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Posted: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 12:58 PM • Permalink
Thanks to all that came out to our listener watch party at Tapp'd on Cumberland. We had a tremendous night of fellowship even if the game was terrible. And that game was terrible. In fact, post-game we only stayed on for about 45 minutes because I didn't want to beat a dead horse. That game took my breath away as it was happening because I just couldn't believe this Tennessee team had that level of a stinker in them. Before Saturday night, Tennesseeʻs largest deficit this year was 15 points. You will win a lot of games playing with that kind of consistency. Alabama flat out tore Tennessee's kingdom down (great Titans Bill line) from the opening whistle. Tennessee will never be able to run up and down on the floor with those guys. Everybody is due a stinker. In retrospect, I'll take a win over and a sweep of Kentucky to pay the back end of that bill. And so would you as well.

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Orange Throat has some thoughts about that game and a whole lot more on this beautiful Monday.

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Random musings and short shots as we hope for a week without Tony mentioning his Super Bowl champion Iggles:

THE BASKETBALL VOLS got their win streak snapped and their butts kicked at Alabama. The Tide outshot the Vols from the field, 57% to 27%. Tennessee's "guard by committee" group went 6-30 from the field and 3-13 from 3-point land.

EVEN THOUGH AUBURN won at Georgia to pad its SEC lead to two games, the SEC title is not lost for our "Barnes Stormers." UT has a little better schedule over the last six games than Auburn or fellow second-place Florida. First up is a late night match with lowly South Carolina Tuesday at The Thom. Then, on Saturday, we can't afford to lose on the road to a sinking Georgia team that is about to get HC Mark Fox fired.

THE LOSS TO THE TALENTED TIDE didn't do much damage to the Vols' RPI and power rating. The NCAA Tournament committee released its "If the Season Was Over Today" bracket and the Vols were the first #4 seed and put in the Atlanta South regional. Let us say again what a job Rick Barnes has done thus far with this team and we'd be ecstatic if this seeding holds up a month from now.

NO MORE SMALL BALL for Jeremy Pruitt, who had some candid answers last week in his interactions with the media after NSD. When asked to explain the number of injuries the UT program had under Butch Jones, our new HC suggested the Vols were small and smaller players get hurt by bigger players. Makes sense. Pruitt also didn't seem to have a high opinion of the way the Vols practiced under Jones.

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PRUITT SEEMED TIRED and a bit irritable in his Knoxville presser on National Signing Day. He snapped at a reporter asking about cornerback being a need position, denying it is when the opposite is obvious. Insiders say JP has shouldered an incredible workload since getting the UT job, when you consider the recruiting task and coaching the Alabama defense in two playoff games, and was on edge last Wednesday. Georgia's theft of LB Quay Walker and Alabama's turn of DB Eddie Smith were especially galling because both players had indicated they were coming to Knoxville to help rebuild the Tennessee defense.

THE UTAD UNDER PHILLIP FULMER is investing heavily in making Pruitt successful. Fulmer okayed nearly $6 million in compensation for Pruitt's 10 assistant coaches, far and away a record for UT. Additionally, it required $625,000 to lure strength coach Craig Fitzgerald away from the Houston Texans, making him the highest paid for his position in the SEC.

PROBABLY THE MOST INTERESTING salary number was $1.2 million for OC/QB coach Tyson Helton, who shared OC duties with Tee Martin at USC. Salary numbers are hard to pry out of private school USC, but it is certain Helton received a huge increase to leave his brother and the established Trojan program. Helton will get a chance to earn his money right off the bat by transforming QB Jarrett Guarantano and the Vol offense into something resembling a functional unit.

HELTON WILL HAVE TO GO SOME to be worth less than the ridiculous $1.15 million Butch Jones paid to Bob Shoop each of two years to make a complete mess of his defense.

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THE VOLS WOULD LOVE to add a veteran transfer QB to back up Guarantano but insiders say there is worry that would destabilize the mercurial Guarantano and possibly cause a transfer. There is little or no faith in Will McBride, so freshman J.T. Shrout might be the option if JG goes down. Not a savory prospect.

THE LADY VOL SOFTBALL TEAM got off to a great start by sweeping six games in the Kajikawa Classic at Tempe, AZ. Pitcher Matty Moss collected three wins and freshman lefty Gabby Sprang got her feet wet and got two wins in the process. Veteran Meghan Gregg hit .471 and Scarlet McSwain drove in 10 runs in the tourney. UT heads to Florida next for more tournament play and won't debut at The Sherri until March 2. Holly Warlick's Lady Vol basketball team dusted Georgia at The Thom yesterday in an impressive win.

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Question: Tennessee is a #4 seed as of the one month out. The Vols have at least 7 games left. Will they be on that line exactly 27 days from now? Will they be better? Will they be worse? You tell me.

Jerry Palm had Tennessee playing Vermont with the winner probably getting Gonzaga. That's a handful.

6 Games Left!!!! South Carolina: Midnight Madness

@ Georgia: Saturday
Florida: Midnight Madness

@ Mississippi

@ Miss State


Wins: South Carolina & Georgia in Knoxville.

Toss Ups: @Ole Miss, Florida @Georgia

Gonna Be Tough: @Miss State

The reason I have Miss State in the gonna be tough category is that they really need a win over Tennessee to solidify their standing as an NCAA Tournament team. If Vols split the Toss Ups/Gonna be toughs and win the rest they should be able to stay on the 4 line or better. My question is, do we want that? The #4 seed is a curious spot on the bracket in that a #5 seed would be calling. Gonzaga in round #2 wouldn't be a picnic.

Love Where Vols Are Thought Of: Tennessee was the 13th overall seed in the tournament at the one month out point. That's pretty damn strong. Tennessee is the first #4 seed while Auburn is the first #2 seed. I think the committee got both of these right.

Jerry Palm had the SEC getting 8 teams. This really could happen when you look at the schedule. Now, here's a question for you...Will Kentucky (and I'm serious here) make the NCAA Tournament.

If You're A Cats Fan: You have a team that doesn't get back on defense, doesn't shoot the ball well, doesn't share the ball and plays 19-U AAU basketball. They are horrendous.

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True Or False: After Saturday's Beating @ Bama, my faith in this team is shaken??? We'll discuss this today.

Finishing Strong: One criticism of Rick Barnesʻ coached teams his that they might have a propensity to flame out down the stretch. He really does coach his guys hard. With this in mind, what's an acceptable finish to this season for you?

As I ask that question, personally I'm satisfied with this season because it's pretty shocking how well Tennessee has played. I appreciate what they've gotten out of this group of players because the level of athlete compared with Bama was stark and shocking Saturday. They were bigger, stronger, faster, jumping higher and basically imposing their will on us. It would be interesting to see Tennessee play that team in a series because Rick Barnes WOULD get the best of Avery Johnson in a coaching matchup, but would it be enough to make up for the difference in athlete on those two rosters?

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How Does??? Alabama not have the best record in the SEC? THAT amazing collection of talent has lost 5 SEC games and 9 overall!!! How has that team played it's way into a 9 seed or worse to this point? They sure pass the eyeball test. Then again, that's nothing new when Tennessee travels to Bama.

Beano Is Living Right: Both of his football teams, Tennessee and now the Colts have backed into terrific young coaches. Pruitt richly deserved his shot here that he got circuitously while the same could be said for Frank Reich. I believe both guys will be successful. If I'm the rest of the AFC South, I'm concerned because the Colts made a super smart hire. Watch and see.

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Eric S is pissed and basically off the wagon after Saturday. I'm running this because it's indicative of where some Vol fans are after the Tide stomping.

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'That was a thoroughly disgusting game to watch. Alabama was simply bigger, and hungrier. I could understand a loss. Getting blown out by 28 points is unacceptable. The trajectory of this game hardly changed from start to finish.

Butch Jones would have been proud of Tennessee’s offensive plan. The script went something like this; Run down the court, chuck the first low-percentage open shot with about 23 seconds left on the shot clock, miss, get very few offensive rebounds, and give it back to Alabama who was firing on all cylinders. When you’re shooting 25%, on the road, why in the world do you still try to go quick? Why chuck the low percentage shot? Why not slow things down and WORK for a better shot? If nothing else, you give Alabama fewer opportunities to score. There are times when it’s okay to go full Cuonzone. Especially when you’re shooting brick by brick.

Arkansas showed us that a bigger team can beat Tennessee simply by virtue of being bigger and matching Tennessee’s want to. Auburn showed us that a hungrier team that has excellent coaching can embarrass Tennessee at home. Kentucky showed us that a bigger team without the hustle and desire can lose to Tennessee in any venue. (It’s worth noting that the game at Rupp Arena still could have gone either way.) Alabama showed us what it looks like when you have both the size and the desire. Sure, Tennessee’s calling card is hustle and hard work , but come tournament time, EVERYBODY is going to bring that-especially the bigger teams. That doesn’t bode well for Tennessee.

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Lately, Rick Barnes has given us some reason to ease up on him. There have been some fun times. It’s turning into a nice season. But the loss to Alabama was a reminder of why not to let Barnes off the hook. Don’t forget that it was his assistant Barnesplaining to the boosters and such pre-game why they’re so much smarter than everyone else in who they choose to recruit. (Wasn’t that right before the Auburn blowout?) That arrogance is still there whether this team is winning or losing. It’s been a nice season, but I think that’s all it’s going to be.

If I were a betting man, I’d say it’s going to be Auburn and Alabama for the SEC Tournament Championship.

Go Vols

Eric S'

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Team USA
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Eric...I don't know about the SEC Championship but one game is no reason to panic on this team. It's a marathon not a sprint getting through one of these seasons. Tennessee has been a hallmark of consistency thus far. They're going to be fine. Plus Rick Barnes has done a nice job of maximizing what he has with this collection of players that is certainly greater than the pieces he has. Tennessee looked completely exhausted Saturday night when that game was unraveling. This is understandable. Tomorrow is a huge opportunity to be back on solid footing which these guys will do. Relax...


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