Just a thought but does anyone else see the similarities between this Tennessee team and Shulmans last team that won the SoCon. That year the Mocs had a ton of talent and floundered around and wound up having a very mediocre season in a mediocre conference. Tennessee has some really talented pieces this year and played a very mediocre season in a sub par conference. The Mocs won that championship because they played like they had to win. Shulman coached that tournament like his job was on the line and the seniors played out of their minds, for the first time all year, because this was their last chance. Tennessee finished out this season playing like their coaches job was up in the air and the seniors finally started playing like this was their last chance. But just like the following years for the mocs, where's the talent at for the future. Just like all those seniors graduated for the Mocs, most of Tennessee's talent will graduate/go pro (Stokes). In both instances I went to/watched games out of obligation, not because it was fun. In both scenarios they played slow, defense minded basketball that generated little fan interest. The Conz still could turn out to be a good coach (I don't think he will but that's just my opinion) but how did those following years turn out for the Mocs?
Let me grab Jeff Gordon with the win and Danica to finish 33rd.
I'll never forget Mad Dogs retirement when he told the team to go out and beat the mets like they always used to. No matter the names on the back it's still says Mets on the front. They're the reason we know Larrys first name and he named his kid Shea for goodness sakes. How could they not retire his number when NY is in town so he could get one more shot in.
In terms of pure talent how could you not say this years Kentucky squad was the best ever. Remember that a lot of previous teams, UNLV and Duke for example, were flush with juniors and seniors. Imagine if all five starters at Kentucky this year stayed till their junior year and try to convince yourself they wouldn't win two more championships. I mean Davis won player of the year as a freshman for goodness sake, he'd completely overwhelm any competition if he stayed around two more years.
20-13 UT, Vandy always finds a way to lose