Austin Peay: 0-0
Austin Peay: Dave Loos 314-261 (20th year)
UT: 10th AP / 11th USA Today
vs. Austin Peay: UT leads 7-0
Site: Thompson-Boling Arena
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Announcers: Randy Smith, Bill Justus (color)
Radio: Vol Network
Announcers: Bob Kesling, Bert Bertelkamp
Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. UNC-Asheville (7 p.m.)
||3 Bobby Maze|
||32 Scotty Hopson|
|G ||30 J.P. Prince|
||1 Tyler Smith|
||4 Wayne Chism|
||5 Tyrone Caldwell|
||22 Wes Channels|
||4 Marcell Williams|
||25 Anthony Campbell|
||21 John Fraley|
- The first 5,000 fans at Thompson-Boling Arena Friday will receive a free 2009-10 basketball schedule
magnet. Fans also have the option of purchasing the "Texas Roadhouse Special" for Friday's game.
The package includes three tickets and vouchers for three free Texas Roadhouse entrees for a total
price of $30. To take advantage of the offer, fans may call the UT Ticket Office at 865-656-1200.
- This is the fifth time -- and the second under head coach Bruce Pearl -- that the Vols have debuted in the top 10 in the preseason AP poll.
- The Vols have won 10 straight season-openers and are 21-2 in their last 23 season-openers. UT is
41-2 in its last 43 home-openers and has a 17-game win streak in such contests.
- Tennessee is 4-0 in home-openers under head coach Bruce Pearl, and the Vols' average margin of victory in those games is 27.5 points. The average attendance for those contests has been 20,690.
- The Big Orange return 95.4 percent of their scoring and 94.8 percent of their rebounding from a season ago.
- UT is 3-3 in SEC road games this season and shot better than its opponent in all three victories.
- UT's newcomers include two true freshmen (Hall and McBee), one junior-college transfer (Goins)
and a Division I transfer who will be eligible to compete after the fall semester (Bone).
- Tennessee was picked by the media to finish second in the SEC Eastern Division. Kentucky was picked to win the East, while Mississippi State is the preseason pick to win the West.
Noting Austin Peay
Tennessee opens its 101st season of varsity basketball
Friday when it hosts intrastate foe Austin
Peay ... Located in Clarksville, Tenn., the Governors
are projected to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season ... Head coach Dave Loos
opens the year needing six wins to break the
league record of 319 career victories by former
Murray State and UT Martin head coach Cal Luther
... Loos led the Govs to a 19-14 (13-5 OVC) record
last season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament ...
APSU must replace its leading scorer and rebounder
from last season, as three-time first-team All-
OVC forward Drake Reed (21.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg) has
departed ... Senior guard Wes Channels (16.5 ppg,
3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg) was the team's second-leading
scorer a year ago while ranking ninth in the league
... Tyrone Caldwell (4.0 ppg, 2.5 apg) and Caleb
Brown (5.1 ppg, 2.6 apg) will compete for starting
point-guard duties, while sophomore James Harris
adds to a backcourt that is considered among the
best in the OVC ... Shooting guard Justin Blake
was a Tennessee Mr. Basketball finalist in 2008
but sat out last season after failing to qualify academically
... The Govs are unproven inside but have
added 6-5 wing Chris Reaves out of Bolivar Central
High School (from which UT senior Wayne Chism
graduated) and hope that 6-6 senior Earnest Fields
bounces back from the knee injuries that plagued
him last season ... Seven players on the Govs' roster
are Volunteer State natives but none hail from East
Austin Peay nearly completes Pearl's state circuit
Austin Peay is one of only two remaining Division
I basketball program in the state the Volunteers
have not faced during Bruce Pearl's tenure ... Since
Pearl's debut season in 2005-06, the Vols have
played--and beaten--every in-state Division I program
except the Governors and Tennessee State
... Those schools include Belmont, Chattanooga,
ETSU, Lipscomb, Memphis, Middle Tennessee,
Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and Vanderbilt ...
Under Pearl, Tennessee owns a 19-4 (.826) record
against in-state Division I teams.
Noting Pearl two wins shy of 100 at Tennessee
Bruce Pearl is two wins shy of becoming the fifth
head basketball coach to log 100 wins at Tennessee
... And he has a chance to be the second-fastest to
Smith on Wooden, Naismith watch lists
Senior swingman Tyler Smith appears on the John
R. Wooden Award watch list for the third consecutive
season ... The two-time first-team All-SEC performer
also appears on the preseason watch list for
the Naismith Trophy ... The Wooden Award and the
Naismith Trophy are considered among the most
prestigious national player of the year awards and
are presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club and
the Atlanta Tipoff Club, respectively.
Smith also a candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award has risen in prominence
in recent years, and Tyler Smith is among 30
men's candidates for this year's award ... To be eligible
for the award, a student-athlete must be classified
as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable
achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom,
character, community and competition ...
Smith and South Carolina guard Devan Downey are
the lone men's candidates from the Southeastern
Conference ... An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty
and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's
Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total studentathlete
and encourages students to use their platform
in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders
in their communities.
Hopson impressive in exhibition games
Sophomore shooting guard Scotty Hopson was
UT's leading scorer in both exhibition wins, scoring
20 points in each contest ... He shot 15-of-19 (.789)
from the field and 6-of-8 from 3-point range.
Chism rising in rebounds record book
Senior forward/center Wayne Chism has 664 career
rebounds and is tied with Ernie Grunfeld (1973-77)
for 15th on UT's all-time list ... Another former UT
and NBA great, Dale Ellis (1979-83), ranks 14th with
679 career rebounds ... Chism last year enjoyed his
finest rebounding season, snagging 273 boards in
34 games (8.0 rpg) ... Current Los Angeles Lakers
scout Gene Tormohlen (1956-59) is UT's career
rebounding leader with 1,113.
Negedu inactive after sudden cardiac arrest
The Vols will be without the services of arguably
their most athletic player this season, as sophomore
forward Emmanuel Negedu will be inactive
for the entire year ... A native of Kaduna, Nigeria,
Negedu went into sudden cardiac arrest Sept.
28 on UT's indoor football practice field ... Senior
associate athletic trainer Chad Newman used an
automatic external defibrillator (AED) to revive
Negedu ... Following a stay at UT Medical Center
and a visit to The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland,
Ohio, Negedu had a sub-pectoral internal cardiac
defibrillator (ICD) implanted on Oct. 6 ... Negedu's
long-term athletic career remains in question, but
he will remain on full scholarship at UT.
Vols enjoy preseason visit from Dale Ellis
Tennessee basketball All-Century Team member
and longtime NBA veteran Dale Ellis spent a week
around the team in mid-October ... A two-time
SEC Player of the Year during his career as a Vol
(1980-83), Ellis observed his alma mater's practices
during his week-long visit, spoke with numerous
team members and worked out on his own with
team strength and conditioning coach Troy Wills
in preparation for an upcoming exhibition tour in
Europe ... Another former UT All-America and NBA
standout, Allan Houston, spoke to the team during
a quick stop in Knoxville in September.