Basketball notes for Thursday

Despite the basketball season ending a few weeks ago, Buzz and squad have had an eventful week thus far.

Buzz drops Australian tour
Tennessee's basketball team won't be touring Australia in May, after all.

Because of the war in Iraq and the spread of a fatal disease known as Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) overseas, Vol head coach Buzz Peterson has decided to keep the Big Orange at home this spring.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel broke the story in this morning's editions.

Tennessee was scheduled to play three exhibition games in Melbourne and three more in Sydney. The games were viewed as a golden opportunity to blend transfers Jemere Hendrix and Scooter McFadgon into the team concept, since both were ineligible last season.

Stribling elects to transfer from UT
* Sophomore wing Derek Stribling has decided to transfer after seeing virtually no action during the last half of Tennessee's 2002-03 season.

Signed out of Tallahassee, Fla., ''Strib'' started eight consecutive games from late December to early January. He rarely left the bench once senior Thaydeus Holden and freshman Stanley Asumnu moved ahead of him in the pecking order, however. He averaged 2.7 points per game.

Buzz to make more money
* Peterson is expected to get a contract extension in the next two weeks. He makes a base salary of $785,000 annually, plus $25,000 from summer camps. He also has incentive clauses for postseason appearances. This year he got $16,000 for getting the Vols an NIT bid.


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