Like the 2004 UT-C game, the Appy State game featured a lightly regarded mid-major opponent from the Southern Conference. Like the 2004 UT-C game, this one was held at Thompson-Boling Arena. Like the 2004 UT-C game, Tennessee was supposed to win handily but lacked the overall talent to do so.
So, when the visiting Mountaineers raced to a 41-29 first-half lead, Pearl must've been wondering if he was destined to suffer the same sort of home-floor humiliation that befell Peterson 366 days earlier. Fortunately for Tennessee, the crisis passed. The Vols rallied to win 89-81, extending their unbeaten record to 5-0 and enabling Pearl to avoid an embarrassing home-court setback.
"This was sort of reminiscent of a year ago yesterday, when Chattanooga came in and beat us," a relieved Pearl noted moments after the game. "It was a similar kind of game, a similar kind of team.
"Fortunately for us, it was a different result."