Bruce Pearl reportedly told his Tennessee Volunteers of their Sweet Sixteen game against the Ohio State Buckeyes "It's our team versus their six." Afterward, he added "We were a better ten than their six."
Often this season the Buckeyes only needed one, however -- and that's Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner, who tonight did his best to hoist his team upon his shoulders and go to work with a stellar 31 points and 7 assists. In the end, though, Turner's fervent swinging couldn't fend off Pearl's ninja squadron of scrappers, led by Wayne Chism and his oddly placed headband. Chism turned in 22 points, backed up by J.P. Prince's 14 -- and the Volunteers were on their way to their first regional final.
A last second three-point attempt by Turner -- who has that kind of last-second magic, as evidenced by the Big Ten tournament -- didn't see the pixie dust fall for him today, and the court was swarmed quickly by fans in orange, whom Chism and Prince celebrated with and whom Pearl sweat upon.
Tennessee will head forward to play the winner of Michigan State - Northern Iowa, in action now. Why are you not watching that? Get off the internet; if you love basketball so much you have two great games going right now, you knucklehead. That is all.