Pearl's Press Conference Audio
1. In the win over Western Kentucky, did the Vols shake off the rust from exams layoff as you hoped?
A - "I thought we were really sharp considering we had 11 days between games. But we really didn't take that much time off. We worked our practices around exams. We got in some very physical work and were able to make significant progress."
2. Explain how 6-foot-10 frosh Brian Williams responded to a key role by having 14 rebounds and 16 points.
A - "Brian just stayed ready. Our players have a lot of confidence in Brian, and he has confidence in himself. He responded well to Duke Crews' absence, but Brian was opening up the door for more playing time, anyway. I was very pleased."
3. Give a report on Duke Crews' medical situation as it now stands.
A - "We will know more as time goes on. Our medical staff wants to give him some rest and some medication. Thanks to the great doctors and trainers we have here, we were able to detect the heart problem. It was a great catch. It's a vital organ to life. You don't mess with it. Until we know more about it, Duke will be on the sidelines."
4. Tell about the UNC Asheville team that comes to Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday (7:30E).
A - "They have four senior starters returning and a 7-7 center who will be an interesting guy to watch. He's shooting 75 percent, has 44 blocks and plays about half the game. They are well coached. They are patient and will run the clock down. They are very patient. They gave Virginia Tech all they wanted time at Blacksburg before losing."
5. How difficult a game can the Vols expect from Xavier in Cincinnati Saturday (2:00E)?
A - "I thought Texas was our strongest opponent so far, and Western Kentucky next. Nashville was supposed to be a neutral sight, but it wasn't. Western put the game on their season-ticket package. But now Xavier will be the second toughest opponent so far. Not many teams will beat someone as good as Xavier at Cincinnati. We will have to play our best basketball. But games like this are big opportunities for the Vols."