Here’s the scene. It was halftime, and Jodie Meeks had just giant slalomed all over Rocky Top for 26 points.
Bruce Pearl had his Tennessee men’s basketball team in the Thompson-Boling Arena locker room. And, though I wasn’t in there, I’m guessing Meeks’ name must have come up.
I’m no coach, mind you. I’ve got no matching tie and highlighter, but I’m guessing that, of a 15-minute halftime, something like 14 minutes and 58 seconds was probably devoted to not letting Meeks beat the Volunteers all by himself.
So what happens? The second half starts and Meeks scores the first seven points, and he has 10 in the half’s first three minutes.