Bruce Pearl has an unmistakable gait when he is angry, either at a player or an official.
So everyone inside Thompson-Boling Arena, Auburn or Tennessee fan, knew his feelings about the end of Saturday's game between the Vols and Tigers.
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Olivier Nkamhoua closed out on a Wendell Green Jr. 3-point attempt as time expired, with Tennessee leading 46-43. There was contact both as Green went up for the shot and as he awkwardly came down. The officials did not call a foul, and the Vols secured the win.
Pearl quickly followed the officials across the court in his familiar angry walk, expressing his displeasure with the lack of a foul call. After a few moments, he eventually embraced a waiting Rick Barnes in the handshake line.
"That's a tough no-call," ESPN commentator Robbie Hummel said as the game broadcast concluded. "And the wrong no-call."
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Neither team lit up the scoreboard, and the final score was very indicative of each team's offensive struggles. UT shot 27%, which was the better of the two teams, while Auburn shot 23.6%. The two teams combined for 5 made 3-pointers and 30 total made shots in the game.
For the Vols, that's their style of play. And while the officials generally allowed the teams to play through contact, it was a very physical game.
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