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Ohio State's easy road is over

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I'm uneasy about ESPN now writing favorable things about the Vols. Here is the latest: "Teams under Pearl have been known for a full-court pressing trap defense, and while the 2010 squad doesn't necessarily press as much, it does average 8.1 steals per game, and its turnover rate is among the top 30 teams in college basketball (23.4). Discounting the three losses while Turner missed while recovering, Ohio State has struggled against pressure defensive teams that give them a case of butterfingers (e.g., losses to Purdue and Minnesota). Pearl has the luxury of combining UCSB's and Tech's strategies: He can start guards Melvin Goins and Bobby Maze to ball-hawk Turner, or he could use J.P. Prince (and his long arms) to pick up Turner just beyond half court and force him to move east and west, where he can be trapped. Whichever strategy Tennessee employs, the Vols have the defensive edge and the ability to send the second No. 2 seed home early."

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