense to McRae but if he is in the national picture for POY then bball IS down. I have loved his potential since he got on campus but he still(imho) is not at his potential.

1. Another year
2. work on ball control and court awareness
3. defense (though overall lately good)
4. mid-range shots
5. steals- he hasn't had that many really but he seems to be plenty quick?

The point is that there are always some things he can improve. Besides we'll need him for team depth if not as a leader next year.hehe

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to claiborneh:

Yawn. They are not a tournament team anyway. All this endless chatter so they might barely get in and lose in the first round.

Are you or are you not a part of the...

"chatter"?

wigmeister writes:

McRae is not NBA ready. Sportswriters just like to stir up the pot!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Auburn is the one team I have not seen much of because no network airs a game of such a poor team..I don't think they have a player like Pope who is unstoppable..As long as we don't have a 25% shooting night we will get the win because it's like playing on a neutral site..Mizzo is the must win..They are a lock for the tourney and have no less than 3 players that are always in double digits and They will put a capable defender on McRae

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to claiborneh:

Yawn. They are not a tournament team anyway. All this endless chatter so they might barely get in and lose in the first round.

They'll still look better in that first round than Pearl's teams that lost to Oklahoma State or the 30 point beating it took from Michigan.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to tnvol4ever:

A loss at Auburn would be sickening. Hopefully they jump on an already down Auburn team early. Rocky Top will be rocking on Saturday if the Vols get it done tonight.

As always it may be tougher that it looks on paper. Schools with Auburn's tradition don't like to lose at home. This year I suspect Auburn will have little to say in the matter.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Auburn is the one team I have not seen much of because no network airs a game of such a poor team..I don't think they have a player like Pope who is unstoppable..As long as we don't have a 25% shooting night we will get the win because it's like playing on a neutral site..Mizzo is the must win..They are a lock for the tourney and have no less than 3 players that are always in double digits and They will put a capable defender on McRae

We DO have a knack for playing down to the competition(Auburn). But hopefully against Mizzou we can play well with them at home. I'm not AS worried about McRae scoring as I am the others...i.e. Golden and Stokes and the rest. but stopping Missouri from getting to the paint would be nice also.hehe

AGAIN- as many have stated before

GOLDEN IS KEY!!! C'mon Golden and do what you know to do. Play ball.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to wigmeister:

McRae is not NBA ready. Sportswriters just like to stir up the pot!

I'd happily sit on the bench for $$$ in the NBdarn A! But I'm not ready either.

laraccoon writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

then how do you get it?

they have a community dish in his trailer park.

underthehill writes:

in response to wigmeister:

McRae is not NBA ready. Sportswriters just like to stir up the pot!

If the money says he is ready..he is ready..do what is best for yourself Jordan..UT will be alright next year either way...

bUTch_please writes:

Classic trap game.

Road. Senior Night. Home team tired of getting mud pushed in their face. Top 25 opponent waiting at home Saturday. Empty arena on the God-forsaken plains, Bore Eagle.

This team has to focus out a win tonight to prove it has some of the intangibles that make a dance worthy squad.

Zo VOLS!

volposter writes:

in response to maciste54:

What the He77 is CSS and how come almost no one gets it ?

It seems to be limited to some cable systems in the southeast. Cable systems elsewhere and Dish satellite generally do not carry it, we were told, because the pro sports coverage is limited. As mentioned, check ESPN3 on your computer, and hope that is not blacked out in your area as ESPN has started doing some games this year.

They also have carried a lot of Lady Vols games in the past

hikerdude writes:

Did anyone watch the Ark/Mo game last night? Beating them, even at home, is going to be tough. I don't think we have anyone who can effectively defend their point guard.

FanNotSheep writes:

If Tennessee can't beat Auburn they have no hope of doing anything in the postseason anyhow. So let's take care of business the next two games, win a couple of SEC Tournament games and roll the dice.

If McRae, Golden and Stokes are playing well Tennessee is a load to handle regardless of anything you might read on this site. If two of them are on, we still have a shot against most teams. It's time for Martin to lighten up, turn them loose and let them show what they can do. It's not time to tighten up and play not to lose. Go for it Vols!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to iowavol:

Seriously? I live in Wisconsin now, but back when I lived in TN CSS is College Sports South and almost everyone who has cable has access to it. Now, in WI we don't get it, but I can usually pick it up on the internet or always go to a sports bar, have a few pints and yell and scream with the other basketball fans watching their favorite team. If I go to the right place, I can smoke a cigar at the same time. Got a pretty good Fuente in the humidor just waiting to be smoked.

Time-Warner Cable doesn't carry it here in Greensboro, NC. I'm hoping it's on ESPN3, otherwise I'll have to get by listening to Bob and Bert through utsports.com. Come to think of it, I might try the sports bar thing. Watching the game with a beer in one hand and a BBQ sandwich in the other while leaving the wife at home watching "American Idol" is sounding better all the time!

Ironcity writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

Classic trap game.

Road. Senior Night. Home team tired of getting mud pushed in their face. Top 25 opponent waiting at home Saturday. Empty arena on the God-forsaken plains, Bore Eagle.

This team has to focus out a win tonight to prove it has some of the intangibles that make a dance worthy squad.

Zo VOLS!

It UT gets trapped twice in a row then they just are not good. I think the game will be close because it seems all of our games are close. The game does set up well for Stokes to have a big night. Will see.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to John_10065:

FYI ESPN 3 is now carrying the game.

Glad to hear it. Maybe I'll just sit in front of the computer with that beer and BBQ. Probably safer anyway.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to claiborneh:

Yawn. They are not a tournament team anyway. All this endless chatter so they might barely get in and lose in the first round.

More stupid, pointless whining! We all know the Vols are often inconsistent, but when they are on their game, they can play with anybody. If they do get in the NCAAs, I hope they play some team that gets their scouting reports from you!

PHAT_VOL writes:

Need to win next two and two in the tourney to have a chance. I think we are looking at the NIT.

But next year could be the year Martin brings U.T. basketball back. With Mammon back along with McRae,Stocks and Hubbs. We are gonna like Hubbs. If the signed point guard plays or not we should be a top twenty team.
Time will tell. But who knows maybe with a four game win stread we get in the big dance this year.
GO VOLS!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Martin MAY not have to teach him any lessons. Usually that's the point of getting the 5* young men. AND no offense to McRae but if he is in the national picture for POY then bball IS down. I have loved his potential since he got on campus but he still(imho) is not at his potential.

1. Another year
2. work on ball control and court awareness
3. defense (though overall lately good)
4. mid-range shots
5. steals- he hasn't had that many really but he seems to be plenty quick?

The point is that there are always some things he can improve. Besides we'll need him for team depth if not as a leader next year.hehe

From what everybody says, Hubbs looks like a guy who will be ready to play a major role as a freshman. Somebody posted a link to a nice article about him as his team gets ready to play in the state tournament. It made him out to be a hungry, humble guy who isn't in love with himself, just the kind who will accept the necessity to do the dirty work as well as make the big scoring plays.

As for McRae, it isn't always easy to know just what the pros think of a guy. I will say that he has made noticeable progress in your points 2 through 5, especially lately. I REALLY would like to see him back next year, but I'm also glad he's playing well enough that he is somewhere in the pro conversation THIS year. He could always have a bad game, I suppose, but he seems to have left that "inconsistent" label behind now.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

Classic trap game.

Road. Senior Night. Home team tired of getting mud pushed in their face. Top 25 opponent waiting at home Saturday. Empty arena on the God-forsaken plains, Bore Eagle.

This team has to focus out a win tonight to prove it has some of the intangibles that make a dance worthy squad.

Zo VOLS!

That just about sums it up. The Vols can't afford to let the home team catch fire or show up with no fire themselves. If they have the right stuff inside, the game should be no problem. If they just show up EXPECTING to win, they will be in trouble and once again mourning a lost opportunity.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volposter:

It seems to be limited to some cable systems in the southeast. Cable systems elsewhere and Dish satellite generally do not carry it, we were told, because the pro sports coverage is limited. As mentioned, check ESPN3 on your computer, and hope that is not blacked out in your area as ESPN has started doing some games this year.

They also have carried a lot of Lady Vols games in the past

Yeah, ESPN3 is kind of annoying that way. Last night I wanted to watch several games on ESPN3 so my wife could have the TV to watch "American Idol" and "Smash". Every game I wanted to watch was blacked out in my area because they were carried on the regular ESPN TV outlets. They even blacked out the Ole Miss-Alabama game even though it was on ESPNU, which only digital-tier subscribers can get, a mere fraction of all cable customers. I'm one of them, but as I said I had my own reasons for wanting to watch on the computer.

FanNotSheep writes:

I see this as a real test for Martin. He does have a nucleus of a really good basketball team this year, and a nice postseason run could launch the program when Hubbs arrives. I don't think McRae will decide to leave. If he stays, the Vols could be really special next year, and I can't see his stock going anywhere but up, barring injury.

The NBA is a crapshoot for anyone outside the top 10 in the draft. One more year for McRae and he could really help himself as well as the program.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Did anyone watch the Ark/Mo game last night? Beating them, even at home, is going to be tough. I don't think we have anyone who can effectively defend their point guard.

Based on their records, both Mizzou and the Red Pigs are completely different teams on the road compared to how they are at home. No question the Vols will have to be on their game to beat the Tigers even at TBA, or to beat Auburn at their place, for that matter. Phil Pressey, Mizzou's PG, was a pre-season pick for Player of the Year, but he has had several games where he has turned it over a LOT. We can only hope Saturday will be one of those games.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

If Tennessee can't beat Auburn they have no hope of doing anything in the postseason anyhow. So let's take care of business the next two games, win a couple of SEC Tournament games and roll the dice.

If McRae, Golden and Stokes are playing well Tennessee is a load to handle regardless of anything you might read on this site. If two of them are on, we still have a shot against most teams. It's time for Martin to lighten up, turn them loose and let them show what they can do. It's not time to tighten up and play not to lose. Go for it Vols!

I wouldn't go quite as far as your first sentence. Every game is unique. We all know that the Vols have to play their best or close to it to beat almost ANYBODY, including Auburn at their place. It may well be true that if they DON'T beat Auburn, they may not have a CHANCE to beat anybody in the NCAAs, but how they play in those circumstances at Auburn isn't much of an indicator of how they might play against somebody else in another time and place.

I agree with your point about the guys being better off playing loose, but I don't think Martin tries to clamp down on them as much as the guys sometimes tightening up themselves. If they defend and rebound with energy, I think they will be fine even if they aren't shooting the lights out, though the latter would certainly help!

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Did anyone watch the Ark/Mo game last night? Beating them, even at home, is going to be tough. I don't think we have anyone who can effectively defend their point guard.

Sometimes Martin defends guards by committee, swapping Richardson, Golden and McBee. The most important thing is the atmosphere inside Thompson Boling Arena. When Tennessee has a true home court advantage they usually win handily, and a frenzied crowd can disrupt the opposing point guard and unravel their game plan.

I've been there when it seemed louder than Neyland in the 90s and I've been there when people gave me mean looks for trying to cheer the team to victory. So I really believe the success of the program is a total team effort: it's up to UT fans as much as the players and coaches.

8inarow writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Based on their records, both Mizzou and the Red Pigs are completely different teams on the road compared to how they are at home. No question the Vols will have to be on their game to beat the Tigers even at TBA, or to beat Auburn at their place, for that matter. Phil Pressey, Mizzou's PG, was a pre-season pick for Player of the Year, but he has had several games where he has turned it over a LOT. We can only hope Saturday will be one of those games.

Mizzou is a lock. Home court, 50% more free-throws. Wins every time it's tried.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I wouldn't go quite as far as your first sentence. Every game is unique. We all know that the Vols have to play their best or close to it to beat almost ANYBODY, including Auburn at their place. It may well be true that if they DON'T beat Auburn, they may not have a CHANCE to beat anybody in the NCAAs, but how they play in those circumstances at Auburn isn't much of an indicator of how they might play against somebody else in another time and place.

I agree with your point about the guys being better off playing loose, but I don't think Martin tries to clamp down on them as much as the guys sometimes tightening up themselves. If they defend and rebound with energy, I think they will be fine even if they aren't shooting the lights out, though the latter would certainly help!

Well I do think Martin has reined in McRae quite a bit early this season and last year too -- at least until Mc's recent offensive explosion. Not saying I favor launching quick 3s and wasting possessions, mind you. But Pearl and Martin both showed a tendency to tighten up in pressure situations. And I truly believe basketball players need to be loose to excel.

If you think you better not miss the next shot, you probably will, whereas if you learn to trust in your abilities you welcome the pressure. The coach has to trust his players before they can ever get to that point.

In Pearl's first two seasons they played like they had nothing to lose, but when they started getting highly rated players and became favored to win I felt like Pearl tightened up too much, for instance, dictating that Tyler had to touch the ball on every single possession, etc.

This team has come a long, long way this season. They were so hard to watch on offense I was at the point of giving up. They kept fighting though, and this is the time for coaches and fans to have faith in the guys who brought us this far, so let's have some fun and win some more ballgames!

dcap8424 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Yeah, ESPN3 is kind of annoying that way. Last night I wanted to watch several games on ESPN3 so my wife could have the TV to watch "American Idol" and "Smash". Every game I wanted to watch was blacked out in my area because they were carried on the regular ESPN TV outlets. They even blacked out the Ole Miss-Alabama game even though it was on ESPNU, which only digital-tier subscribers can get, a mere fraction of all cable customers. I'm one of them, but as I said I had my own reasons for wanting to watch on the computer.

Sounds like you need the Watch ESPN app for your phone or tablet.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to dcap8424:

Sounds like you need the Watch ESPN app for your phone or tablet.

I confess that I am a "stone-age" type who has neither a smart phone nor a tablet. However, ESPN3 is sometimes blacked out on those devices as well. I'm not on Twitter or Facebook, either. I don't even have an iPod! My wife and I are retired folks who have a nice enough lifestyle for me to play golf regularly, eat out when we want to, and take nice vacations, in part because we don't buy things we don't need, and you don't miss what you never had!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Well I do think Martin has reined in McRae quite a bit early this season and last year too -- at least until Mc's recent offensive explosion. Not saying I favor launching quick 3s and wasting possessions, mind you. But Pearl and Martin both showed a tendency to tighten up in pressure situations. And I truly believe basketball players need to be loose to excel.

If you think you better not miss the next shot, you probably will, whereas if you learn to trust in your abilities you welcome the pressure. The coach has to trust his players before they can ever get to that point.

In Pearl's first two seasons they played like they had nothing to lose, but when they started getting highly rated players and became favored to win I felt like Pearl tightened up too much, for instance, dictating that Tyler had to touch the ball on every single possession, etc.

This team has come a long, long way this season. They were so hard to watch on offense I was at the point of giving up. They kept fighting though, and this is the time for coaches and fans to have faith in the guys who brought us this far, so let's have some fun and win some more ballgames!

Several good points here, but I think McRae NEEDED to be held back a bit earlier in his career. He often showed very poor judgment about when and how to employ his always-undeniable talent. He has lately gotten very much better at recognizing genuine opportunities and much more efficient at exploiting them. I agree that it is very hard for a coach to know just when to let guys play and when to rein them in. The temptation is great in most coaches to try to control every aspect of a game that they can. For me, I think the key is to try to teach players how to react in every possible situation in practice, then back off and let them show you what they have learned in the games, and use the game tapes to inform future practices. Progress may not always be smooth in that process, but I think it is a sounder way to go in the long run. Once the players truly understand what the coach wants and are able to do it on their own, the coach can wield a lighter rein in the games.

Tucker31 writes:

While I do believe that the Vols are a better team than Auburn, this is an SEC road game. Always a tough proposition. To think that 4 weeks ago I had assumed the Vols not even NIT worthy, then suddenly McCrae comes alive, inspires everyone around him and they reel off 6 straight, including their 1st, 2nd & 3rd (and only) SEC road wins. GA brought them back to Earth last weekend in what was never a close game. Again, the road in the SEC is daunting, a place where anyone can lose to anyone.

Winning out (IMO) will not get them in the tournament. They need to win 2 games (at least) in the SEC tourney, in addition to beating AU and MZ, with one of those wins being a 'quality' win...ie... KY, FL, MZ or even Bama. Let's hope they don't see Ole Miss for the 3rd time this year, as they obviously have no clue how to beat them. Man, imagine where they would be with Maymon!! Suddenly next year looks good with Maymon, Golden, McRae, Stokes and Hubbs (incoming FR)... it just seems that with the Vols, it's always "next year".

MurfVol77 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Time-Warner Cable doesn't carry it here in Greensboro, NC. I'm hoping it's on ESPN3, otherwise I'll have to get by listening to Bob and Bert through utsports.com. Come to think of it, I might try the sports bar thing. Watching the game with a beer in one hand and a BBQ sandwich in the other while leaving the wife at home watching "American Idol" is sounding better all the time!

I second that idea!!!....now which bar

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to John_10065:

Tin foil hat and face into the wind with your mouth open?

8inarow tried that. His braces scrambled the reception.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MurfVol77:

I second that idea!!!....now which bar

How soon can you get to Greensboro? We'll figure something out when you get here! Several good possibilities here.

volposter writes:

in response to dcap8424:

Sounds like you need the Watch ESPN app for your phone or tablet.

As n example, the SEC Women's tournament is being blacked out here right now on ESPN3 even though no one here seems to be carrying it. We have the same issue with the men's regional SEC games on Wed. nights which are also not carried locally. These blackouts on ESPN3 are not always logical especially since ESPN took over the regional SEC broadcasts.

As to the Watch ESPN tablet app your cable company has to participate or so mine shows so you can log in, and most do not. If you know a way around that please post same. I would guess same blackouts of games anyway since that is really ESPN3.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

EspdarN

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