For the first time since 2010 the Vols welcomed the JayHawks into Thompson Bowling Arena for a top 20 battle, and the Vols came out on top 80-61 following an offensive clinic that was much needed for the Vols. Here are my main reactions.
Offense- As i mentioned, the Vols absolutely put on a clinic and showed they are the team that we all thought they could be. As a team they shot 52.8% from the field, and 8-13 for 61.5% from three. Leading scorer Yves Pons posted 17 points on 7-9 from the field, and 2-2 from three. We also saw the re-emergence of Fulkerson as he got out of his slump and looked much more like the guy we saw last year, he finished with 11 points on 5-8 from the field, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Welcome back Fulky. Springer continued to be a force on the offensive end as well, finishing with 13 points on 3-7 from the field. Off the bench Josiah James had his normal all around/ do it all performance finishing with 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. Victor Bailey pitched in 11 points as well on 2-4 from three.
Defense- On the defensive end the Vols kept up their suffocating ways, holding Kansas to 37% from the field, and 25% from three. They held 41% three point shooter, and 14.4 ppg scorer Ochai Agbaji to 9 points on 3-12 from the field, and 1-9 from three.
Yves Pons update- Towards the end of the game senior forward Yves Pons suffered a turned ankle, and had to exit the game, after the game head coach Rick Barnes gave an update and said that the training staff said, if it was needed Pons could’ve re-entered the game, so good news there. Pons also gave his own update saying “I feel great. But i’ll definitely be in the training room tomorrow.”
Next up: Next up the Vols travel to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Rebels for a Tuesday night matchup. That game is schedule to tip at 7 pm and will air on ESPN2.
Written by: Dallas Bowlin