Tennessee basketball (13-2, 3-0 SEC) continues SEC play Tuesday evening when it hosts in-state Vanderbilt (8-7, 1-1 SEC) inside Thompson-Boling Area. Tip between the Vols and Commodores is scheduled for 9:05 PM ET.
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Tennessee moved up three spots to fifth within the AP ballot up to date Monday after profitable each of its video games final week. The Vols beat Mississippi State 87-53 at dwelling final Tuesday evening earlier than touring to South Carolina on Saturday and beating the Gamecocks 85-42.
The Vols are one among 5 groups ranked within the SEC and the second-best within the league. Alabama was the best ranked SEC staff at No. 4, whereas Arkansas dropped two spots to No. 15. Missouri was ranked. 20 and Auburn ranked No. 21.
Here is What Vols Assistant Rod Clark He mentioned of Vanderbilt on Monday when he met the media:
What made Oliver Nakamhua Very efficient in latest video games:
“You recognize, ‘oh’ is getting extra snug. I feel we regularly do not perceive how lengthy it takes to get again into rhythm, to play basketball always. You recognize, this time a 12 months in the past Olivier was taking part in and a month later he wasn’t. So all summer season he is been constructing that momentum again up and getting repeats and getting again into snug taking part in basketball.Now he is secure and beginning to look what he regarded like when he received harm final 12 months.It was sort of that velocity the place he was taking part in actually good basketball at a very excessive stage “Then he received injured and it was laborious to see. Now, I feel he is formally again and he is received his rhythm again. He is taking part in one of the best basketball I’ve ever seen of him and you already know I noticed him in highschool, I coached towards him as soon as. He is a very completely different participant than then.”
How a lot offensive success currently from Zakai Ziegler Operating level guard:
“You recognize, really, that was a giant factor that we have been specializing in, and I personally was attempting to deal with it. Yesterday I requested him the way it feels if you’re actually, actually proper now. Like, what does it really feel like if you’re actually studying the way to run a staff? And he simply began smiling. And I mentioned: What feels greatest to you? Throw a behind-the-back cross for somebody to dunk, or do a deep three?’ And he reduce me off. He was like, ‘Making that behind the again cross, getting pictures by different guys.’ That was beginning to be a factor. Nice for him as a result of he looks like he is creating for us. You have a look at it, within the final two video games he is received 18 assists. He is like a maestro, man. I feel his development is what permits our guys to enhance as effectively.”
“We anticipate Uros to be Uros, man. We anticipate him to push laborious. We anticipate him to bounce basketball at a excessive stage. We anticipate him to be a facilitator. We anticipate him to play on the highest stage. As a result of that was one thing that received him beginning the 12 months minutes.” The previous and made it into the beginning XI. Early within the 12 months, he had gotten away with it a bit bit. I feel he was going via a little bit of an identification disaster. As a result of all guys, yeah, they’re huge guys, however they’re youngsters. All of them wish to discover their value in the case of a high staff Degree. He is been looking for himself in the case of it, however I might say currently he is embracing it and it is helped Toby, it is helped Jonas. It is helped Oh. In observe, these guys have fights, man. Like actual fights each Day. They’ve all gotten progressively higher via every recreation. I feel he dealt with it the best way any veteran on a high-caliber staff ought to, actually.”
how a lot again Josiah Jordan James Modifications the lineup potentialities of this staff:
“Josiah coming again is like, I do not like evaluating him to this, however it’s like Kobe’s again on the Staples heart after a protracted damage. His power, his enthusiasm, his infectious persona, all of it lifts everybody up. Jahmi Meshak He mentioned it final 12 months, after we have been in a rut. We misplaced at LSU and Joe was having a foul recreation. His head was lowered, and he was in unhealthy form. He was taking pictures, I feel, like 19 p.c from the sphere on the time. And Jahmai was like Jo, when you may have your head down, when you do not discuss within the time-outs, it impacts us. Like we do not really feel like we are able to defeat anybody when that is the case. However when you may have numerous power and also you coach the gamers and you’re a chief, we really feel like one of the best staff within the nation. Since then, I feel Joe has embraced the contagiousness of his situation to our guys. Being our chief is vital. So together with his return, I do not need anybody to make the error of not considering his return has nothing to do with our offensive success. As a result of he does. He is simply one other repair man for us and he fixes every part – offensive finish or defensive finish. He is nice at that.”
About what stands out about Vanderbilt:
“They misplaced Scottie Pippen (Jr) and I informed the coach I felt like if Scotty got here again I felt like they’d be probably the greatest groups within the league as a result of they have been taking part in one of the best basketball on the finish final 12 months.. We watched them once they actually challenged Kentucky within the SEC Championship and performed at a excessive stage This 12 months they’re nonetheless taking part in at a really excessive stage Guys ask me earlier than the season who I felt was probably the most underrated coach within the league and I mentioned Jerry Stackhouse. I feel he is an awesome coach. They handle great things. His groups are robust, aggressive, and shot-taking, and since I have been right here at the least the staff that places us within the greatest trick bag defensively is Vanderbilt. yearly. They get extra pictures towards us than anybody else within the league and that is partly due to how good of a coach he’s.”
If there was any concern about Vanderbilt ignoring Saturday’s recreation with Kentucky:
“No. It is sort of as much as us to verify the gamers are constrained in what we’ve to do. On the finish of the day it is a one-by-one course of as a result of we wish to win a championship. We wish to win a championship. We now have a guidelines after each recreation that we present the gamers who’ve each opponent And we put a inexperienced tick and spotlight the following opponent and each different opponent that will get shaded in. We now have to grasp that there is no ignoring anybody in the case of attempting to win a championship as a result of the second you try this the second you lose a chance. That is simply the entire level. Preserving our guys locked in That and thankfully we’ve a mature group that realizes we’ve two video games at dwelling this week. That is an awesome SEC situation and we have got to maintain the enterprise in every of them. However, very first thing we’ve to return right here and take care of Vanderbilt.”