On a night when Bruce Pearl’s Tennessee Vols notched a decisive 80-60 homecourt win against a 16-1 Vandy team on the back of Wayne Chism’s double-double (18 pts, 18 boards) they may have also reacquired some backup at the 5 spot.
Chism had a career night against purportedly one of the best centers in America (or Australia for that matter) in A.J. Ogilvy. Days after Bruce Pearl trumpeted Ogilvy as a future Olympian and First Rounder, he didn’t necessarily rescind his praise for Ogilvy, but he sure added thoughts for his own big man.
“[Ogilvy] is a terrific player and he’s going to be a pro, but Wayne Chism is one of the better defensive players in the country. He beat Ogilvy to the ball, on the offensive backboard. I haven’t seen Wayne Chism play like this. This was his coming-out party.”
In other good news, former frontcourt-mate Duke Crews, who has been sidelined since December 4 with a heart condition, was in full game gear last night and may be cleared to play as early as Saturday’s game vs. Ohio State. While it is unlikely that Crews will see any minutes in the coming games, it is no doubt an extra shot of the good stuff for a team already flying arguably as high as ever.
The Volunteers put their 25-game homecourt winning streak on the line at 3:30pm Saturday (CBS).