Gameday Central
vs. South Carolina
Feb. 16, 2011
Thompson-Boling Arena
7 p.m. ET
Live Video
Live Blog

Vols on TV

  • The game will be televised regionally on CSS. Dave Baker calls the action, while Barry Booker provides analysis. Jimmy Lee Starling Jr. is the producer. Knoxville-area viewers can find CSS on Comcast Ch. 33 and Knology Ch. 33 (HD 987). CSS is currently not available through DirecTV or Dish Network.

Quick Notes

·Tennessee has won each of its last seven meetings with South Carolina and is 8-2 against the Gamecocks during the Pearl era.

·Senior center Brian Williams, an SEC Sixth Man of the Year candidate, needs just eight rebounds to tie former UT All-America Dale Ellis (1980-83) for 15th place on Tennessee’s career rebounding list.

·Senior guard Josh Bone has established a reputation as a fierce defender, but his offense has been an asset for the Vols recently. Bone averaged 9.0 points on .778 shooting (7-for-9) last week.

Gameday Feature: Role Play: Steven Pearl

The numbers are simply impressive: 21.3 points per game, 8.8 rebounds each night, and nearly three assists per contest.

By just about any offensive standard, that’s MVP-type production for a basketball player. Steven Pearl remembers those days as a senior at West High School in Knoxville. He led his high school in Wisconsin to three consecutive conference championships before moving when his dad, Bruce, became coach at Tennessee. The outburst his senior year at West brought on scholarship offers from several schools, but Steven wanted to walk on at Tennessee and play for his father.

Five years later – including a redshirt season his first year on the squad – Steven Pearl is one of six seniors on the Tennessee basketball team. Those numbers from his senior year of high school? They’re not as flashy now as a senior for the Vols, but don’t judge a player by his stat line.

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