UT may try 'small ball'

Tennessee's players came up short the last time they faced Vanderbilt ... and they may come up even shorter in Wednesday's rematch.

The Vols applied so little on-the-ball pressure when Vandy trounced them 88-63 back on Jan. 8 that UT head coach Buzz Peterson is mulling a smaller, quicker lineup for Wednesday's game at Nashville. If so, he said that will mean more minutes for 6-5 Stanley Asumnu and 6-3 Dane Bradshaw.

''We've got to put pressure on the basketball,'' Peterson said. ''We may have to look at going with a smaller, quicker lineup. That's something we're going to try the next couple of days in practice and see how it works out.''

A smaller, quicker lineup can't do any worse than the big lineup Tennessee started in the earlier meeting with Vandy. The Commodores sliced up the Vol defense that day, hitting 54.8 percent from the field and a sizzling 56.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

''That last time we played 'em, they set school records for assists (31) and 3-pointers (18),'' Peterson noted. ''That was disappointing. This is a team that really caught fire on us. They were hot ... did a very good job in their halfcourt offense.'' v Largely because Tennessee did a lousy job in its halfcourt DEFENSE. Perhaps small-ball will fix that.

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