Saturday, February 01, 2014

Know Your Enemy- UTK Volunteers

The Viles come in 12-7 (4-3 in conference). They have one road win @ LSU. Other common opponents... they beat Auburn at home, Xavier in the Bahamas, lost @ Xavier, @ Florida, and @ Wichita St. Only one of their losses has been by more than double digits (@ Florida).

Season stats

Jordan McRae leads the offense at 18.9 PPG. He has taken 73 more shots than Jarnell Stokes who is 2nd at 13.6 PPG. McRae could give us some match up issues due to his size. I suspect Randolph gets the assignment to stop him. Stokes, while only being a 6'8" forward is pulling down 10 boards a game and will give us headaches inside since we know we are soft like cotton candy there. Jeronne Maymon is another tough forward that might push us around inside. He is also 6'8" 260 (I think he's stronger than Stokes, but less polished offensively) and is also dropping 11.3 and 8.2 boards a game.

From the outside watch Josh Richardson and Antonio Barton (41.5% and 35.3% from 3). McRae is obviously one to watch as well. Barton is technically the PG, but truth be told the ball is in McRae's hands for the most part.

Game notes from Vile site.

Keys to winning this game (going to sound like broken record):
- Which Nick Jacobs do we see?
- 3rd scoring option behind Releford and Hale
- Keep game in 60s
- Be respectable on the boards

This is a similar match up to the one we had last Saturday against LSU. On paper it doesn't favor us, but if we can jump out on them early and hold on we get the W in a 'whiteout' game.

Tip-off is 9PM EST on ESPN2


Alex said...

Wasn't able to make it to the game tonight, but regardless of the outcome(11:00 first half atm) it's nice to see Jimmy Taylor getting important minutes and contributing. I actually stood up with excitement when he took that pass from Releford and went up strong for the attempted dunk. Thats the kind of confidence he needs to play with.

Msmilie said...

This season just keeps getting better. Oh well, at least cats like Finebammer and CT have something to celebrate. Everyone deserves a little happiness. Only one month to go fellas before your masturbatory fantasies become reality. Live it up.

GEE said...

1:40 seconds left in the game Tn. coach standing up still coaching.Wheres our coach? wait a min.thanks espn camera man there he is sitting on bench with his hand on his face! Man even the coach tapout tonite!!!!!!!!

crimsontider said...

Come on man, just admit you were wrong. No reason to have these slap fights in every forum. We're all Alabama fans, nobody's happy right now.

crimsontider said...

At this point, why don't we just make a change tomorrow? I think Pettway could do a very good job on an interim basis. This team basically quit on their coach tonight, and to be honest I think Grant is ready for it to end as well. Just hand him his buyout on Monday. It has become unfair to the players, fans, and even CAG, himself.

GEE said...

You are one the smartest person on this blog.Plus you dont have a man crush on GRANT.FIRE HIM!

crimsontider said...

Yea, this pretty much kills the "His teams play hard, and never get blown out" narratives.

GEE said...

my son and trevor lacey 1st cousin they played ball together an they been roommates for 3 i have some inside on some things that happen.

finebammer said...

wonder if we'll be hearing from the steele family again after this loss??

Alex said...

People were actually booing Randolph last night for passing up on shots. I have to agree though, he has always been scared to shoot the ball when hes open. I thought this is something that would pass over time because he and cooper have been doing it since they were freshman but I guess that some people just have it and some people don't.

DJC said...

They are really inconsistent, but can beat anybody when they are on their game. McRae is a bit of a ball hog, so when he is off it really hurts them.

crimsontider said...

The crowd chanted "We want Bruce" at the end of the game.

finebammer said...

"meet the new boss, same as the old boss........." the who, we won't get fooled again.

andrew steele interviewed at

"ron steele" just popped up here all of the sudden.

check the next five games:



ole miss @ coleman



unless Mr. Grant can figure out a way to steal a road game, it's about to get uggy.

wagons are being circled.

finebammer said...

probably the same people who lit up the lines wanting mike dubose to replace gene stallings.

i rest comfortably knowing that, after the textbook scandal, nick saban will NEVER sign on to hiring a greasy sleaze ball like bruce pearl.