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:
- 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.