5-at-10: Weekend winneers and losers, what’s the narrative on UT’s hoops season

Tennessee forward J.P. Estrella dunks during the second half of an Elite Eight college basketball game against Purdue in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Tennessee forward J.P. Estrella dunks during the second half of an Elite Eight college basketball game against Purdue in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Weekend winners

We have to start with former Baylor School and UTC star Stephan Jaeger, who landed a Masters invite with his first career PGA Tour win in Houston. And Jaeger did it in impressive fashion by topping world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. And yeah, the $1.6 million check is pretty cool, too.

LeBron James. With his second 40-point NBA game after turning 39, James joined Michael Jordan in the entire team picture of NBA players to achieve that feat multiple times.

Zach Edey and DJ Burns. The centers for Purdue and NC State were excellent Sunday and lifted their teams to the final two spots in the Final Four. It was a doubly good weekend for the Wolfpack, which also earned a spot in the Women's Final Four with coach Wes Moore.

Women's college hoops in general. Unbeaten South Carolina is in the Final Four, too. LSU and Iowa play tonight in a game that will challenge viewership records, and oh yeah, a pesky UConn crew is looking for a Final Four berth tonight as well.

The Yankees. A 4-0 start with four road wins looked impossible with the late spring injuries that landed on New York. But that's where the Yankees find themselves after dropping the lumber on Houston.

Weekend losers

Cam Sutton. The former UT star defensive back turned himself in on a domestic violence charge. Sutton was released from his three-year, $33-million contract when the Lions heard about the warrant.

MLB overreactions like the Mets. Yikes, after spending almost as much as the Dodgers over the last two offseasons, the Mets again limped out of the gate and posted bagel-for-3 against the Brewers. Also, hey I love Ron Washington as much the next guy, but c'mon Wash, a players' only meeting after two regular season games?

UFL. Did anyone watch any of the league's first weekend? Bueller? And they could not have picked a more crowded sports weekend to kick off considering all the college hoops, the NBA's getting to crunch time, MLB's first full weekend, golf and NASCAR, too.

All sides in the Kim Mulkey-Washington Post kerfuffle. Nothing all that new was reported as best I could tell, but Mulkey's dust-up/tantrum when the story was being reported lit the WaPo fuse. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Big Orange's big disappointment

So what will the takeaway be for this UT basketball season.

The Vols were experienced and deep. They had star power, because Dalton Knecht was the best UT hoopster since Allan Houston, and his final season in the 865 is one of the best ever.

The pain was clear on Rick Barnes' face as the crew failed to breakthrough the Final Four ceiling, and there were more than a few folks wondering if Barnes is going to hang up his whistle.

It's a fair question, because what are the odds another Dalton Knecht comes strolling through the door at the Food City Arena?

There's always disappointment. It's the nature of the beast when the tournament invites 68 and all but one lose their final game of the season.

So what say you about this UT run.

It was entertaining and enjoyable. But it stopped short of the clearly stated goal of the FInal Four, and now there certainly more questions than answers for Barnes' bunch.

This and that

— Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR event in Richmond over the weekend.

— True or false on a Monday: True or false you would use a lottery pick on Zach Edey, who has dominated college basketball but feels like a risk in the modern positionless NBA.

— This just in: UConn is legit great and playing its best ball of the season.

Today's questions

Zach Edey, NBA All-Star?

Which of the Final Four entries are you cheering for come Saturday?

As for today, April 1, let's review.

On this day in 1985, SI introduced the world to Sidd Finch.

Rushmore of April and be creative.


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