Peterson is in no danger of being canned but his seat is getting a little warm now that the Vols have lost seven of their last nine games. If the Big Orange is to reverse this downward spiral, it must contain Harper. At 6-7 and 217 pounds, he is the kind of oversized wing player who tends to give Tennessee fits. He is averaging 16.1 points per game, and is coming off a 30-point effort last Saturday against Auburn. Moreover, Harper is the Rebels' career leader in 3-point baskets (263) and currently ranks fourth among SEC players in 3-point percentage at 39.7.
''He's hit some big-time shots for them,'' Peterson said. ''He'll be a big-time focus for us ... that we keep him at bay a little bit. He'll be somebody our wings know about. It is a 'must' that we stop him. By the time I get through talking about him (in practice), he'll (sound like) an All-American. He's a heck of a player.''
Yep. Just ask Jerry Green.