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UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Posted on: November 28, 2008 5:58 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2008 6:10 pm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bruce Pearl didn't spend long celebrating Friday's win over Georgetown.

"Look at the size of those guys," Pearl said as he chatted courtside and stared into Gonzaga's huddle just before tip-off of the second semifinal here at the Old Spice Classic. So yeah, the Tennessee coach was already looking ahead, planning for Sunday's championship game. But the 12th-ranked Vols' 90-78 victory over No. 21 Georgetown deserves more attention than Pearl was willing to give it because it was a huge non-league win that came despite UT getting just 12 minutes from Wayne Chism, who is the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder.

Credit depth as the reason.

And what the nation is learning this weekend is that Pearl has assembled a deep and long roster capable of getting key baskets and rebounds from a variety of places. Tyler Smith looks like an All-American, Bobby Maze and Renaldo Woolridge are way better than most thought, Cameron Tatum was impressive against Georgetown, Scotty Hopson is an NBA prospect and J.P. Prince and Chism are veterans of an SEC championship team. Add it up, and you can see why UT has gone from the favorite to the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC again, and if the Vols can walk away with the Old Spice Classic trophy on Sunday they'll establish themselves as a legitimate top 10 team that won't miss Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith nearly as much as some expected.

"Our (starting five is) good, but our 10 are what makes us better," Pearl said. "We go to the bench and we don't fall off."

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2008 1:28 am

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Wow, I love the "Seattle isn't home for us" argument. Tennessee plays Marquette on a "neutral" court in Nashville later, but I'm guessing there will be a lot more orange there than blue and gold.

Here are my thoughts about the UT/Georgetown game: Tennessee played like garbage for about 30 minutes AND their big man (Chism) spent most of the game on the bench (or fouling people)...and then eventually won the game by double-digits. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow, should be a great game.

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2008 12:26 am

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Unfortunately the SEC isn't anything to crow about right now. Outside of Tennessee and Florida there isn't much. Kentucky isn't even going to hit 50 against WVU.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2008 3:39 pm

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

My Bad VolCane.  Obviously being ranked 6th in the nation was no indication of  Tennessee being the far better team either.   AllI was trying to get across is the term WAXING.  To me  if you are the 6th ranked team in the nation  and you are playing an unranked opponent in an arena that is not on there campus and you only beat them by 10  that is not a waxing.  Sheesh what is all the worries from Vol land anyway ?? Isn't now is when you pull out the SEC is Waaaaaaaaaaaay better than the WCC banter ??  hehe.  Ohh well  the game should be a good test for BOTH teams, and win or lose both U of Tennessee and Gonzaga should be dancing in March.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 9:41 am

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

"SEATTLE is nowhere near Spokane".  Well buddy, it sure as hell is nowhere near Knoxville either.  The Zags had that whole same time zone thing working for them, so don't tell me it wasn't a distinct advantage for Gonzaga. 

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 5:39 am

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Seattle is nowhere near Spokane? Granted there are some serious geographical barriers, but it is a couple hundred miles, not a couple thousand. That was a home game for Gonzaga. Just like playing the Zags in Memphis or Nashville would be a home game for UT.

This is a much more talented UT team than last year's. If they can stay poised in the face of a disciplined Gonzaga team, I don't see Gonzaga beating them. That said, there were times in the Georgetown game where the Vols were shaky. This is more a test of Tennessee than Gonzaga. I think at this point you kind of know what the Zags are going to give you.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2008 12:08 am

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Hmm 10 points is a waxing ??  and at the time Tenn was ranked  6th  I think... while the Zags were unranked. Dude  careful with the celebration of your Old Spice trophy.. oh wait...  you don't have it yet.     And one last tidbit  SEATTLE is nowhere near Spokane  so don't even try the " we beat Gonzaga on their home court. "    come play the Zags in the Kennel sometime. Tenn had a good win over Georgetown today not going to argue that... but if you want to remember what happened last time..  keep a clear memory OR get your teams straight (The Lady Vols beat the Gonzaga women by 23 pts last year)

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 12:04 am

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Gonzaga will beat UT

Thanks Zaga62, you picks are always wrong.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2008 11:15 pm

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming


Gonzaga will beat UT

we got size, speed, experience. 2 of the 3 we have the advantage over UT.


Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2008 9:32 pm

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Let's not forget that Tennessee waxed that same Gonzaga team last year in Washington with (in my opinion) a worse team and Chris Lofton battling testicular cancer. They also play again later this season in Knoxville. I think the Vols win this one close and wax the Zags again in Kville.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2008 8:46 pm

UT's depth impressive, overwhelming

Uh, he wasn't talking about the size of TN which I assume you mean Tennessee.  He was talking about Gonzaga who has many, many big men, and a much better team than Tennessee.  Just watch it on Sunday.  It is going to be a good one. 

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