Crump 'hour to hour'

The status of senior basketball player <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1684543]>Brandon Crump</A> for Tuesday night's game with <A HREF=http://kentucky.Scout.com>Kentucky</A> is so iffy that Tennessee's Buzz Peterson won't even call it day-to-day.

''Brandon's hour-to-hour,'' the coach said at his weekly news conference Monday. ''It's going to be a gametime decision.''

Although the 6-10 Crump might be cleared to participate, the Vols are going on the assumption they WON'T have him available for the UK game.

''If we get him, it's a bonus,'' Peterson said.

Crump played just two minutes against Louisville last Saturday before injuring his left ankle. Major Wingate, Andre Patterson and Jemere Hendrix had to shoulder an extra share of the post load thereafter. Even 6-foot-5 Stanley Asumnu got some work on the inside.

''We played the last 38 minutes without Crump,'' Peterson noted. ''Some of these guys are going to have to step up and play a vital role for us -- from Hendrix to Asumnu.''

Major Wingate, a 6-10 sophomore, played 35 minutes in Crump's absence and scored a career-high 13 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

''I thought Major did a nice job, playing all those minutes, and I was really pleased with him,'' Peterson said.

The Vol coach has been pleading with Wingate to be mroe aggressive offensively, and he got his wish against Louisville. Unfortunately, the young post player got a little TOO aggressive a couple of times.

''I'm telling him to be aggressive, then next thing I know he's stepping out 15- to 17-foot and doing jump shots,'' Peterson said, laughing at the recollection. ''There's a fine line. He needs to get inside and get some shots THERE. He's out there shooting jump shots and I'm thinking, 'My gosh!' ''

Assuming Crump can't go, Wingate will need some relief. That means beefier roles than usual for Patterson and Hendrix.

''Andre needs to be a little bit more aggressive on the offensive end,'' Peterson said. ''We need Hendrix to play a good role for us -- solid defense, distributing the ball on offense and hitting the offensive glass. And we need Asumnu to come in and do some good things for us.''

Although Crump is UT's chief scoring threat on the inside, the Vols didn't come unglued when he went to the sidelines. That was encouraging.

''The way our guys hung in there, I was pleased with them,'' Peterson said. ''There was a lot of positives to be taken out of that game. When Crump went down, a lot of people stepped up.''


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