Sunday, March 30, 2008

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Spring Football Report

The Vols are hard at work on the grid iron. While the offense is busy trying to learn a new offense, the defense is working on getting back on the right track. The defense did well in the first spring scrimmage yesterday. Safety Demetrice Morley headlined a solid afternoon by UT’s secondary and tackle Dan Williams did well up front for the Vols. Morley had an interception with a return of twenty-three yards, as well as three tackles and a sack. “Demetrice is a football player,” Fulmer said. “I’m excited about him being back. I know he is appreciative to have a second opportunity. I just want to see him consistently do the things off the field, in the classroom, that he is supposed to do and he is doing a real good job of that right now.” Williams batted down four attempts and had three tackles.

While most expect the starting job to go to Jonathan Crompton, BJ Coleman and Nick Stephens did well in yesterday. Crompton was 7-of-15 passing on 55 yards, with a touchdown to TE Luke Stocker and an interception taken away by Demetrice Morley. Coleman finished 9-of-15 on 95 yards including a 48-yarder that highlighted Briscoe’s five catches for 83 yards. Lastly, Stephens 5-of-8 on 54 yards. Gerald Jones finished with five receptions for 25 yards, while Quintin Hancock added three catches for 26 yards. Daryl Vereen finished with 20 yards on nine tries, while Montario Hardesty went for 17 yards on 5 tries, and Lennon Creer had 8 tries for 14 yards. The only rushing touchdown went to Kevin Cooper, who had two yards on his two attempts.

Donald Langley and Anthony Anderson finished with 5 tackles each, while Dan Williams, Nick Reveiz, C.J. Fleming, and LaMarcus Thompson tallied 4 of their own. Eric Berry, the great sophomore corner, finished with just 1 tackle, but he did have a blocked field goal. Speaking of field goal kicking, sophomore Daniel Lincoln was 6-of-7 with a long 44 yards, while freshman Devin Mathis finished 9-of-15 with a long of 43. Chad Cunningham took over the the punting game, 4 punts with an average of 43 yards Saturday, while Britton Colquitt is suspended.

The Vols are trying to battle injuries early, as fullback David Holbert and linebacker Nevin McKenzie both went down Saturday to left knee injuries. This all, without mentioning Jeff Cottam's broken tibia, suffered earlier in the Spring.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tennessee Vols Football Wallpaper


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Congratulations BasketVols

Possibly the worst played game of the year came at the worst time for the Vols, who were playing in their second straight Sweet 16. The Vols point guard play was bad all night, Chris Lofton wasn't on, and Wayne and Tyler forced a few unwarranted shots. However, with this season-ending loss comes the look back on the season. The Vols' 31 wins were the most in school history. Tennessee pulled in their first SEC Regular Season Championship in 41 years. The Vols beat, at the time number one, Memphis and had their own ride at the top for a week. The Vols beat 12 NCAA Tournament teams, including 4 of the Sweet Sixteen teams. I cannot express my thanks to Chris Lofton, Jajuan Smith, and Jordan Howell who took this team under their wing and achieved greatness. Tyler Smith, if you go to the NBA, congratulations on a fantastic year, you've made us all proud. To: Ramar Smith, Duke Crews, Wayne Chism, Brian Williams, Ryan Childress, JP Prince, and Josh Tabb; continue to work over this offseason and bring the team back to the Sweet Sixteen with revenge in your eyes. The Vols will add redshirt freshman Cameron Tatum, who can hit from deep and beat you to the basket. What a great season Vols, you've made us proud.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tennessee vs. Louisville: Team Preview

A Cardinal blogger has been nice enough to give us a preview if what they will look like tomorrow. Here are his thoughts:

By Charles Springer
UofLCardGame.com

Rick Pitino is no stranger to University of Tennessee basketball fans, having disappointed Volunteers on numerous occasions while coaching at the University of Louisville and in one of his former jobs at a rival university in Lexington, Ky. Pitino is at once a motivator, a tactician, often a comedian, always demanding, while setting high expectations for his teams.

If that sounds like Bruce Pearl, it is because both men are amenable to doing whatever it takes to get maximum effort from their players. It is also why the names of Bruce Pearl and Rick Pitino always surface when schools like Indiana University are shopping for new coaches.

The six Pitino years at U of L have been consistently plagued by injuries to key players and this season has been no exception. Senior center David Padgett was thought to have incurred a career-ending injury in the second game, but refused to go away, defying his physician’s advice and putting a possible NBA future in jeopardy. He returned in January despite obvious pain to help turn the Cards’ season around. Juan Palacios suffered a severe ankle injury before the season began but rejoined the team in late December.

Call it the Pitino factor or whatever. Neither player is 100% but they are big factors in whatever success the team has achieved thus far.

Padgett, a coach’s son, the proverbial coach on the floor, is also known as the point center, directing traffic, setting up plays, making key passes, opportunistically going to the basket. Doesn’t have big numbers (11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg), but plays much bigger than his 6-11 frame in terms of sweat and grit.

Jerry Smith, another coach’s son, plays two-guard. Tennessee fans may remember the name from recruiting. Smith earned All-State honors in his junior and senior years. Good three-point shooter, averaging 10.5 ppg, but his most valuable contribution comes from his relentless effort on defense.

Terrence Williams, a 6-5 forward, is the heart and soul of this Louisville team and the most physically gifted. Lose him for a second on offense and you get a highlight reel dunk that fans download and view over and over. Averaging 11 ppg and 7.3 rpg, Terrence is more valuable when he’s distributing the ball. More valuable when he’s playing it straight rather than going for the spectacular.

The guy that most NBA scouts are eyeing is 6-8 Earl Clark who has some nasty physical skills that he is just now learning to use, that and a newfound emotion to go with his physical skills. When Clark is on, he’s difficult for anyone to stop. I get the feeling that even his teammates are in awe of him at times.

Numerous other weapons on this team, don’t want to disclose much more. The writer is a U of L fanatic, first and foremost, intimately familiar with the several thrillers between Louisville and Tennessee in last couple of decades. But be assured that every time you play the University of Kentucky, Tennessee will always be my favorite team on the floor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Vols Send Off, Louisville Preview

Vols Leave for Charlotte:
Photos courtesy of volgolferarch

Photos courtesy of Tigerdude83
What to look ahead to? The blogger at UofLCardGame has agreed to a blog swap of previews. I'll have it posted as soon as I get it.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tennessee Outlasts Butler in Overtime

The Butler Bulldogs got their first lead with 1:46 left in overtime. Fortunately, it was short lived. The Vols regained the lead with under a minute to go, and didn't look back. Tennessee found a way to win, that was a bit unconventional to their standards. The Vols scored 38 points in the paint, led by Wayne Chism and his 16 points, followed closely by Tyler Smith who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Bulldogs would not give up, as they found themselves down by as many as 13 points at one time. JP Prince, who started at point guard, finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Chris Lofton once again struggled, finishing with just 9 points, all on three pointers. Jajuan Smith closed the game out with clutch free throw shooting, hitting four straight free throws in the final 13.6 seconds of overtime. It has to make you feel good as a Vol fan, to know that this is a Sweet Sixteen team, virtually Lofton-less as of yet. A huge challenge presents itself on Thursday, as Tennessee will take on (3) Louisville. You have to think Lofton will be up for this game as it is once again a team from his homestate of Kentucky that overlooked him. Two years running, your Tennessee Vols have made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Also see: my spot on prediction. You know that's impressive.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Prince Will Run the Show

Bruce Pearl shook up the rotation in the win Friday against American. Jordan Howell got the start, but went 0-2 from the field shooting. Ramar sat the first half, after what was declared a "coach's decision". It appears evident now, that that is indeed what it was. After poor point guard play as of late, Bruce decided it was time for change. Bruce put JP Prince in for most of the game, and is committed to sticking with him for the rest of the tournament. “I gave Jordan one last shot,’’ Pearl said. “But we have played J.P. at the point before. We did it in the preseason and again after Vanderbilt. I didn’t stay with it. Now, I’m going to stay with it." Pearl went on to talk about JP's play against Arksans: “I looked at J.P. only playing 10 minutes, and I’m going, ‘I gotta do something,’ ’’ Pearl said. “I just don’t think Jordan and Ramar were playing well enough to win a championship.’ If this decision doesn’t work, so be it.” The decision seems to be accepted, as Ramar said: “Today, me not playing the first half was coach’s decision. The whole world knows I haven’t been playing to my ability.’’ It's no secret Jordan Howell has been off, shooting an astounding 4 of 40 recently. This could be just the thing to ignite the Vols or it could do just the opposite and send the Vols into freefall. I think Pearl realized what it would take to beat Butler, and a point guard is just what we need. I'll trust the guy, because all of his past decisions seemed to work for him. He also has one more national title than I do.

Vols Get to 30 Wins with Victory over American

Vols Beat American
It was a tight one the whole way, but the Vols were able to pull away in the waning minutes, winning the game 72-57. Jajuan Smith led the Vols with 19 points, while Wayne Chism chipped in on the boards coming away with 7 rebounds and 16 points. Tennessee got steady play out of Tyler Smith, while Chris Lofton couldn't find his stroke. American's Garrison Carr finished with 26 for the Eagles hitting shots with people in his face. Tennessee got pounded on the boards as they were outrebounded 39-27. This game was special for the Vols, as they set a school record getting to 30 wins on the season. Despite the scare, the Vols persevered and hit the free throws when it counted. The Vols will try to get to 31, Sunday, when they take on the winner of the South Alabama vs. Butler game.

Tennessee vs. Butler
The Butler Bulldogs handled the South Alabama Jaguars 81-61 in the game following Tennessee. Bruce Pearl took notes as he prepares for a team that the Vols saw last year, in the preseason NIT. Tennessee lost to the Bulldogs last year, as they were completely slowed down and taken out of their game. The game will be Sunday and most likely at 2:30 PM ET. The blowout over South Alabama ties the fourth-largest first-round win by a No. 7 seed since seeding began in 1979.

NCAA Tournament: Thursday-Final 2 Sets

Scores:
(13) Winthrop-40
(4) Washington St.-71
NEXT: Washington State vs. Notre Dame
(11) Kansas St.- 80
(6) USC- 67
NEXT: Kansas State vs. Wisconsin
(15) Belmont-70
(2) Duke-71
NEXT: Duke vs. West Virginia
(10) Arizona-65
(7) West Virginia-75
NEXT: West Virginia vs. Duke
(12) George Mason-50
(5) Notre Dame-68
NEXT:
Notre Dame vs. Washington State
(14) CSU Fullerton-56
(3) Wisconsin-71
NEXT:
Wisconsin vs. Kansas State
(14) Cornell-53
(3) Stanford-77
NEXT: Stanford vs. Marquette
(9) Texas A&M-67
(8) BYU-62
NEXT: Texas A&M vs. UCLA
(16) Miss. Valley St.-29
(1) UCLA-70
NEXT: UCLA vs. Texas A&M

Friday Rundown
Tennessee (29-4) vs. American (22-11), 12:15 PM ET
Gonzaga (25-7) vs. Davidson (26-6), 12:25 PM ET
Miami (22-10) vs. Saint Mary’s, Calif. (25-6), 12:30 PM ET
Drake (28-4) vs. Western Kentucky (27-6), 12:30 PM ET
Butler (29-3) vs. South Alabama (26-6), 2:45 PM ET
Georgetown (27-5) vs. Maryland-Baltimore County (24-8), 2:55 PM ET
Connecticut (24-8) vs. San Diego (21-13), 3 PM ET
Texas (28-6) vs. Austin Peay (24-10), 3 PM ET
North Carolina (32-2) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 7:10 PM ET
Oklahoma (22-11) vs. Saint Joseph’s (21-12), 7:10 PM ET
Mississippi State (22-10) vs. Oregon (18-13), 7:25 PM ET
Vanderbilt (26-7) vs. Siena (22-10), 7:20 PM ET
Indiana (25-7) vs. Arkansas (22-11), 9:40 PM ET
Louisville (24-8) vs. Boise State (26-6), 9:40 PM ET
Memphis (33-1) vs. Texas-Arlington (21-11), 9:55 PM ET
Clemson (24-9) vs. Villanova (20-12), 9:50 PM ET

Thursday, March 20, 2008

NCAA Tournament: Thursday-Set 2

Scores:
(11) Kentucky-66
(6) Marquette-74
NEXT: Marquette vs. Stanford/Cornell
(9) Kent State-58
(8) UNLV-71
NEXT: UNLV vs. Kansas
(13) Oral Roberts-63
(4) Pittsburgh-82
NEXT: Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State
(11) Baylor-79
(6) Purdue-90
NEXT: Purdue vs. Xavier

Review
Despite a 35 point outburst from Kentucky senior Joe Crawford, the Wildcats could not come away with the victory. Jerel McNeal led Marquette with 20 points, as the Golden Eagles earned their first NCAA tournament victory since 2003. Kent State went to halftime tied for the lowest
point ever scored in a half. The Golden Flashes seemed anything but golden on a day where Joe Darger, 18 points for UNLV, almost doubled their first half output alone. Winks Adams had 17 for the Rebels. Levance Fields dropped 23 on the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on his way to an easy victory. The Panthers got big play from Sam Young who had 14 points and DeJuan Blair who finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. The Boilermakers, led by Keaton Grant who finished with 17 points, surged over the Baylor Bears. Purdue, at one time led by as many as 25 in their route over Baylor. E'Twaun Moore pulled down 8 rebounds for this hot Purdue team, who will play Xavier, Saturday.

Next Set:
Stanford vs. Cornell, Underway. WATCH LIVE
Duke (27-5) vs. Belmont (25-8), 7:10 PM ET. WATCH LIVE
Southern Cal (21-11) vs. Kansas State (20-11), 7:10 PM ET. WATCH LIVE
Washington State (24-8) vs. Winthrop (22-11), 7:20 PM ET. WATCH LIVE
BYU (27-7) vs. Texas A&M (24-10), 7:25 PM ET. WATCH LIVE

NCAA Tournament: Thursday-Set 1

Scores:
(16)Portland State- 61
(1)Kansas- 85
NEXT: Kansas vs. UNLV/Kent St.
(14)Georgia-61
(3)Xavier-73
NEXT: Xavier vs. Purdue/Baylor
(12)Temple-61
(5)Michigan State-72
NEXT: Michigan State vs. Pittsburgh/Oral Roberts

Review
Someone needed to tell Portland St., Georgia, and Temple that it would take more than 61 to win. The Kansas Jayhawks soared in their opening game against Portland State. Brandon Rush led the Jayhawks with 18 points. The other two games were slightly closer. The Xavier Musketeers battled back from an 11 point deficit. The Musketeers persevered with defense, holding the Georgia Bulldogs to just 26 second-half points. Josh Duncan led all scorers with 20 points not to mention the help from Derrick Brown, who had a double double of his own (19 points and 11 rebounds). In the third game, Michigan State led a balanced attack against the A-10's Temple Owls. Raymar Morgan had 15 points for the Spartans while Goran Sutton led with 9 rebounds. Michigan State had nine players score, including 12 point from Chris Allen off of the bench.

Next Set
(11)Kentucky vs. (6) Marquette
2:30 PM ET Watch Live
(9)Kent State vs. (8)UNLV
2:40 PM ET Watch Live
(11)Baylor vs. (6)Purdue
2:50 PM ET Watch Live
(4)Pittsburgh vs. (13)Oral Roberts
2:50 PM ET Watch Live

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March Madness Begins Tomorrow

Submit your brackets and order your dish packages, the big dance starts tomorrow.
Bruce Pearl seems ready, take a look at his PTI visit and Happy belated Birthday Bruce!

Are you ready for the Madness?

Thursday Rundown
Xavier (27-6) vs. Georgia (17-16), 12:20 p.m.
Kansas (31-3) vs. Portland State (23-9), 12:25 p.m.
Michigan State (25-8) vs. Temple (21-12), 12:30 p.m.
Marquette (24-9) vs. Kentucky (18-12), 2:30 p.m.
Purdue (24-8) vs. Baylor (21-10), 2:40 p.m.
UNLV (26-7) vs. Kent State (28-6), 2:45 p.m.
Pittsburgh (26-9) vs. Oral Roberts (24-8), 2:50 p.m.
Stanford (26-7) vs. Cornell (22-5), 4:40 p.m.
Duke (27-5) vs. Belmont (25-8), 7:10 p.m.
Southern Cal (21-11) vs. Kansas State (20-11), 7:10 p.m.
Washington State (24-8) vs. Winthrop (22-11), 7:20 p.m.
BYU (27-7) vs. Texas A&M (24-10), 7:25 p.m.
Wisconsin (29-4) vs. Cal State Fullerton (24-8), 9:30 p.m.
West Virginia (24-10) vs. Arizona (19-14), 9:30 p.m.
Notre Dame (24-7) vs. George Mason (23-10), 9:40 p.m.
UCLA (31-3) vs. Mississippi Valley State (17-15), 9:40 p.m

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Lofton on Cover of SI

Hitting newsstands this week, a regional issue of SI features Tennessee's own, Chris Lofton.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Tennessee vs. American: Team Preview

A poster that goes by the username Pasadena Eagle has been kind enough to give us his insight on the AU Eagles. The following come from him, so let's thank him for the insight and time.



American University Quick Facts:
Location: Washington, D.C.
Year Founded: Incorporated by act of Congress 1893
Enrollment: 5500 (undergraduate); 4951 (graduate and law school)
Mascot: Eagle
Colors: Red, white, and blue
Athletic Conference: Patriot League
Head Coach: Jeff Jones (2000-present)
2007-2008 Record: 21-12 (10-4, 1st)

Season recap
American University is making their first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament by virtue of their 52-46 victory over Colgate University in the Patriot League Tournament final. The Eagles also won the Patriot League regular season title posting a 10-4 conference mark and possess an overall record of 21-12. The biggest season highlight for the team prior to their tournament championship was the 67-59 victory over Maryland in late December. This victory was the first over their local rival since the 1926-1927 season.

Team recap
As a team, the Eagles average 65.1 pts/game on offense and shoot 44.3% from the field. As a team the Eagles are shooting 40.9% from behind the arc, which is third best in all of Division 1. On defense, the Eagles are giving up 61.8 pts/game on 41.3 % shooting (35.1% 3-pt shooting).

On offense, the Eagles are led by junior Garrison Carr who is averaging 18.1 pts/game and is shooting over 45% from behind the arc. Carr also shoots a respectable 89% from the free throw line. For additional scoring, the Eagles turn to 5-9 point guard Derrick Mercer who is averaging 12.5 pts/game and shoots 44% from 3-pt range. For the majority of the season the starting five additionally consisted of juniors Travis Lay (6.0 pts/game), Bryce Simon (7.2 pts/game), and Cornelio Guibunda (2.6 pts/game). Throughout the season the Eagles have relied essentially on an 8-man rotation with Brian Gilmore (8.7 pts/game), Jordan Nichols (4.2 pts/game), and Frank Borden (2.7 pts/game) seeing significant minutes off the bench. A late season surprise for the Eagles has been the emergence of freshmen guard Nick Hendra, who saw extensive action in the Patriot League tournament due to the knee injury sustained by starter Bryce Simon.

Due to their lack of size (no starter over 6-9), the Eagles will typically play an aggressive man-to-man defense in order to utilize their quickness. Even with their lack of size, the Eagles still out rebounded their usually taller opponents by an average of +2.4/game. One of the problems with this year’s team has been turnovers. The Eagles are -1.5 in turnover margin throughout the year and average 13.6/game.

Tennessee vs. American Pregame


Time Set
The Vols will get their stab at the Eagles on Friday, March 21st starting at 12:15 PM ET. The games will once again be hosted on CBS this year and can be seen for free online at cbssortsline.com.
Eagles Preview
We will have the great pleasure to host an Eagle fan himself as he breaks down the Eagles team. Continue to check back for the post.
By The Numbers Preview
I haven't contacted lll Adidas yet, but you can most likely expect a By The Numbers for the greatest time of the whole basketball season.
Complete First Round Times
EAST REGIONAL
Thursday
Washington State (24-8) vs. Winthrop (22-11), 7:20 p.m.
Notre Dame (24-7) vs. George Mason (23-10), 9:50 p.m.
Friday
North Carolina (32-2) vs. Coppin State-Mount St. Mary’s, Md. winner, 7:10 p.m.
Indiana (25-7) vs. Arkansas (22-11), 9:40 p.m.
Tennessee (29-4) vs. American (22-11), 12:15 p.m.
Butler (29-3) vs. South Alabama (26-6), 2:45 p.m.
Oklahoma (22-11) vs. Saint Joseph’s (21-12), 7:10 p.m.
Louisville (24-8) vs. Boise State (26-6), 9:40 p.m.
SOUTH REGIONAL
Thursday
Michigan State (25-8) vs. Temple (21-12), 12:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh (26-9) vs. Oral Roberts (24-8), 3 p.m.
Marquette (24-9) vs. Kentucky (18-12), 2:30 p.m.
Stanford (26-7) vs. Cornell (22-5), 5 p.m.
Friday
Miami (22-10) vs. Saint Mary’s, Calif. (25-6), 12:30 p.m.
Texas (28-6) vs. Austin Peay (24-10), 3 p.m.
Mississippi State (22-10) vs. Oregon (18-13), 7:25 p.m.
Memphis (33-1) vs. Texas-Arlington (21-11), 9:55 p.m.
MIDWEST REGIONAL
Thursday
Kansas (31-3) vs. Portland State (23-9), 12:25 p.m.
UNLV (26-7) vs. Kent State (28-6), 2:55 p.m.
Southern Cal (21-11) vs. Kansas State (20-11), 7:10 p.m.
Wisconsin (29-4) vs. Cal State Fullerton (24-8), 9:40 p.m.
Friday
Gonzaga (25-7) vs. Davidson (26-6), 12:25 p.m.
Georgetown (27-5) vs. Maryland-Baltimore County (24-8), 2:55 p.m.
Vanderbilt (26-7) vs. Siena (22-10), 7:20 p.m.
Clemson (24-9) vs. Villanova (20-12), 9:50 p.m.
WEST REGIONAL
Thursday
Xavier (27-6) vs. Georgia (17-16), 12:20 p.m.
Purdue (24-8) vs. Baylor (21-10), 2:50 p.m.
Duke (27-5) vs. Belmont (25-8), 7:10 p.m.
West Virginia (24-10) vs. Arizona (19-14), 9:40 p.m.
BYU (27-7) vs. Texas A&M (24-10), 7:25 p.m.
UCLA (31-3) vs. Mississippi Valley State (17-15), 9:55 p.m.
Friday
Drake (28-4) vs. Western Kentucky (27-6), 12:30 p.m.
Connecticut (24-8) vs. San Diego (21-13), 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Selection Sunday-Vols Get #2 Seed in East

Prediction: Vols will get a Number 1 seed. The Vols will thank the RPI and SOS, both of which they are #1 in, as they squeak into the last number one seed. They will have the Big XII Champ as the number 2 seed in their bracket and will play Belmont or American in the first round.

UPDATE 6:09 PM ET: Kansas gets the number one seed. Gives Pearl a great motivation factor.
UPDATE 6:11 PM ET: Tennessee ranked #2 in the East bracket and will play American. (Part of my prediction was correct)
The Vols get a slap in the face with the #2 seed in North Carolina's bracket no matter what their SOS and RPI were. Bruce will have them ready to play, let's just get ready for the MADNESS!
Those are something...
What do you think? Post it as a comment.
Check Back for Updates throughout the day.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tough Loss for Vols, 92-91


The game's ending left Vol fans stunned. Many, probably shouting obscenities. Maybe, some close to the words that came from John Pelphrey, who's lips clearly read "Shut the F**k up!" while talking to Tennessee's Jajuan Smith. But, aside from that confrontation, there was a game being played, and a darn good one too. The two teams fought back and forth, exchanging leads and tying it up. It was the type of game you hated to see someone lose in, but the team that played less defense would lose it in the end. The Vols did just that, as they Steven Hill hit a turnaround jumper with 5.3 seconds left to carry the Razorbacks to victory. Lofton couldn't come through with the magic tonight, as his last second shot couldn't fall. The game left a bitter taste in the mouth of Vol fans, knowing the chances for a one seed come tournament time are dwindling. They just couldn't pull this one out, despite great play from their major three scorers: Lofton scored 25 points, hitting 5-of-9 from 3-point range , Tyler Smith had 24 points, and JaJuan Smith finished with a pleasant 18. ESPN decided to point out the blatantly obvious in their postgame article which stated : "The Vols felt that winning the conference tournament would surely make them a lock for a top seed, but now they'll have to wait until Sunday evening to see how high they're placed." We'll have to tune in tomorrow to see our NCAA Tournament seeding, but I think we still have a shot at a one seed. We'll let you know tomorrow, and hopefully get a By The Numbers preview from lll Adidas for the tournament.

SEC Tournament Updates

Round One Games
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Round Two Games
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Lofton Keeps Vols Playing

The Vols accomplished something that they haven't since 1991, they won a SEC Tournament game. But, it certainly didn't come easy. The Gamecocks went ahead by one point with 20.8 seconds left in the game. Pearl called a timeout and set up the play that would win them the game. Lofton ran through a screen and took the basketball on a handoff before making the game winner with 11.4 seconds left. Downey came up short on a 3-pointer that could have won it for South Carolina, but the Gamecocks got a final chance when the rebound went out of bounds off Tyler Smith with 1.1 seconds left. The inbound pass went to Archie, but got stuck between his legs while he was being tightly guarded by Tyler Smith. The two were tied up with it as the horn sounded and the Vols ended their SEC Tournament woes. Lofton said after the game: "It didn't look good at the beginning and up to that point. But I knew coach called my number, and I just had confidence it was going to go in and it did." But, possibly my favorite quote of the day, came from Bruce Pearl who afterward said: "I sleep at night knowing we're going to find a way." The Vols got big play out of Wayne Chism who led the Volunteers with 23 points and helped establish an inside game. Tennessee will play Arkansas tomorrow, Saturday March 15, at 1:00 PM ET. The Vols will need a lot more on the defensive side if they want to beat Arkansas, who defeated Vanderbilt Friday. "I think a close game will help us," Pearl said. "I mean, we've got however many games left in the season, and every single one of them is now for a championship. It's sink or swim. It's all do or die."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Glimpse of Football


Spring practice is under way, and we have pictures to prove it.
Gerald Jones and Campbell on Tuesday.
New Offensive Coordinator Coach Clawson
Coleman and Crompton
Arian Foster
Rico McCoy with Coach Chavis and Defense
View complete set at GoVolXtra

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Seniors Go Out with a Bang

“You couldn’t ask to go out with a better bang,” said Jajuan Smith after their 89-56 win over South Carolina. He was right. In the last of their 32 consecutive home victories, Lofton hit six of his 10 3-point attempts and finished the day with a season high 28 points. While Jajuan Smith added 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals on 4-of-9 shooting from the perimeter. The game was close for 20 minutes, until the second half where the Vols went on a 51-19 run. “We came out colder than the frigid Smoky Mountains to start the second half,” South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. He also added, "We really got fatigued and flamed out.” The game was just the start, as the Vols post-game was more than just a locker room speech. The assisstants help pass out the official SEC Champions T-Shirts as players conducted interviews or pictures. Next, came the nets, one by one the Vol players and coaches climbed the ladder and came down with a piece of the net. It symbolized the turnaround here at Tennessee. Just three years into Pearl's reign and the Vols are winning outright SEC championships, knocking off number ones, and posing a real Final Four threat. Props to Bruce and his crew for getting the Vols here, and props to Mike Hamilton for getting Bruce here and buying into his coaching.

SEC TOURNAMENT

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Getting to the Game

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