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Tennessee Basketball, March Madness preview; Vols position battles

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John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel joins Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker to discuss Tennessee Basketball in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, which SEC teams can go far and expectations for the Lady Vols women’s basketball team. Off the Hook Sports’ Tuesday, March 19 podcast also touches on comments by Steve Pearl and more spring practice news in UT football.

Who’s to blame if Tennessee Basketball loses early?

If Tennessee Basketball fails to make a deep run in March Madness, who will be most responsible? Will Rick Barnes bear the brunt given his track record? Could Dalton Knecht receive blame if he doesn’t show up? What about Jonas Aidoo? Are the slumps that Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi seem to be in the main stories?

Dalton Knecht’s impact on Tennessee Basketball

Is Tennessee Basketball relying too heavily on leading scorer, SEC Player of the Year and All-American Dalton Knecht? Could it be possible they aren’t relying on him enough, at least offensively, given how elite of a scorer he has turned out to be? Should the Vols change their use of him in the NCAA Tourney?

Which SEC teams can make the Final Four?

Including No. 2 seed Tennessee Basketball, there are eight teams from the SEC in this year’s men’s NCAA Tournament. How many of them are capable of making a deep run to the Final Four? Are the SEC regular season champion Vols, the SEC Tournament champion and No. 4 seed Auburn Tigers, the No. 4 seed Alabama Crimson Tide or the No. 3 seed Kentucky Wildcats most likely?

Expectations for Tennessee Lady Vols

On the women’s side of the NCAA Tournament, the Tennessee Lady Vols received a No. 6 seed. What are fair expectations for the women’s basketball team and Kellie Harper? If she doesn’t make a deep run, should Danny White go ahead and pull the trigger by firing her, or should she at least get one more year?

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Steven Pearl shades Tennessee Basketball

Auburn assistant head coach Steven Pearl, son of former Tennessee Basketball head coach Bruce Pearl, took a shot at the Vols for losing to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the SEC Tournament. Pearl said it was in response to a barbecue comment, a reference to what cost his father his job on Rocky Top.

UT Football spring position battles

With spring practice underway for Tennessee Football, what are the five most crucial position battles facing the Vols? Will Josh Heupel be able to solve any of them over the next three weeks? Does he already have a plan for who is going to start at some of these positions? Who could win the jobs?

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