KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee looks to avoid a third straight conference loss Wednesday night, as the Vols host South Carolina at 6:30 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
After allowing No. 23 Florida to score 51 points in the second half of Saturday’s 83-70 loss, the Vols (8-7, 1-2 SEC) have focused on shoring up their defense before a tough matchup against the Gamecocks (12-3, 2-0 SEC).
They face a tall task stopping South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell, as the guard as starred since returning from a suspension last week. The 6-foot-5 senior recorded a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals) in the win at Georgia and then followed up the performance with 16 points and 5 steals in the victory against Texas A&M.
“He’s the kind of guy who can change things on your team,” Vols coach Rick Barnes said.
“He’s a game-changer. I thought they were a good team without (Thornwell), and with him they’re a better team than they were last year.”
Tennessee is suddenly dealing with a distraction, too, as Barnes abruptly booted sixth-man Detrick Mostella off the team Tuesday evening. The junior averaged 10.5 points and 3.4 rebounds off the bench for the Vols.
“I’ve always been very clear about the standards that members of this program will be held to,” Barnes said in a statement.
“Those standards are very high, and Detrick unfortunately, has not lived up to them.”
Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina game time, details
Date: Jan. 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena
What TV Channel is Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina on?
The game is televised on SEC Network.
How can I watch Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina online?
The game is available on WatchESPN.com
Who is calling the Tennessee basketball game vs. South Carolina
Dave Neal will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Spatola will provide the color analysis.
How can I listen to Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina
The game will be on Sirius channel 145 and XM 190. The game will also be on all Vol Network affiliates.
• For the first time this season — and just the fifth-time since 1950 — Tennessee will don its Smokey Grey uniforms. The Vols were 2-1 in the alternate look last season.
* The Gamecocks tout the conference’s stiffest defense, allowing just 60.0 points per game. However, the Vols average 83.9 ppg at home this season.
* Tennessee is looking to exact a bit of revenge against South Carolina after last season’s 24-point loss in Columbia. The Vols were outscored 42-14 in the paint.
* Freshman guard Jordan Bowden, who scored 15 points at Florida, ranks fifth among all freshman guards in the SEC in field goal shooting at 42 percent.
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