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Yo-Yo Vols Bounce Back To Whip Memphis

Let’s try to sort this one out, shall we?

Tennessee loses an exhibition game to Indianapolis in November.  At that point, the new-players-all-over-the-court Vols are viewed as a potential dud for 2010-11.

Then the Vols hand Top 10 Villanova their first defeat of the year and win the preseason NIT tournament (or whatever it’s called these days).  They follow that up by spanking Top 10 Pitt in Pittsburgh… catapulting themselves to #1 in the RPI ratings.

At that point, everyone jumps on the UT bandwagon and says Bruce Pearl has his best-ever team in Knoxville.

But stunning losses to Oakland, Charlotte, Southern Cal and College of Charleston come next.  The only victories in that stretch are nailbiters over Belmont and Tennessee-Martin.

And at that point, everyone jumps back off the UT bandwagon and says the Vols are falling apart under the weight of the NCAA cloud hanging over their heads.

So of course they dismantle #21 Memphis 104-84 in Knoxville last night.  So much for talk of the NIT.  Ready to jump back on the Vols’ bandwagon?

No, thanks. 

It appears that the yo-yo Volunteers are one of those dreaded teams that plays up or down to the level of its competition.  That can be great at tournament time when good teams line each bracket.  But it can be murder actually trying to make said tourney.  This year’s SEC is littered with so-so to bad basketball teams.

Assistant coach Tony Jones will be calling the shots for the Vols at Arkansas on Saturday.  If he’s smart, he’ll stress the Razorbacks’ 10-3 record to his team and not the Hogs’ #140 RPI.  Better his Vols go into Fayetteville believing they’re underdogs.

In honor of Tennessee’s team (do yourself a favor, click it)…

And in honor of my mother (class yourself up a bit with a click)…


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