Butch Jones. Yeah, he's going to kick your ass.
ESPN's betting blog has weighed in on a couple of the regionals, and assigned Vegas wiseguy Alan Boston to our regional. He likes us straight up and against the spread.
This is a classic tourney game that, in the old days, you would drool over. It's the not-so-smart Vols team vs. the ultra-smart Michigan team.
I think Michigan is going to win the game because smarts can beat athleticism in the NCAA tourney. It wouldn't surprise me if Michigan runs them out of the gym.
Did a little googling and found a few interesting game previews from around the interwebs.
Already referenced in the thread about UT message board-stalking, but here is a big one. Stalk away! Just don't troll and be THAT GUY. You know what I mean.
This one has a lot of quotes from players and the coach (bruce pearl). They talk a lot about Michigan's relative lack of size (ie, Novack at the 4), but recognize (without saying it explicitly) that he's a gritty little bugger.
Some guy at Rocky Top Talk thinks Michigan looks like an older version of Tennessee:
This guy thinks Beilein is the basketball version of Gus Malzahn. I'd say it's the other way around =P They also have a fairly pessimistic poll for a home site (only 60% think UT will win), as well as more quotes. My favorite? Basically, I'm not looking ahead, but I am.
“We can’t afford to look past Michigan; they beat Michigan State twice this year, and that tells you everything you need to know,’’ Vols junior Scotty Hopson said. “But it would be awesome to play Duke; that would be a big stage for us.’’
As for UT's student paper, it hasn't been updated since before the SEC tournament started last week. Go figure. The Michigan Daily, otoh, has been updated constantly since the weekend. Seriously, 4 columns since the selection, including this gem by Chantel Jennings.
And another one from the good guys, courtesy of that Otto dude with the terrible nickname at MLive. I don't know that I'm as over-the-top optimistic as him, but do expect a positive outcome Friday. Over lunch. From the bar.
Things not looking to good for the Volunteers this year with all the attrition of 2 coaching changes in 2 years.
ESPN actually printed an article written by a Tennessee student about Lane Kiffin. These choice quotes are rather interesting:
When Kiffin accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of cheating, we students stood behind our coach, and even found Meyer's cell phone number and painted it on the rock to mock Florida. In a total reversal, today the rock is painted with obscenities, as well as the cell phone number of Kiffin's wife and the family's address in Knoxville.
So from all of the loyal football fans at the University of Tennessee who treated you, Lane Kiffin, as if you were our god, we gladly accept your resignation … your classless attitude does not belong at Tennessee.
After reading this, my first thought was that Kiffin's classless attiude most definitely did belong at Tennessee.
Contrary to the post yesterday, Cutcliffe is staying at Duke.
Is this not karma for all the crap Fulmer did?