But Pearl doesn't have a 7-footer. Nor does he have anyone 6-11. Or 6-10, for that matter.
"I thought Arkansas used their size extremely well," the Vol coach noted. "But we don't have that. We can't go at 'em that way."
Tennessee had no success against Bama's post duo in last season's 92-79 loss at Tuscaloosa. Davidson (6 of 12) and Hendrix (5 of 7) paired up to sink 11 of 19 shots, while registering a combined 33 points, 24 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 4 steals. Meanwhile, they limited Tennessee's Major Wingate to 5 points and 5 rebounds.
With an added year of maturity, the Tide tandem is even better this season. Consider:
Hendrix leads the SEC in field-goal percentage (62.1). He ranks third (8.9 per game) and Davidson fifth (8.3) in rebounding. Hendrix is fourth in offensive rebounds (3.12 per game). Davidson ranks third in blocked shots (2.54 per game), Hendrix 12th (1.27). Davidson is fourth in defensive rebounds (6.17), Hendrix seventh (5.77). Hendrix ranks 11th among SEC scorers (15.0 points per game), while Davidson is 13th (14.5).
Pearl conceded that the Bama posts compare favorably to Florida's celebrated tandem of Joakim Noah and Al Horford in that "both are capable of scoring and rebounding." The Vol coach noted that Florida "went at Bradshaw," and that he expects the towering Tide to do the same.
Hendrix, only a sophomore, is an especially difficult matchup for Tennessee because of his heft and power.
"When he came out of high school (his options were) North Carolina, Alabama or the NBA," Pearl noted. "He had a good freshman year, and he's having a great sophomore year. He reminds me a lot of Horford, except he's even bigger and stronger.
"He can score over either shoulder. He's patient in the post (second on the team in assists). He's a really good, solid player. He's probably been Alabama's best and most consistent performer this year."