Sunday, February 28, 2010
Rocky Top Rocks this Weekend
So both the Vols and Lady Vols were in action at Thompson-Boling arena this weekend and they both came out on top. The Vols of course knocked off Kentucky in an incredible game on Saturday, and the Lady Vols outlast a game Ole Miss squad this evening. Both teams look like they are ready for a decent run in the post season.
Under Bruce Pearl, Tennessee always seems to be better as the underdog. They knocked off number one Kansas in January with only six scholarship players, and beat number two Kentucky on Saturday after getting blown out earlier this week at Florida. After all Tennessee has been through this season, this squad just tries to find a way to win. It may not always be pretty, but they get the job done. Tennessee had a 19 point lead early in the second half, only to see the Wildcats make a run to tie it up. Tennessee showed incredible heart and did not wilt as they scored the last nine points to win the game.
Tennessee has two more games left in the regular season, against Arkansas and at Mississippi State. The Vols will most likely finish in third or fourth place in the SEC East which will set them up to play against LSU, Alabama, or Auburn in the first round of the SEC tournament. I think the Vols will be primed to make a run in the SEC tournament. I still like Kentucky to win the tournament, but if they run into Tennessee or Vanderbilt they can get knocked off.
Speaking of the Wildcats. It looks like their three point shooting may be their undoing. In their last four games they are only shooting 19% from beyond the arc. As talented as John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are, you need a shooter to hit that big shot in the tournament. I do not know if they can hit that clutch shot to get them to the Final Four.
Meanwhile, the Lady Vols are back where they should be. On top of the SEC. They may not dominate every opponent like UConn has this season, but they also know how win in the clutch.
Looks like the Big Orange will be a force in March Madness! It is finally here!