Feb. 5, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson:
"I am very excited for these young men. It has been a challenge these last couple of weeks. I do like the small lineup we have been using these past few games.
"I was upbeat tonight going into the locker room, knowing we have three straight home games coming up. They played with a passion, and an intensity, and they were active the entire game. I was hoping we would get some breaks that would help us against their big men. Our guys did a good job of playing tough against those big guys. Patterson was important in the victory. He was very active, and quick. He could get by people, and he is a solid defensive player. Dane Bradshaw did a good job against Glen Davis.
"It was one of C.J. Watson's better games; he controlled the ball, and he scored. Guys like Stanley Asumnu, JuJuan Smith and Andre Patterson gave us some good minutes. One thing I did not like in the first half was seeing our lead dwindle from 16 points to seven points at intermission.
"It was good to see some good things happen to Asumnu; he is a fine young man who is very active on defense. I told him he does not have to shoot the ball to impress his coaches. The reason Scooter McFadgon did not start tonight was that he was late to our pregame meal. He was only a couple of minutes late, but that is part of discipline.
"Being at home gave us a good lift emotionally as we got ready for the game. We competed hard in practice, never let down, and kept our heads up. I am a strong believer that the way you practice is the way you play. Jemere Hendrix may have been our best player on the floor during practice yesterday; however, he and I do not see eye-to-eye right now."
LSU HEAD COACH JOHN BRADY:
"We got beat by a team we did not respond to very well. I am disappointed, considering what we have done recently. I told our team these three games are their season. It is their only chance to have the season they wanted to have at the beginning of the year. It was a make-or-break game for Tennessee, and they responded. We did not. But we are 5-3 in the first round, and did not lose ground in the West.
"We have Auburn next, and that is where we are headed now. Tennessee made the 3-pointers, and we let them have 15 offensive rebounds. They were quicker to the ball, and we were not as sharp as we were at Georgia, or have been in our last five games.
"When our perimeter play holds up, we are pretty good. When it does not, we are not. You cannot score every possession off the post. We are at our best when our perimeter guys have a rhythm and a flow. Our perimeter guys have to play. Tennessee took it away tonight; Tack Minor and Darrel Mitchell struggled. We have to come ready to play.
"We learned a lesson tonight - that you can get beat anywhere anytime. This team is capable of winning them all, or losing them all. The teams who win on the road are mentally right every time they tip it up. They have the maturity, the leadership, and the preparation.
"I thought Glen Davis is playing well; he is outstanding and will continue to improve. There were a couple of his fouls that were absolutely invented. I still cannot see them, but that is part of the game. Coaches have bad nights, players have bad nights, and so do officials."
- Andre Patterson recorded his second double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). It was the first by a Vol since C.J. Watson had 11 points and 10 assists vs. Nebraska (12/30/2004). Patterson matched his season-high with three blocks (UTC 12/5/2004).
- Stanley Asumnu made his first start of the season tonight, posting a season-high eight points.
- C.J. Watson's 18 points was the most since posting a career-high 20 against Campbell (12/23/2004).
- Scooter McFadgon failed to start for only the second time in his UT career. The last time was Kentucky (1/20/2004).