Tennessee’s Offense Is Making the Leap

Back in the summer, when Tennessee basketball was getting tons of top five hype, I wanted to temper expectations a tiny bit: For Tennessee to play at a top-five level for a full season, you'd need the defense to be in the top five nationally again with the offense making The Jump from the low…

Bone Continues To Thrive In Lead Role

The No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers came into the season possessing a veteran backcourt. There were departures of Chris Darrington and James Daniel III, but the three remaining guards looked to build on their own success. The injury and absence of the reigning SEC Sixth Man of the Year, Lamonte Turner, has drastically changed that dynamic.…

Show Me My Basketball Opponent: Samford

Some fun facts about Samford University: It is a private school located in Birmingham, Alabama. They’ve made the NCAA Tournament twice ever, in 1999 and 2000 (lost in first round both times). Correction: it’s Homewood, Alabama. And that completes today’s list of Things I Know About (Insert Opponent). Samford and Tennessee have played once, back…

What Is Penny Hardaway Doing?

Penny Hardaway ended his chat with reporters like this … "Rick Barnes … Get the &*$% out of here." I've never heard a coach talk like Penny just did about Rick Barnes. — Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) December 18, 2018 WHAAAAAAAT??? Listen I get it. Rick Barnes and Co. showed up at your house and dropped…

Re-Ranking The First-Year Power 5 Head Coaches

About two months ago, we ranked the 13 first-year Power 5 head coaches on how they were doing halfway through the season. Needless to say, a lot has changed between now and then, so let’s go back and re-rank them. The Basement 13. Chad Morris, Arkansas (2-10, 0-8 SEC) Previous Job: SMU, Head Coach Previous…

Pons Is The Catalyst In Vols’ Return Home

The No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers returned to Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday night after spending 15 days away from their home court. Thanks to a change in lineup, the Vols avoided any Thanksgiving hangover. Yves Pons made his first career start and didn’t waste any time making his mark. He finished with 10 points, five rebounds and…

Show Me My Basketball Opponent: Eastern Kentucky

Here’s all I knew about Eastern Kentucky University heading into this post: Its football team is coached by former Tennessee special teams coach Mark Elder. At 14-19 through three years, he has the worst winning percentage of a coach there in nearly 90 years, so that’s good. They are located in Richmond, Kentucky. They were…