Game against Tusculum will neither help, nor hurt tournament chances if UT wins

Tennessee mascot 'Smokey' leads the basketball team on to the course before the game with Tennessee Tech on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. UT won the game 84-63. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee mascot "Smokey" leads the basketball team on to the course before the game with Tennessee Tech on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. UT won the game 84-63. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

While Cuonzo Martin and his players tend to block mentions of the Rating Percentage Index like a telegraphed layup, Jon Gilbert admits he checks in daily on the formula the NCAA tournament selection committee uses to help rank and seed teams.

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rockypop writes:

This game is a lose - lose deal for UT. First, and foremost, the fans lose, because who wants to see a game like this. Secondly, the only acceptable outcome is for UT to win by 30 or more going away. And, if they don't - then even if it doesn't affect the RPI, it will surely affect the fans perception of the team as well as their desire to keep coming to the games. Finally, if the game is decided by single digits, and God-forbid, a loss, then there will be serious consequences.

I can only hope the players can find a way to get motivated to put their feet on the gas and not let up.

martvol writes:

It'll be okay. I promise.

NoIncomeTax writes:

If you want to lose more season ticket holders like me, keep scheduling these types of games at home. Face value for a ticket is $30.

stevefromjasper writes:

Kentucky is not playing tomorrow. Since the wizards at SEC headquarters in Birmingham disgracefully decided not to send Kentucky to play at Knoxville for the first time since Kentucky served their death penalty year in 1952, tomorrow would have been a good time for the two schools to play a game that did not count in the SEC standings, but continued the home-and-home matchups that have happened for 61 consecutive years.

Remember this game against Tusculum if Tennessee once again ends up "on the bubble" in March.

$30 for a ticket to this event is worse than charging $40 to the Austin Peay football game.

Kudos to Tusculum, by the way, for being the place where the great and unfairly maligned East Tennessee President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, first learned his debating skills as a young tailor.

twilson1028#1422474 writes:

Whether this game counts toward the RPI or not, it has no opportunity to help the team's RPI, so that in and of itself hurts the team's RPI. And this just in...this team needs all the help with its RPI that it can get.

johnlg00 writes:

We can only hope the Vols continue to work on their team offense, engraining the idea of moving players and the ball with purpose and delivering the score with authority. If it just turns into to a playground-style run-and-gun fest, we can only hope nobody gets hurt and they don't carry that kind of performance into games that matter.

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