When the Lady Vols had one of their biggest home games this year (a loss to Duke), Bruce Pearl showed his support with bodypaint. Corey Brewer steals a pass and gets an easy reverse dunk on the other end. Lofton makes a great pass to Chism, who delivers an emphatic dunk uncontested. Florida’s forwards really seem to be struggling defensively. Tonight they’re letting the Vols through the lane like Mexicans at the border. It wasn’t enough for him to just embarrass a player, he had to humiliate his entire family in one shot. Dick Vitale is sending subliminal messages to the audience that he has a gay crush on Dane Bradshaw. There were about 12 passes before Ja Juan Smith hit another three for the Vols. According to Loser With Socks, Joakim Noah is a tranny, currently on Estrogen therapy. Horford stops the bleeding on offense, but when is he going to start playing some defense? The Tiananmen Square could defend the Vols better, BY HIMSELF, than the entire Florida team is dong now. We know they’re better than this, but they don’t have the right mindset, and I have no idea why. pm: Either I just saw the Orange Man Group or those guys have the worst spray-on tan ever. The Gators force another turnover, and suddenly they’re within 10. before that basket, Florida was on a 30-11 run since being down 27. The Vols may end up putting this game away at the free throw line. Horford now has 15 in this game, but that’s his first basket of the second half. Brewer drives inside and reduces the deficit back to 10. The last thing the Gators needed was a fan-reviving dunk from Wayne Chism. If the Vols could make their free throws, this game would be over a long time ago. Defensively, Tennessee has been stepping up since the return of Wayne Chism.
While I appreciate his enthusiasm, it made for one of the most eye-singeing moments in college basketball in recent memory. Taurean Green draws first blood with a three pointer. Wayne Chism steps out of the paint and gets a three of his own. Interestingly, he shares a name with Dennis Chism, aka “Spyda” from the And 1 mixtape tour. Regardless of his penile status, he certainly is playing like a girl today, letting the Vols have their way with him, and he’s already in foul trouble. Do you really feel sorry for the Gators, Dick Vitale? If you have a bad day that’s one thing, but it looks like the Gators aren’t really trying in this game. Lofton hits yet another thee to extend the lead to 19. Maybe that’s it; Bruce Pearl, Pat Summitt, and Peyton Manning are in the same building at the same time. They need to be the shutdown defensive team the are capable of being if they want to have any shot at… As good as things are for the Vols right now, I would not rest just yet if I were them. The Vols fans are officially concerned about this game. Quiet, Dickie V, you’ve got about 17 players on your All-American Team right now. Neither team has shot well at all in the last few minutes. In particular, Dick Vitale’s man crush has had the game of his life in his last career home game. Florida can’t hit their shots, and this game is pretty much over. One final standing ovation for Dickie V’s man-crush.
At Auburn, the life-embracing Pearl can be expected to mesh X’s and O’s with precious sound bites and stunts supporting other campus teams, as he did at Tennessee.
Pearl’s clubs in his three head coaching stops, including at Southern Indiana and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, have produced winning records in all 19 seasons.
“Actually, my faith has never been stronger,” he said. I made those choices and I let Him down, but at the same time, this would not be here if God still didn’t love me and forgive me.” The former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, an ESPN colleague, says he is thrilled that Pearl has received another chance to coach.
“Having gone through this, it is the biggest thing I’ve leaned on. “He’s going to do great,” said Greenberg, whom Pearl consulted about the new job.
But let’s be honest: all eyes tonight are on what Pat Summitt’s going to do. After getting another basket inside to tie the game, the Vols take the lead by storm, attacking the basket. Noah and Horford combined to create an impenetrable force in the paint. Are they resting on their laurels, worrying about the NBA? Not that I’m rooting for them, but I would at least like to see them play well. Chris Lofton hits a three in the face of Lee Humphrey AND his parents! Tennessee is doing such an excellent job of passing the ball. Anyway, It looked the one thing the Gators lacked in the first half was effort. The Vols now lead by 25, as Lofton now has 17 points on 8-10 shooting. Keep in mind the Tennessee is still in control in this game; they just need to slam the door.
The Knoxville tryouts made clear Pearl’s commitment to ensuring “a family experience” for everyone, says Rosen, who now plays professionally for the Israeli team Maccabi Ashdod.
Pearl took the players on his boat and barbecued for them, but bringing them to the synagogue services was even more telling, he says.
Dear Lord, deliver us from the Fantastic Four sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer. Other than that and the feathered hat, it wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for the Tar Heels. pm: Oh, so that’s it…Peyton Manning brought Tar Heel Jeff Saturday with him to the game! More importantly, they have looked thoroughly unimpressive, acting as though they were not mentally in it.
Which is probably WAY too much information for you to know about my UNC fandom. The Vols continue to have their way with the Florida defense. Of course, attacking means nothing if you can’t defend. In the second half they showed a flash of the brilliance they’re capable of, but they need to do that for 40 minutes from this point on if they are serious about defending their title.