Its not very often that yours truly runs into someone over at the WWL that I can tolerate for more than a few paragraphs, much less someone that I would consider having over for Burgoo. But ladies and gents, that time has come.
In the wake of the grand re-opening of Thompson Boling Arena (now the greatest college basketball arena in America), the 12-deep roster (13 if you count Steven Pearl), and the 106-46 pounding of the Vulcans last Friday, Fran Fraschilla has predicted that the Tennessee Volunteers will win the National Championship.
More sweet premature orangey goo after the jump.
Fraschilla at least backs up his huevos:
Returning is not only the reigning SEC Player of the Year, 6-2 sniper Chris Lofton, but also two very underrated backcourt mates in sophomore Ramar Smith and senior JaJuan Smith. Add in Tennessee native and 6-7 Iowa transfer Tyler Smith, who is eligible immediately, and it’s safe to say that Pearl’s team will be revved up to play at an even more frenetic pace than usual.
I may not go so far as to predict a National Title, but I definitely respect where he’s coming from. In fact, I’ll go ahead, and today, make my prediction for the UT season. The Vols will go undefeated through the regular season and SEC Tournament, but in mid-March, as a tune-up to the Dance, with both teams sporting 35-0 records, the Vols will finally drop a game… to The Lady Vols. Geno Auriemma and Coach K will cry. Again.
Nevertheless, back to the facts. Joe Lunardi also predicted a Vols’ Final Four birth.
Now this may seem a little crazy for a team that has never been past the Sweet 16 IN THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL. (!) But screw it. Joe. Fran. Come on over this season. First case of Southpaw is on me. Just stay the hell out of my authentic orange Arena chair.
(Ed: Mind the sarcasm, it sticks to shoes)