Tennessee Vols vs. Purdue Boilermakers: game thread

The Tennessee Vols are in the Bahamas today for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Their opening game features a great opportunity to see what they’re made of against No. 18 Purdue. The tip’s at noon Eastern and will be televised on ESPN2.

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Will Shelton

It’s way too early to worry about our current RPI, but winning today could impact us 15-20 spots by Selection Sunday.

Nevermind the overall win/loss projection at RPI Wizard, which has the Vols as basically a .500 team. If you plug and play:

L Purdue, W Western Kentucky, W NC State: RPI 76 ( at season’s end)
W Purdue, L Villanova, L SMU: RPI 74
W Purdue, L Villanova, W SMU: RPI 58

Winning today and losing twice is more valuable than losing today and winning twice if chalk holds.

Andrew Cooper
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Andrew Cooper

I vote we win all three and not worry about it. 🙂

Chris
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Chris

Would love to see Tennessee play Villanova. I’ve been part of Villanova University for 5 years now. We have a good thing going. It would be valuable experience to play a top 5 team that focuses on defense.

Chris
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Chris

Ice cold from 3.

Isaac Bishop
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Isaac Bishop

Haven’t scored in the last five minutes..

Isaac Bishop
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Isaac Bishop

Finally

Isaac Bishop
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Isaac Bishop

Turner with back to back 3s!

Ethan
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Ethan

That’s how to end a half, I do say.

Isaac Bishop
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Isaac Bishop

Talk about great in game adjustments to end a 5 minute drought and rally for the tie.

Isaac Bishop
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Isaac Bishop

Hot start coming out of the half.

Will Shelton

Finally in front of a TV – 13 offensive rebounds against this bunch is absurd. Shooting 34% and up five.

Will Shelton

A+ ball movement on the take-the-lead possession there

Ethan
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Ethan

*grumpy fan grumble* Announcers seem to enjoy talking up Purdue as they are down on the scoreboard

Will Shelton

Plenty of newcomers, but our winning time lineup is veterans (Bone Turner Bowden Schofield Williams)

Ethan
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Ethan

Well this is all quite exciting.

Isaac Bishop
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Isaac Bishop

That second to last Purdue possession had my heart racing. I agree that it was a travel and to avoid controversy wish they had ran the play. Other than that awesome win!

3-0 Vols! Bring on the next combatant!

Dawn
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Dawn

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Andrew Cooper
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Andrew Cooper

Yes! Glad to see that it looks like close games last year might turn into wins this year.

Evan
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Evan

What a game! That was a fantastic feeling after this football season haha

Harley
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Harley

It’s fun to be a VFL…. Rocky Top will always be home sweet home to me!!! Go Vols!!