2009–10 Tennessee Volunteers basketball team

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2009-10 Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball
UT Volunteers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Southeastern Conference East
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #15
2009-10 record 28–9 (11–5 SEC)
Head coach Bruce Pearl
Assistant coach Tony Jones
Assistant coach Steve Forbes
Assistant coach Jason Shay
Home arena Thompson-Boling Arena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#2 Kentucky 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5   .688     28 9   .757
Florida 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
South Carolina 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
West
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     24 12   .667
Mississippi 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Arkansas 7 9   .438     14 18   .438
Alabama 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Auburn 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
LSU 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
SEC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Tennessee Volunteers basketball team[1] represented the University of Tennessee in the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the fifth season for Bruce Pearl as the Volunteers' head coach. The team, a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, played its home games at Thompson-Boling Arena. They finished the season 28–9, 11–5 in SEC play and advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Kentucky. They received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 6 seed in the Midwest Region. They defeated 11 seed San Diego State in the first round and 14 seed Ohio to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In the regional semifinal they defeated 2 seed and AP #5 Ohio State to advance to the first Elite Eight in school history. They were defeated by 5 seed and AP #13 Michigan State in the regional final to end their season.

Preseason[edit]

The 2008–09 Volunteers finished the season 21–13 overall, against the second-rated schedule in the nation, with a 10–6 mark in conference play. The Vols won the SEC East crown and appeared in the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 1991. In postseason play, the Volunteers earned a number 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team went on to lose in the first round to the Oklahoma State Cowboys and finished the season unranked.[2]

The Vols lost several players during the off-season. Two seniors from the team graduated: Tanner Wild and Ryan Childress. Philip Jurick did not return to the team and Daniel West did not have his scholarship extended due to being academically ineligible. Also, sophomore forward Emmanuel Negedu underwent surgery and will not play for the 2009–10 season. Negedu had to have a sub-pectoral implantable cardiac defibrillator implanted after suffering a cardiac arrest after a workout in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on September 28, 2009.[3] On October 28, 2009, senior guard Josh Tabb, who was indefinitely suspended on September 18, returned to Illinois in order to care after his ailing mother.[4]

On November 2, 2009, the SEC released the rosters for the All-SEC first and second teams. Senior guard/forward Tyler Smith was chosen for the first team All-SEC. Wayne Chism was selected for the second team All-SEC.[5]

On January 1, 2010, Tyler Smith, Cameron Tatum, Brian Williams, and Melvin Goins were arrested for weapons charges and marijuana possession. Coach Bruce Pearl suspended the four players. Tyler Smith was dismissed from the team, and the three other players have since been reinstated.

Class of 2009 Signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kenny Hall
PF
Stone Mountain, Georgia Redan High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Mar 2, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Melvin Goins
PG
San Diego, California Mt. San Jacinto College (CA) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

2009–10 Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown Former School
Renaldo Woolridge 0 G/F 6'8" 208 Sophomore Sherman Oaks, California Harvard-Westlake
Bobby Maze 3 PG 6'3" 195 Senior Suitland, Maryland Hutchinson (Kan.) C.C.
Wayne Chism 4 F/C 6'9" 246 Senior Jackson, Tennessee Bolivar Central
Emmanuel Negedu 5 PF 6'7" 218 Sophomore Kaduna, Nigeria Brewster (N.H.) Academy
Michael Hubert 10 G 6'2" 203 Junior Hendersonville, Tennessee University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Quinn Cannington 11 SG 6'4" 165 Senior Knoxville, Tennessee Fulton
Skylar McBee 13 SG 6'3" 190 Freshman Rutledge, Tennessee Grainger County High School
Kenny Hall 20 PF 6'8" 220 Freshman Stone Mountain, Georgia Redan High School
Melvin Goins 21 PG 5'11" 195 Junior San Diego, California Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.) College
Steven Pearl 22 SF 6'5" 232 Junior Knoxville, Tennessee West
Cameron Tatum 23 SG 6'6" 197 Sophomore Lithonia, Georgia The Patterson School
Josh Bone 24 G 6'3" 195 Junior Nashville, Tennessee Southern Illinois University
J. P. Prince 30 G/F 6'7" 205 Senior Memphis, Tennessee Arizona
Scotty Hopson 32 SG 6'7" 200 Sophomore Hopkinsville, Kentucky University Heights
Brian Williams 33 C 6'10" 278 Junior Bronx, New York Harmony Community Prep

[6]

2009–10 Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
October 30* 7:30 pm North Alabama #10 Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN W 117–79  18,362
November 4* 7:30 pm Lincoln Memorial #10 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN W 97–58  17,924
Regular season
November 13* 7:00 pm Austin Peay #10 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN SportSouth W 83–54  17,963 1–0
November 17* 7:00 pm UNC-Asheville #10 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN FSN W 124–49  17,085 2–0
November 20* 3:30 pm vs. East Carolina #10 Sports and Fitness CenterSt. Thomas, Virgin Islands
(Paradise Jam Round 1)
W 105–66  3,117 3–0
November 22* 6:00 pm vs. DePaul #10 Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
(Paradise Jam Semifinal)
FCS W 57–53  3,222 4–0
November 23* 8:30 pm vs. #7 Purdue #9 Sports and Fitness Center • St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
(Paradise Jam Final)
FCS L 73–72  3,755 4–1
November 27* 7:00 pm College of Charleston #9 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CSS W 86–69  18,293 5–1
December 2* 7:00 pm ETSU #11 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN SportsSouth W 78–66  17,512 6–1
December 11* 7:00 pm vs. MTSU #9 Sommet CenterNashville, TN
(Sun Belt Classic)
CSS W 75–54  14,516 7–1
December 15* 7:00 pm Wyoming #9 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN ESPNU W 77–58  17,274 8–1
December 19* 4:30 pm at USC #9 Galen CenterLos Angeles, CA FSN L 77–55  4,523 8–2
December 23* 7:00 pm North Carolina A&T #16 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CSS W 99–78  17,759 9–2
December 31* 4:00 pm at Memphis #14 FedExForumMemphis, TN ESPN2 W 66–59  17,544 10–2
January 6* 7:00 pm Charlotte #16 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CSS W 88–71  17,023 11–2
January 10* 4:30 pm #1 Kansas #16 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CBS W 76–68  21,936 12–2
January 14 7:00 pm Auburn #9 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 W 81–55  20,368 13–2 (1–0)
January 16 1:30 pm #21 Mississippi #9 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN SEC Network W 71–69 OT 20,714 14–2 (2–0)
January 19 7:00 pm at Alabama #8 Coleman ColiseumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN W 63–56  12,098 15–2 (3–0)
January 23 5:00 pm at Georgia #8 Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA FSN South L 78–63  10,523 15–3 (3–1)
January 27 7:00 pm #21 Vanderbilt #14 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN ESPNU L 85–76  19,103 15–4 (3–2)
January 31 1:00 pm Florida #14 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CBS W 60–61  21,208 16–4 (4–2)
February 4 9:00 pm at LSU #14 Pete Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA ESPN2 W 59–54  9,052 17–4 (5–2)
February 6 6:00 pm South Carolina #14 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN ESPN W 79–53  21,003 18–4 (6–2)
February 9 7:00 pm at #22 Vanderbilt #12 Memorial Gymnasium • Nashville, TN ESPN L 90–71  14,316 18–5 (6–3)
February 13 9:00 pm at #3 Kentucky #12 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY ESPN L 73–62  24,402 18–6 (6–4)
February 17 8:00 pm Georgia #20 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN SEC Network W 60–69  18,086 19–6 (7–4)
February 20 1:30 pm South Carolina #20 Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC SEC Network W 63–55  15,622 20–6 (8–4)
February 23 9:00 pm at Florida #19 O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL ESPN L 75–62  11,273 20–7 (8–5)
February 27 12:00 pm #2 Kentucky #19 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CBS W 74–65  21,214 21–7 (9–5)
March 3 7:00 pm Arkansas #16 Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, TN CSS W 80–73  20,139 22–7 (10–5)
March 6 6:00 pm at Mississippi State #16 Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS ESPN W 75-59  10,021 23–7 (11–5)
2010 SEC Tournament
March 11 3:15 pm vs. LSU #15 Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, TN
(First Round)
SEC Network W 59–49  15,152 24–7
March 12 3:30 pm vs. Mississippi #15 Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, TN
(Quarterfinals)
SEC Network W 76–65  19,123 25–7
March 13 1:00 pm vs. #2 Kentucky #15 Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, TN
(Semifinals)
ABC L 74–45  20,207 25–8
2010 NCAA Tournament
March 18 9:45 pm vs. (11) San Diego State #15 (6) Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RI
(Midwest Region First Round)
CBS W 62–59  10,788 26–8
March 20 3:35 pm vs. (14) Ohio #15 (6) Dunkin' Donuts Center • Providence, RI
(Midwest Region Second Round)
CBS W 83–68  11,271 27–8
March 26 7:07 pm vs. #5 (2) Ohio State #15 (6) Edward Jones DomeSt. Louis, MO
(Midwest Region Semifinal)
CBS W 76–73  26,377 28–8
March 28 2:20 pm vs. #13 (5) Michigan State #15 (6) Edward Jones Dome • St. Louis, MO
(Midwest Region Final)
CBS L 70–69  25,242 28–9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time [7].

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