I have never really cared too much about basketball, partially because the Vols have stunk more often than not. But Bruce seems like the real deal and I really like how the team seems to have some class. Contrast that with the way Memphis players acted after Saturday night's game and you see the difference a head coach makes.Scary, but we can play better; we got absolutely nothing out of Ogilvy and precious little on offense from Neltner, although he played a great floor game.
Both teams looked pretty tough mentally; now Vanderbilt needs to do it on the road a little more.
Why is it that every time there's a hint of a job opening in the Big 10, Stallings's name has to come up? Acknowledging that it's a private school without open admissions, you've got an administration as well as a fan base that's knowledgable and supportive, a huge home court advantage, and a real city to live in.
I have to confess that I have trouble hating UT with Pearl as the coach. His kids play real hard but pretty clean, and they were gracious post-game. Over the years, all my aggression has now pretty much shifted to hating Kentucky.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?id=3266374NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One team in Memorial Gym on Tuesday night looked primed and ready for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, and it wasn't the No. 1 team in the country.
And, no, we're not talking about the team of officials, either, who honked on their whistles relentlessly, all the while managing to call a staggering 53 personal fouls and three technical fouls.
To its credit, Vanderbilt never blinked, just like the Commodores didn't blink back in January when they lost their first four SEC road games in a stretch that saw them open the conference season with six of their first nine games away from home.
"A lot of people jumped off the wagon a little bit," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said Tuesday.
Well, they're back on now. Knocking off No. 1 tends to have that effect, not to mention winning seven in a row.