Jan. 25, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson:
"We could never get anything going. We did not do a good job overall, but especially allowing them so many offensive rebounds. We did a poor job of boxing out.
"Kentucky is a very good team. We spent a lot of time trying to get our halfcourt offense going. Kentucky has so many weapons on offense, and when they start crashing the boards like they did tonight, it really presents some problems.
"I did not think we were tired, not like we were against Louisville. It hurt us in the first half when we gave up so many layups. We tried to mix up our defenses, but we were far out of sync. Too much freelancing.
"We have Brandon Crump with a boot and a crutch to try to keep the pressure off. It will be a while. We must go out and play without him. Where Kentucky really gets you is with their offensive rebounds.
"It is important that we get Scooter McFadgon going again. For one thing, he needs to spend more time practicing his shots. He just is not playing with very much confidence. We have got to get him back."
KENTUCKY HEAD COACH TUBBY SMITH:
"The game was strange, what with so many different combinations for us, offensively, and defensively. We were able to create some mismatches. We had opportunities in the first half with some shots close-in where we did not capitalize.
"Tennessee without Brandon Crump is a different team. He is a such a weapon offensively and defensively. We believed our chances were better inside, and we wanted to capitalize on him being out of the game. Just like he did at Louisville, Major Wingate did a good job, and their post-people stepped up.
"Our post guys showed heart, determination, and grit. We played a lot of young guys, three freshmen maybe at once.
"Everyone I put into the game stepped up. Each player did something positive, and I liked our poise. I thought we were mature in our handling of the environment on the road, here in Knoxville. We need to work on our free-throw shooting.
"Chuck Hayes took a hard blow, and we will have more information tomorrow. If anybody can come back and play with a broken nose, it is Chuck. I thought Bobby Perry was all over the court. He is a mobile and athletic player. He stepped up to be one of our two leading rebounders, and that was positive. He was 0-for-4 in the first half, but stepped up in the second half. I am not a rah-rah type of guy, but I told our team they would have to make up for Chuck's loss. I have never seen Chuck hurt. He has not missed game time nor practice time due to an injury; he is an ironman. This is what our kids are all about - they cared about Chuck and wanted to win for him.
"Every time Tennessee made a run, we kept them at bay. I thought Patrick Sparks got us off to a good start with his shooting. I am happy to have Joe Crawford back. He had some quality minutes, and was productive. You can see why he was one of the top players coming out of high school last year."
- Major Wingate recorded a career-high 14 points (previous 13 vs. Louisville 1/22/2005).
- Andre Patterson recorded his third 10-plus rebound game of the season.
- C.J. Watson registered six assists to become the sixth Vol with more than 400 career assists (402). Allan Houston ranks fifth with 460.
- Chris Lofton recorded his fifth game with at least five 3-pointers made.
- Tennessee's six blocks matched a season-high (Coastal Carolina 1/2/2005, Belmont 12/20/2004).