Game 2: Vols Host UNC Asheville Before Heading to Paradise Jam
|C ||4 Wayne Chism|
|F||1 Tyler Smith|
|G ||30 J.P. Prince|
|G ||32 Scotty Hopson|
|G ||3 Bobby Maze|
|G|| 3 J.P. Primm |
|G ||2 Matt Dickey |
|G ||15 Sean Smith |
|F ||23 John Williams |
|C ||42 Eric Stubbs |
Pearl Goes For 100th Victory as Vols Coach
- Tuesday's game has a chance to be Bruce Pearl's 100th win as Tennessee's head coach. In his fifth yearon Rocky Top, Pearl has coached in 136 games thus far at UT. Interestingly, last season's home win over UNC Asheville marked Pearl's 400th career victory as a college head coach.
- Wayne Chism needs just five points to pass former Academic All-America performer Lang Wiseman (1,156 points from 1990-93) and move into 35th place on UT's career scoring chart.
- Tennessee seniors Wayne Chism and Tyler Smith each logged double-doubles in the Vols' season-opening win over Austin Peay Friday. It was the second time the frontcourt duo posted double-doubles in the same game. The other game was last season's home game against Alabama (March 8).
- Ten Vols played at least 10 minutes Friday, and UT's bench outscored the Govs' bench 38-10.
- 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 return a total of nine letterwinners, including all five starters, from last year's squad that posted a 21-13 overall record, won the SEC Eastern Division and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
- The Big Orange return 95.4 percent of their scoring and 94.8 percent of their rebounding from a season ago.
- 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.
- Tennessee has ranked fourth nationally in average home attendance for each of the past three seasons. The Volunteers averaged 20,483 fans at home last year; that was the second-highest average in school history.
- Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,443-921-2
in 101 seasons of varsity basketball.
- Tennessee's 46 regular-season SEC wins over the
past four seasons are the most among all league
teams (the next-closest team, Florida, has 40).
- In all eight of his seasons as a Division I head
coach, Bruce Pearl's teams have won at least 10
games in conference play.
- Tennessee's 78.4 points per game rank led the
SEC last year and ranked 16th nationally. Bruce
Pearl's teams have led their respective league in
scoring in 16 of Pearl's 17 full seasons as a head
- Tennessee was the top offensive rebounding
team in the SEC last season, averaging 14.3 per
game. And this preseason, Pearl labeled true freshman
forward Kenny Hall as the team's best offensive
- The Vols are 29-2 in non-conference home
games under Bruce Pearl.
- Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 92-9 when leading or
tied with five minutes left in the game.
- UT is 63-6 when scoring 80 or more points under
the direction of Bruce Pearl.v
- Bruce Pearl is 18-10 against ranked teams at UT.
- Tennessee is 56-7 at Thompson-Boling Arena
since the start of the 2005-06 season.
- Tennessee is 256-91 in 23 seasons in Thompson-
Boling Arena. The Vols have posted winning home
records in 18 of their 21 full seasons in the facility.
The UNC Asheville Series
Tennessee leads the all-time series with UNC
Asheville 6-0, dating to 1997 ... All meetings have
taken place in Knoxville and the Vols have been
ranked in the top 20 for four of those six games ...
With the exception of a six-point win in the firstever
meeting (75-69 on Nov. 19, 1997), Tennessee
has won every game in the series by a double-digit
margin ... On average, UT outscores the Bulldogs
by 17.0 ppg (82.0 to 65.0) ... The two meetings
during the Bruce Pearl era have been comfortable
victories of 86-73 on Dec. 19, 2007 and last year's
87-69 triumph on Dec. 3, 2008 ... Tennessee owns
a 20-4 all-time record against current members of
the Big South Conference, including a 3-0 mark
under Bruce Pearl.
Noting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville (0-1) dropped its season-opener at
Charlotte (also on UT's schedule this season) by
an 86-70 score Friday night ... Tuesday's game is
Bruce Pearl's first opportunity to log win No. 100
as the Volunteers' head coach ... Last year's victory
over UNC Asheville boasted a pair of historical
attributes, as the win was Pearl's 400th as a head
coach and Tyler Smith became the first player in
UT history to record a triple-double ... After finishing
fourth in the Big South Conference last season,
UNCA (15-16, 10-8 BSC) is projected to improve to
second in the league this year (Radford is picked to
win the conference) ... Coach Eddie Biedenbach, in
his 14th season with the Bulldogs, leads a club with
arguably the top backcourt in the Big South and
a conference POY candidate in sophomore guard
Matt Dickey (2008-09: 10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg) ...
Dickey, however, is coming off off-season ankle surgery
... 6-3 forward Chris Stephenson exploded for
a career-high 22 points in UNCA's loss at Charlotte
Friday ... Sophomore guard J.P. Primm (2008-09: 9.0
ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.5 apg) will be a primary contributor
in the Bulldogs' backcourt and poured in 15 points
Friday ... Redshirt junior John Williams (2008-09:
12.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg) could be an All-Conference
performer at the power forward spot, but he did
not play in Asheville's opener due to an illness ...
6-8 junior Eric Stubbs (2008-09: 3.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
is another key post player for the Bulldogs but he
could be challenged for playing time at center by
6-10 freshman D.J. Cunningham.
Last Clash vs. UNC Asheville
It was a historic night at Thompson-Boling Arena on
Dec. 3, 2008, as Tennessee defeated UNC Asheville
87-69 to improve to 6-1 on the year ... The victory
gave UT's Bruce Pearl his 400th career win as a collegiate
head coach, making him the sixth-fastest
coach ever to reach that milestone (second among
active coaches) ... And in Tennessee's 2,339th alltime
varsity contest, the Vols finally had a player
log a triple-double as forward Tyler Smith (12
points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) pulled off the feat
for the first time in program history ... Smith had no
turnovers and also logged a steal in his productive
26 minutes of action ... Three Vols scored in double
figures off the bench, as guards Cameron Tatum,
J.P. Prince and Josh Tabb each tallied 10 points ...
The UT bench outscored the Bulldogs bench 45-18
... Tennessee out-rebounded Asheville 53-35 ... Center Brian Williams made his second career start
and his first of the season and scored seven points
to go along with a game-high nine rebounds ...
Bulldogs forwards Reid Augst and John Williams
each scored 14 points to lead the Asheville effort.
On Nov. 17
Tennessee owns a 3-0 record on Nov. 17 ... UT's
most recent game on Nov. 17 was an 88-66 season-opening
home win over Chattanooga in 2000 ...
And just like this week, the Vols also were ranked in
the top 10 for that game (No. 9).
Pearl Looking For His 100th Win At Tennessee
Bruce Pearl is one win 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
Hopson Impressive Early On
Sophomore shooting guard Scotty Hopson has
been UT's leading scorer in both exhibition wins as
well as in the season-opening victory over Austin
Peay Friday ... In those three contests, Hopson is
10-of-14 (.714) from 3-point range ... He tied his
career-high with four 3-pointers against Austin
Peay ... Last season, Hopson was Tennessee's leading
scorer just three times.
Stout Defense In Opener
Tennessee held Austin Peay to a .345 field-goal percentage
Friday (19-of-55) while posting a 29-point
season-opening win ... The Vols also scored 22
points off 19 Governors turnovers and blocked
Up Next: Paradise Jam (East Carolina)
This year's event marks the 10th
anniversary of the US. Virgin Islands
Paradise Jam, but Tennessee is
making its first-ever appearance at
the tournament ... Joining UT in the
eight-team field is Boston College (Bruce Pearl's
alma mater), DePaul, East Carolina, Northern Iowa,
Purdue, South Dakota State and St. John's ... The
Vols' opening-round opponent on Friday is East
Carolina ... If UT wins Friday, it would have Saturday
off before playing the winner of DePaul-Northern
Iowa Sunday at 6 p.m. ET ... A Tennessee loss on
Friday means the Vols would play the DePaul-
Northern Iowa loser Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Vols Making Their First Appearance At Paradise Jam; Smith Making His Second
Tennessee's upcoming trip to St. Thomas, Virgin
Islands, marks the program's first-ever appearance
at the event ... But senior guard/forward
Tyler Smith knows his way around the island, as
he competed in the 2006 Paradise Jam as a true
freshman at Iowa ... The Hawkeyes went 1-2 in
that year's tournament (a win over Toledo before
losses to Alabama and Villanova), and Smith averaged
19.7 ppg ... In Iowa's lone win at the event,
Smith poured in 28 points while also logging six
rebounds and five assists ... His 11 field goals and
17 field-goal attempts against the Rockets still
stand as his NCAA career highs ... In the semifinals
vs. 10th-ranked Alabama, Smith again led the
Hawkeyes in scoring with 19 points; he also added
seven rebounds and four assists ... Smith tallied 12
points and three rebounds in a consolation-bracket
loss to Villanova.