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Tennessee is Not Very Good in the Second Half


Rick Barnes’ first year as the Volunteers’ head coach has been about what’d you’d expect with a depleted roster.  Essentially starting five guards, the Vols are 3-5 in SEC play.  The highlight of the season was a 78-69 win over then 24th-ranked South Carolina.

You can take the easy route and point to their small lineup as the reason for their struggles, but Rick Barnes’ second-half slumps should be given all the credit.

Since conference play began, they’ve had the lead going into halftime eight times.  They would lose five of those games, being outscored by an average of 13.8 points in the second half.  The worst of the worse came Saturday against TCU, when they were up 14 at half, only to lose by 12 after being outscored by 26 in the second half.  On ESPN game recaps, the template title for Tennessee has been “(Insert opponent) Rallies in the Second Half to Beat Tennessee.”

The sad part is, they were lucky to come away with some of those wins.  Against South Carolina, they needed five 3-pointers and 27 second half points from Kevin Punter to hang on for a victory.  In their first conference win against Florida, they were outscored by 8 in the second half, nearly losing a 22-point halftime lead, but they hung on thanks to Punter’s 26 points.

Considering Kentucky is 15-2 when leading at half this season, if the Cats take a lead into halftime tonight, I think it’s safe for the fat lady to start singing.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Tennessee is Not Very Good in the Second Half

  1. fatbrat
    3:30 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    The big orange sux..on the way to the game, at half time, in the second half and on their way home. This is a MUST WIN especially for me, cause I live in Ktown…Come on Cats’s gotta beat that ass..!! Nothing sucks like the big orange..!

    • Dubowski
      4:31 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      Do people really call it Ktown? Seems like Kville would make more sense…

  2. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:50 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Playing in Thompson Boling is no joke. I think we’re just over .500 all-time in that death trap. And when we win, they generally play us close there. The fat lady isn’t singing until the final buzzer goes off in that tangerine garbage can, and if we have a lead of less than ten at half, we’re probably in for a dog fight the rest of the way. Plus, “it’s their superbowl.” I’m calling another close one with the Cats pulling away for an 8-point win at the end.

  3. somerset bill
    3:54 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    i never understood why guys put the “jr.” on their jersey. this guy’s last name is punter and odds are his dad ain’t on the team.

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:44 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, that bothers the everloving shit outta me too.

  4. symphonist41169
    7:43 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    WHY do the KSR writers insist on writing this kind of s#@! that will bite them and the team on the ass?????