Vols look for No. 100

Tennessee's basketball team, 8-4 overall and 1-2 in SEC play after Wednesday night's 77-64 loss at Florida, is hoping a return to the home hardwood will bring a return to the victory column when the Vols host Vanderbilt Saturday night at 7:30.

The Commodores are 8-6 overall and also 1-2 in league play. Tennessee leads the all-time series 99-62, so a UT victory would be its 100th in the longtime rivalry.

Vandy boasts a solid 1-2 frontcourt punch in 6-9 Matt Frieje (16.4 ppg) and 6-8 Brian Thornton (13.3 ppg). The Commodores also are getting some nice play from 6-5 sophomore guard Jason Holwerda, a Chattanooga native who is averaging 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Tennessee is led by 6-8 senior Ron Slay (21.6 ppg) but the Vols also rely heavily on their talented freshman class.

Stanley Asumnu scored the winning bucket at Ole Miss with 2.6 seconds left and is averaging nearly 11 minutes per game in SEC action. Fellow freshman C.J. Watson is the starting point guard and is averaging 14.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 38.0 minutes of action against SEC teams. Another rookie, John Winchester, is averaging 1.7 points in 7.7 minutes since SEC play began. Boomer Herndon, a 7-foot freshman, saw playing time at Ole Miss last weekend and appears to be making steady progress.


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