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Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

Posted on: November 20, 2009 11:22 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2009 2:35 am
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Bruce Pearl has to love what's going on in Knoxville right now. His Volunteers are averaging 104. PPG and allowing just 56.3 a game after three blowouts to begin their season.

Tennessee has made 39 three pointers in three games, an average of 13.0 per game. That puts the Volunteers at fourth best in the country, based on the numbers coming into Friday night. The team numbers are a little skewed a little though. Red hot Scotty Hopson has made 14 of 18 (78%) three pointers this season and is averaging 22.0 PPG. When a player shoots like that, your team three point shooting is usually very high.

While Kansas, Michigan State, Texas, and Kentucky get the national headlines, Pearl's Volunteers are getting the job done better than any other team in the country. That's why the Vols moved up to a one seed in my latest bracketology, although it didn't go over well with the Kentucky faithful. Right now I have Tennessee as the favorites in the SEC and as the top seed in the South bracket.

With DePaul, #7 Purdue/Saint Josephs, Charleston, East TN State, Middle TN State, Wyoming, USC, NC A&T up next, it's very likely that Tennessee will go into the Memphis game on December 31st with a near perfect or perfect record and a top five ranking.  Imagine that.

For now, it's clear Tennessee is one of the elite teams in the country. While others have had their scares, Tennessee continues to roll.


Edited: Had to add in the DePaul, Purdue/Saint Josephs matchups that aren't listed on the schedule.

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Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 12:23 am
 

Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

57-53 over DePaul.
Is this team who you thought they were?

It's a win, although not an impresive one. Maybe the Vols early season schedule made them look better than they are, or maybe this was one bad night. It's hard to tell right now.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2009 10:14 pm
 

Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

57-53 over DePaul.
Is this team who you thought they were?



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2009 1:47 am
 

Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

Haven't seen UT play yet, but I'd have to say Syracuse has been very impressive beating 2 quality teams at MSG.

'Cuse too. Both teams have played well to this point. The Orange easily have better wins.




Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2009 1:23 am
 

Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

Well, it's only November and I am not ready to put them in the upper echelon just yet. It's nice to see our press back after not being able to use it last year with all the Freshmen we played last season. If the Vols can continue at this pace and keep getting better, who knows how far this team can go but right now it is way too early. Scotty doesn't even resemble the player he was a year ago.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2009 1:05 am
 

Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

Haven't seen UT play yet, but I'd have to say Syracuse has been very impressive beating 2 quality teams at MSG.Exactly.  Not to take anything away from Tennessee, they have looked great, but they have done it against cupcakes.  Syracuse has beaten two top 15 teams.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2009 1:00 am
 

Tennessee--Maybe the Most Impressive Team So Far

Haven't seen UT play yet, but I'd have to say Syracuse has been very impressive beating 2 quality teams at MSG.


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