Nov. 3, 2006
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "Tusculum played really well, and I am thankful to them for exposing us. Chris Poore can play basketball; he is a tough kid, a nice player. Tusculum will have a good year. Poore could play for us.
"We missed a lot of inside shots early in the game, but when you shoot 71 percent in the second half, and you hold your opponent to 33 percent, that is what you want. We are making progress, but we have a long way to go.
"We are a good pressing team. Last year, we were good on defense because of our experience. This year, we are not good on drop-back defense because of our inexperience.
"Chris Lofton passed up some shots early, but he is still not getting to the free-throw line. We need Lofton to be taking shots. We will work on that.
"Where will Jordan Howell fit in? Tonight we had a three-man rotation at the point-guard position. You can use two men, but not three. It is my preference to play two men 20 minutes each rather than have one go for 33 minutes.
"You can see the improvement in Ryan Childress - he is much quicker than he was."
TUSCULUM COLLEGE HEAD COACH JIM BOONE: "Tennessee is just a lot bigger and stronger, and much more physical than Xavier. The effort they gave on the glass is something that we have not seen before. We have not seen that type of effort at our level, and we certainly did not see it against Xavier. That is not to demean Xavier in any way, but it just speaks volumes about the work ethic and the effort at Tennessee. It was tremendous.
"Tennessee's level of pressure and their athleticism just caught up with us during the second half. It wears on you; we were trying to play only 10 or 11 guys tonight. Our defense did a good job of slowing Tennessee down in the beginning, but eventually it just a matter of time before they got on track because they are a very good basketball team.
"I was not very pleased with Chris Poore's play tonight for us. I did not think he played very well on the defensive end, and I did not think he was very active on the offensive end. Poore is a much better player than what we saw tonight."