Are you kidding coach? He's been waiting 25 years for this opening. Now is his time to make his move and claim that managerial position he's been so, so patiently waiting for.
As much as we have been fearing all of these Texas & Tennessee bigs, I think we forget that none of them are as talented as Payne or maybe even Kaminsky. Our guys have seen this all before.
This. People need to remember that we played in the big 10. We will be fine. We just need to play our game like we can and have so far.
And we played a very athletic ISU team with talented big men with a 70% functional Mitch, Horford playing a lot of minutes and Morgan with limited time (4 minutes). We still only lost on the road by 7....early in the season when we were breaking in a freshman PG, Caris was starting a new role (5 points), Nik was just starting his breakout campaign, etc.
We stood toe to toe with a #1 seed Arizona at our place, early while still getting our bearings. We split with a lengthy Wisconsin team, etc etc.
As home fans we mostly focus on our warts and don't see all the ones on other teams.
I am usually the opposite of a sunshine blower but is not a matchup to be "feared" ... but to be respected and do our thing.
Disclosure: I thought ISU would win their bracket.
I hadn't thought about that, but if you really look at it, Tennessee does appear to be a poor man's MSU. A good pair of big men (Payne/Dawson > Maymon/Stokes) and one great guard (Harris > McRae) with two other solid, long guards (Appling/Valentine = Barton/Richardson). Given the rebounding and defensive mindedness of the two teams, seems like we can use a lot of our experience from our games against MSU in preparing for Tenn.
Just so everyone knows.
per Dylan at UMHoops.
Tennessee was favored by 2 in Vegas. We won by 30. Sure, different teams, Bruce Pearl is gone, Kenpom favored us in that game, and it has no bearing. Still, with all the doom and gloom (BTW did you see we are not playing Duke?) I thought this might put a smile on some of your faces.
Easy win. Already looking forward to Louisville or Kentucky.
Gonna assume you're a Tennessee fan trying to reverse jinx.
We're destined to kick Calipari's ass
Not that it matters one lick, but our game on Friday is the highest seed differential of the Sweet Sixteen (2 vs 11). The only one that will be a bigger differential for the duration of the Tournament is if/when Florida plays the winner of the Dayton/Stanford game in the Elite Eight.
If the guys stay loose and play their game, they should be able to take Tennessee.
Still doesn't mean I won't be on pins & needles anytime we're leading by less than 10 points though.