Boy oh boy, what a day in Nashville! The boys got off to a wonderful start, it got a little out of hand after half time, but never gave up and got to pull out the W! Surprise, Alexander had another off day, fouled out with 10 min left in the 2nd half, terrible game all around for him. 2 points, 3 rebounds, And that’s not going to cut it. If this team wants to get deep into the tournament and play in Minnesota Kyle needs to get his act together or find someone that can. Turner came up huge with the final 3, but that’s about all that he did, 7 points, 3 rebounds. Turner has the best defense Tennessee has, but today it was not there. Williams had a very rocky start, only having 4 points until about 12 min left in the 2nd half, but he got a couple free throws and was able to get dialed in and ended the game strong with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Schofield was, well Schofield. Ended with 21 points, and had a couple huge shots in the end to seal the game.
Got to play a tough Auburn team for the championship, Auburn and Florida came down to the wire in the first game. Auburn is a very dangerous 3 point shooting team, they have 2 great shooters and you control them, you win, its that simple. Bryce Brown averages 16 points a game, and in the win against Tennessee last week he had 16 points and 3 rebounds. Their other player is Jared Harper, averages 15 points a game and in the game vs Tennessee he got 16 points and 3 rebound as well, also 8 assists. The wild card in the first match up was Chuma Okeke, he only averages 11 points a game, but in the Tennessee game he went off, scoring 22 points, 5 boards. this should be a very interesting match up, that if played smart, should be a walk in the park for the Vols.
Now here is my unpopular opinion. Turner needs to be off the bench, yes he hit the big shot today, and he is amazing in the clutch, But for the rest of the game he’s off. Alexander needs replaced by Pons, Pons is a strong mini Grant Williams, Alexanders 2 points a game isn’t helping. Bowden is wonderful off the bench, lets give him the start over Turner and let Turner come in for foul trouble and any other time that’s needed,