Jan. 16, 2010
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "I thought both teams really played hard. I thought both teams did a lot of really good things defensively. It was hard to score out there. Interestingly enough, zone defense was a factor in this game. There were times we struggled against it. We played five or six possessions of zone at crucial times and I don't think they scored against it. It is hard to go zone when you haven't played it a lot. Zone disrupted Ole Miss against Mississippi State in crucial segments and it upset them today.
"Wayne Chism was the best player on the floor. Anything we could do to try to get the ball in his hands, we tried to do. You've got to do whatever you can to win at home. So all we've really done is hold serve. The crowd was amazing again today. I think they're enjoying this basketball team. I think they're enjoying the improbable.
"Josh Bone was just playing great defense. It was not a punishment to Bobby Maze at all. Maze played so well and so hard against Auburn. He just didn't have any legs. You could tell from the very beginning Maze couldn't keep Chris Warren in front of him. I had no choice, so I stayed with Bone defensively. It was a tremendous defensive effort by both teams. Both teams really, really competed. Defense and rebounding won the game for us, and defense and rebounding wins championships. Ole Miss is a team that will compete for the SEC West championship. We do not get the win without the crowd. They picked us up. I told the team two things before the game. I told the team I am proud of them and there were only two ways I was going to continue to be proud of them. They had to continue to keep their poise. Ole Miss can make runs, they can make you look bad, they can make shots right in our faces and they can run us out of the gym. When they get on one of their runs, do not panic. And the second thing is do not let them outwork you.
"We are tired. We expended a great deal of energy the last three games in seven days. This homestand is very, very memorable. This homestand was about our program. This homestand was about our fans. I am proud.
"This win ranks special because they are an NCAA Tournament team with great guard play.
"I am really excited about everything I have read about new head coach Derek Dooley. I think he is as happy to be here as I was when I got here. I think he's worked his whole life to be at a place like Tennessee like I did. I'm really glad we were able to move on and move on quickly."
OLE MISS HEAD COACH ANDY KENNEDY: "I thought both teams competed really hard. Neither team shot the ball well. It seemed we were both struggling with an offensive rhythm; the game had no flow from our perspective.
"They just had a senior step up in Chism, a guy who I am sure has taken the reins of this team, as he should, and made big plays. They made winning plays down the stretch, starting with Chism's big two 3-pointers.
"We fed that by being inefficient with the ball. We led this conference in fewest turnovers per game - the strength of our team is in the backcourt - and we turned it over 21 times. And not only do we turn it over, but we turn it over in situations that led directly to points for them, and I thought that was the turning point.
"This is still Tennessee basketball. They just cannot extend it for 94 feet based upon the lack of numbers. They are still very, very scrappy, their hands are everywhere, and they live off deflections."
Post-Game Notes Vols vs. Ole Miss (Jan. 16, 2010)
- Tennessee remains undefeated this season in Thompson-Boling Arena with a 10-0 record.
- The Vols have now won 22 of their last 25 home SEC games.
- Wayne Chism recorded his second consecutive double-double with a season-high 26 points and tying a season high with 12 rebounds.
- The Vols are now 12-2 when Chism records a double-double, including 3-0 this season.
- Chism made a career-best 10-of-10 free throws, marking the first time a Vol has made at least 10 free throws in a game since Chris Lofton in 2006 against East Tennessee State (13-of-13 free throws). Six of Chism's free throws came in overtime.
- Chism has made 15 consecutive free throws and has not missed since going 0-for-2 against Kansas. He was 5-for-5 against Auburn.
- Josh Bone hit three 3-pointers and finished with nine points, the most he's scored since joining the Vols. He played 26 minutes and forced three steals, matching a career best.
- J.P. Prince scored 13 points and recorded a season-high 8 assists.
- UT forced 21 turnovers, converting them into 20 points; Ole Miss scored 8 on 14 Vol turnovers.
- The attendance was 20,714, marking the third consecutive game more than 20,000 have come to watch the Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena.