published Friday, March 18th, 2011

5 at 10: Summitt, Madness and the Friday Mailbag

Gang, it's Friday and that means Mailbag. Thanks as always for the questions and the support. We're planning on posting NCAA tournament updates throughout the afternoon again today if you're interested. Thoughts and/or suggestions are welcomed.

Here we go...

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    Tennessee coach Pat Summitt yells to her team during their NCAA Mideast Regional second -round game against Virginia, Monday, March 24, 2003, in Knoxville, Tenn. Behind is assistant coach Holly Warlick. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

FROM STEELERFAN

Hey Five at 10:

As far as the Over-rated/Under-rated challenge is concerned: I’ll have to go with Pats as the most over-rated #1 seed and the Jets as the best wild-card team. What do I win?

Question of the week: Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma decide to meet in a blind alley in Indianapolis to settle The Feud once and for all: Who taps out? (Hair-pullling and eye-gouging allowed.)

SteelerFan has been a friend of the show from the start and gets the benefit of the doubt on his flawed overrated/underrated challenge guesses. The 5-at-10 has zero problem translating the game over to the NFL or any other sport, but c'mon man, we're six weeks after the Super Bowl, which was won by the Packers — who were the 6th and final seed in the NFC. By definition they are the most successful, underrated team in recent memory. So as far as prizes, SteelerFan, um, we'll get back to you.

As for the Question of the Week, well, the 5-at-10 loves, Loves, LOVES the idea about Pat and Geno settling 'The Feud' the old-fashioned way.

Holy Sweet Mother of the Nature Boy Ric Flair, a Summitt-Auriemma toe-to-toe would be off the charts — and of course eye-gouging and hair-pulling would be allowed.

The 5-at-10 sets it up like this:

First, there is no tap out. This is a loser-leaves-town cage match.

Second, the Vegas line would likely open at even, move quickly with New England money to make Geno a 3-to-1 favorite before a large bet or three is placed from the Pilot Inc. corporate headquarters. Line would close with Geno as a 3-to-2 pick.

Geno would start quickly, but he better be prepared to go the distance, because Pat will not quit.

After withstanding the early assault, Pat starts to smile throughout the middle rounds. Her quiet confidence starts to overwhelm Geno and the change from her usual steely stare to a sarcastic smile leaves Geno dazed and confused.

Summitt wins late on KO — and before they unlock the cage, Pat pulls out a pair of clippers and shaves Geno's head.

FROM JUNKIE

This was in Wednesday's 5-at-10, but you wrote: "Just about every other lesson in life can be adapted by quoting one of the seven faces on the Mount Rushmore of movie wisdom: Crash Davis, Mr. Miyagi, Irwin Fletcher (and/or Ty Webb since it's the same face), Eric "Otter" Straton, Hi McDunnough, Vito Corleone and Norman Dale"

The question is how do you rank them?

Great question, Junkie.

First off, know that the 5-at-10 spent entirely too much time thinking about this.

So here's the much-changed, oft-juggled order, 1 through 7 of the Mount Rushmore of movie wisdom with the added bonus of the 5-at-10's top pearl's of life advice from each (note: this may not be the best or most famous quote from the character or the movie, but in our opinion the most wise):

Vito Corleone — "You can act like a man."

Crash Davis — "You be cocky and arrogant, even when you're getting beat. That's the secret. You gotta play this game with fear and arrogance."

Mr. Miyagi — "In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants."

Norman Dale — "Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team — no one more important that the other." (Well, until Jimmy Chitwoods shows up and then, everyone else is tied for second. "I'll make it.")

Hi McDunnough — TIE between "And this here's the TV. Two hours a day, either educational or football, so you don't ruin your appreciation of the finer things." AND "There's what's right and there's what's right and never the twain shall meet." H.I. may be the most underrated movie sage of all time. Just sayin'.

Irwin Fletcher (Ty Webb) — "I'm afraid I'm gonna have to pull rank on you. I didn't want to have to do this. I'm with the Mattress Police. There are no tags on these mattresses." (It's Chevy Chase's face, so we get a bonus quote from Ty Webb: "Be the ball Danny.")

Eric "Otter" Stratton — "Flounder, you can't spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes! You messed up... you trusted us! Hey, make the best of it! Maybe we can help."

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    Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl yells to his team during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

FROM SHOELESS VOL

Enjoyed your article (Thursday)!

1) Mike Hamilton made an excellent hire in Bruce Pearl!

2) Basketball is now relevent at Tennessee.

3) Attendance averages 19,000-20,000 per game.

4) BB revenues are up.

5) NCAA tournament appearances are the norm, not the exception.

Pearl lied, got caught, has paid a dear price so far! My expectations from the NCAA are two years probation and the loss of one scholarship for two years. Not a major penalty. Pearl will be placed on double-secret probation. He should retain his job and over time all will be forgiven.

Let's not forget that Hamilton also hired the jackel Lane Kiffin who also hired Orgeron, who we all know was bad news!!

I believe that Mike Hamilton is the one who should be let go (if anyone).

This probably is a situation that the new UT President needs to get envolved with.

The timing of Mike Hamilton's statements (Wednesday) were extremely inappropriate and uncalled for!

ShoelessVol,

The 5-at-10 thinks if Pearl stays in Knoxville, the penalties will be a little more harsh than two years probation, a lost scholarship and double-secret probation (thank you, Dean Wormer). More likely it'll be something along the lines of Pearl getting up to a year suspension and a possible year away from the Dance for the program.

That said, SV, you were far from alone in your displeasure about the timing of Mike Hamilton's remarks.

Either there's some sort of ill-advised master plan behind the Big Orange curtain, or this entire scenario has been bungled beyond comprehension.

Mike Hamilton is a nice guy and a good man, but it's hard to find the cause or an explanation for dropping this P.R. bomb 48 hours before the NCAA tournament. Whether you feel Bruce Pearl needs to be fired or not for his NCAA transgressions, this is an insult to the players, the kids that have worked all year to get to the Dance and now have to rehash all this again.

TFP ace columnist Mark Wiedmer nailed it this morning with THIS COLUMN

The 5-at-10 thought three months ago that Pearl and Hamilton would survive this scenario. Unless Hamilton acted on marching orders from someone in a powerful Orange chair, it's now 50-50 on both Pearl's and Hamilton's future in Knoxville.

FROM CELTICVOL

I know this is a couple of weeks old but did you happen to catch the weird, strange, bizarre press conference that Chuck Smith held in Knoxville explaining why he left UT? Sheesh.

C-Vol,

Just saw the highlights, but it was strange. Maybe it was one of those racin' deals, you know when guys are going 200 mph and then you just get to pushin' and shovin' and the next thing you know, you're in the wall.

The 5-at-10 had heard that there was some tension between Vols DC Justin Wilcox and Smith over the last year, but that hardly explains the angst in Smith's press conference.

One of the most plausible explanations we've heard was that Derek Dooley and Chuck Smith may have had too much history together. They have been longtime friends and they grew up in Athens, Ga., and went to Clarke Central High School. (Side story, the 5-at-10's alma mater Campbell High School made the state football playoffs in 1984 and went to Clarke Central. As an eighth-grader, the 5-at-10 made the trip to watch the big game and we thought our guys were ready. About an hour before the kickoff, our guys are stretching and what-not and here come the Gladiators, all of them. It felt, they had 1,354 guys in uniform. In retrospect, that must have been something like what Custer felt. Anyhoo.)

Some times working with friends in great; sometimes working with friends does not work for the business or the friendship.

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    Kansas State's Curtis Kelly, left, falls back after trying to get a shot off as Utah State's Brady Jardine (22), Tyler Newbold (24) and Morgan Grim (21) look on during a Southeast Regional NCAA college basketball tournament second round game Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Kansas State's Shane Southwell (1) looks on at left. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

FROM BRACKETBUSTED

Other than my tournament sheet, who were the winners and losers from Day 1 of the tournament?

BB,

If you're bracket is anything like the 5-at-10's (which will be graded — OUCH — and reposted around noon), well, we're going to have to find a new pool on Monday that let's us pick the NCAA field of 32.

Anyhoo, here are the winners and losers from Thursday:

WINNERS

Richmond coach Chris Mooney — Huge win for the Spiders yesterday, knocking off Vandy. Great day to be a Richmond supporter, but you better enjoy it Johnny Spiders Fan, because Mooney's stock is sky-rocketing. Georgia Tech are you watching this.

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried and Terrance Hill — These two were huge in the upset of Louisville. Faried had his 28th double-double of the season with 12 points and 17 rebounds; Hill picked a fine time for a career-high 23 points (unless of course you have UofL in you bracket, then Hill's timing kinda stunk).

College hoops in general — After much hand-wringing (most of needed, mind you), the first session of the first day of March Madness was awesome in its awesomeness. The first five games were decided by a total of 15 points Thursday and that was with West Virginia's 84-76 win over Clemson. Plus, Charles Barkley was outstanding.

TruTV — Think of all the exposure that the tournament generated for the network Thursday. Be honest, you didn't know what channel TruTV was before the tournament, did you? Neither did the 5-at-10. (Although, some of those TruTV commercials almost assure that the 5-at-10 will not be back. Did we see a promo for a reality show about Hardcore Pawn, where we see the "behind the scenes" action at pawn shops? No thanks.)

BigBearzzz — Loyal friend of the show who apparently has some very good friends who were hitting him up with NCAA tournament updates all day yesterday. Nice.

LOSERS

Rick Pitino, Louisville — Who saw this coming? Well, the 5-at-10 did, as a matter of fact and don't say you weren't warned. Here's what the 5-at-10 said in late February. Here's what we wrote:

The 5-at-10 dubbed Louisville as the prototype for the team that will wreck your bracket. The Cardinals’ mixed bag was present Sunday. Louisville beat No. 6 Pitt in overtime on Sunday; the Cardinals also lost Rakeem Buckles to a knee injury. Good and bad, up and down, Hello and goodbye... Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re Louisville Cardinals.

Jim Tressel, Ohio State — The 5-at-10 knows it's not hoops, but we need to get this out there. Sure he "volunteered" to add three games to his suspension so now the coach that covered up his players' violations has the same penalty that the players are facing. The NCAA needs to leave no doubt about the level of seriousness of the violations that involve coverups and/or lying. If Dez Bryant got almost a full season for lying to the NCAA about something that was not a violation, well, Tressel figures to be in line for at least that much, right? Plus, if Bruce Pearl is ousted at Tennessee, then Tressel becomes NCAA public enemy No. 1.

Enjoy the weekend and until Monday.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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Eustice_Chase said...

I would like to take this time to thank the 5@10 for keeping this guy up date on everything NCAA until it was time to slide down the Brontosaurus Neck and Peddle myself home...I hope this trend continues today...By the way...I need a place to go for Lunch to watch the UT Michigan game...Shallowford Road Area...thoughts and suggestions?

March 18, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Yes...i would like to quote one very special individual in describin my bud yesterday and his role in keeping my up to date on scores and highlights.....Winning. That about sums it up. I would like to say that i got the pleasue, nay, the honor or repaying this one true friend yesterday: He went out with his wife and i of course was feeding him text messages on scores and highlights! See, this is what March Maddness does people, it once again proves the importance of such things as Honor, Brotherhood, and Man Code Rules and Regulations on Sports Events. Oh...i went 14-16 yesterday in the bracket....stupid Vandy and Louisville!! (yay for Morehead State though)Can't wait to see today brings!!

March 18, 2011 at 10:31 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

EC...billiards club....just a thought on lunch....And yes...5@10, you make coming to work worth wild....Thank you brother...we love you...in a totally platonic brotherhood kinda way...

March 18, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I wish I could boast such impressive stats...but hey Today is a new Day!

March 18, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Thanks Bear...Cbc was were I was Leaning...I just hope my one hour lunch break doesnt turn into a place in the unemployment line because I got lost in Draft Beer and Club Samages....Much Love for the 5@10 here as well...a chest bump would be the appropriate way to show such love

March 18, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
jgreeson said...

EC — CBC is a nice call. May think about J Alexander's, too. Number of TVs is more important than the food on a day like this, especially with all the games televised somewhere. (FYI — Station guide is on the front page of the TFP sports page this morning.)

OsoGrandeee — Must say, the give-and-take and the teamwork you and your buddy got going on is awesome in its awesomeness. Your system has renewed my faith in Guy Codes everywhere. Well done my man. Wow, 14-of-16 is rocking, and that would be tied for first at in the TFP pool. Two folks here got 14 — Kate, the intern on news side and Jack in ad sales. Doesn't look all that good for the folks in sports, huh?

5-at-10 got 12, but sadly, we've already lost two of our Sweet 16 (Louisville and Wofford). So it goes. One of the only guys that picked Morehead State of the 70 or so brackets in the TFP pool said he did it because that's who Bevis and Butthead would have gone with. True story. Seriously.

Anyhoo, EC is right today is a new day. We're going to be focused on the Vols this afternoon, so bring it. We'll update the Over/Under challenge before the games start.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
jgreeson said...

For the Love of Billy Packer, the players entered in the Over/Under Challenge — present company included — for the most part views accuracy as overrated. For those of you scoring at home, every team that was tabbed as underrated by the group that played yesterday lost. That's right, as a group we're a combined 0-19 in the underrated category through the first day. That's not underrated — that's underwhelming. Alas.

Here's a look at the entries (divided into two groups: In the hunt — entries that have the underrated teams still live; Dead picks stalling — entries like the 5-at-10's that somehow confused the terms underrated and properly rated and picked teams that were sent home early):

In the hunt

scole023 — Pitt/Tennessee

EC — Pitt/Georgia

Bigbearzzz — Pitt/Georgia

PDavi — Ohio State/Tennessee

Cowboy Joe from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Kansas/Memphis

Pretend Al Davis — Pitt/Oakland

Dead picks stalling

5-at-10 — Pitt/Wofford

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Ohio State/Michigan State

BIspy4 — Pitt/Utah State

BeachBum — Duke/Utah State

OTWatcher — Pitt/Old Dominion

ThatIdoKnow — Pitt/Missouri

snakemb134 — Ohio State/Utah State

Weena — Ohio State/Michigan State

EtsuBuc20 — Duke/Belmont

CelticVol — Kansas/Villanova

Dr. Bracket — Duke/Missouri

Chas9 — Ohio State/Missouri

Charlie S. — Pitt/Princeton

Chris Goforth from "The Show" on Fox 1310AM — Pitt/Belmont

Quake from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Belmont

Dr. B (He's a doctor after all) from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Utah State

Nick Bonsanto, host of the "Nick Bonsanto Show" on 105.1 FM — Ohio State/Belmont

Keith Cawley, WRCB Channel 3 sports anchor — Kansas/Missouri

Darrell Patterson, Channel 9 sports anchor — Pitt/Utah State

March 18, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.
jayrock2004 said...

I agree that Bruce Pearl was a good hire. He transformed the UT basketball program from doormant to relevant overnight. I hate what Coach Pearl did, but i would hate to see him be fired and UT basketball goes down the tank with mediocre seasons like UTC has every year. If he is let go, Mike Hamilton better make sure the next guy is just as good or better, or his job is next.

March 18, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

First media timeout and the Vols lead Michigan 8-7. UT looks good offensively. Real good. Tobias Harris is a stud.

5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I am currently depending completely on the 5@10 to keep me up to date on the Vols game...my sports lively hood is in your hands...treat it like baby bird eggs please

March 18, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

The 5-at-10 is less than confident when Stephen Pearl has the ball. Side question, doesn't Pearl look like he could be one of the less-famous Baldwin brothers?

Second media TO and UT leads 13-9.

March 18, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

He definately looks like a Jewish Baldwin with a spray tan!

March 18, 2011 at 1:05 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

Texas leads Oakland 44-38 at the half.

UT is starting to struggle offensively -- turnovers are becoming a bother.

Vols dominating the glass but can't put the ball in the hole.

Harris makes 2 FTs and Vols lead 15-13 with 9:21 left in first half.

March 18, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

102.3...WGOW...HOW I LOVE THEE.....NOT AS MUCH AS THE 5@10, BUT A CLOSE SECOND RIGHT NOW. GIVE IT TIME....UT WILL MELT DOWN IN THE 2ND HALF....AS ALWAYS...

March 18, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

If not for Tobias Harris the Vols would be getting hammered.

At the half UT trails 33-29 and Harris has 17 points.

Will be an interesting halftime speech, huh?

March 18, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Hes gonna need career high stats to pull this out....

March 18, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

you said morehead. Huh huh huh huh huhhuh.

March 18, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Eventually, Harris is going to get tired. Somebody has to step up. down by four at the half is not where TN wanted to be.

March 18, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

What about Scottie High Top Fade? Did he leave his A game in Knoxville ?

March 18, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

oh...and heres a kick in the pants from the over/under challenge...i picked Gonzaga over SJU...yes..i got that one...but yet i didnt pay attention to their ranking...Doh!!! Well...It's all in my bulldog's hands now...yup...im done.

March 18, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Couple of corrections as we prepare for the second half — Michigan is winning the battle of the boards, especially on the offensive end (9 offensive rebounds and 16 more shots that UT).

Harris has 19 points; Hopson has 4. Vols trail 40-31 early in the second half — Michigan's largest. How UT responds — all things considering — will be interesting.

EC — If this is Scotty's 'A' game, well, the good news is he's not leaving early for the NBA. Or the CBA. Or you're regular game at the Y.

P.S. — All apologies for the earlier miscues; was trying to multi-task and 5-at-10 on a Blackberry. We're locked and loaded for the stretch drive now.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Hold on UT fans, it's starting to feel like the wheels are coming loose.

Three consecutive turnovers — a charge and two walks — around a Michigan dunk and a 3 pointer and UT's down 14 at the first TV timeout.

We're going to see what this team has in its belly, folks. And how, to some degree, they feel about Pearl, all things considering.

Giddy-up.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Is it as ugly on TV as it is on the radio?!?! What happened?!?!?

March 18, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Timeout Vols.

The beatdown is on. The meltdown is on.

Another Michigan 3, lay-up and dunk following empty UT trips and the Wolverines are now up 52-31 with 13:40 left in the game. And possibly the season. And maybe Bruce Pearl's time in Knoxville.

Vols need some baskets. And some stops. Michigan was on a 16-0 run.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.
jgreeson said...

OsoGrandeee,

It's hard to say what happened.

The Vols tightened up — charge, travel, travel for UT was answewred by UM with 3, dunk, lay-up — and in the words of Ron Burgandy, "That got out of hand in a hurry.

Michigan is doing whatever it wants offensive — Wolverines are 9-of-11 in the second half — and it's 54-35 UM with less than 12 left.

Side note, Trae Golden has looked good.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Vols are fighting to cut into the lead but can't make shots.

High-Top Fade has returned to the floor — he was on the bench for a while.

With nine to play Michigan leads 61-40. The Wolverines are slicing and dicing the UT defense and getting open looks from anywhere they want.

Texas survived against Oakland.

March 18, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

my heart goes out to Pretend Al Davis....

March 18, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Nice EC. Pretend Al called and said, "I blame JaMarcus Russell. Fat dumb-dumb head."

Release the hounds, gang. Michigan up 65-40 with the less than six to play.

Questions now become the story:

What's next for Pearl? What's the timetable?

Is Hopson gone?

Is Harris gone?

Pass the popcorn.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Hopefully Butler goes out in the next round and they give a call to Brad Stevens...talk about a game changer that would be one...does the 5 @10 remember Rock N' Jock Basketball on MTv...well Ut needs Bill Belamy and the 25ft goal for a 50 spot!

March 18, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

ROCK N JOCK!!! WITH MARKY MARK!!! OK....so far if im not mistaken....30 points...greatest margin of loss so far this tournament?! 16 points in the second half.....Did TN really deserve that 9 spot?!?!

March 18, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
jgreeson said...

It's done. Vols lose 75-45. Yes, UT led 23-17 midway through the first half. Yes,Tobias Harris had 19 points in the first half — and 19 points for the game. Yes, Michigan outrebounded the Vols 35-24 and had 20 assists on 33 made field goals. Michigan became the first team in NCAA history to win a tournament game without making a free throw (0-for-1). Yes, Michigan had five guys in double figures.

Gross.

EC — As it turned out, the Vols would have needed a quick 5-0 run and then Bellamy hitting a 25-pointer to force overtime. Read that again.

Let the speculation officially begin.

Brad Stevens would be a game-changer. He's the hottest name out there — no doubt.

Also, Mooney at Richmond is going to be getting "Cheerleaders-around-prom-time" attention in the next few weeks.

If that's Hopson's final game in Orange, well, how's this for going out like a lamb: 1-of-5 from the field (1-of-3 from 3) and 1-of-2 from the line, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists (no surprise there) and 3 turnovers.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Greg Anthony and Charles Barkley are debating Pearl's status.

Greg said Pearl's body language told the story (Pearl was surprisingly sweaty — even for him). Anthony said he thought the Vols have been worn down mentally from all the drama. Not surprisingly, Chuck was way more forthcoming:

On Hamilton's comments: "It was so bogus. He shouldn't be talking about it day before your kids are going to play a game."

On Pearl: "This looks like it sealed the deal."

On the Vols effort: "I hate using the words choke or quit, but they quit today."

Turrrr-bbbullll, indeed.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

so let me make sure im getting this right... UT didnt even score 20 pts in 20 minutes ? thats down right sickening...I feel better for missing the game...45!?!?! The lady Vols would have had a better shot at beating Michigan....

March 18, 2011 at 3 p.m.
jgreeson said...

EC,

Your math is spot on. All of 16 points for UT after the half. Maybe that halftime speech was not all that great after all. In case you're curious here's the UT scoring report for the second half:

Brian Williams 2

Trae Golden 6

Skyler McBee 3

Kenny Hall 2

Cam Tatum 3.

That's it.

Bruce Pearl on CBS to Tracy Wolfson:

Was there distractions: It was. ... No excuses, I should have coached them up better.

Was this your last game at Tennessee: I hope not. the body of work speaks volumes. Hope to get through the NCAA stuff — we got into together, hope we can get through it together. ... I love Tennessee hope to be the coach for a long, long time.

Back in the studio, the guys were asked will Pearl keep his job at UT:

Charles Barkley: "Absolutely not"

Kenny Smith: "I think not"

Greg Anthony: "Think the man still has a chance to keep his job."

Here are the other scores so far today:

Texas 85, Oakland 81 — final

Michigan 75, UT 45 — final

Notre Dame 55, Akron 44, 8:38 left

Nova 35, GMU 29 at the half

Memphis 17, Arizona 8, 12:37 left in the first.

Duke-Hampton is about to tip off.

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

yikes...c'mon George Mason!!!!

March 18, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Wow. I looked up and the deficit was 8. Looked up a little later and it was 16. Then it was 30. Quickly. Ouch. Few things annoy more than the announcers talking about how far or close a venue is to a school and for its fans. Take for instance the Notre Dame and when they say the Irish fans only had to come 86 miles. Like every Irish fan lives in South Bend. You know how many Golden Domers live in Chicago? I’ll bet for the Georgia game they’ll talk about how close Charlotte is to Athens and the short drive for the Dogs fans. Fellas, there are tons more Dogs in Atlanta and elsewhere in the state as well. For some schools, it works well as an assumption. For bigger schools, with widespread alumni bases, can they just shut up already? I’ll go back on my meds in a minute.

March 18, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

Oh Sweet Lorenzo Charles, the Underrated parts of the Over/Under Challenge are down right awful. The group is a grand 0-21. That's right Bagel-for-21. Be afraid Villanova, Georgia and Memphis. Be very afraid.

Here's a look at the entries (divided into two groups: In the hunt — entries that have the underrated teams still live; Dead picks stalling — entries like the 5-at-10's that somehow confused the terms underrated and properly rated and picked teams that were sent home early):

In the hunt

EC — Pitt/Georgia

Bigbearzzz — Pitt/Georgia

CelticVol — Kansas/Villanova

Cowboy Joe from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Kansas/Memphis

Dead picks stalling

5-at-10 — Pitt/Wofford

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Ohio State/Michigan State

scole023 — Pitt/Tennessee

PDavi — Ohio State/Tennessee

Pretend Al Davis — Pitt/Oakland

BIspy4 — Pitt/Utah State

BeachBum — Duke/Utah State

OTWatcher — Pitt/Old Dominion

ThatIdoKnow — Pitt/Missouri

snakemb134 — Ohio State/Utah State

Weena — Ohio State/Michigan State

EtsuBuc20 — Duke/Belmont

Dr. Bracket — Duke/Missouri

Chas9 — Ohio State/Missouri

Charlie S. — Pitt/Princeton

Chris Goforth from "The Show" on Fox 1310AM — Pitt/Belmont

Quake from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Belmont

Dr. B (He's a doctor after all) from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Pitt/Utah State

Nick Bonsanto, host of the "Nick Bonsanto Show" on 105.1 FM — Ohio State/Belmont

Keith Cawley, WRCB Channel 3 sports anchor — Kansas/Missouri

Darrell Patterson, Channel 9 sports anchor — Pitt/Utah State

March 18, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Time.....Villanova is a nine seed??!?! arent they?!?! they are listed as a 9 on my bracket

March 18, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Bispy-Squareroot of 16..i feel your pain...

March 18, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

looks like a 9 on my bracket too

March 18, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

IM CALLIN SHENANIGANS ON THAT PICK.....

March 18, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

I just thought this was funny and wanted to post it "The NFL lockout has given players a chance to put their feet up and take it easy if they want. Titans defensive end Jason Babin apparently is viewing it as an opportunity to cross things off his bucket list — or maybe even add to it. He plans to begin mixed martial arts training in California, and if things go well he said he could enter MMA competitions. He's also scheduled a bear-hunting trip to Alaska next month." - MMA Playground.com/mmanews

March 18, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
chas9 said...

First, Michigan played out of their minds. Second, Michigan's a lot better than some of us SEC fans knew. Third, as the great Wiedmer observed recently, corruption at the top undermines the whole organization. Dr. B's doctorate must not be in psychology. He said once the ball's tipped off, the mess wouldn't be in the players' heads. Guess he doesn't know we have a conscious and a subconscious mind. Blame it on Hamilton if you want, but as Kenny Smith said postgame, "These are the consequences of cheating."

March 18, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

Chas9 — Welcome to the show. Great point about what Kenny The Jet said. He's spot on. Michigan looked a lot better than expected. Whether that was because of Michigan or Tennessee is anyone's guess, but the Wolverines looked good.

Jason Babin needs to be very careful "dabbling" with MMA. Strike or no strike, that's a quick way to a lifelong headdache in the Octagon.

The Underrated picks are a machine. Down goes Nova. Down goes Nova. It's 0-for-22 and couting with Memphis in action as we speak.

Here are the three unblemished picks:

In the hunt

EC — Pitt/Georgia

Bigbearzzz — Pitt/Georgia

Cowboy Joe from SportTalk on 102.3 FM — Kansas/Memphis

March 18, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
5_at_10 said...

With a 77-75 lead, Arizona blocks a Memphis shot from point-blank range with less than 3 seconds left. Ball game, Arizona wins 77-75.

Yes, our perfect run of imperfection on Underrated picks stays pure. Welcome to Over/Under Challenge Timeout, Cowboy Joe. Take your coat off and stay a while. That's a big, fat 0-for-23, folks.

Here's the last chance duo:

EC — Pitt/Georgia

Bigbearzzz — Pitt/Georgia

Does anybody feel good about Georgia at this point?

— 5-at-10

March 18, 2011 at 5:19 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

ok...im out at work. about to head to the ol' bear den. I'll check back in and gloat with glee or join the rest of the non-winners this evening. Feeling good about Ga....what do we have to lose?!?!

March 18, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
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