Too little, too late as Vols' rally falls short against Xavier

Vols' furious rally falls short in first game

Xavier forward Isaiah Philmore has his goggles knocked loose by Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon on Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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Xavier forward Isaiah Philmore has his goggles knocked loose by Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon on Tuesday in Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI — A game the Tennessee men’s basketball team felt would be an NCAA tournament resume builder and a statement that the new-and-improved Vols could and would start fast instead turned into a season-opening stumble.

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atnvol#283282 writes:

Another slow start of the season for Martin....if he could ever get his teams off to a faster start he could make the tournament.

baneberry writes:

Missed free throws; can't throw it into the ocean from the floor - typical Tennessee basketball team. I turned it off midway thru the first half.

wilk58 writes:

de ja vu all over again

vols1002 writes:

We need BRUCEEEE!!!

robert#1417579 writes:

Same 'ol same 'ol. You can't wait until January to win games that matter. The sad thing is, Xavier had two starters that didn't play and we still couldn't win.

RoadTrip writes:

Pathetic. Lay-ups and FT's. Are we supposed to believe that they are that hard to do, when most of us were doing it reasonably well in grade school? It is Zo's responsibility to sit them beside him on the bench when they miss the first one, so they understand that can't happen anymore. That's all that cost them a game against a quality opponent on the road.

Zo is in the third year of big boy ball. Time for the dumb stuff to stop or make a coaching change to fix it.

BigDave64 writes:

in response to robert#1417579:

Same 'ol same 'ol. You can't wait until January to win games that matter. The sad thing is, Xavier had two starters that didn't play and we still couldn't win.

Man I said the same thing as the last four posters last night. If Martin doesn't win at least one or two tourney games he is out! Bruce is hanging around waiting and ready to go, wonder what he could do with this team. Me and some buddies were playing golf this summer and let Steven Pearl play through. We stopped and talked to him for a few and he said Bruce would love to come back to UT!

The fact that we still can't shoot free throws baffles me. I haven't touched a ball in 5 years and I promise I can shoot free throws better than these guys... On a lighter note... Kentucky lost.

namici#1422384 writes:

NCAA Tournament teams have their stuff figured out at the beginning of the season.

NIT Tournament teams do not.

BrassMonkey writes:

I told you so!

TommyJack writes:

Yeah, I guess this season is shot. You dolts.

atnvol#283282 writes:

"Tougher Breed"....come on man...

SmokeysPup writes:

pathetice excuse for an opening game. Won't be watching this phooey again this year. After Kentucky (football) game or possible bowl game, won't have to worry about cheering for the VOLS til next summer

namici#1422384 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Yeah, I guess this season is shot. You dolts.

TJ,
Are you saying that this team did not look like the previous two teams under Martin?

Come on man.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Another Conzo Special is shaping up again for thgis season.

fannotsheep writes:

I don't know if Bruce would even be interested after the way UT hung him out to dry. But this is Martin's make or break year. If he can't win with the talent on this team I think it's safe to say we hired the wrong guy. Imagine that!

johndavid writes:

If we had Makajoula ? (I forgot how to spell his name but I will never forget his defense and rebounding!) We win this game. H e would never let anybody score on him in the post! Never! Stokes will be back again unless he pulls a Hopson. Hopson might have made Nba by staying. Stokes will never be ready no matter how long he stays. Stop trying to impress NBA scouts and just play basketball. Did Stokes not play better his first game at 17 yrs old with a week of practice and not knowing any plays? Martin coaches like the game is 80 minutes instead of 40, no sense of we need to play well right now . The team will be okay. Our 14 deep roster could be a disadvantage if we try and play too many people. I feel sorry for anyone on the roster not getting playing time, however, playing everyone and losing will not help. The freshman looked pretty good for next year. Barton is going to help us alot. Martin,STOKES and MAYMON LOST THIS GAME FOR US WITHOUT A DOUBT! When you cant score on your guy please pass it to somebody else who can!!!! There were some ugly selfish shots by those 2. Those 2 players have never been very successful at posting a player up and scoring. They are much better rebounding and working in space because of their strengths and weaknesses. Stokes has a better chance of scoring when he does not take the first shot!

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

For all you delusional people begging for Bruce, get a life.
When you replace the Head Coach, Board of Trustees, Athletic Board, President of the University System, Chancellor of UTK and the Athletic Director, you can get Bruce back.
Maybe he goes to Memphis some day.
Tennessee Vols, never again, mark it down.

DroopyDrawers writes:

in response to SmokeysPup:

pathetice excuse for an opening game. Won't be watching this phooey again this year. After Kentucky (football) game or possible bowl game, won't have to worry about cheering for the VOLS til next summer

Watch the Lady Vols! They know how to win!

Volsreign1 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

I don't know if Bruce would even be interested after the way UT hung him out to dry. But this is Martin's make or break year. If he can't win with the talent on this team I think it's safe to say we hired the wrong guy. Imagine that!

UT hung him out to dry? The NCAA ruled he couldn't coach for 3 years. How could that possibly be UT's fault?

Volsreign1 writes:

Also, nobody would love to have Bruce back more than me, but I can remember at least 5 to 7 games where we would have won if we would have made only 50% of our free throws. That includes the game that would have gotten us into the Final Four if we would have shot JUST 50% FREE THROWS!!! So Bruce may not help us in that area.

wigmeister writes:

I also turned it off. Can't understand a team that supposedly wants it so bad, look so hapless as the game starts. Martin is a nice guy. Has recruited ok. But if you can't get a team that shoots foul shots, and waits for their good shots to be open, bricks are what ya get.

underthehill writes:

I had been hoping to see a well coached basketball Vol team go about their business in a competent and confident manner..what I saw was a team that had no idea as to how to get a good open look on offense..and give up too many easy shots on defense..

johndavid writes:

in response to DroopyDrawers:

Watch the Lady Vols! They know how to win!

The rowing team may dominate but I don't care enough to watch!

overthetop writes:

in response to DroopyDrawers:

Watch the Lady Vols! They know how to win!

Sorry Droop. Sure they win, but it's girls playing basketball. A good boys high school team would run big circles around them. If you really love watching basketball and know the game, the womens version just doesn't cut it.

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

UT hung him out to dry? The NCAA ruled he couldn't coach for 3 years. How could that possibly be UT's fault?

You are incorrect. The NCAA hung a 3 year show cause on Bruce. If the UT administration had any courage or sense they would have kept Bruce and accepted the penalty. Maybe he would have gotten a 5 game suspension like Frank Haith ( for a much more serious offense ).

johnlg00 writes:

in response to wigmeister:

I also turned it off. Can't understand a team that supposedly wants it so bad, look so hapless as the game starts. Martin is a nice guy. Has recruited ok. But if you can't get a team that shoots foul shots, and waits for their good shots to be open, bricks are what ya get.

I thought they just basically looked like they were as tight as banjo strings. I don't understand why that should be so with all those veterans on the team, but almost nobody had any flow to their offensive game except McRae. And as frustrated as we all are with the free-throw shooting, the problem is literally everywhere in college ball today. My flip answer is that this is because nobody ever gets on SportsCenter for shooting free-throws.

Volsreign1 writes:

in response to willphill#241787:

You are incorrect. The NCAA hung a 3 year show cause on Bruce. If the UT administration had any courage or sense they would have kept Bruce and accepted the penalty. Maybe he would have gotten a 5 game suspension like Frank Haith ( for a much more serious offense ).

For God's sake look up what "show cause" means. It means he's not allowed to recruit for 3 years. THERE'S A REASON NO UNIVERSITY HAS EVER KEPT A COACH WITH A SHOW CAUSE PENALTY! HE CAN'T RECRUIT! WHO ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY WITH? FRAT BOYS? Good grief.

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

For God's sake look up what "show cause" means. It means he's not allowed to recruit for 3 years. THERE'S A REASON NO UNIVERSITY HAS EVER KEPT A COACH WITH A SHOW CAUSE PENALTY! HE CAN'T RECRUIT! WHO ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY WITH? FRAT BOYS? Good grief.

I believe you need to look up the definition of " show cause " and not just make something up.

fannotsheep writes:

Regardless of the definition of show cause, Coach Pearl said he will always wonder what the NCAA would have done if he had faced the committee with the backing of his university.

Let that sink in please. I believe Pearl knows the situation quite a bit better than the rest of us. And anyone who was paying attention knows the university acted with malice and cowardice, strategically cutting the heart out of his team before the NCAA Tournament game with Michigan. Whether you think they could have won the game or not, the AD did its level best to ensure he wouldn't be firing a coach who was leading his team on a post-season run.

I will likely never see another Tennessee coach with Bruce Pearl's unique ability to transform a program. For that I hope Hammy and his henchmen rot.

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