Feb. 9, 2005
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson:
"This was a tale of rebounding. When you get beat that badly on the boards, it is hard to win.
"You cannot let Alabama have second and third shots like they had tonight. We could not score during the first half in transition - the ball just would not go in. The big cause was Alabama; they just kept us off-balance.
"Brandon Crump did a good job of coming back. He is a little bit sore, and still needs a little more time to get over his injury. Scooter McFadgon had another tough night shooting. We will continue to encourage him, and hope he has a good game against Florida Saturday.
"I told our team in practice that we had to keep Alabama from getting offensive rebounds. You cannot have that big of a difference, and still have a chance to win the game.
"Jemere Hendrix still needs to do some things for me before he gets back onto the floor."
ALABAMA HEAD COACH MARK GOTTFRIED:
"I thought the two key things about tonight's game were our rebounding and defense - we defended well. We wanted to go as hard as we could on the boards on both ends of the court.
"We were destroyed on the boards in Gainesville. It sort of got away from us at Florida and we did a poor job, but we got it corrected by tonight's game.
"Even with the turnovers, I cheered our team at halftime. We did well in every phase in the first half, except for the turnovers, which were the only thing we needed to correct. We still had too many, but I wanted to finish strong.
"I told them at halftime we could be up 10, 12, or 15 points. We did a lot of things well. There were a lot of positives and very few negatives. I was real comfortable with our first group; they seemed to have figured it out.
"I told our bench to keep their heads up. It was just one of those things. They all want to play more, but this was an unusual game. I told them games do not carry over. You have 16 games in this league, and you have to do a good job every night. You learn from the game, whether you win or lose, and leave it behind you."
- Tennessee tied its season-high with six blocks. Andre Patterson matched his career-high with three.
- Chris Lofton moved into a 10th-place tie with Greg Bell (1988-1989) on UT's season 3-pointers-made list with 62.
- UT shot a season-low 35.7 percent from the field (previous 36.7 at Auburn - 1/29/2005).
- The Vols were held to season-low 19 rebounds (previous 25 vs. Xavier - 12/11/2004).