Nov. 21, 2012
HOOPS REPORT: Wings Working Overtime
After going 2-1 and finishing in third place at last week's Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the Tennessee basketball team has nearly a full week to prepare for its next opponent. The Volunteers (3-1) host Oakland Monday night at Thompson-Boling Arena (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports South).
Through the first four games of the season, Tennessee has gotten key contributions from wings Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson. The pair has combined to average 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting .482 from the field.
Richardson has started all four games and had arguably the best outing of his career in Sunday's win over UMass, totaling 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. After averaging 2.9 points per game as a freshman last season, the Edmond, Okla., native is fourth on the team with a scoring average of 9.3 points per game so far this year. And his 5.8 rebounds per game make him Tennessee's top-rebounding guard.
McRae, meanwhile, has picked up right where he left off last season, when he was one of the most impactful sixth men in the Southeastern Conference - he came off the bench to score in double figures in six of UT's last 14 games a year ago. Not only is the 6-5 junior Tennessee's second-leading scorer through the first four games of the season (11.3 points per game), but he is also the team's top 3-point shooter (.538).
The Vols as a team are shooting .390 from beyond the arc this season while limiting their opponents to a .290 percentage from long range. Early on this season, Tennessee is attempting just 14.8 3-pointers per game. Through the first four contests of last season, UT launched an average of 20.5 3-pointers per contest.
The Vols are off Thursday for Thanksgiving before returning to the practice court Friday to prepare for Monday's game against Oakland. Many members of the team will be eating Thanksgiving dinner at head coach Cuonzo Martin's home Thursday afternoon.
FORMER VOL LANGSCHMIDT PASSES AWAY
Former Tennessee basketball letterman Carl H. Langschmidt, Jr. (1953) passed away Sunday after a brief illness. He was 81-years-old.
Langschmidt was a forward with the Vols during the 1951-52 and 1952-53 seasons, playing under head coach Emmett Lowery.
In addition to playing basketball for the Big Orange, Langschmidt also served as president of Kappa Sigma fraternity and commanded a regiment in the Army ROTC as a Colonel. He graduated in 1953 with the coveted award of "Torchbearer," the highest student honor conferred by the university. Langschmidt then attended UT's College of Law, where he led his class academically, was editor-in-chief for the Tennessee Law Review and graduated with highest honors as a member of the national honor society, Order of the Coif.
The son of a German Olympic athlete, Langschmidt graduated from Central High School in Memphis, Tenn., in 1949. During high school career, he was an All-Memphis and All-State basketball player and helped lead Central to an undefeated record in the 1948-49 city league.
EMPHASIS OF THE DAY
Wednesday's "Emphasis of the Day" - daily midcourt talking points spearheaded by head coach Cuonzo Martin prior to each practice - centered on changing one's situation.
If you want to change your situation, you must first change your thoughts. If you keep thinking what you've been thinking, you'll keep getting what you've been getting.