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Cuonzo Martin hired at Tennessee


Cuonzo Martin (courtesy of Missouri State athletics)


The Tennessee Volunteers have turned their basketball program over to 39-year-old Cuonzo Martin of Missouri State.

Martin takes the job knowing that the Volunteers program will be facing possible punishment by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Martin replaces, the popular but mistake-prone Bruce Pearl, who was fired on March 21, just one month after being charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators.

Martin has been one of the young, up-and coming coaches, spent eight years as an assistant at Purdue University. In 2008, Missouri State hired him and he compiled a 61-41 record in three seasons. He was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year this season after the Bears finished 26-9 and won the program’s first MVC regular-season championship.

One of the top players to ever play at Purdue under Gene Keady, Martin scored 1,666 points in 127 career games from 1991-1995.

compiled from Tennessee & Purdue athletics news

As expected, Pearl out as coach at Tennessee

Bruce Pearl (courtesy of Tennessee athletics)

Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl after a season in which the head basketball coach was charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators during a probe into his recruiting of prospects.

The Volunteers’ athletic program has agreed to pay Pearl $948,728 worth of salary and benefits as part of his dismissal agreement.

The 51-year-old Pearl, who coached Tennessee for six seasons, acknowledged at a tearful September 10 press conference that he had given investigators false information when asked about a cookout at his home which was attended by high-school juniors.

The Volunteers finished this season at 19-15, losing in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region in Charlotte, North Carolina to Michigan 75-45.

compiled from staff & Tennessee athletics news

Mid-major Oakland University takes down 7th-rated Tennessee

Photos courtesy of Oakland University athletics

Greg Kampe head coach

Keith Benson

Oakland University is a mid-major Division I university located between Auburn Hills and Rochester, Michigan between Detroit. It has 18,553 students.

The Golden Grizzlies play teams like Tennessee, Dayton, Cincinnati, Butler and other big-time schools to make money to fund their basketball program. They figure that they’ll lose but sometimes they pull an upset.

The school, a member of the Summit League, pulled a nice upset against Tennessee.

Keith Benson had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Oakland beat the seventh-ranked Volunteers 89-82, three days after losing to Michigan State by a point. The Spartans were ranked in the top 10 as well.

The loss was only the second time that Tennessee, now 7-1, has lost on their home court to a non-conference team in Bruce Pearl’s six seasons.

The Volunteers led 76-68 with 7:18 to play in the game. But the physical play inside by the Vols drew several fouls down the stretch as the Golden Grizzlies used to their advantage to get back in the game. They had a 13-0 run of mostly from free throw shooting to take an 81-76 lead that it never lost.

Tennessee missed four free throws and several three-point attempts down the stretch.

Oakland is now 6-5 on the season.

compiled from Oakland University news

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional, Elite Eight Sunday Result

compiled by the staff

When it comes to Michigan State basketball, they may lose players as the years roll on, but they are always a program that is an NCAA championship contender year-in and year-out. But the main constant is head coach Tom Izzo, who has made the Spartans “masters of the NCAA Tournament and the month of March and early April.

The fifth-seeded Spartans are on their way to their second Final Four in a row and sixth in 12 years after Raymar Morgan’s free throw with 1.8 seconds left vaulted Michigan State to a 70-69 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Midwest Regional Final on Sunday.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo (msu)

No other team in the country, not Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina or UCLA, has been better during the Spartans run under Tom Izzo.

Izzo, is a disciple of the legendary coach Jud Heathcote, who was his mentor. Izzo took over from Heathcote in 1995-96. Izzo is 6-1 in regional finals.

The Spartans, last year’s national runner-up, will be looking for championship number 3 next weekend in Indianapolis. They will play the hometown favorite, Butler University, in the semi-finals Saturday night.

It’s hard to believe, but Michigan State is the only team from last year’s Final Four to make it back. North Carolina, which manhandled the Spartans in last year’s title game, didn’t even make the NCAA tournament field. Neither did Connecticut and Villanova was knocked out in the second round.

The 28-8 Spartans led the game by as many as eight in the second half, but Brian Williams pulled sixth-seeded Tennessee, now 28-9, to within one, 69-68 on a rebound follow shot with 2:10 left. Korie Lucious, the fill-in point guard for the injured Kalin Lucas, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29 seconds left and Scotty Hopson got the rebound.

Hopson was fouled at the other end, and made the first.  But after a Michigan State timeout, Hopson missed the second  and Lucious grabbed the rebound. Raymar Morgan was fouled by J.P. Prince with 1.8 seconds remaining and he made the first.  After timeouts by both teams, Morgan bricked the second shot of purpose.

Tennessee’s Brian Williams grabbed the rebound and head coach Bruce Pearl called a quick timeout. But J.P. Prince fumbled the inbounds pass and had to just throw up a prayer from midcourt just before the buzzer sounded. Michigan State was on its way from St. Louis and headed 5 hours east  to  Indianapolis and the Final Four.