Vols wrap up with short practice Monday

A day after learning their fate as a No. 6 seed in the daunting Midwest region of the NCAA tournament, the Tennessee men's basketball team hit the court for a two hour practice following a film session. The Volunteers will face Mountain West Conference tournament champions San Diego State (25-8) on Thursday in Providence, R.I.

A day after learning their fate as a No. 6 seed in the daunting Midwest region of the NCAA tournament, the Tennessee men's basketball team hit the court for a two hour practice following a film session.

The Volunteers will face Mountain West Conference tournament champions San Diego State (25-8) on Thursday in Providence, R.I.

Tennessee leads the all-time series with the Aztecs 2-0, with both meetings occurring in San Diego.

For senior forward J.P. Prince the preparation has begun typically, although the challenges associated with non-conference matchups is present.

"You're really not going to get to know their personnel that well," Prince said. "It's not a common opponent but, we'll watch more film, be familiar with them and play our game."

"I know the league they're playing, I've seen them one time," head coach Bruce Pearl said Sunday night, shortly after learning of his first round foe.

"They're really athletic and they're really big. They're good, but we're good too."

For Prince and fellow seniors Wayne Chism and Bobby Maze, it will be their final dance with the Volunteers in March Madness.

It will be the eighth NCAA tournament game as a Volunteer for Wayne Chism, tying the school record shared by Chris Lofton, JuJuan Smith, Dale Ellis and Steve Ray.

Maze offered a simple-minded approach to the stress that can accompany a senior in tournament games.

"Zero-zero right now, it's a whole new season for us," Maze said. "We got to be the aggressor in the beginning, we got to get out to a nice lead and establish from the jump that we're going to be the more physical team, the more dominant team."

Prince had yet to garner a solid assessment of the Aztecs, who are seeking their first NCAA tournament victory in school history.

"I don't live on the west coast," Prince joked. "I don't watch other teams, (during the season) I worry about us."

The Vols will have another short practice tomorrow evening at Thompson-Boling Arena, before heading to Tyson-McGhee Airport to depart to Rhode Island.


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