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Written on Creighton taking confidence from Missouri's upset of Lady Vols in February :

@ps118

Creighton's only chance is to come out and force the issue some. I think you are wise to have respect for the opponent at hand.

Written on Creighton taking confidence from Missouri's upset of Lady Vols in February :

Not much Sun Tsu 'round here, huh.

Oh well. If I'm Creighton, what do I do to beat UT?

Well, my strength is guard depth and 3 pt shooting. My weakness is post depth.

UT's strength (compared to me) is post size and depth, and "athleticism". Tennessee's weakness is decision-making and sporadic perimeter play.

So.....I let UT have the blocks, and I pressure UT's guards full court, all game. As much as possible, I take away the 3 and the guard penetration, and make UT beat me by 2's. I have fouls to give, so I'm aggressive with Massengale, Simmons, and Williams.

Meanwhile, I protect my one and only post player as best I can. No shot-blocking, no high-contact defense.

On offense, I take the ball to the mid-range... a lot. From that point it's shoot or dish. If UT's way over-playing the 3-ball, then I post my bigger guards and let them work.

I fully expect UT to not respect my team, so to shake their confidence early will be key.
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Do I expect the Jay to do this??? Who knows. Most likely they'll follow the script, double the post and commit 8 billion fouls trying to keep UT from scoring by 2's. Their post will foul out by halftime, and the game will be history. Thing is, they MIGHT try to win.

Written on Creighton taking confidence from Missouri's upset of Lady Vols in February :

in response to Theo:

I think at the time of the loss to Mizzou we discussed the loss as a potential good thing. I think this next game may prove that to be true. I do not expect lax defense. Not predicting a victory but the LVs should be going into this one with their eyes wide open.

Just checking the Jay's roster, they have no depth at post.

One girl at 6'3" is likely to end up in foul trouble on an away court...not really "fair" but the reality of reffing in the women's game.

That should ease a UT fan's mind.

Written on Creighton taking confidence from Missouri's upset of Lady Vols in February :

in response to jt45:

Anyone who thinks the LVs will come out and slack off like they did against Missouri is kidding themselves. I dont see this game being very close if Graves and Harrison both go to work inside, the only problem might be passing and point play. If Simmons catches fire its game over. If Spani gets open much she can also light it up. Its tournament time so anything is possible but I seriously doubt an upset of the LVs at TBA.

I have to politely disagree.

Mizzou kicked UT's butts. They (Mizzou) know their game, and they played it. They lost at UTK because they could not hit a brick wall that night..NOT because they were a cr@p team.

IMO, you are way underestimating a Creighton team that won't hesitate to bang bodies with UT.

I think this game will be a challenge; I hope I'm wrong, but I just don't see Creighton being intimidated on the blocks or anywhere else.

Don't be surprised if the Jays don't press, too. I sure would.

Written on Creighton taking confidence from Missouri's upset of Lady Vols in February :

Dunno...
the first 32 games of the women's tournament were pretty uninspiring, that's for sure.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

The rest of the LV season will now all be against teams who can beat them.

Wins from here on out are icing on the cake.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

in response to johnlg00:

According to Mickey Dearstone, the LVs got jobbed on a few occasions themselves. He described at least two plays right in front of him where an ORU player grabbed an LV's arm with no call and even got a call against the LVs on one of them. Maybe the whole game was just another example of the generally miserable officiating that seems to plague women's basketball.

I saw one for UT, which was the bad call on Burdick.

ORU's were mostly in the paint, both ends of the floor.

And, yep, the 'state' is bad.

Conversely...the men's has been dramatically better this season.

Only the G-town/FGCU game was poorly handled.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

Almost no upsets today.

Still radically different for the women, despite some good play by lower seeds.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

in response to oldster:

Funny, email, I was on the 6th row in the middle of the court and did not see any jobbing of ORU by the officials or anyone else. In fact, I thought some of the calls against Burdick were ticky tacky and was amazed by how many more times the Eagles were able to strip the LVs of the ball compared to how few the LVs were to strip them.

@oldster
I tend to look at the calls around the basket.

I do agree Brukick got hosed on the one rebound call, it looked like a foul at first but was not.

A lot of the calls around the basket were ones UT would not get later in the tournament.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

A quick warning:
If you click on a user's name, you can see all their posts.

This guy has some mental issues...he wanted to meet me on "the strip" and fight, and I see that nearly all his posts are aggressive towards someone or other.

Word to the wise.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I thought UT played much better today than they did in their last two SEC tourney games. I saw much crisper passes and better ball control as well. Keep up the momentum and be ready to play Monday..GLV!!

I think that game could be really entertaining.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

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Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

Ariesl and Spani should be able to clue Holly in about midwestern girls and their toughness.

Hopefully Holly listens.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

BTW:
there will be no fear on Creighton's part.

They will compete.

They may not be as "athletic" as Tennessee, but they have girls who've played against athletic players.

Should be a fascinating game.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

BTW, I thought Harrison looked uncomfortable and unhappy.

She really needs some time to heal.

Written on Lady Vols attack the madness with pressure defense to defeat Oral Roberts, 83-62:

I thought ORU gave them a good battle.

Sadly, I also felt ORU got jobbed pretty badly by the ref's.

I want UT to win, but I don't like seeing that garbage in any game.

Well done by the LV's to keep it steady. Well-done by ORU to play hard and with poise.

Written on Harrison back for Lady Vols' NCAA tourney opener :

ORU has done some good things this game.

They could use another shooter, and their FT shooting is atrocious.

Good to see the LV's have work a bit.

Written on Harrison back for Lady Vols' NCAA tourney opener :

I hate to say this.....
ORU is getting jobbed by the refs in this game.

I don't like to see that kind of cr@p no matter who is playing.

Written on Harrison back for Lady Vols' NCAA tourney opener :

Add Oklahoma barely getting by Central Michigan, a very good mid-major that got ripped off against Notre Dame earlier this season.

When I look at mids, I always think of them as Knee Brace U, because a lot of their players end up there because of high school acl tears.

Written on Harrison back for Lady Vols' NCAA tourney opener :

Creighton just beat Syracuse, Quinnipiac held their own for a good while against a much bigger Maryland, and St. Joe's pushed Vandy to the limit.

There are some good women's teams out there who no ones gives any respect....and they get hosed in the tournament seedings.

Written on Jordan McRae at a loss for output in final 2 games:

Someone mentioned Stokes as a football player...yeah, I have to wonder that too.

I don't see him being suited for the NBA. On the other hand, he could be a millionaire NFL player.

Written on Jordan McRae at a loss for output in final 2 games:

I will stick with McRae got hesitant.

When he was dominating he was taking shots from wherever, whenever, and making drives. He was really almost all the Vols offense at times.

Against both Bama and Mercer, he did not attack with his shot or the drive. He should have taken north of 20 shots both games.

He did not 'choke', I just think either the coaches or his teammates decided to play a different game, to spread the ball more.

Written on Jordan McRae at a loss for output in final 2 games:

in response to Aussievol:

How old were the kids on Mercer's team? Just sayin'.

Mercer kids were happy to still be playing somewhere.
Ut's were not.

Written on Focus for Tennessee quarterbacks is leadership, avoiding interceptions:

In high school we could have 2 external scrimmages with other schools, in both the spring and the fall. My coaches usually picked really tough teams for those .

I think it's too bad colleges cannot do that.

Written on Focus for Tennessee quarterbacks is leadership, avoiding interceptions:

I have enjoyed the passing game in the Bray years.

This coming fall will be a real challenge there.

Written on Jordan McRae at a loss for output in final 2 games:

Mizzou lost.

Even though just in the SEC one season, they picked up this year's SEC basketball virus.

Written on Jordan McRae at a loss for output in final 2 games:

Jordan, watch the tape.

You got hesitant.

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Of course you are 100% correct. I just don't understand how you can have the opportunity to play Division 1 College Basketball and not be motivated for each and every game. Do these kids not realize how many kids would give everything to have the opportunity that they do? I am just so disappointed that they gave the effort they did. Does anyone believe that Mercer beats the Vols if they come out and give the effort they should? I'm getting to the age and health condition that I don't have enough years left to say, "wait until next year".

I understand your feeling.

I give credit to CCM, he put kids out there who he thought would play the hardest.

Hate to say this...basketball is a long, long season, and it doesn't take much to flip that mental approach to a negative.

Written on Mercedes Russell named Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year:

in response to madrigal:

emnd, gotta disagree with you a little on Dolson. She's in the general model of UConn centers, big, thuggish, and a little slow. Not to say they are bad players, but many of them have been slow movers. I remember back when Kara Wolters was always tripping over her feet. I have only seen Elizabeth Williams once this season and all I can say is, if she keeps getting better, Lord help the ACC. She is, after all, only a freshman.

Williams is a sophomore.

Dolson has added an outside game and is a tremendous passer.

I don't measure basketball players by the eye-test, I measure them by what they get done on the court. I like Williams, but right now Dolson has the edge in passing, body use, and effectiveness.

Obviously Griner dominates them all, though Dolson did play her pretty tough last time out.

Written on After final practice, Tennessee coaches urge players to be prepared for return from spring break:

in response to 87and1dad:

Each university picks when they will conduct spring drills, the NCAA tells you how many days you can practice over a 30 day period. So, UT decides... however, the university picks the time for spring break. Most schools break earlier in March than UT!

Yeah, that is what I was thinking.

I'd have hated a break when I played ball. It's like once you get into "practice mode" you don't want to lose it.

then again, these guys are 100 times the athlete that I was.

Written on After final practice, Tennessee coaches urge players to be prepared for return from spring break:

in response to Olddogsrule:

I don't see it as a bad thing. Now they all have 10 days to study the playbook and individual coaching points, work out the kinks, bruises, and improve fitness, then return ready for more.

I'm guessing 10 days of drinking and getting as much female attention as they can possibly get.

Unless the modern young male is not what we were like in our day.

Written on University of Alabama president to recommend hiring of Bill Battle as new athletics director:

As for Johnny, he screwed himself with a lot of UT fans when he disrupted the chemistry of a team that was on a roll.

Yeah, you knew he feared for his job, but as a fan you just wanted him to stay the hell away for that season while Phil had them rolling.

Written on University of Alabama president to recommend hiring of Bill Battle as new athletics director:

Holy cr@p.
Instead of "he said, she said",
this site is all
"you're stupid"
"no, You're stupid"

Written on Mike Strange: NIT spells another disappointing end for Vols:

@johnlg
Here's the deal, to me, with CCM.

He inherited a team from Bruce that knew how to defend inbounds plays with utter tenacity, and how to create points on its own inbounds plays (of screw them up, of course).

He walked in, and just tossed all that, rather than building on something that had been proven to get 3-4 baskets per game.

I see stuff such as that, and I being questioning his basketball IQ. When I see a team rejecting his on-court coaching, then I have to question their respect for him.

The ultimate difference between he and Bruce as coaches is that Bruce game plans far, far better. Neither man adjusts worth a s##t, but Bruce has the superior basketball mind.

Written on After final practice, Tennessee coaches urge players to be prepared for return from spring break:

Okay....
Why do you have spring practice with spring break in the middle of it?

This is ah honest question, not a criticism. Is this just a function of NCAA-mandated time periods conflicting with UT's academic schedule?

Written on Mercedes Russell named Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

At work taking a break and reading up on Russell. Man if she can be as good or better than players like E.Williams, Dolson, or Plaisaisa (LSU) look for us to dominate . There's some good bigs in the game so Russell's development has to come quick for us to get back to the final four. Expectations are still high . Cant wait for Sat.

Dolson has improved every single year; she's the best all-round post in America this year.

E. Williams I saw in HS...very dominant, athletic, intelligent. She's just a darn good kid. Dolson is better all-around, but E-Will is a fine player.

You and me both love the kid from LSU. She does all the traditional post play very well.

I think Russell will do just fine, because the load won't be placed on her to carry the team.Graves, Burdick, and Harrison are all quality players who won't yield time without a fight, plus Holly will ensure things get done "right" in terms of earning that time.

Written on University of Alabama president to recommend hiring of Bill Battle as new athletics director:

Wow!!!
I remember I was surprised when Battle was run off from UT.

Seems a moving van was sent to his house....
don't suppose old Bill would take a little extra enjoyment from 'Rolling' UT, would he??

Written on Mike Strange: NIT spells another disappointing end for Vols:

in response to td:

Jordan McRae has flopped since Caldwell-Pope received SEC player of the year. Fair or not, McRae's performance these last couple of games has proven Jordan ain't. Of course, there's plenty of blame to go round; and now, they can all go on Spring Break. Like it or not, NIT first round loss is the Legacy of 2012-13 VolB-Ball. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

@TD
McRae and the rest became completely tentative...making too many passes, lack of offensive aggression, a ton of hesitation.

I noticed it against Bama and Mercer both.

Written on Mike Strange: NIT spells another disappointing end for Vols:

@Mike, I appreciate you giving Mercer the credit they deserved.

Their emotion, some talent, and intelligence were enough to overcome UT.

UT??? How stupid can you be to waste Jarnell's obvious dominance in the paint.

UT has talent..but they are bluntly basketball-stupid.

Written on Season ends for Vols in NIT opener, 75-67:

Wonder if KNS would run this poll:

"If Bruce Pearl could come back, would you forgive and forget?"

Written on Season ends for Vols in NIT opener, 75-67:

That no one in Vol-land was excited for this is well-known.

That doesn't make a poor ending any less ugly.

The NIT is all about who is excited to be there. Most teams have decent talent, and the talent gap is not sufficient to overcome lack of effort.

Mercer did not play particularly hard tonight, they played smart and did their jobs. Congrats to them.

UT played as you'd expect from them. CCM tried to run some subs out for added energy, but it did not work.

Bad end to a so-so year.

Written on Back for pro day, 'humbled' Da'Rick Rogers says he wants to rebuild bridge to UT:

I hope it works out for him.

A lot of athletes have trouble shaking the weed.....we all know that.

I've never looked at marijuana as warranting being illegal, but fact is these kids know the rules. To keep breaking them over and over is what kills their chances.

Good luck, Da'rick. You've always seemed to be a decent guy.

Written on Season ends for Vols in NIT opener, 75-67:

Hey guys...
Congrats to Mercer.

Nothing else.

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Great clip..Thx EnD.

According to Cartwright, Joe G. would have been a pro player had he not blown out his knee(s).

Both Naumoff and Delong had good careers, I think.

Delong looks like a real butt-kicker in this pic, and Naumoff looks as if he's laid some real hits.

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

Hey, Vol Fans, the great old days:

http://img.fanbase.com/media.fanbase....

:Frank Emanuel #50, Steve DeLong #65 & Joe Graham #72 of Tennessee after win v Boston College_1964..:

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

in response to COLUMBIA_TN_VOL:

Proud member of the class of '89. Go Lions Go!!

I had a lot of respect for the Lions. I met Cartwright, and talked to Joe Graham a time of two.

Good guy.

Do a search, and you can find an old image of him and Paul Naumoff way back when.

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

in response to OwensboroVol:

For those, including myself, who got on here and cried about the Vols not being invited to the NCAA, the game with Mercer confirms that the NCAA knew what they were doing. The Vols didn't even belong in the NIT. The players should be totally ashamed of themselves and the fact that they embarrassed the University of Tennessee and everyone associated with it by their performance. They didn't belong in the Owensboro 5-6 tournament which is for 5th and 6th graders.

It's all about motivation.

The reason UT was a bubble team to begin with was lack of talent.

When you combine lack of talent with a mentally-down team, they won't win.

The teams that win in the NIT are those that are happy to still be playing.

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

Anybody else pretty happy for Mercer??

I've been a UT fan since I was 6, and grew up on John Ward.....
but these boys did not want to play, and Mercer did.

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