Tony White Jr. faces UT

Tonight's basketball game between Tennessee and College of Charleston may mean more to one of the visiting players than it does to the homestanding Vols.

That would be Tony White Jr. Being a Knoxville native and son of former UT All-American Tony White Sr., he is sure to feel a few goosebumps as he and the other Cougars take the floor for tonight's 7 o'clock tipoff at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tony Sr., was one of the most electrifying players and potent scorers ever to wear orange. He finished up in 1987 with 2,219 points, a total that ranks third in Vol annals and sixth in SEC history. He was All-conference in '86 and '87, earning third-team All-America recognition in the latter. Last year he was voted onto Tennessee's all-century team.

Tony Sr., still holds Tennessee's single-game scoring record of 51 points against Auburn as a senior in '87. Interestingly enough, his son's career-high performance was 51 points as a senior at Knoxville's Bearden High against arch-rival Farragut.

Tony Jr., hasn't matched his famous father's scoring exploits at the collegiate level but he will do something tonight that his dad didn't ... play in Thompson-Boling Arena. The facility opened in 1987-88, one year after Tony Sr., exhausted his collegiate eligibility. The former Vol played all of his home games at Stokely Athletics Center.

Tony Jr., a 6-0, 150-pounder, averaged 13.2 points per game as a sophomore and 12.0 as a junior at College of Charleston. He has struggled at bit as a senior, averaging just 7.7 points per game through the first three games.

Young White sank 4 of 12 shots in a season-opening 70-59 loss at Coastal Carolina. He made 2 of 7 shots in a 69-57 Game 2 defeat of Winthrop, then went 0 of 7 in a 77-71 Game 3 loss at East Tennessee State on Wednesday night.

For the season White is 6 of 26 from the field (23.1 percent) and 3 of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc (17.6 percent).

Naturally, he would love nothing more than to break out of his early-season doldrums on the campus his dad once called home.

Also starting for College of Charleston tonight will be the following:

- Jeremy Simmons, a 6-8, 230-pound junior who averages 16 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He's from Lithonia, Ga., where he was a high school teammate of UT's Cameron Tatum.

- Casaan Breeden, a 6-8, 200 pound senior who averages 8 points and 3.3 rebounds. A transfer from Florida State, he scored a team-high 15 points in Wednesday's loss at East Tennessee State.

- Andrew Goudelock, a 6-2 junior who averages 20 points and 3.3 assists per game.

- Donovan Monroe, a 6-2 junior who averages 8.3 points and 6 rebounds.

Tennessee is expected to open with its usual lineup of 6-9, 245-pound Wayne Chism (13.2 points per game), 6-7, 215-pound Tyler Smith (12.0 points, 3.4 assists per game), 6-7 Scotty Hopson (15.6 points per game), 6-7 J.P. Prince (2.4 points per game) and 6-3 Bobby Maze (8.8 points, 3.4 assists per game).

Hopson got off to a blazing start in blowouts of Austin Peay (16 points, 4 of 6 shooting from 3), UNC Asheville (25 points, 6 of 7 from 3) and East Carolina (25 points, 4 of 5 from 3). He cooled considerably, however, when the Vols took a step up in class. He scored 4 points (0 of 4 from 3) in a 57-53 Game 4 defeat of DePaul and 9 points (0 of 2 from 3) in a 73-72 Game 5 loss to Purdue.

Tennessee brings a 4-1 record and a No. 9 national ranking into the game, which will be televised by CSS.


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