Vols host Appy State

Option One is to run the floor at full throttle in hopes of getting easy transition baskets. Failing that, Plan B is to work inside/out for 3-pointers.

Those words sum up the Tennessee Basketball Vols. They also sum up Appalachian State, tonight's opponent at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with television coverage provided by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).

Like Tennessee, APSU loves to run. Like the Vols, the Mountaineers love to shoot the 3-pointer. The big difference in the two teams is field-goal accuracy. Tennessee is hitting 47.4 percent, Appy State just 41.2 percent. That helps explain why the Vols are 4-0 and the Mountaineers are just 3-3.

Although APSU is coming off a 102-69 loss to Davidson, UT coach Bruce Pearl believes the visitors have enough talent to give Tennessee trouble.

"They have as good a transition offense as we will see," Pearl says. "They'll get the ball down the floor very, very quickly and attack our transition defense. Appalachian State is an excellent three-point shooting team. They've averaged almost 11 three-point baskets (per game) so far this season."

Tennessee will go with 6-10 Major Wingate (12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds per game), 6-4 Dane Bradshaw (8.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game), 6-5 Stanley Asumnu (10.5 points per game), 6-2 Chris Lofton (17.8 points per game) and 6-2 C.J. Watson (15.5 points, 5.8 assists per game).

Appy State also starts a small lineup. The post players are 6-9, 225-pound freshman Tyler Webb (3.5 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game) and 6-8, 220-pound sophomore Doug McLaughlin-Williams (8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds). The Mountaineers' other three starters are guards – 6-2 junior Demetrius Scott (8.3 points per game), 6-2 junior Nathan Crawford (11.2 points per game) and 5-8 junior D.J. Thompson (18.7 points, 4.3 assists per game).

"They have played six games, five against strong competition," Pearl notes. "They won't be intimidated by our talent level."


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