KNOXVILLE — At Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday night, Tennessee (5-1) seemed to finally hit a really fun gear fans have been waiting for all year.
The No. 6 Volunteers hosted the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky, and gave them a whole mess of highlights, walloping the visitors 95-67.
Team leaders Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield dazzled the crowd, scoring 20 and 21 respectively. But they weren’t the only ones putting on a show.
French Vol phenomenon Yves Pons, in his first career start, wowed the crowd with a flurry of threes, blocks, rebounds, and of course monster dunks. Pons is blossoming into a truly oppressive force all over the floor and he’s nowhere near his potential yet.
As a team, the Vols were greedy on the boards, shot well, defended hard, and (most importantly) got points and quality minutes from also the entire bench. Depth will be a major factor once big-time competition comes to town.
The Vols were so flashy and dominant that a clip of a ferocious Kyle Alexander alley-oop was on SportsCenter.
Tennessee’s next game is at home, Sunday at noon, when they take on the Islanders of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.