UT was ballin' and UK was bawling. Vols were all flow, Cats were all blow.
Seems like when you're playing well, with confidence, every shot goes in and you get every random bounce. When you play bad, without confidence, the converse is true.
Tennessee won big at home and Kentucky lost big on the road. Because the RPI discounts road losses and home wins, neither game affects the teams' dance chance much. Jerry Palm still has UT out in the cold.
But psychologically the games are huge. The Vols believe in themselves now and can play their way in. The Cats are hanging their heads and look like a team sure to flunk out in the first weekend of the NCAA tourney.
After shooting 34.2 percent in the home loss to Arkansas on Thursday, Kentucky shot 17.2 percent in the first half against the Gamecocks, 26.9 percent for the game.
UK made 33 free throws, which is a lot, but it's because that's almost their entire offense. The dribble-drive offense has to have more facets than a wing player driving to the basket and hoping to get fouled. But that's all this team seems to have mastered.
Julius Randle and Alex Poythress each missed six of seven shots. Aaron Harrison missed 12 of 16 shots. James Young missed eight of 12 shots. At one point, UK's only basket in almost 16 minutes of play was a goal tend against South Carolina.
The Cats don't get enough fast breaks and their alley-oop game hasn't clicked as it did in previous years.
Kentucky would've won if not for the three technicals, but The Cocks are a miserable team. UK's spurt at the end was impressive, but it shows how far short of their potential they play most of the time. Are they better without Cal? And I'm pretty sure Cal's technicals are a red flag on team-coach chemistry.
The SC loss seals the deal. Kentucky is not dangerous and is no bracket buster. Do not pick them to win more than one game. If they get in, Tennessee will be your new #1 bracket buster.
UK's recruiting is still strong for 2014, but Cal's unprecedented owning the recruiting game could crash quickly with another year like 2012 and 2013.
Billy--Ellis was a goodern. Have a fun trip.
LSU and Arkansas are scrappy and quick, but no way are they supposed to tie the fab five freshmen at Rupp in regulation, much less win, as The Hogs did. Anderson's achievers are in the dance. And should be. Their hustle can give anybody fits.
Lack of American hustle cost UK. Two double doubles and turning Arkansas over 24 times wasn't enough. UK only hit 34% from the field and hit only 12 of 22 free throws. That'll beat you, but it's worse than that.
Willie takes plays off. Young's defense is spotty. Randle should be better at passing the rock when he's doubled or tripled. The guard twins aren't team players, don't see the court well and lose their poise.
Like Tennessee, the whole is less than the sum of the parts.
General Robert Montgomery Knight wasn't nasty to UK, but he isn't very good at what he does. Either his eyes or his brain is too slow to follow the action.
As for Johnny Paycheck, I'll guess he goes mid-first round. If I understand Dr. B, he expects the swift shortie to go top three. Jay's take is much smarter.
Betty Robinson was pretty good on the XX side.
Jay--You're overanalyzing The Vols' game. You're right that a Starkville loss would've finished them, but a win means nothing.
The Maroon Bulldogs are the 223rd best team in the land. That's worse than Grand Canyon, High Point, Stony Brook, and Utah Valley. Not sure about Slippery Rock. Heck, Elon's # 129, almost 100 notches above them. Means nothing.
Will AD Dave Hart choose bachelor #1, bachelor #2, or bachelor #3?
We're 20 hours from March? I'm guessing you weren't a math major. Or you went to Auburn.
Can't agree that UNC is the #1 bracket buster. The Tar Babies are 10-0 in their last ten, including wins over Duke and Pitt. Average margin of victory over the stretch is 12. Nobody else can match that.
Early on I dismissed them, but, reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated. Ol' Roy's got his Heels playing consistent, energetic, team ball the way Cal wishes the Cats were.
Arkansas' Hot Hogs, which have crept onto or near the bubble, visit Rupp tonight, where they haven't won in two decades. Bobby Knight's sneaking back in, too. Some fun!
I've loved The Crime Dog ever since his first at bat for Atlanta. Arrrf. And take a bite out of crime.
I'll go with the Roberts, Duvall then DeNiro. Freeman is third.
Jay--Appreciate your taking the time to explain a bit on the journalism angle. Certainly lots of stories (print and broadcast) ride the wave of whatever current tide is washing over society, and these stories can be lazy. But arguably these stories see the light of day because that's what the public wants.
I shake my head when I hear (often) that "the media" does this or that thing as if it's a monolithic block. The news departments at WRCB, WDEF, WTCI, etc., don't have a morning meeting where they all get together on how they're going to spin the news of the day. And their "agenda" is to turn a profit.
I'd suggest mostly using "media" as an adjective. When you use media as a noun, understand that it's a plural noun, so "the media" is inaccurate.
Is Butch Jones letting an 11-year-old kid draw up his plays? Has it come to that?
In other news from Knoxville, apparently some of Tennessee's citizens are shocked that there is sex at the state's flagship university. Shocked, I say.
Gives a new meaning to hump day.
Elkington might want to consult Paula Deen or Toronto mayor Rob Ford about mea culpas. And it's better to keep your mouth shut and let people assume you're an idiot than to open it and remove any doubt.
And the Starkville baling wire museum is a must see.
sf--Yes, Lear for sure, but I'm not sure Jenkins qualifies for the category. If we include funny book writers, lots of names come to mind.
Ask Lunardi the obvious question, is this the most wide-open tournament ever, or do we say that every year?
Canadiens with class: Pamela Anderson, John Candy, Mike Myers, Dan Akroyd. And Jay's case yesterday on 105.1 for newspapers, especially the TFP, brought a tear to my eye. Reminded me of Crash's rhapsodic monologue about believing in long, slow, deep, wet kisses that go on for days.