Guards fail Tennessee in 67-41 blowout loss in Gainesville

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) and center Patric Young (4) tie-up Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) as he tries to move the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Tennessee 67-41.  (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) and center Patric Young (4) tie-up Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) as he tries to move the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Tennessee 67-41. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the Tennessee men’s basketball team warmed up for a game that turned out to be its worst shooting performance of the season, D’Montre Edwards mentioned aloud that the rim at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center felt a little softer than the ones back home.

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brokebackvol writes:

Ugh...another stinker. NIT even looking a little iffy.

VibrantVol writes:

Cheek & Hart are total fools & buffoons if they don't fire Martin & rehire Pearl. With all the talent we have, Pearl would've had this team at the top of the SEC right now. Instead we're in the bottom half of the league & falling.

Martin has never made it to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach & never will. He will never get a job at this level again. He has no clue how to design an offense. The stats today were atrocious.

We have more talent than we've had in ages. However, once these seniors leave & Stokes takes an early exit, our team will be decimated next season. We absolutely MUST fire Martin or our basketball program will fall off the map. It is practically irrelevant nationally now, & that is absolutely unacceptable for a program that has one of the biggest budgets in the country.

VibrantVol writes:

This guy posts as DeerPark12 on Hoopsville:

http://www.utsports.com/genrel/061702...

Check out his posts at this link, including his defense of Cheek:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=7&...

As you can see from that link, most everyone else has called him out as a shill for the UT administration, of which he is a part. It is obvious that the attorney that UT hired conspired with UT against Pearl to get him fired. Look at how another school that is mentioned in the link above is doing by thumbing their nose at the NCAA & keeping a coach that had a show cause order entered against their basketball coach & is doing well, which is what UT should've done with Pearl....

http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/m-ba...

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-baske...

Cheek was a fool not to keep Pearl & do the same thing UCF has done. They are achieving far more with a coach that can't recruit off campus than we are with one that can't coach at all.

bricker865#1439238 writes:

in response to VibrantVol:

Cheek & Hart are total fools & buffoons if they don't fire Martin & rehire Pearl. With all the talent we have, Pearl would've had this team at the top of the SEC right now. Instead we're in the bottom half of the league & falling.

Martin has never made it to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach & never will. He will never get a job at this level again. He has no clue how to design an offense. The stats today were atrocious.

We have more talent than we've had in ages. However, once these seniors leave & Stokes takes an early exit, our team will be decimated next season. We absolutely MUST fire Martin or our basketball program will fall off the map. It is practically irrelevant nationally now, & that is absolutely unacceptable for a program that has one of the biggest budgets in the country.

Agree with everything that you said!

UT4prez writes:

The comments from Martin and the players are aggravating. They clearly have no clue. The shots aren't falling because we aren't moving bodies or the ball to get quality shots. Period. Then in the second half when Florida slacked off we did have open looks but the game was out of reach and our confidence was gone so they still missed. But for the team to act like we just missed open shots is absurd. That was only true when UF was already up 30.

baneberry writes:

"We've got to attack the rim. We've got to get to the free throw line". Why? They can't make free throws! An offensive juggernaut. UT Athletics = Mediocrity.

fannotsheep writes:

tick-tock, tick-tockā€¦

wilk58 writes:

Isn't the ability to shoot the ball part of being talented? How many times has this team shot under 30% the last three years with a combination of players.

Mcrae throwing up shots you don't see in pickup games, Maymon missing bunnies, Reese and Barton missing everything, etc. this was a total team effort(failure) including CM and staff.

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

Hang down your head Tom Dooley this poor boy is about to cry. Coach you have had your opportunity and you have failed miserably so to save all of us and yourself farther embarrassment I would suggest you fold your tent and slip into the night. I promise you no one will miss you.

Adios and may we never meet again.

Buttcrackhead writes:

I watched about 5 minutes of the game in the first half. I knew it was over and predicted a 15 to 20 point loss. It ended up being a 25 point loss. One bad game would be ok if it was the exception, but to often it has become the norm under this staff. He lost me a long time ago. BBB, BBB, BBB, BBB

wigmeister writes:

in response to VibrantVol:

This guy posts as DeerPark12 on Hoopsville:

http://www.utsports.com/genrel/061702...

Check out his posts at this link, including his defense of Cheek:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=7&...

As you can see from that link, most everyone else has called him out as a shill for the UT administration, of which he is a part. It is obvious that the attorney that UT hired conspired with UT against Pearl to get him fired. Look at how another school that is mentioned in the link above is doing by thumbing their nose at the NCAA & keeping a coach that had a show cause order entered against their basketball coach & is doing well, which is what UT should've done with Pearl....

http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/m-ba...

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-baske...

Cheek was a fool not to keep Pearl & do the same thing UCF has done. They are achieving far more with a coach that can't recruit off campus than we are with one that can't coach at all.

Good post. Right on the money. For all intents and purposes, unfortunately, this season is history.

STLVOLS writes:

Some of you guys are using the word "WE "in your comments. You are making good points but your utter panic by living your lives vicariously through performance of Vols can be avoided. Yes, the performance was terrible and as a UTK grad I want better but "THEY" are the ones with the problem. TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND EXHALE.

jone8191#247590 writes:

Martin likes for his team to "stay ugly". MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Run the shot clock down to five and then take a wild shot. This team is barely watchable when they win. On a day like at Florida, I rather be at the dentist.

johnlg00 writes:

"Stokes and Maymon were the only Vols that hit more than one field goal." I never thought this team would ever have a night like that.

oldster writes:

That Martin cannot get it done is becoming more and more evident. However, I am not convinced that Pearl is the answer either. He certainly is charismatic and entertaining; however, he recruited the same kind of players that Martin has recruited, to-wit: long, athletic players with little ability to put the ball through the hoop at a distance of more than 5 feet with any consistency. Moreover, many, if not most of the players he signed got into trouble off the court. I would also point out that his last team did not live up to expectations either. In fact, the success of his teams pretty much steadily declined from the first year to the last.

Of the two coaches, I would still prefer Martin because neither he nor his players disgrace the university off the court. However, I would prefer getting a coach who actually realizes the value of good shooters, even if they are not long and/or athletic. E.g. Chris Lofton, Trajan Langdon, Reddick, etc.

UT4prez writes:

in response to oldster:

That Martin cannot get it done is becoming more and more evident. However, I am not convinced that Pearl is the answer either. He certainly is charismatic and entertaining; however, he recruited the same kind of players that Martin has recruited, to-wit: long, athletic players with little ability to put the ball through the hoop at a distance of more than 5 feet with any consistency. Moreover, many, if not most of the players he signed got into trouble off the court. I would also point out that his last team did not live up to expectations either. In fact, the success of his teams pretty much steadily declined from the first year to the last.

Of the two coaches, I would still prefer Martin because neither he nor his players disgrace the university off the court. However, I would prefer getting a coach who actually realizes the value of good shooters, even if they are not long and/or athletic. E.g. Chris Lofton, Trajan Langdon, Reddick, etc.

Interesting post. I was a huge Pearl fan and would love to have him back as he won a lot and his teams were just fun to watch. You have some good points though about the player types and player troubles. He did find ways to win even with the similar player types. I would not at all rather have Martin than Pearl but only because Martin's and his teams' lack of fire drives me nuts!

Who would you like to see? That's realistic. Shaka Smart is not realistic. What about SDSU's coach? He seems to have done a nice job there.

gglardon50#417841 writes:

in response to VibrantVol:

Cheek & Hart are total fools & buffoons if they don't fire Martin & rehire Pearl. With all the talent we have, Pearl would've had this team at the top of the SEC right now. Instead we're in the bottom half of the league & falling.

Martin has never made it to the NCAA Tournament as a head coach & never will. He will never get a job at this level again. He has no clue how to design an offense. The stats today were atrocious.

We have more talent than we've had in ages. However, once these seniors leave & Stokes takes an early exit, our team will be decimated next season. We absolutely MUST fire Martin or our basketball program will fall off the map. It is practically irrelevant nationally now, & that is absolutely unacceptable for a program that has one of the biggest budgets in the country.

Hey dude,you team isn't on the map!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

"Stokes and Maymon were the only Vols that hit more than one field goal." I never thought this team would ever have a night like that.

Me neither. But they did.

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to oldster:

That Martin cannot get it done is becoming more and more evident. However, I am not convinced that Pearl is the answer either. He certainly is charismatic and entertaining; however, he recruited the same kind of players that Martin has recruited, to-wit: long, athletic players with little ability to put the ball through the hoop at a distance of more than 5 feet with any consistency. Moreover, many, if not most of the players he signed got into trouble off the court. I would also point out that his last team did not live up to expectations either. In fact, the success of his teams pretty much steadily declined from the first year to the last.

Of the two coaches, I would still prefer Martin because neither he nor his players disgrace the university off the court. However, I would prefer getting a coach who actually realizes the value of good shooters, even if they are not long and/or athletic. E.g. Chris Lofton, Trajan Langdon, Reddick, etc.

Sound like you are practicing revisionism with your basketball history.Did we forget the no.1 ranking and six consecutive NCAA trips reaching the elite 8. Pearl's last year was down because of the cloud over the program that was created in large part by Slive, Cheek and Hamilton. Pearl was at fault too, but he admitted his mistake. The punishment far outweighed the crime. Miami's coach got a 5 game suspension for much worse.

rumaso writes:

in response to willphill#241787:

Sound like you are practicing revisionism with your basketball history.Did we forget the no.1 ranking and six consecutive NCAA trips reaching the elite 8. Pearl's last year was down because of the cloud over the program that was created in large part by Slive, Cheek and Hamilton. Pearl was at fault too, but he admitted his mistake. The punishment far outweighed the crime. Miami's coach got a 5 game suspension for much worse.

Pearl got screwed, period. No one deserves a THREE YEAR SHOW CAUSE for what he did. He should still be coaching at UT. You are absolutely correct about his punishment far outweighing the crime. If Pearl deserved what he got, then Miami's coach deserved the electric chair. If Martin is fired and Pearl is not offered the job as his replacement, then I propose an all out BOYCOTT of men's basketball until the fans get him back. There is no basketball at UT if not for the fans and I am damn tired of the fans wishes being ignored.

oldster writes:

in response to willphill#241787:

Sound like you are practicing revisionism with your basketball history.Did we forget the no.1 ranking and six consecutive NCAA trips reaching the elite 8. Pearl's last year was down because of the cloud over the program that was created in large part by Slive, Cheek and Hamilton. Pearl was at fault too, but he admitted his mistake. The punishment far outweighed the crime. Miami's coach got a 5 game suspension for much worse.

Not revising history, but remembering it accurately. I remember those high rankings that tailed off gradually as a greater percentage of the team became just the guys Pearl recruited. I also remember that the run and gun, the full court pressure defense that everybody remembers is not what Pearl had the last two or three years. I remember that boring and ineffective flex offense he ran, I remember the arrests of a car full of his basketball players, the arrests of Ramar Smith, the drug issues of others. I remember his staff and him violating the NCAA laws and then lying about it. I know there is a law of human behavior that says that the best way to predict what someone is going to do in the future is to find out what they have done in the past.

Pearl is a good coach. Pearl is not the great coach that you and other want to make him seem. He was a P.T. Barnum with a coach's whistle. He may be a better coach than Martin, but so are lots of other folks - evidently.

Plasticman85 writes:

in response to rumaso:

Pearl got screwed, period. No one deserves a THREE YEAR SHOW CAUSE for what he did. He should still be coaching at UT. You are absolutely correct about his punishment far outweighing the crime. If Pearl deserved what he got, then Miami's coach deserved the electric chair. If Martin is fired and Pearl is not offered the job as his replacement, then I propose an all out BOYCOTT of men's basketball until the fans get him back. There is no basketball at UT if not for the fans and I am damn tired of the fans wishes being ignored.

Took the words right out of my mouth. Hamilton, Cheek, Slive and the UT Attorneys left Pearl out to dry and did everything possible to get him fired. Not telling him they knew the NCAA had the pic of Aaron Craft at the BBQ was proof they wanted him gone. Nothing short of a boycott by the fans will get the University Administration's attention.

underthehill writes:

in response to oldster:

Not revising history, but remembering it accurately. I remember those high rankings that tailed off gradually as a greater percentage of the team became just the guys Pearl recruited. I also remember that the run and gun, the full court pressure defense that everybody remembers is not what Pearl had the last two or three years. I remember that boring and ineffective flex offense he ran, I remember the arrests of a car full of his basketball players, the arrests of Ramar Smith, the drug issues of others. I remember his staff and him violating the NCAA laws and then lying about it. I know there is a law of human behavior that says that the best way to predict what someone is going to do in the future is to find out what they have done in the past.

Pearl is a good coach. Pearl is not the great coach that you and other want to make him seem. He was a P.T. Barnum with a coach's whistle. He may be a better coach than Martin, but so are lots of other folks - evidently.

I think this is closer to being a realistic statement of facts than any I have read..Pearl's record speaks for itself..he did a lot of good things for UT..making the big show several times was huge.. but the character of the players he recruited caused a lot of problems for UT ..I think he is a better coach than Martin..but I don't think there is any possible way UT wants him back..

ThirdCreek writes:

But why would Bruce Pearl even want to return to the school that threw him under the bus? Once his three year penalty is up there are lots of other schools that would love to have him as head coach.

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