John Adams: Kentucky could be just what UT basketball needs

John Adams

Kentucky has long been Tennessee’s most prominent basketball target.

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johnlg00 writes:

The opportunity is there. I want the Vols to disabuse me of the feeling that they are 10 points down before starting the game against a quality opponent. If UK scores the first two buckets, I hope somebody will put a UK player on the floor before they make a third. They don't want to hurt anybody, they don't want to be "flagrant", but they had better not let that next shot get up to the bucket. Until they take on that attitude--ruthless but not savage--they will look and feel--and thus perform--weak in tough circumstances.

TNlogfire writes:

Ty for the kiss of death, adams...

TNlogfire writes:

He's done it so well for SOOO long...hard to believe he and dooley were buds, but hey...somebody has to kick the cat, right..?

TNlogfire writes:

in response to TNlogfire:

He's done it so well for SOOO long...hard to believe he and dooley were buds, but hey...somebody has to kick the cat, right..?

metaphorical speaking, of course...

fannotsheep writes:

Problem is they will suck us in by playing well -- make a run or take the lead and then blow it, and there we will sit wondering why we just wasted another two hours and raised our blood pressure for more disappointment. Or maybe it's just me.

johndavid writes:

The refs have to give us a chance by letting us play as aggressive as Kentucky or it will all be wasted effort and a feeling we played poorly when that maybe wasn't the case. How many fouls were called against Kentucky at Arkansas - alot. They will foul us even more at Rupp but how many will be called? Maybe the new rule emphasis will stop them from knocking us off of our path everytime we are driving like the last 30 UT teams that went to Rupp.

Stokes cannot try not to foul. Randle will run into him every time he has the ball and Stokes has to act like he deserves the chance to play defense or the call will go against him. If we don't draw 2 or more charges against Randle we will probably lose.

TommyJack writes:

unstinkinlikely

underthehill writes:

in response to johndavid:

The refs have to give us a chance by letting us play as aggressive as Kentucky or it will all be wasted effort and a feeling we played poorly when that maybe wasn't the case. How many fouls were called against Kentucky at Arkansas - alot. They will foul us even more at Rupp but how many will be called? Maybe the new rule emphasis will stop them from knocking us off of our path everytime we are driving like the last 30 UT teams that went to Rupp.

Stokes cannot try not to foul. Randle will run into him every time he has the ball and Stokes has to act like he deserves the chance to play defense or the call will go against him. If we don't draw 2 or more charges against Randle we will probably lose.

The refs in Rupp are like no others you will see ..they are intimidated and partial..the history of UK basketball since the days of Rupp has been that they foul you and some get called..you foul them and they all get called plus a few more..it is commonly said that because of this you are 10 points down when you get off the bus..I think it is more than that..but ..Bernard King said after his first game in Rupp when UT lost a hard fought game..I will never lose another game to UK ..and he did not..he refused to give in to the refs and just kept playing his game..this is the only chance UT has in this game..they have to play their game regardless of how many touch fouls are called on them and how many are ignored against the kittens..if they let the refs or kittens intimidate them ..it is over..Maymon is the key against Rankin..Rankin will charge and expect the refs to let him do it..Maymon can move his feet and man up to him..Richardson will have to take the left handed outside shooting freshman (James Young..Ithink) when he is on the floor ..this guy is good..gonna take a huge team effort ..but it can be done...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to johndavid:

The refs have to give us a chance by letting us play as aggressive as Kentucky or it will all be wasted effort and a feeling we played poorly when that maybe wasn't the case. How many fouls were called against Kentucky at Arkansas - alot. They will foul us even more at Rupp but how many will be called? Maybe the new rule emphasis will stop them from knocking us off of our path everytime we are driving like the last 30 UT teams that went to Rupp.

Stokes cannot try not to foul. Randle will run into him every time he has the ball and Stokes has to act like he deserves the chance to play defense or the call will go against him. If we don't draw 2 or more charges against Randle we will probably lose.

That is very astute. Every possible circumstance at Rupp Arena is calculated to influence the refs and the visiting team. I just fear the Vols don't have the team or individual discipline to shut out the crowd and any perceived officiating injustices and make a real stand for a whole game. They seem to not only get emotionally invested in games, they let their emotions show. This feeds the hostile crowd, puts the refs on edge, encourages the Cats to play even more aggressively, etc., etc.

Then you consider that the Vols just aren't likely to get too many scores on postups in close against UK's three 7-footers, or however many they have. The UT perimeter players might have an easier job taking the ball inside against UK perimeter because the latter are so accustomed to having a big "eraser" or two on the backside.

But because of those erasers, they won't be able to take it all the way to the hoop as often as they would like. This is THE time for all the guys to STOP GLIDING and hope to think of something while you're in the air! Penetrate halfway, pause, see where the help defender is, then decide whether to pull up there for a short jumper, feed the post on the back side or a cutter down the lane, or do a hitch-and-go to the hoop if the help defender doesn't close on you. The normal method of just launching oneself headlong into the middle of the biggest crowd you can find is NOT going to work, you are NOT going to get the foul called--unless it's on you for a charge--and all of that will just make you madder at yourself, the refs, the opponent, the rim, the light...!

Meanwhile, Stokes and Maymon have be ready and able to move like they never have before. They have to accept that it is going to be tough to get post feeds and tough to get up good shots in deep. They are going to have to maintain their composure and intensity even when they are getting shots blocked and not getting good passes or foul calls. They can't afford to get "stuck" on guys underneath unless they are screening for somebody. I could go on and on, but you get it.

stevefromjasper writes:

I was going to say that it's "8 vs 5" on the court whenever you play at Corrupt Arena (named after coaching legend Adolph Corrupt), but several posters on here have already said it very well.

bUTch__please writes:

in response to johnlg00:

That is very astute. Every possible circumstance at Rupp Arena is calculated to influence the refs and the visiting team. I just fear the Vols don't have the team or individual discipline to shut out the crowd and any perceived officiating injustices and make a real stand for a whole game. They seem to not only get emotionally invested in games, they let their emotions show. This feeds the hostile crowd, puts the refs on edge, encourages the Cats to play even more aggressively, etc., etc.

Then you consider that the Vols just aren't likely to get too many scores on postups in close against UK's three 7-footers, or however many they have. The UT perimeter players might have an easier job taking the ball inside against UK perimeter because the latter are so accustomed to having a big "eraser" or two on the backside.

But because of those erasers, they won't be able to take it all the way to the hoop as often as they would like. This is THE time for all the guys to STOP GLIDING and hope to think of something while you're in the air! Penetrate halfway, pause, see where the help defender is, then decide whether to pull up there for a short jumper, feed the post on the back side or a cutter down the lane, or do a hitch-and-go to the hoop if the help defender doesn't close on you. The normal method of just launching oneself headlong into the middle of the biggest crowd you can find is NOT going to work, you are NOT going to get the foul called--unless it's on you for a charge--and all of that will just make you madder at yourself, the refs, the opponent, the rim, the light...!

Meanwhile, Stokes and Maymon have be ready and able to move like they never have before. They have to accept that it is going to be tough to get post feeds and tough to get up good shots in deep. They are going to have to maintain their composure and intensity even when they are getting shots blocked and not getting good passes or foul calls. They can't afford to get "stuck" on guys underneath unless they are screening for somebody. I could go on and on, but you get it.

...and we could all get by fine on rock candy mountain.

Maybe the guys can stick a game down and win. Yet, there are very few happy endings to unhappy journeys..meaning..if you don't play with passion to win in every game before you get to Rupp..it may be a slight stretch to think you'll just turn on the "baller within" at tip-off.

Please prove me wrong and stomp Kentucky. Please.

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