UT faces DePaul today

Tennessee wants to run and gun; DePaul wants to pass and dribble. Thus, this evening's game between the Vols and Blue Demons in the Paradise Jam semifinals at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, represents a real contrast in styles.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. EST.

DePaul (2-0) is coming off a 60-52 defeat of Northern Iowa in Friday's opening round. Tenth-ranked Tennessee (3-0) is coming off a 105-66 blowout of East Carolina.

The Vols, who scored a program-record 124 points against UNC Asheville last Tuesday, are averaging a whopping 104 points per game. What's even more surprising is the fact the Vols are surrendering just 56.3 points per game. That's due to a new-found commitment to the fullcourt press, which enabled the Vols to force 29 turnovers vs. UNC Asheville and 35 more vs. East Carolina.

Tennessee's commitment to offense appears pretty strong, too. Sophomore guard Scotty Hopson has been on fire from beyond the 3-point arc, hitting 4 of 6 shots in Game 1 vs. Austin Peay, 6 of 7 in Game 2 vs. UNC Asheville and 4 of 5 in Game 3 vs. ECU. He's 14 of 18 for the year, a sizzling 77.8 percent success rate.

The Vols are no one-man show, however. Five players scored in double figures Friday against East Carolina. Hopson led with 25 points, followed by Bobby Maze with 15, Cameron Tatum with 14, Tyler Smith with 13 and Melvin Goins with 10.

The winner of the UT-DePaul game will advance to the Paradise Jam championship game Monday night at 8:30 EST. The loser drops into the consolation game, scheduled Monday at 6.


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