Vols on TV
- The game will be televised regionally on CBS. Gus Johnson calls the action, while Bill Raftery provides analysis. Mark Wolff is the producer. Knoxville-area viewers can find CBS on Comcast Ch. 5 (HD 433), Knology Ch. 5 (HD 902), DirecTV Ch. 9 (SD & HD) and Dish Network Ch. 8 (SD & HD).
·This is the Tennessee basketball programís third annual OUTLIVE game, and a white-out is planned for Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols are 2-0 in OUTLIVE games, having defeated Florida in 2009 and Kentucky in 2010.
·Bruce Pearl and his family have once again purchased 3,000 OUTLIVE t-shirts to give to UT students who attend Saturdayís game. And Earlier this week, UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton Tweeted that he would donate $1 to OUTLIVE for every new Twitter follower he gained before Saturdayís game.
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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