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Game Notes Austin Peay



Nov. 11, 2009

Quick Facts

Tennessee
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
G 3 Bobby Maze
6-3
195
Sr.
8.2
2.4
3.2
G 32 Scotty Hopson
6-7
200
So.
9.2
2.7
1.4
G 30 J.P. Prince
6-7
205
Sr.
9.9
4.2
3.1
F 1 Tyler Smith
6-7
215
Sr.
17.4
5.8
3.4
C 4 Wayne Chism
6-9
246
Sr.
13.7
8.0
1.2
Austin Peay
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
G 5 Tyrone Caldwell
6-0
170
So.
4.0
1.5
2.5
G 22 Wes Channels
6-3
210
Sr.
16.5
3.8
3.1
F 4 Marcell Williams
6-6
235
So.
3.3
3.1
0.5
F 25 Anthony Campbell
6-6
185
So.
7.8
2.8
1.0
C 21 John Fraley
6-8
220
So.
2.8
2.7
0.1

Notes:

  • 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 Tennessee.

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 do so.

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.


 

 


 

 

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