We received this email in our web inbox after last night's game, so I thought I'd share it with you.
This person said that he/she was not a fan of either team, but obviously felt the need to vent to our site for some reason. Unfortunately, I can only post a portion of it.
"I just spent the last 3 hours watching the Tennessee/Vanderbilt game on ESPN. I am a college basketball fan and I was disgusted about the officiating in this game ... Vandy's players mugged the Tennessee players in the 1st half and were not called for it . Tennessee's players touched Vandy's players and were called for fouls. Vandy outplayed Tennessee and did not need help from the officials, but they sure got alot of it ... this game sickened me.Sorry, but I don't buy into this reasoning. Vanderbilt just wanted it more. The Commodores set the tone from opening tip and kept pushing forward for the entire 40 minutes. They attacked the basket with a vengeance, while the Vols seemed to backpedal to the pressure. That's why there was a discrepancy in free throws (43-21).
Even Bruce Pearl admitted that Vanderbilt simply outworked his team.
“They are physical; they did a great job on the boards," Pearl said. "They particular did great on the offensive end. They were more physical than us, they were tougher than us.
“They are much better and much deeper ..."
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