Nov. 4, 2009
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "There are some areas we wanted to improve upon, and we did. I thought we were better in rebounding and defensively. Earlier in the game we were settling for easy shots, not good ones.
"Melvin Goins was bothered by fatigue early in the game; he picked us up defensively at the start of the second half. Skylar McBee is a steady performer, and he makes his 3-pointers. Kenny Hall can score with his back to the basket. I am happy with the play of our new guys - Goins, McBee, and Hall.
"I felt we could score more than we did in the game by going to the basket a little more aggressively and getting more free throws. Cameron Tatum, based on practices, deserved a start tonight. J.P. Prince had a good game with 6-8 from the free-throw line.
"The next two days we will work on UNC-Asheville and East Carolina, but next week we will work on Austin Peay for our opener next Friday night."
LINCOLN MEMORIAL HEAD COACH JOSH SCHERTZ: "We did not play as well as we hoped, but I thought a lot that was Tennessee. They took us out of what we wanted to run. Obviously the size differential and athleticism differential is significant, as it should be.
"I thought our guys played hard. I thought we competed until the final buzzer, and that was our mindset coming in. I wish we would have played a little better, a little cleaner. But honestly, they are one of the top 10 teams in the country and really talented.
"It was a great experience. We had a great two days together and it brought us closer together as a team. We stayed overnight, and practiced at Thompson-Boling Arena this morning. Here our guys played in front of 18,000 people. In an environment like this for a school like ours, maybe for them it is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is one of the great moments they will treasure forever."