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TENNESSEE POSTGAME QUOTES



Nov. 19, 2006

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TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "It's different being here on a Sunday afternoon. It throws everything off; I appreciate the fans who came here this afternoon.

"I continue to like our balance. For us to get 46 points off of the bench tells something about our depth. Coppin State fought hard, but the pressure and the pace took their toll.

"We are young, but we do not have time to be young much longer. We had good play out of the center position. For us to get that kind of production out of two freshmen, that is something. It is good to be in our position heading to New York City, but the competition is moving up.

"Jordan Howell looked good to have missed five weeks because of an injury. Our press worked well, considering that Coppin State was a small team, and that we did not let them beat us down the court too often.

"The challenge for us now is not to have turnovers. Butler ranks among the best in the country for avoiding turnovers. Our pressure will not be a deciding factor against Butler, so we will have to find other ways to win the game.

"Every practice and every game is an opportunity for us to get better - that is the way we looked at this game today - a chance for us to improve.

"Dane Bradshaw played point guard in a lot of ways today, as you can tell by looking at the number of assists he had (9). Playing Butler will be like playing against Bradshaw at every position.

"Going to New York is going to be a cultural tour - we are going to take trips, take tours, and wear our orange. I love the game of basketball and I coach and teach the game so as to honor it."

COPPIN STATE HEAD COACH FANG MITCHELL: "Defensive effort is something I have been harping on all year long. This team is just refusing to play defense, and then we come to a situation where we are not scoring. We have not found our niche anywhere, but it does not matter because we are not stopping people. It is just causing problems.

 

 

"Tennessee is very athletic and they shot the ball better than I thought they would. We stepped our game up to a level we are not accustomed to, and we paid the price.

"Our schedule, I have always believed it toughens us up. But we have to play, we have to be competitive. We can not just go out and as soon as things do not go our way, just quit. This is not the only good team we are going to play against. We have got to develop some more mental toughness. But I guess the more we put our players out there, the better they will have to become.

Tywain McKee might be playing well as far as scoring, but when you turn the ball over as much as he is turning it over, I just cannot tolerate that. McKee just has to slow down, especially against a team like Tennessee that wants you to play fast."


TENNESSEE NOTES

  • Wayne Chism recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. It is the first by a Vol this season.
  • Tennessee has forced at least 20 turnovers in each of its four games. Coppin State had 24 turnovers.
  • Attendance was 21,633 (tickets sold). The United Way purchased 7,000 tickets to the game.
  • Tennessee is 17-0 under Bruce Pearl when scoring at least 80 points.
  • Chris Lofton scored 19 points today, leaving him with 999 career points.
  • UT's bench scored 46 points tonight.
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