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Vols Fall To D-II Indianapolis

The 2010-11 season isn’t exactly getting off to a great start for Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl.  Last night his #23 Vols were clocked at home by Division II exhibition foe Indianapolis, 79-64.  The Greyhounds opened the second half with a 26-3 run.

“Defensively, we didn’t have great effort,” Pearl said in The Knoxville News Sentinel.  “All of that is my fault.  You’ve got to put it all on the coach.  We were embarrassed.”

Ironically, Pearl was beaten at his own game by Indianapolis coach Stan Gouard, who played for UT’s coach at Southern Indiana.

“It was embarrassing and we’re never going to forget this,” said senior guard Melvin Goins.

In September it was revealed that the NCAA is investigating the Tennessee program and that Pearl had lied to investigators.  He is currently working without a contract and the possibility of serious NCAA penalties will be hanging over his team all season. 

Then last week Pearl lost one of his team’s best defenders — Josh Bone — to a fractured wrist.  Now comes a home defeat to a Division II school.  You can be sure that support for Pearl is waning in Knoxville.  Once the town’s biggest hero, Pearl now has a faction of the fanbase that is openly calling for his scalp.  It’s likely a small (but vocal) faction, but when you consider just how popular Pearl was last season when the Vols reached their first Elite Eight, it’s telling just the same.

Tennessee’s loss to Indianapolis could end up aiding the Vols, of course.  The team could take motivation from the loss.  And it’s better to lose in the exhibition season (as Syracuse did to D-II Le Moyne College last season) than to drop an RPI-busting game in the regular season. 

But while the timing of the loss could be good for Pearl’s team, it’s certainly not good for the coach.  Pearl has been eating a mud sundae the past two months… and last night’s loss was the cherry on top.

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Vandy Finishes Out Pre-Season Schedule With Win

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The Commies beat Southern Indiana 77-40 last night(

Jenkins had 20, Taylor 13 and Brad had 10. Apparently we got out-rebounded 23-14 in the first half but ended up winning the battle of the boards by the end of the game. Still that is a troubling stat.

I didn’t see either game nor have I seen a complete break-down of minutes played, shots taken…etc. But still I’m a little troubled with Taylor seemingly not dominating inferior opponents. And would have liked to see Brad have at least one big night from the PG spot. But without having all the facts I can’t make any determination.

I guess throw it out to everyone else. Was anyone there? What was the problem with our rebounding in the first half? How did Brad look running the point? What about Fuller? Did Jeff just not have enough minutes to score more than 13? Really, any insight from anyone in attendance would be most helpful. Gracias.

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Video: Post-USI press conference

Men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings, guard Brad Tinsley, forward Jeffery Taylor and guard John Jenkins answer questions from the media following the Commodores’ 77-40 win over Southern Indiana.

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Final: Vanderbilt 77, USI 40

Behind 20 points from John Jenkins, the Vanderbilt men’s basketball team defeated Southern Indiana, 77-40 Monday night at Memorial Gym.

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Trying to Stay Positive……So Lets Just Focus on Basketball

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First I hope everyone saw that Dai-Jon Parker committed to play for the Black and Gold on Friday night.

This is a big pick up for CKS and his staff because we now have two 4-star guards coming into the program next year to go along with a 3-star power forward. This has the best the best “guard” recruiting class CKS has had, at least since I have been following the Commies.

Also the current team takes on Southern Indiana tonight at 7pm in Memorial to conclude their exhibition schedule. Just want to see everyone come out of this game healthy and get some minutes for the Frosh (especially Fuller, who I think we are gonna depend on the most out of this class because of the lack of depth at PG).

The team will then open up the season for-reals on Friday night against Presbyterian. I’m just gonna ignore that we have a football program for the next few weeks. Sorry.

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SEC Headlines – 11/8/10 Part Four

1.  Twelve seniors have a chance to lead Kentucky to a record fifth straight bowl game.

2.  The Wildcats want to take care of business against Vandy on Saturday… and not be forced into a win-or-else game with Tennessee.  (‘Cause it’s been 25 years of “else” for the Cats in that series.)

3.  John Calipari doesn’t like it, but UK fans are already comparing this year’s team to last year’s.

4.  Despite a big win over Memphis, Derek Dooley says his team still has plenty of concerns as Ole Miss comes to town.

5.  One of UT’s starting O-lineman could be out on Saturday with an ankle injury.

6.  If UT wins out, the Vols could still finish 6-6, reach a bowl, and be rewarded with a month’s worth of practice time.

7.  Vandy #2 running back Zac Stacy is doubtful for the rest of the season after being knocked unconscious during Saturday’s loss to Florida.

8.  As we noted this morning, there’s nothing in ESPN’s “multiyear contract” story that guarantees Robbie Caldwell will be back next year. 

9.  Vanderbilt’s basketball team will face Southern Indiana in an exhibition game tonight. 

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