Tennessee vs Kentucky

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,

Tennessee vs Miss St

Wow…just wow. An overall amazing performance by the Vols! Start was a little slow, but we got it together in the middle. Williams got into foul trouble early and, well that’s ok, he wasn’t really needed, let him rest up for Kentucky. Tennessee went the whole first half with not even going to the free throw line, crazy, but I don’t care how many free throws we have, all that matters is that W! Admiral Schofield with a top notch game, 20 points, and the dunk of the year! Very good to see Alexander finally get it together with 9 rebounds and 16 points. Turner was still ice cold, 2 rebounds and only 5 points, 8 assist did help out. Bowden came off the bench and got 10 points, which was great, especially with Williams early foul trouble.

Now tomorrow with rubber match with Kentucky. As we all know, UK kicked our behind earlier in Rupp, but Tennessee got their revenge in Knoxville, huge game in a neutral site. Tennessee hasn’t won the SEC tournament since 1976, In my mind who ever wins tomorrow will win the championship. Florida plays Auburn in the early game for the championship. A win by Florida will be a better matchup for the Vols, Auburn is a very dangerous team and it will be a rough win, Tennessee played Florida twice and handled that very easy. I hope to see Tennessee in the the championship and hope to get that number 1 seed!

Tennessee vs Miss St preview

The Vols take on Mississippi St on the 15th, Miss St is coming off a dominating performance against Texas A&M with an 80-54 win. Tennessee played Miss St once this season, with the Vols winning 71-54. The Vols key to winning this game will come down to their 6th man, the last few games have been rough to say the least, in the loss to Auburn, Alexander had 4 points in 24 min, Turner had 5 points in 35 min, and 1-8 in 3 pointers. Jordan Bone had a decent game at 17 points in 37 min, but only 2-8 from 3 points. Tennessee only lost by 4 points so Turner and Bone need to get a better look from behind the arch or don’t take the shot. Bowden from the bench got 16 points in 31 min, 3-7 from 3 point range. Miss St has a very good depth from the bench, with 4 strong players and 3 more with good experience if needed. Need to limit Peters and Carters in their 3 point shooting, Weatherspoon is the best player on the Bulldogs, average 18.5 points, but Tennessee has the 2 time SEC player of the year in Grant Williams. Averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, strong inside and can shoot from behind the arch when needed, and when he goes to the line, he don’t miss. Should be a good game, I’m going with my Vols winning 75-60, going on to play the winner of Alabama and Kentucky.