1. Good job by the coaching staff of making sure the team didn't come out and play in disinterested fashion today. The players also deserve credit for going about their business in workmanlike fashion. 2. As long as it isn't a lingering problem going forward, Jeronne Maymon's injury was probably a blessing in disguise. It forced some other players into roles that demanded they produce and not simply defer. 3. Trae Golden showed some maturity with the way he bounced back. After being a little shaky early, he got back to playing at the high level he had performed at in the first three games. 4. I hope today is a breakthrough for Jordan McRae. If Josh Richardson's play yesterday was a motivating factor in McRae getting after it this afternoon, that's a huge boost for UT. If it was just a physically talented player beating up on an inferior opponent, it's meaningless. We'll get the answer soon enough. 5. The more I see him play, the more intrigued I am with Yemi Makanjuola as a prospect. It's always tough to gauge the ceiling of a player who picked up the game later in life. That said, he's showing signs that his potential is far greater than what was expected when he was signed. 6. The bench players, for the most part, took advantage of the extended minutes the blowout afforded them. In particular, Skylar McBee came onto the floor and did exactly what is going to be asked of him. 7. I'm the last person to defend Bruce Pearl. However, I tought the constant commentary about how Coach Martin has to "change the culture" at UT was a well over the top. Were there some players who weren't great representatives of the university? Yes, but Ramar Smith was the exception, not the rule. Pearl's six years were far more positive than negative. Acting as if Martin is inheriting a situation comparable to what Kevin O'Neill took over from Wade Houston is just disingenous. 8. This team has far exceeded my expectations through five games. They have performed better in essentially every facet of the game than I thought they were capable of doing. 9. Martin is interesting to observe when he's interacting with the media. He's got a matter of fact manner that leaves the viewer with the impression he's full of quiet confidence. He's certainly not imparting any false bravado. 10. In light of their performance on the island, Monday's game at Oakland takes on increased significance for UT. A win would keep the momentum their solid play has built going and send them into the Pitt game with a confident mindset. It's exactly the kind of game this team has to win in order to make postseason play.