How will the Big Orange combat UK's imposing size? Probably the same way the Vols tried to neutralize Ole Miss' size Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Rebels' post players aren't nearly as tall as Kentucky's but they're beefier. Dwayne Curtis (6-8, 290) and Jeremy Parnell (6-8, 245) are Ole Miss starters. Rebel reserves include Marquis Young (6-9, 310), Mike Smith (6-7, 275) and Xavier Hansbro (6-9, 225).
By establishing a fast pace and double-teaming the ball when it went inside, Tennessee limited Curtis to 10 points, Parnell to 0 and Smith to 9. Young and Hansbro didn't see action. So how did the Vols contain these super-sized Rebels?
"We did a good job of fronting," UT coach Bruce Pearl said. "We did a good job of back-side help. When the ball went in there, we went in there and got it … doubled it. And the pace kept them out of it (offense) a lot."
The Vol coach hopes those strategies will work equally well against the towering Wildcats. Otherwise, Tuesday's challenge could be a "tall order" indeed.