The Big Beast

By David Scott - March 09, 2007

Exasperated, frustrated and more than a little disappointed, Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl summed up his team's overtime loss to underdog LSU by saying, "It's March."

Yes it is and it's this very time of year when the BIg Baby - Glen Davis - becomes the Big Beast. With a post-season performance that will live in the annals of SEC lore, Davis made the game's final 25 minutes his own with a 25 point, 15 rebound (nine offensive), 13 of 17 from the line outing that knocked out the No. 3 seed (East) Vols and reminded everyone of last year's Birth of Big Baby. LSU won 76-67 and advances to play Ole Miss on Friday night.

"When you get to March and its tournament time you've gto to have special," said Pearl, whose team goes to 22-10 on the year and awaits its seeding in the NCAA tournament. "We didn't have it tonight."

But LSU did. And special came in the form of the lovable, huggable, philosophical round mound of purple and gold rebound.

"You know what, winning on your mind, it gives you a lot of energy. I don't care if you're in the desert. I don't care, if you want to win, you know, determination to get the job done, that's what it's all about. There is no such thing as tired," said Davis, the individual darling of last season's NCAA Tournament. "And that's what you've got to think in your head, it's all mental. So, you know, you got to bring the beast out. So, you know, that's what I did. I envisioned a win, and I just turned into some just animal. And now, we play tomorrow. That's what it's all about, we want to win tomorrow. So (you'll) see the beast again."

"I was really proud of him," said LSU coach John Brady. "This is great for his confidence."

"He was a load in the second half, he was a dominant factor," said Pearl, realizing that Davis had three points and three rebounds at the break. "I think he got more touches in the second half."

Indeed he did and made more touches for himself by becoming, well, a beast on the backboards.

Like the opposing coach said after the game, "It's March."

And that's Big Baby time.

. . . Some leftovers from Pearl who was asked about his team's positioning in the Field of 65: "You'd have to ask Joe Lunardi. A llot ois going to depend on how the rest of this plays out."

He then sarcastically guessed his team would be a five, six or seven seed.

They are more likely a three or four with their RPI and SOS.

. . . Pearl called the last shot attempt by his team in regulation, "A pitiful look."

Posted by David Scott at 01:12 AM on March 09, 2007

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