Brando: Tennessee Got Away From What They Do Best

The Volunteers didn't go inside enough, says Brando.

March 29, 2019 - 9:37 am
Lamonte Turner

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Purdue and Tennessee played a game for the ages on Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.

The Volunteers were down by 18 points at one point but stormed all the way back to take the lead towards the end of regulation. A late foul on a Carsen Edwards three-pointer allowed Purdue to respond to the comeback and tie things up in the final seconds to send the game to overtime. The Boilermakers took charge in OT and eventually advanced to the Elite Eight via a score of 99-94.

“Tennessee got away from what they do in the first half,” Fox Sports’ Tim Brando said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They dug themselves a hole by not going inside. I don’t think the Grant Williams foul difficulty helped, it certainly hurt them, but they just didn’t pass the ball inside. They were settling on jump shots early and didn’t make them.”

Tennessee self-corrected and stormed all the way back after such a poor first half. With a few minutes left in regulation they were in the better position to win the game. Suddenly, it was Purdue who couldn’t make a shot, until Ryan Cline got hot.

Cline helped Purdue force overtime and then succeed in overtime. He fouled out in the extra period, but the damage had already been done.

“In the end, Ryan Cline, how about that kid? Incredible. 27 points, and most of those threes in the second half came after he picked up four fouls. And I’m really happy for Matt Painter: one of the really good guys in coaching. Think about Gene Keady watching all this, he never got past this point in the tournament, never went to a Final Four, and Matt has a chance to do it.”

Virginia beat Oregon 53-49 in the other semifinal in the South Regional. The Cavaliers and Boilermakers will square off in the Elite Eight on Saturday night with a trip to Minneapolis on the line. 

“I don’t think that they (Purdue) can handle Virginia … I see Virginia into their first Final Four now under Tony Bennett.”