Heading into conference play, Tennessee is ranked third in the country and many thought they would be second when Kansas lost but instead, Michigan jumped them. Where do you think Tennessee should be ranked right now?
I believe a No. 2 ranking is worthy, but ultimately it does not matter and the team is also not focused on rankings either.
After the first two months of basketball, it appears the Vols are a clear favorite to win the SEC this year, even over Auburn and Kentucky. How big of a separation gap do you see Tennessee having on those two teams and the rest of the league at the moment?
I do not view Tennessee having a separation gap. UT needs consistent guard play to have a chance at being in position of winning the SEC regular-season championship. Right now three players are averaging over 30 minutes per game and Lamonte Turner is not back yet. The Vols will need to avoid wearing down and inconsistent play from the perimeter.
Since Tennessee plays Georgia Saturday, we’ll switch our topic to the game. The Bulldogs have won 5 of their last 6 and almost knocked off Arizona State in Athens. Do you think Georgia can challenge Tennessee and potentially give it a scare?
I think Georgia can be competitive with Tennessee. Tom Crean is a good coach and has some players to work with this season.
If you look at the stat lines without knowing who each team has played, they both have fairly similar numbers. Do you think Georgia’s forwards, Nicolas Claxton, and Rayshaun Hammonds can compete with Tennessee’s Grant Williams and Kyle Alexander? Can the Bulldogs compete on the glass?
I think they can. The key with Grant Williams is him picking up unnecessary fouls and that is partly due to being undersized at the position. Williams is good at timing his jumps on the boards and that makes him a good player. Alexander is a good player down low around the glass, but he is not the type to take over a game, or at least he has yet to do so.
Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield are the leaders of this Tennessee team. If Georgia is able to potentially shut one or two of them down, can the Dawgs find a way to pull the upset?
Holding Schofield in check on the perimeter is the key to containing his production.
Finally, what’s your score prediction for the game going to look like?
Stay tuned for our side of the story with Dan Harralson on Vols Wire Saturday!