A few more notes about Tennessee's lost to Kentucky this weekend:
- Pearl surprised the 'Cats with the 3-2 zone, and they struggled with it for much of the game. The weakness of said zone, though, is that it opens up 3-point shots from the corner, and Eric Bledsoe's two consecutive shots from each side is what broke the game open for Kentucky. Once he did, we had to extend more, which opened things up more for John Wall. In fact, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe scored 23 of Kentucky's final 25 points.
- The Wildcats rebounded more than half of their misses (19 on 30 shots).
- Kentucky got to the line 30 times to Tennessee's 13, which brings the total of free throws Vols' opponents have shot in the last two games alone to 73.
- Making matters worse, the Vols had at least five baskets nullified by whistles (duplicate link).
- A Sea of Blue has their post mortem of the game up.
- With the emergence of both Bobby Maze and Melvin Goins, could we see them on the floor together (duplicate link) especially if Scotty Hopson and Skylar McBee are both struggling?
- John Calipari has more than 1,000,000 Twitter followers. Bruce Pearl has a bit over 13,000.
And the rest of the Talking Points for 2/15/10:
- The Lady Vols dominate in the second half on their way to an 83-44 win over Florida.
- Chris Low has clarification on the new 28-signee rule, whether early enrollees or December JuCo enrollees count (no and no), the all-important number 25 (the max number of initial qualifiers you can enroll on scholarship each year, the other all-important number 85 (the most scholarships you can have at any given time), counting back, and grayshirting.
- Chris Low is counting down the SEC's 30-best players of 2009. He's down to No. 8, and Montario Hardesty (#18) and Dan Williams (#16) have already made the list.
- Dr. Saturday gives us a look at excessive celebrations, "that loathsome scourge of the new generation."
- We've had this reported here before in various comment threads, but Austin Rogers decided awhile ago to give up on getting a sixth year of eligibility due to a torn ACL before last season began. He'd been told initially that it was a long shot, and by the time it looked like it might actually be granted, he'd already decided to focus on a shot at the NFL. He'll take part in Pro Day on March 17.
- Did you ever wonder why SB Nation doesn't allow folks to edit comments? This is one reason.