Louisville press will test UT and CJ

It's a safe bet that the Louisville defense will be pressing Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena ... and so will the Tennessee offense.

If the Vols are to upset the ninth-ranked Cardinals, they must handle the fullcourt pressure that has become a staple of Rick Pitino-coached teams. To beat the Louisville press, UT must ''press'' the attack ... but in a selective manner.

''You've got to beat the press, then pick and choose who can attack,'' Vol head man Buzz Peterson says. ''There are certain players that I will let attack and certain players that I won't let attack. We've just got to know our limitations on that.''

One player Peterson definitely will allow to attack the basket is freshman point guard C.J. Watson. He recorded five points, 10 rebounds, six assists and just one turnover in 41 minutes as Tennessee pushed No. 19 Georgia to overtime Wednesday night in Athens before losing 81-76. Watson has earned the respect of his head coach with his steady play against pressure defenses.

''Against Georgia Tech he didn't do a real good job but, besides that, he's done a real good job,'' Peterson says. ''If C.J. gets by you, he's gone. He's got good speed and he's hard to contain. The thing about him is his mentality. He's not going to get rattled much. He's pretty composed.''


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