Tennessee vs. Campbell - Quotes

Dec. 23, 2004

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"I have been pretty tough on these guys lately. I talked to our leaders the other day, and I told them I was challenging them. Tonight I saw a lot of smiles; everyone is going home for Christmas on a positive note.

"Campbell is better than they played tonight. It seemed that everything we put up went in. I hope this game gives us the confidence that will make it much more enjoyable for our players when they are back home with their families. We will come back right after Christmas, and we will get ready for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

"The last few days we have had a lot of free time, giving our players a chance to work on their shooting. Several of our players were in a slump, and I told them they would have to shoot their way out of it.

"Scooter McFadgon knew that I was not happy about his effort that he has shown in practice. As far as I am concerned, practice is much more important than the games themselves. We challenged them to go out there, and to play hard.

"We had a good lead, and we started substituting early, but we let them know we expected everyone to keep their focus and to play hard whenever they got back in the game. I did not want the same thing to happen tonight that happened against Belmont the other night when they came back on us."

"We have not defended the 3-point shot, or defended well in general, this year. When you are outmanned, you have very little chances if you give them open looks. Tennessee worked hard, and made the extra pass to get open looks tonight.

"We just broke down and we did not contest shots. We left Chris Lofton open, and you cannot leave the nation's leading 3-point shooter open. To beat a quality team, you have to understand the personnel you are playing against. Everybody could have done all they could, but I am still not sure the score would be respectable.



"I am looking for focus and effort. We will not blow anybody out, but we can win some games. We had a high energy level early, but with too many breakdowns, you lose your spirit, the focus wanes, and the effort goes. We tried to play the game in four-minute increments, and make progress. The last four minutes tonight were okay.

"You have to learn how to face adversity. You have to weather the storms and overcome them. When the storms hit, we never recovered. Playing in our conference is probably a better alternative. Tennessee has a very good basketball team, and I think Kentucky is No. 8. We can only make progress by our focus and effort."

Tennessee Notes

  • UT made 14 3-pointers, one shy of the school-record 15 set twice against South Florida in 1999 and Tennessee Tech in 1988.
  • UT reeled off a 25-4 run in the first half and opened second on a 26-3 run.
  • The Vols have shot better than 50 percent in four of the last five games.
  • C.J. Watson scored a career-high 20 points, bettering his previous best of 19 done twice this season.
  • Watson dished out seven assists moving him into eighth place on UT's career assists list with 356. He past Jon Higgins who had 352.
  • Watson made a career-high tying five 3-pointers, moving into 10th place on UT's career 3-point list with 85. He past Thaydeus Holden who had 82. Watson tied UT's individual 3-point percentage mark of 1.000 set by Chris Lofton, Shane Carnes and Holden.
  • Chris Lofton connected on 3-of-4 3-pointers, giving him 14 of his last 18 from beyond the arc. He is 9-for-10 on 3-pointers the last three games. He has also made 20 of his last 26 field goals.


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