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The past few days have been as exciting as any for hoops fans, as the fall signing period ended on Wednesday and the team tipped off against UNC Asheville on Tuesday.  To prevent myself from wearing out my thesaurus in an attempt to describe the team’s immaculate play in Tuesday’s 124-49 win, I will share a few facts and statistics that should paint an appropriate picture of how the game went down.
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It has been a big day for Tennessee hoops, and the team hasn’t tipped off in tonight’s matchup against UNC Asheville.  The Vols received a LOI from Trae Golden, a four star guard who has been committed to the Vols for some time.  Golden is one of many Georgia products to commit to the Volunteers in the past few years.  Vol fans have also been anxiously awaiting a decision from two New York recruits, Jayvaughn Pinkston and Tobias Harris.  Pinkston, a four star prospect, is scheduled to sign with a school and make his announcement tomorrow, and Harris, a five star, will sign tomorrow and announce on Thursday.  The ink is not on the paper yet, but sources have leaked that Pinkston, known as the “King of New York,” will sign with the Vols tomorrow, ending part one of the suspenseful week for the Volunteer faithful.  Pinkston’s decision was fairly predictable due to a late unofficial visit to Tennessee in October. The Empire State’s top recruit, Tobais Harris, is a different story.  I’ve never seen a recruitment as unpredictable as his.  I could honestly see him going to any of his schools of interest, Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee.  The experts report that he is a Syracuse and Tennessee lean, but the Harris camp has kept very quiet.  Nonetheless, if the Vols land Harris, the 2011 recruiting class could be Tennessee’s best class ever.

The Vols finally tipped off the 2009-2010 basketball season Friday night, which provided Vol fans with a refreshing opportunity to root for their beloved Vols without hearing the words armed robbery, pellet gun, Toyota Prius, or more recently, Dexter McCluster. The team opened their season looking very similar to last year’s team, but with noticeable improvements, a few fresh faces, and a lot of excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

While all the talk around campus is about the football team’s victory over USC West, and what they wore, the Tennessee basketball team took the court Friday night for an exhibition game against the University of North Alabama. The exhibition gave us a fist glimpse at the new guys, progressions of the returning players, and what we can expect in the season to come. It was only an exhibition, but here is what fans can take home from the Vol’s 117-79 victory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hi guys.  I’m Paul, and I’ll be helping the guys cover basketball this season, rendering me the Bert Bertlekamp of 16th and Highland.  Coincidently, this is a strong analogy, as we both are tall, lanky, and enthusiastic about Tennessee basketball.  The story of my love for Tennessee basketball might not contain a chapter where I finish with the 9th most assists in school history, like Bert, but is unique in its own right.  I have to attribute my Tennessee fandom to my pops, who attended UT during the 70’s and saw the “Ernie and Bernie Show” first hand, sealing his fate as a diehard Tennessee basketball fan.  This love of Tennessee basketball was passed to me at a young age, and remains strong to this day.  While I might be far too young to have witnessed the days of Ray Mears and the orange blazer, I grew up watching Kevin O’Neil and Jerry Green coach the Vols to mediocrity in the 90’s, and now the Peterson and Pearl years of the 2000’s. Read the rest of this entry »