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Rocky Top Talk Mar 30, 2014

NCAA Women's Tournament: Lady Vols vs. Maryland, 12 PM Eastern

It's Tennessee's game to win or lose, but Maryland will easily be their toughest opponent to date in the NCAA tournament. Tipoff is at noon Eastern, with LSU/Louisville to follow at 2:30ish. TV/Stream: ESPN / WatchESPN Radio: Mickey should be in fine form with an early tipoff. Stats: They just don't report 'em like they used to. We're now at the point in the tournament where any team can realistically beat any other team (Notre Dame and UConn excepted). After all, even Baylor played a decent Kentucky team and won yesterday. So while Tennessee is the higher seed and has the apparent depth...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 28, 2014

Michigan Survives Tennessee 73-71

An incredibly hot start, a slow-building rally, and a furious finish found Michigan escaping a crazy sequence at the end of the game with a two point win. Michigan shot 55.1% from the floor, 11 of 20 for 55.0% from the arc, and 80% at the free throw line.  The Wolverines are one of the best offensive teams in college basketball, and boy was it on display tonight.  Those numbers are good enough to carry this team to the title. They were most impressive in the first half when Michigan opened 8 of 11 from three.  Tennessee played step-for-step for the first ten minutes, holding a 21-20...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 28, 2014
2014 March Madness: Tennessee Vols vs. Michigan Wolverines Sweet Sixteen Game Time, TV Channel, and GameThread

2014 March Madness: Tennessee Vols vs. Michigan Wolverines Sweet Sixteen Game Time, TV Channel, and GameThread

The Vols and the Wolverines battle this evening to see who will advance to the Elite Eight. If you're looking for the online game-viewing party, this is it. (24-12) (11-7) RV/NR 11 Seed RPI: 40 KenPom: 7 March 28, 2014 Tipoff: 7:15 p.m. ET | The House That Peyton Built, Indianapolis, INTelevision: CBSLive Audio: Internet Audio?Internet Video: MMOD Live Stats: UTSports.com (27-8) (15-3) #8/#92 Seed RPI: 11 KenPom: 9 Jackson the Mule says . . . . . . this is me still dancing. Go Vols!
Rocky Top Talk Mar 28, 2014

Sweet 16 Tennessee vs Michigan Preview

One of the best three point shooting teams in college basketball faces one of the best defensive teams in college basketball. Giddy up. Before we go any further, let's remember to celebrate. It's been a rare verb in Knoxville this decade, not seen on the hardwood since the last time we took this stage four long years ago. And after a season of questions and quarreling I'd hate to think all our angst, earned and unearned, has caused us to forget how to celebrate well. We know heartbreak and misery in this athletic department and in this fanbase. But we should also be people who...
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!

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