John Adams: Lady Vols will have to gang up on Maryland's Alyssa Thomas
Published 3/29/2014 at 4:03 p.m. 2 comments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Holly Warlick had a long answer when asked which Tennessee player would guard Maryland’s best player in Sunday’s NCAA tournament Louisville Regional semifinal.
John Adams: Michigan's fast 3-point start too much to overcome
Published 3/28/2014 at 11:27 p.m. 0 comments
INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee seized the momentum in the second half, outplayed Michigan down the stretch and came within one play of advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.
John Adams: Jarnell Stokes shouldn't end his college career with a great postseason
Published 3/27/2014 at 5:53 p.m. 8 comments
A coach’s post-game comments are easily dismissed, after both wins and losses. But Billy Donovan’s take on Tennessee has become more prophetic with each NCAA tournament game.
John Adams: Lady Vols' defense takes charge in second half
Published 3/25/2014 at 12:18 a.m. 4 comments
St. John’s was slow to grasp the certainty of Monday night’s event at Thompson-Boling Arena.
John Adams: Meighan Simmons' shooting raises UT tournament fear factor
Published 3/23/2014 at 7:47 p.m. 19 comments
Meighan Simmons is a two-time SEC player of the year, Tennessee’s fifth all-time leading scorer, a four-year starter and the only senior on the team.
John Adams: Supposed mismatch doesn't measure up to expectations
Published 3/22/2014 at 9:31 p.m. 5 comments
The NCAA came to town, and Tennessee got jittery. Familiar story, huh?
John Adams: Holly Warlick thinks more of team success than following Pat Summitt
Published 3/21/2014 at 5:09 p.m. 1 comment
Holly Warlick will never do enough as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach. You know that.
John Adams: Bruce Pearl crashes NCAA tournament party
Updated 3/18/2014 at 7:03 p.m. 10 comments
A local restaurant was abuzz with March Madness on Tuesday afternoon. But it was a different kind of madness.
John Adams: Lady Vols better positioned and prepared for this tournament
Published 3/17/2014 at 11:12 p.m. 3 comments
No NCAA tournament course is without hazards. Not even the most capable No. 1 seeds embark on their Final Four quest by declaring, “Looks like smooth sailing.”
John Adams: Vols seasoned enough to surpass their seeding
Published 3/16/2014 at 9:47 p.m. 8 comments
On college basketball’s Selection Sunday, Tennessee fans shouldn’t have ignored the events leading up to the announcement of the NCAA tournament field.
John Adams: Games against Gators last too long for Vols
Published 3/15/2014 at 7:20 p.m. 5 comments
ATLANTA — Florida center Patric Young grabbed the final rebound with both hands and squeezed the basketball with two seconds to play at the Georgia Dome. Finally, the Gators’ victory over Tennessee was assured in the SEC tournament semifinals Saturday ...
John Adams: South Carolina coach likes UT's chances against Florida
Published 3/14/2014 at 8:24 p.m. 3 comments
ATLANTA — If you want to feel better about Tennessee’s chances against No. 1 Florida on Saturday, talk to Frank Martin.
John Adams: Tournament setting best place for UT to prove itself
Published 3/13/2014 at 8:38 p.m. 3 comments
ATLANTA — Tennessee will float into the SEC basketball tournament on a cloud of optimism and a four-game winning streak.
John Adams: Lady Vols still have room for improvement
Published 3/10/2014 at 6:45 p.m. 9 comments
Holly Warlick didn’t hesitate when asked if Tennessee had ever traveled a tougher road to an SEC tournament championship in women’s basketball.
John Adams: Jordan Reynolds elicits 'oohs' and 'aahs' at crunch time
Published 3/9/2014 at 10:19 p.m. 10 comments
DULUTH, Ga. — If you watched only the last 13 seconds of the SEC tournament championship, you might have mistaken Jordan Reynolds for a cheerleader in players’ clothing.