Even by Pearl’s standards, this was a pretty good win
Upon further review, this was right up Bruce Pearl’s comfort zone. He specializes in lost causes. In five seasons, he has resurrected Tennessee basketball by sheer will and by getting his team to overachieve.
But even by Pearl’s against-all-odds standards, this was a doozy. From a sheer goose-bump factor, UT’s 76-68 conquest of Kansas on Sunday was in a league of its own.
Think about it: On one side you had undefeated Kansas, the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. On the other was a Tennessee team that appeared in utter disarray.