March 10, 2005
Tennessee Head Coach Buzz Peterson
"It's very exciting. I think it's been since January 19th, since that big win in Gainesville, that everyone's been healthy and together. It's good to see these guys playing good basketball. We didn't come here to win just one game. I was telling these guys that Tennessee versus Kentucky used to be a great rivalry. And the only way to get that rivalry back is to beat them. So we're looking forward to tomorrow."
On Tennessee's slow start to the game...
"You're always going to be nervous at the start of a new season. I told the guys to settle down and let's do what we do best. I told them we need to rebound, get in our zone and get good shots. It's amazing what knocking down a jump shot can do for your confidence and your game."
Tennessee guard Scooter McFadgon
On breaking out of his slump...
"It felt real good. It's been an up and down kind of season. But like coach said it's a new season. We had to put the regular season behind us and focus on the postseason."
Tennessee forward Brandon Crump
On starting the game flat...
"We started off slow. We needed to get a few baskets to get warm. We needed to get some rebounds to get going and get our legs warmed up. Scooter hit some shots and that was it."
Arkansas Head Coach Stan Heath
On the loss...
"I thought we started the game off pretty strong. We were aggressive, guys getting turnovers. We really played out there pretty hard. Then they switched to the zone. We missed a couple shots here and there, and our confidence got a little shaky. It's been something that's happened. I don't know if it's the dome setting or what, but we really struggled shooting the ball."
On Arkansas allowing Tennessee 22 offensive rebounds...
"We really hurt ourselves and didn't give ourselves much of a chance. Twenty-two offensive rebounds is way too many. I thought that differential really separated the two teams."
On his team's attitude...
"I hurt for our team, I do. I thought they came to this tournament with the right attitude. They were going to play, they were going to play together, they were going to give the effort. I know that's where their hearts were."
Arkansas Guard Ronnie Brewer
On attacking the Tennessee zone...
"I think we attacked it (the zone) like we wanted to. We got some screens. We were trying to penetrate and kick. We weren't knocking down our shots and throughout the game we sort of hesitated taking shots. We tried to force the ball inside and it created turnovers, so we got out of our game plan."
- Senior guard Scooter McFadgon had 15 first-half points, more than his game total in eight previous games (since scoring 23 at Florida on Jan. 19) ... McFadgon finished with 22 points, one shy of his season high of 23 set in that Florida contest.
- The 19-point margin of victory for Tennessee (65-46) is its largest in SEC Tournament play since the Vols downed Georgia, 85-65, in the 1991 classic in Nashville.
- Tennessee outrebounded Arkansas by a 42-23 margin, easily its largest margin (+19) vs. an SEC team this season ... The previous best was a +12 margin at Georgia (1/5/05) ... The season best was a +21 margin (51-30) vs. Coastal Carolina on Jan. 2.
- Brandon Crump had 16 points and moved his career total to 1,263, passing C.J. Black (1,261 points, 1997-2000) for 20th place on the UT all-time scoring list ... The 16 points are an SEC Tourney high for Crump.
- Down 13-12 at the 13:14 mark of the first half, Tennessee went on a 17-2 run over the next 6:23 minutes to take a 29-15 lead on a McFagdon trey with 6:51 left ... Brandon Crump led the charge, reeling off nine points (including a three pointer) in that span, while McFagdon scored 10 of his points in the surge, including back-to-back three pointers.
- In that run, Tennessee held Arkansas without a field goal for a 9:26 span with the only Razorback points coming on two free throws by Darian Townes at the 10:13 mark.
- Brandon Crump started his 99th career game.
- Tennessee breaks a three-game losing skid in the SEC Tournament and a mild two-game skid in first round games ... the Vols last win prior to today came in a 2002 first-round win over Arkansas, 68-61, at the Georgia Dome.