So close, and yet so ARGHHH!: One would think sending Chris Lofton to the free-throw line in the waning seconds with a chance to ice the game would mean certain victory for UT. One would be wrong. Lofton missed the front end of a one-and-one, allowing OSU to run the floor and hit the game-winning three on Saturday. Dane Bradshaw says: "It was a battle and down the stretch it looked like we were going to be the team that was going to win but they hit a big shot and won." Pretty well sums it up.
If they're free, why are they so costly?: Lofton's free miss came in his only trip to the stripe all day. There are two main aspects to Lofton's game: catch and shoot from behind the arc, or dribble-drive and toss in some Jordanesque mind-bender. The former won't get you to the line often, but the latter should. Bruce Pearl agrees:
"I would think he makes that free throw if he gets there and maybe if he sees it from 15 feet any other time in the basketball game."
Bradshaw was a little more blunt: "Maybe his quiet demeanor doesn't get him the respect of the refs. I don't know."
On the other hand, literally: OSU's 7-foot manchild Greg Oden, who played Gulliver to Tennessee's Lilliputians, made all six of his free-throws, left handed. Greg Oden's not left handed, by the way. What's your excuse now, Shaq?
Maybe he thought Hodges Library was just a funny-looking dorm: In football news, time also ran out on Demetrice Morley this week, as the sophomore starting safety was denied admission for spring semester and probably will not attempt a return to UT. Official Corn from a Jar Brand Opinion says: no pity when you've been put on academic probation and still don't get the job done.