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Rocky Top Talk Mar 13, 2015

Tennessee Vols vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: SEC Tourney game thread

The Vols look for the tiebreaker in the second rubber match in two days, this one against the Razorbacks. Hey, did you see that awesome rubber match game last night against Vandy? Yeah, that was fun, let's do that again tonight in another rubber match. Tonight's opponent is Arkansas, and we have the game preview here. And hey, did you know that the Vols now own the second-best all-time SEC Tourney winning percentage? Tip: 7:00 PM ETTV: SEC NetworkRadio: Vol NetworkOnline: WATCHESPN
Rocky Top Talk Mar 13, 2015

Tennessee Vols at #3 Florida Gators Weekend Series Thread

It's time for some SEC games. After a disappointing midweek the Vols return to the diamond this weekend to open SEC play.  They travel to Gainesville to take on the #3 ranked Florida Gators.  Florida has had a great start to the year, where the only losses they've recorded have been at UCF and at home against Miami. They have an outstanding pitching staff, and the Vols will need to play near-flawless baseball to challenge the Gators. The Gators lead the all-time series 144-78, and the last time the Vols won a series was in 2008.  Since then, they've been 4-14 against the Gators...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 13, 2015

SEC Tournament: Tennessee vs Arkansas Preview

The Vols look for their second upset in their second rubber match of the SEC Tournament, with a chance to extend the weekend and the season. We're still riding high from last night's comeback, but an even greater challenge with even greater rewards awaits tonight. NIT Watch As we said coming into this week, I think Tennessee needs at least one more win to get in the NIT picture, while two wins and a Sunday loss to Kentucky should all but guarantee it.  The size of the at-large field is still up in the air:  there were no conference tourney finals yesterday and none today, leaving us with...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 12, 2015

SEC Tournament Second Round: Tennessee 67 Vanderbilt 61 - The Road Home

Donnie Tyndall's first team and Josh Richardson's last team gets its signature moment, and the chance to make another one. When I was in college, a friend and I got into DragonBall Z.  We usually watched it at his place, with the remote in his hand.  And like a little kid, as the show went on, he would get more and more excited.  Every time he did, he turned the volume up. I don't know how many of you have seen DragonBall Z, or how many of you might admit it in the comments, but five out of six episodes are basically yelling.  They spend about a week powering up, and then they unleash,...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 12, 2015

Tennessee Vols vs. Vanderbilt Commodores: SEC Tourney game thread

The Orange Jacket makes a third appearance against Vandy this season looking for the tiebreaker. It's Round Three of the in-state rivalry between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Vanderbilt Commodores, and it takes place, as it should, in the SEC Tournament. The game tips at 7:00 PM Eastern in Nashville and will be televised on the SEC Network. If you're a believer in season-long momentum, Vandy has it and the good guys don't, but momentum is fickle and really just another word for confidence. So let's go take some early and turn it into a win in the rubber match. Tip: 7:00 PM ETTV: SEC...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 12, 2015

SEC Tournament: Tennessee vs Vanderbilt Preview

Round Three of the in-state rivalry takes place in Nashville tonight. If you took the first 20 games of Tennessee's season and the last 10 games of Vanderbilt's season, you would have a 21-9 (13-5) club looking to play their way into a top four seed in the NCAA Tournament this week.  Instead, you have a pair of teams that will need wins in Nashville just to make the NIT.  Such were the depths of despair in the first two-thirds of Vanderbilt's season and the last third-ish of Tennessee's season.  You know about the Vols' struggles; the reason Vanderbilt has caught so many people by...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 10, 2015

Tennessee's Future At Quarterback

2016 prospect Austin Kendall decommitted to the Vols on Tuesday. Did Tennessee pull his offer? Where do the Vols go from here? Breath easy Vol Nation, Butch has got this. National championships are hard to come by without a great quarterback, the only exceptions since the BCS era - AJ McCarron (2009), Matt Flynn (2007), Chris Leak (2006) and Matt Mauck (2003) all needed a combination of elite coaching and talent around them to capture their championships. In addition to having talent, Ohio State showed the value of depth at the game's most important position last season. The key is...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 10, 2015

Vol Baseball hosts ETSU and Morehead State

More rain is in the forecast... Tennessee baseball wrapped up its first series victory of the season this past weekend and looks to continue that success this week as SEC play begins. Before traveling to Gainesville to take on Florida the Vols will host East Tennessee State and Morehead State, assuming the weather cooperates (which isn't looking likely). The Morehead State game was rained out last Wednesday. Tennessee is 58-16 against ETSU all-time, however things haven't been pretty lately. ETSU has won seven of the last ten meetings dating back to 2008, including both games last...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 9, 2015

Tennessee SEC Tournament Preview - The Bucket List

The Vols haven't won the SEC Tournament since 1979, and it will take that to get back to the NCAA Tournament this year. First thing's first:  I think the only way the Vols can play their way into the NIT from 15-15 (7-11) is to win their way to Sunday and then lose to Kentucky in the finals.  Tennessee's RPI is sitting at 105 right now; that scenario, with wins over Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Georgia or Ole Miss (barring major upsets) plus a loss to the UK juggernaut should leave the Vols with an RPI in the high 60s, and that should be enough to get in the NIT field.  Wins over Vandy and...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 8, 2015

Lady Vols Fall in SEC Championship to South Carolina, 62-46

A game Tennessee Lady Vols squad fell to South Carollina 62-46, but an offensive drought played a huge role in South Carolina's first SEC Tournament championship. This was never going to be easy. South Carolina had too much, did too much, and a severe offensive drought for the Tennessee Lady Vols did them in. The Gamecocks pulled down their first SEC Tournament Championship after a 62-46 win and are officially in a golden age for their program now. Hard-fought balls in the first half turned into delays in the second half as a worn-down Tennessee squad struggled to stay with the deeper...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 8, 2015

SEC WBB Championship: Tennessee vs. South Carolina

South Carolina goes for its first-ever SEC Tournament championship. Tennessee goes for their 17th. TV: ESPN / ESPNx3 Radio: so proud, you guys Stats: ain't nothin' but numbers When we last left Little Rock, Tennessee was toughing out an 11-point win over Kentucky while LSU hung tough with South Carolina until the Gamecocks turned on the burners, winning 74-54. At 3 PM, they play for the SEC Tournament championship. South Carolina hasn't won a SEC Tournament championship ever, but this is also the best the South Carolina program has ever been. Dawn Staley has crafted a program across her...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 7, 2015

Survive, Advance: Tennessee Lady Vols 75, Kentucky 64

Tennessee will play for their 18th SEC Tournament championship on Sunday after an ugly, gutty win over Kentucky. Games against Kentucky are never easy. Tennessee toughed out a 31-24 halftime lead, stretched the lead to 13, took Kentucky's response in stride, and kept the the game in the close-but-tense range until they put Kentucky away with a 75-64 victory. Cierra Burdick was an absolute beast this game, controlling the offensive flow for Tennessee in the first half (5-7, 12 points, 2-2 on threes, 5 boards) as only Jordan Reynolds and Andraya Carter scored more than two points before...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 7, 2015

Tennessee Vols vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: game thread

It's Senior Day and the last home game of the season for Josh Richardson and the 2014-15 Tennessee men's basketball team. It's Senior Day for a handful of Vols basketball players including Josh Richardson, and today against South Carolina Tennessee is looking to build a bit of momentum heading into the SEC Tournament and hopefully the NIT. Here's to hoping for a great send off for Josh. Tip: 4:00 PM ETTV: Fox Sports NetRadio: Vol NetworkOnline: WATCHESPNLive Stats: Gametracker
Rocky Top Talk Mar 7, 2015

The Culture Question: Tennessee Athletics Department Accused of Influencing Student Discipline

With multiple sexual assault allegations and now accusations of the athletic department influencing student discipline to be more lenient on players, we revisit the question of culture at the University of Tennessee. A massive report from The Tennessean this week cites former UT Vice Chancellor for Student Life Tim Rogers in protesting the UT athletic department's involvement and influence in matters of student discipline, including the actions of both athletic director (and Vice Chancellor) Dave Hart and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.  Rogers asserts the athletic department pressured and...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 6, 2015

Lady Vols Alpha-Roll Dawgs, Advance

Georgia's seniors leave the game never having beaten Tennessee. Barring a change, that trend may continue for some time. I'd give you the final score, but there are still eight minutes of game left. Tennessee leads 55-23 and all Lady Vols have scored. Georgia played their first SEC tournament game last night, beating Missouri 75-64.  Tennessee popped the cork on their postseason tonight.  Normally, the fresh team can be a bit rusty heading into it, which allows the continuing team to get a bit of a lead. That happened, and it's notable. Georgia's "groove" and Tennessee's rust account for...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 6, 2015

Tennessee Baseball hosts Grand Canyon: Weekend Series Thread

Can the Vols actually get a full game finished in Knoxville? Tennessee returns to the field this weekend after missing two more games due to weather related issues. They will be hosting Grand Canyon University, who are in a transitional stage from Division II to Division I. GCU finished last season second in the Western Athletic Conference but were not eligible for the postseason (and won't be until 2017-18). The Lopes' transition was not without drama though, as the PAC-12 protested their admittance to Division I due to their for-profit status (they are the only for-profit school in...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 6, 2015

SEC Tournament: Lady Vols vs. Georgia, 7 PM Eastern

Game on. TV / Stream: SECN / WatchESPN Radio: Oh, that's not a foul. Numbers: Math class is hard! There's not really anything left to say to preview the game.  If Tennessee plays well, they'll win.  If they go plaid, well, they're still likely to win, but it at least opens to the door.  But to recap the action so far and to talk briefly about today's slate, here are bullet points. WEDNESDAY GAMES Auburn beat Florida 71-49 to open up the conference tournament, meaning that Auburn has finally gotten their act together (albeit too late for further tournaments) and that there is something...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 6, 2015

Josh Richardson: The Volunteer

Quietly and steadily, Josh Richardson turned in a better career than many of us realize, an impressive feat for one of the SEC's most valuable players this season. I'm known to dabble in hyperbole and history, but on the eve of Josh Richardson's senior day, here are three questions I find compelling: Has any SEC player been more valuable to his team this year? Has any Tennessee player ever had a more natural progression over all four years of his career? Will this go down as one of the most underrated careers in this program? Here's how Richardson stacks up with the rest of the SEC this...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 4, 2015

Tennessee 78 LSU 63 Wait What

The Vols blew open a close game in the second half with a stunning performance in Baton Rouge, damaging the Tigers' tournament hopes while restoring some of the narrative about Tennessee's season. I didn't see any of the first half, but I'm probably not alone in saying I was pleasantly surprised to find us tied 33-33 at the break.  It was a nice confidence boost in Donnie Tyndall and his staff, getting a team with few postseason opportunities and a heavy losing streak to battle on the road against a much more talented and potentially tourney-bound LSU team.  The Tigers crushed UT's hopes...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 4, 2015

Tennessee Vols at LSU Tigers: game thread

Tennessee looks to finish well, starting with a win tonight against LSU. The Vols travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers tonight at 7:00 PM on the SEC Network. Before you check out, consider that this may be the last week to watch Josh Richardson, who has given his all for Tennessee and deserves a warm send off. And besides, you probably didn't realize that the Vols have won four in a row against LSU at Baton Rouge. So, hey. Go Vols! Tip: 7:00 PM ETTV: SEC NetworkRadio:Vol NetworkOnline: WATCHESPNLive Stats: Gametracker

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