Tennessee is playing pretty well right now, having rattled off 6 victories in a row since they lost to us in Knoxville. They're now 17 and 10 on the year. UT beat Florida in their last game, so now is not the best time to be facing the Volunteers. At least we'll have home-court advantage.
We'll likely have a hard time handling Stokes down in the post. Big guy, good hands. He's 6' 8" and 270 pounds-- the kind of build that Mark Fox dislikes. I wish Fox would recruit some of the football-player types. Nothing against any of our guys, but tall and skinny doesn't work out too well in the SEC. Not unless you have a lot of quickness and can hit the outside shot. Our returning post players need to be seriously hitting the weights during the off-season.
In the meantime, let's play hard today, double-team Stokes and make his touches difficult. He had 16 points and 11 boards against us on 4 of 6 shooting in our last contest.
Jordan McRae is definitely coming on. He had 27, 23 and 34 points in his last three games. Anybody know if we tried to recruit him? McRae is a 6' 5" player with a good jumpshot, hailing from southeast Georgia.
If memory serves me, I think we did try to bring in Trae Golden. When Golden is on his game, he's a handful.
We need to win tomorrow's game since we close the year with Kentucky and Alabama. Surpassing .500 in the regular season is a realistic goal for our squad, but we'll have to win two of three to do it.