By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 am
Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge continue to lead their respective teams to playoff success. Brundidge had 19 points in a 65-49 regional final win over Rochester Adams. The Blue Jays will face East Detroit next in the state quarterfinals.
Burke led Northland to the regional final with a huge win over Gahanna and Ohio University commitment, and Burke’s AAU teammate, Stevie Taylor. Burke had 27 points on 10-21 (4-9 3pt) shooting with 7 assists, 4 reb, and 1 TO in the 57-52 win. Here’s video from Northland’s win:
Tournament Preview: Duke in the West
“Tennessee didn’t have a double-digit win in SEC play that wasn’t against LSU or Auburn. The Volunteers profile isn’t terribly pretty. They’re a poor shooting team that is able to retrieve enough of their misses to keep their offensive efficiency slightly north of Florida State levels, but not at a level that suggests a deep run is in store for the Vols this season.”
Bruce Pearl puts Cam Tatum back in starting lineup
Wing guard was benched during SEC tournament, struggling with his jumpshot. From the article: What it was, said Pearl, was, “I was trying to play the ‘Can I (tick) you off more than you’re already (ticked) off?’ card. So he would get out there and go, ‘Really? Watch this.’ It didn’t work.
I fired up ESPN3 to watch film of Tennessee’s game versus Florida in the SEC Quarterfinals last week. The Vols lost the game, 85-74, but did manage to hang with the Gators until the last several minutes. Here’s a closer look at Tennessee as well as some video footage (provided by Josh Houchin) from that game.
Tennessee is a team full of scrappers and fighters. The Vols have tremendous length and quickness and make the most of it through their aggressive and gambling trapping defense. Tennessee extends on-ball pressure far beyond the three point line and is very active in the passing lanes. However, the Tennessee defense seems to collapse a bit too much in reaction to dribble penetration, leaving shooters open on the wings — a potential means of attack for Michigan. This is all vintage Tennessee basketball under Bruce Pearl.
Given the foreign nature of this game and the relative unfamiliarity between both programs, we decided to take a look through the press clippings from Knoxville. My first impression is that these two teams feel completely different about the 8-9 game. For Tennessee, ranked #20 in the preseason, there is relief to be in the dance despite a disappointing season. Compare that to Michigan, who vastly overachieved to reach this game. Here’s a video from KnoxNews on Selection Sunday with reactions from the players and coaches after being given a nine seed:
Much more after the jump, including several notes on how successful Tennessee’s scout team was during Monday’s practice. [click to continue…]