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…

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…

Show Me My Basketball Opponent: Kansas

WE MEET AGAIN. Thank God we meet again, because for about four seconds during Tennessee’s game against Louisville on Wednesday, I was concerned this wouldn’t be so. Louisville hit 11 of their first 24 threes, nearly all of them guarded in some way, before not hitting a three over the final 7+ minutes of the…

Vols Stay Poised, Hold Off The Cardinals

No. 5 Tennessee impressed on Wednesday night in what was its toughest test to date. The Vols defeated the Louisville Cardinals 92-81 in a barn-burner. The matchup was just what the Vols needed as a prelude to what will be an even bigger challenge on Friday night. The Cardinals threatened early by hitting three-pointers to…