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Rocky Top Talk Mar 27, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 Game Times, TV Schedule and Channels, and GameThread

It's sweet, Sweet Sixteen time. Here's your warm-up thread for tomorrow. The most import game for Vols fans doesn't arrive until tomorrow, of course, but other Sweet Sixteen action tips off tonight when Stanford and Dayton square off on CBS. Consider this evening calisthenics in preparation for a grueling tomorrow. GAME VENUE TIME TV ANNOUNCERS (10) Stanford vs. (11) Dayton Memphis 7:15 PM CBS Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols (2) Wisconsin vs. (6) Baylor Anaheim 7:47 PM TBS Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager (1) Florida vs. (4) UCLA Memphis 9:45 PM CBS Kevin...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 27, 2014
Sweet 16 Tennessee vs Michigan: Wolverines Roster Breakdown

Sweet 16 Tennessee vs Michigan: Wolverines Roster Breakdown

If he's wearing maize, he can shoot the three. We discussed some of these points with Thomas Beindit of SB Nation's Big Ten Powerhouse and Michigan's 247 site on our podcast last night.  Off the cuff there are some similarities between Friday's date with the Wolverines and our last appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2010:  a pair of Big Ten two seeds with an All-American scorer leading three others in double figures and a tight eight man rotation.  Both times the Vols made the Sweet 16 by disposing of a 14 seed in the Round of 32 after they did the dirty work of upsetting the 3 seed in the...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 26, 2014

Rocky Top Talk Podcast: The Sweet 16

The podcast returns to celebrate UT's journey back to the Sweet 16. The Rocky Top Talk Podcast makes its return tonight to discuss all things basketball. We'll be joined by Thomas Beindit of Big Ten Powerhouse, our SB Nation Big 10 Basketball blog, as well as Wolverine 247. We'll discuss the Vols and Michigan in their Sweet 16 matchup, and our crew will also discuss Cuonzo Martin and the storyline of this entire season, with some Lady Vol talk thrown in as well. It's a full and exciting night, and we hope we remember how to do a podcast in happy times. It's an earlier start time for us...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 26, 2014
Dribble Dunk Duff! Leads After the First Weekend of the RTT 2014 Bracket Contest

Dribble Dunk Duff! Leads After the First Weekend of the RTT 2014 Bracket Contest

Somehow this little annual contest matters much less than it has in the past, but somebody is leading and this is that someone. Below is the first page of the standings in the RTT 2014 Bracket Challenge. Yeah, Yahoo doesn't provide an option for viewing all 168 of us at the same time, so we're just going with the first page. You can view all of the standings here. Let me get this out of the way first: Isn't it nice to have the bracket contest be an afterthought this year? This is where you nod your head. Anyway, Dribble Dunk Duff! is in the lead both in current points and possible points...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 26, 2014

Sweet 16 Tennessee vs Michigan: Reviewing the Wolverines' Season

The Big Ten regular season champs have been strong throughout, bolstered by two stretches of incredible basketball. Our previews of Tennessee's Sweet 16 opponent begin today with a look at Michigan's schedule this year. When John Beilein came to Michigan in 2007 the Wolverines hadn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1998, and three of their seven appearances from the 90s had been vacated. Six years of Tommy Amaker in the midst of NCAA sanctions produced several trips to the NIT but no time on the dance floor. Beilein put the Wolverines in the NCAA Tournament in year two, then again in 2011...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 25, 2014

Tennessee Vols Sweet 16 T-Shirts

The Vols' Sweet 16 tees are here in all of their glory. And the right shade of orange. Tennessee's Sweet 16 t-shirts arrived first thing this morning fresh from being printed somewhere up in Iowa in the middle of the night Sunday, I think. The snow couldn't keep the FedEx truck away, and the 30 custom tees I had to print for the Virginia (WRONG ORANGE!) and Iowa State blogs just today couldn't keep me from keeping one beside me all day just so I could look at it. I'm like Linus and his blanket with this thing. Anyway, yes we have them, and yes you can get one, and yes you can even get a...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 25, 2014
Cuonzo Martin and 2015

Cuonzo Martin and 2015

Feeling good about the present has allowed UT fans to feel better about the future. Here's a look at who's coming back and who will fill in the void left by a ton of productivity departing. One of the main reasons Cuonzo Martin has faced so much pressure in 2014 is the belief the Vols will be taking a step backward in 2015. Seniors Jordan McRae, Jeronne Maymon, and Antonio Barton are preparing for their last go-round in the SEC and hopefully NCAA Tournaments. Junior Jarnell Stokes has given indications he will go turn pro early with even the slightest hope from NBA scouts. But this...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 24, 2014
Lady Vols Join Vols in the Sweet 16

Lady Vols Join Vols in the Sweet 16

It was another shaky first half for Tennessee, but the Lady Vols took a 39-35 halfitme lead and outpaced St. John's for a 67-51 victory and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. The University of Tennessee is collectively 5-0 in NCAA Tournament games this weekend: 3-0 from the men and 2-0 from the Lady Vols. Fast starts and 40 minute games have eluded Tennessee all season, and tonight was no different.  After opening up an early 22-11 lead at the under-12 timeout, Tennessee went cold from the floor to allow St. John's back, holding a tenuous 23-22 lead at the under-8.  Foul trouble by Andraya...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 24, 2014

NCAA WBB: Round of 32, Tennessee vs. St. John's, 9 PM EST

After a more-annoying-than-necessary win over Northwestern State, the Lady Vols face off against a decent St. John's squad. TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3: Radio Mickey would've gotten punchy if 54 fouls were called in Tennessee's game Gametracker: we just need to accept this, don't we? WHEN WE LAST LEFT THESE TEAMS: Tennessee was busy sleepwalking for a half before laying down the hammer against Northwestern State in the second half. In the end, it was a comfortable 70-46 win. Three quick things about the game: Bad Meighan Simmons (4-15, 12 points) was out in force. Some of the dead zone first half...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 24, 2014

Tennessee-Michigan Game Time, Television Set

The Tennessee Volunteers and the Michigan Wolverines will fight it out for a spot in the Elite 8 Friday in the first game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The game is set to tip-off at 7:15.  Kentucky and Louisville will follow. Both games in Indianapolis will be televised on CBS, with the network's "A Team" of Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Tracy Wolfson calling the action. Here's the full Sweet 16 schedule: THURSDAY, MARCH 27 (7:00 PM-12:00 AM, ET) Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter Producer/Director 7:15 p.m. CBS Memphis I Stanford...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 23, 2014

REBOUND T-Shirts

Rebound? Rebound. Rebound! REBOUND! Can anyone stop Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon from eating every rebound? Call them the Bruise Brothers or the Beastie Boys or the Monster Mash or whatever. What they are, are REBOUND MACHINES. Come to think of it, REBOUND is also the perfect description of what this team's done over the past several weeks, too. Kinda fitting that it's got a double meaning because we like us some double doubles around here, right? Anyway -- yeah, we have some Rebound tees up for sale over at the RTT store, so if you're interested, go check out the Grown Man Rebound tee...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 23, 2014
Tennessee Advances to the Sweet 16!

Tennessee Advances to the Sweet 16!

A long and strange season just got a little longer: Tennessee beat Mercer by 20 and advances from the First Four in Dayton to the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. Let's talk about this picture for a minute. It's GREAT to be a Tennessee Vol!!! Next stop, Indy! #Sweet16Selfie pic.twitter.com/g7KCyptZJb — Cuonzo Martin (@CuonzoMartin) March 24, 2014 People said all year they wanted to see more of this from Cuonzo Martin, and more than anything wanted to see Tennessee's best basketball.  Turns out, the two go hand in hand:  the Vols have now won 8 of their last 9, the only loss to #1 Florida....
Rocky Top Talk Mar 23, 2014

NCAA Tournament 2014: Tennessee Vols vs. Mercer Bears Game Time, TV Channel, and GameThread

Tennessee continues to dance this postseason and today takes on the Mercer Bears. Here's how, where, and when to watch. (23-12) (11-7) RV/NR 11 Seed RPI: 40 KenPom: 6 March 23, 2014 Tipoff: 6:10-ish p.m. ET | PNC Arena, Raleigh, NCTelevision: TNTLive Audio: Internet Audio?Internet Video: MMODLive Stats: UTSports.com (27-8) (14-4) NR/NR14 Seed RPI: 83 KenPom: 81 Jackson the Mule says . . . . . . this is me still dancing. Go Vols!
Rocky Top Talk Mar 22, 2014
Tennessee vs Mercer Preview

Tennessee vs Mercer Preview

Here comes a new challenger! Yesterday's nationwide celebration of Duke's defeat was met with at least some pause in East Tennessee.  Not only were the Vols denied the chance to take down the Blue Devils themselves, but now standing in the way is a Mercer team who beat Tennessee last year.  This isn't your older brother's 14 seed, like the Ohio team who beat 3 seed Georgetown by knocking down 13 threes.  Tennessee beat those Bobcats in the Round of 32 83-68 en route to the program's first Elite Eight.  But something tells me these Bears won't go so quietly, mainly because they weren't...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 22, 2014

NCAA Tournament 2014: TV Schedule, Game Times, TV Channels and GameThread

Here's the day's info and game thread. Enjoy! REGION GAME VENUE TIME TV ANNOUNCERS South Pittsburgh Panthers (9) vs. Florida Gators (1) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 1215p CBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy MidWest Saint Louis Billikens (5) vs. Louisville Cardinals (4) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 245p CBS Anderson/Bonner//Leahy) MidWest Texas Longhorns (7) vs. Michigan Wolverines (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 515p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//Lewis Johnson West North Dakota State Bison (12) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane,...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 22, 2014

NCAA Women's Tournament: Lady Vols vs. Northwestern State

The Lady Vols try out their shiny new #1 seed against the Northwestern State Lady Demons from Natchitoches, LA. (It's not too far from Nacogdoches, TX.) Time: 4:00 PM Eastern TV/Net:ESPN2* / WatchESPN Radio: Not sure if Mickey... Stats: It's a stinky GameTracker, but it's our GameTracker. * May be regional coverage; all games at this time are on ESPN2. In the 33 previous years of the NCAA Tournament, the Lady Vols are the only team to appear in all brackets. They have only missed the Sweet Sixteen once, back when the Baby Vols were all freshmen. Only one #1 seed has ever lost in the...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 21, 2014
Tennessee Beats UMass 86-67, Will Face Mercer

Tennessee Beats UMass 86-67, Will Face Mercer

After a tense 40 minutes in Dayton, the Vols were back to their recent ways in Raleigh. In a matchup of Volunteers and Minutemen, Tennessee dominated from the opening tip.  The Vols did trail in this one, but for all of seven seconds:  UMass scored first, Jordan McRae answered with a three, and off we went on a 21-8 run to start the game.  UMass was down 19 at halftime when McRae splashed another three, then cut the lead to ten with 14:21 to go.  But Tennessee continually broke the UMass press and found easy opportunities on the other end, never letting things get too far out of hand...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 21, 2014
NCAA Tournament 2014: Tennessee Vols vs. UMass Minutemen Game Time, TV Channel, and GameThread

NCAA Tournament 2014: Tennessee Vols vs. UMass Minutemen Game Time, TV Channel, and GameThread

The Vols are dancing for real this afternoon against the Minutemen of UMass. Here's all the info you need to watch, unless you're in an airplane without wi-fi at 30,000 feet, in which case . . . why? (22-12) (11-7) RV/NR 11 Seed RPI: 40 KenPom: 9 March 21, 2014 Tipoff: 2:45-ish p.m. ET | PNC Arena, Raleigh, NCTelevision: CBSLive Audio: Internet Audio?Internet Video: MMODLive Stats: UTSports.com (24-8) (12-6) NR/RV6 Seed RPI: 21 KenPom: 50 Jackson the Mule says . . . . . . this is me still dancing. Go Vols!
Rocky Top Talk Mar 21, 2014

NCAA Tournament Tennessee vs UMass Preview

It's Round One? Round Two? Whatever. Last year Tennessee faced UMass in Puerto Rico, and Jarnell Stokes notched a career high 24 points in an 83-69 Tennessee win. The Vols got to the free throw line a bunch - 33 times to just 14 for the Minutemen - and held point guard Chaz Williams to 5 of 15 shooting and budding post star Cady Lalanne to just five points. Williams and Lalanne still represent the biggest threats for the Minutemen - 15.8 points and 7.0 assists for Williams, 11.4 points and 8.0 rebounds for Lalanne. To learn more about the Minutemen, we traded questions and answers with...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 20, 2014
NCAA Tournament Thursday Schedule & Game Thread

NCAA Tournament Thursday Schedule & Game Thread

The Vols are through to Friday, so relax and enjoy one of the best days in sports. March Madness is here, and with it the annual dousing of brackets in lighter fluid and watching them burn across America today.  If you're like me and you picked the Vols to win it all, congratulations, you're safe until at least tomorrow!  Even for the non-believers, here's hoping plenty of basketball will get you through the sleep you lost late last night. This is your open thread for Thursday in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.  Enjoy. Thursday's Game Schedule Region Game Venue Time TV...

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