Will Shelton

  • An important question for Pruitt, Helton, etc.: is the starting QB two years from now currently on the roster? Is JG or Strout (or McBride!) the long-term answer, or just the best of the options currently available?

  • Two weeks ago Texas A&M was the best team in the best SEC of at least the last decade. The Aggies were ranked fifth in the Christmas Day AP poll, 11-1 with a three-point loss to Arizona the only blemish. They beat […]

  • Tennessee took Vanderbilt’s best punch in the first half, and the Commodores continued to throw blows deep into the second. A Vandy team that loved to shoot threes but had struggled to make them erased that […]

  • How’s the Kevin Stallings/Vanderbilt break-up going in year two? The ‘Dores lost in Dayton in Stallings’ last year, then became the first team to earn an at-large bid with 15 losses (as a 9 seed!) under Bryce Drew […]

  • Kentucky has a bad habit of having guys an undersized Tennessee team just has no good answer for. Last night it was PJ Washington: 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, plus three steals and two blocks. He did all of that […]

  • The Vols have won six of the last ten in this series in Knoxville, including the last two. On the surface it might feel like these two teams are going in completely different directions:  the Vols are a […]

    • /…casts ranked vs ranked anti jinx spell
      //…live chicken for immediately before tip off….check
      ///…fresh, fine Cohiba and some fine Cruzan rum for Jobu.

    • We win! The comeback is complete with an 11 point win!

      It’s great to be a Tennessee Vol!!!

  • Rick Barnes: We’ve got some egos right now. We’ve got guys that want to show other things they can do and don’t just do their jobs.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) January 3, 2018

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  • The Vols led 28-14 ten minutes into the game, but it only took Auburn five minutes to erase that lead. The Vols led 61-56 with 8:30 to play, but Auburn was up 80-68 a little more than four minutes later.

    When […]

    • Rick Barnes: We’ve got some egos right now. We’ve got guys that want to show other things they can do and don’t just do their jobs.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) January 3, 2018

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    • Last night was the most disappointing game of the season for me. We had a double digit lead early and then Auburn just beat us up. Like all Bruce Pearl teams do, they pushed, bumped, held, jumped over the back and got away with it because they did it consistently at every position, all game long. Auburn was tougher. They wanted the rebounds and ripped balls out of our hands.
      They hustled to loose balls and long rebounds to get second chance points. They put in the effort and the hustle. They drove hard to the basket and dared us to stop them. We didn’t. We were soft and lazy. They came into TBA and owned us, so we saw a 20+ point swing on the scoreboard as a result. Do not tell me that game was coaching. That was all on the players. The players owe us an apology for that effort.

    • Basketball seasons are long and inevitably have ebbs and flows. Texas A&M is going through the same thing after getting to #5 and getting absolutely blasted in their first 2 SEC games.

      The question is whether last night was a one-off or the start of a troubling trend. We have seen fall offs in play under Barnes in the back half of conference play, but those were generally related to injuries.

      Last night was bad, but the season is not lost. Yet.

  • The turnovers in the last few minutes are frustrating, but Tennessee’s biggest cause for concern is defending great guards. Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson combined for 46 points on 15-of-26 from the […]

    • Pete replied 2 weeks ago

      I am really looking forward to this match up. Auburn has played a bunch of cupcakes, but has a great record and (supposedly) better recruiting talent. Tennessee has played some quality competition and should win the game.

  • Also, Tennessee actually moved up in both KenPom (18) and RPI (9) from today’s performance.

  • I listened to this on the way home from Nashville, so I can’t speak for the visuals or the correctness of the foul calls.

    However, I do think the “can’t close” stuff needs context. Tennessee closed against Purdue on a neutral floor, in regulation and in overtime. Purdue is currently #4 in KenPom.

    Villanova wasn’t a closing issue. They had…[Read more]

  • The first game of SEC play might be the most difficult, depending on which set of power ratings you ask. RPI Forecast uses Jeff Sagarin’s, which give Tennessee just a 28% chance to win at Arkansas tomorrow. That’s […]

  • LSU is at Memphis today, and Kentucky faces Louisville on Friday. Then SEC play tips off, with Tennessee and Arkansas doing the honors Saturday at 1:00 PM ET.

    Five years ago, you could have confused the SEC for […]

  • Tennessee played the last eight minutes of the first half without Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, and Jordan Bowen, all out with two fouls. Wake Forest was up 22-19 when Bowden joined the other two on the […]

    • Nice statement win on the road to close out the non-conference schedule (sans ISU)! Wow those rankings sound unreal compared to preseason expectations. I knew we were sorely underrated, but now I think we should be in contention for the top 4 in the SEC. Nobody looks unbeatable and this team is scrappy enough to be a conference contender. Of course it all starts with Arkansas.

      Go Vols, keep winning!

    • U KNOW!!!!!!!
      Win it! I have been amazed with this team. I was confident that Grant could play down low but Alexander has been amazing. Barnes allowing the perimeter players to fire under control has accelerated our analytics based scheme to flourish. I love that Rick is allowing the team to grow toward the new sabermetrics based game.

      …but that defense… 😉

      It’s almost like we’ve been set up to succeed!

  • The ACC is a weird league so far this year: 10 teams currently projected to finish with a Top 55 RPI, then the next best team is Wake, projected to finish at 99. There’s no middle.

    The SEC has a similar dynamic in RPI (eight projected to finish in the Top 50, then South Carolina around 75, then Georgia/MSU around 100), but not in KenPom. SEC…[Read more]

  • Tennessee…escaped? Is “escaped” the word we want to use for Wednesday night? Furman held the Vols to 37.1% from the floor and 5-of-20 from the arc; nine missed free throws didn’t help. But Tennessee’s defense […]

    • A win leaves us 3-1 vs. the ACC. Two wins on the road; one on neutral site. For now, it’d be the best win of the lot.
      UNC #11 10-2
      NC State #81 9-3
      Ga Tech #109 5-5
      Wake #63 7-4

      [Admittedly, those 3 wins are against the bottom half of the ACC. But that may be overlooked when comparing resumes at year end if those guys remain in the Top 100 RPI/KenPom ]

      • The ACC is a weird league so far this year: 10 teams currently projected to finish with a Top 55 RPI, then the next best team is Wake, projected to finish at 99. There’s no middle.

        The SEC has a similar dynamic in RPI (eight projected to finish in the Top 50, then South Carolina around 75, then Georgia/MSU around 100), but not in KenPom. SEC has five Top 30 KenPom teams and the entire league in the Top 90. ACC has eight Top 40 KenPom teams but Georgia Tech is 109 and Kevin Stallings at 164.

    • Whether or not it makes a huge difference in the ultimate outcome of the team, there is a tremendous gap in perception, at least, of going 2-0 vs. 0-2 in the next 2 games.

      I’d take a split, and Wake may be easier to grab given Tennessee’s rather unfortunate recent history at Bud Walton (lost the last 4 and Rick’s only trip there was a disaster).

  • I don’t know if it was intentionally sensationalistic, but “struggling” was definitely a poor word choice.

  • Thanks Eric!

  • I continue to believe Villanova is just on another level right now. I will say Joel Berry is the first player we’ve seen this year that we just don’t have an answer for on our roster.

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