Dec. 15, 2009
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Bruce Pearl: "It was a good win. I think we learned a lot. We stepped up, so I am pleased. The first half was very, very, up-tempo, but a little sloppy. The game was played pretty much the way I thought it would be played.
"We did not finish as much as we should have attacking the pressure. In the first half, after we got done attacking pressure, we rarely pulled it out and ran the offense. The tempo was so high. When you go against a pressing team like us, attack in numbers, but do not settle and take a quick shot every time. I thought that was one thing that we did in the first half.
"Jason Shay made an excellent observation at halftime and it impacted the way I coached the second half. This team cannot beat us in the half-court game. It was nothing new, because we had talked about not allowing the tempo to get us playing so fast that we did not take care of the basketball. It got me to slow things down a little bit more. I did not press them as much in the second half. What happened then was we wore them out."
WYOMING HEAD COACH HEATH SCHROYER: "No one at this level is into moral victories. At the same token, we are getting better as a basketball team. This team is starting to grow up. We played toe-to-toe with a potential Final Four team in their building. There is a lot of good things to take from the game. We will obviously look at the negatives and try to fix those.
"There were some positives, as well. I am proud of our guys. For about 20 minutes we were toe to toe with one of the most talented teams in the country. I thought our press was good, but we just kind of ran out of gas for a stretch. (Tennessee) is really good in this building and there was about a six minute stretch where the game got away from us. Offensively, we were very inept for about six or seven minutes and that was the difference in the game.
"I think they are as good of a full-court pressure team as there is in the country, and I think we could learn a lot from that. We have never played a team where it is that hard to get the ball inbounds underneath our own basket. They are unbelievable at that. They are talented and they are well-coached. They are very good in this building. It is all the above. They are as good as advertised."
- Tennessee improves to 8-1 on the season and 15-0 all-time in December home games under Bruce Pearl.
- The Vols are now 33-3 in non-conference home games under Pearl.
- Tennessee forced 29 Wyoming turnovers. The Vols have forced at least 25 turnovers in three games this season.
- Seven Vols finished with at least seven points.
- Senior forward Tyler Smith finished the game with a season-high six assists. He has posted at least five assists in three of the last four games.
- Senior guard J.P. Prince posted a season-high six assists. He also tied a career high with four steals.
- Eight-of-nine Tennessee opponents have shot 50 percent or worse from the field this season. The Cowboys shot 37.8 percent (17-of-45).