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What to watch for: Vols vs Virginia

Tennessee (4-2) at Virginia (6-2)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones (14,593) – Charlottesville, Va.
Line: Virginia -5.0
*** First off, this game could make Friday’s Tennessee-Georgetown affair look like a shootout. Yes, that bad, unless you’re a huge fan of defense. Virginia ranks first in the ACC and fourth in the country allowing just 52.9 points per game. If you eliminate an 83-point outing by UMass, Tennessee is allowing just 56.8 ppg and has held its last two opponents (Oakland and Georgetown) to 50 and 37 points. Brew a fresh pot of coffee before tonight’s game.
*** After averaging double figures as a freshman and sophomore, UVA guard Joe Harris has taken his game to the next level. The junior has led the Cavs in scoring in six of eight games and is averaging 21.0 ppg in their last two outings. UT’s Josh Richardson will likely draw the defensive assignment. Each stands 6-foot-6 and the Vols will try to use Richardson’s length to impede Harris’ perimeter shooting (19-of-41 3-pointers).
*** The Vols need Kenny Hall to stay on the floor and score. Flat out. He’s played 16 minutes or less in three of the last four games due to early foul trouble and scored a combined seven points on five field-goal attempts in those games. With Jeronne Maymon out, that’s not going to cut it. If Hall is on the court and productive, he offers a different scoring threat and, more importantly, some open space for fellow forward Jarnell Stokes.
*** And regarding Mr. Stokes, he took three shots in the loss to Georgetown. That can’t happen.
*** How much zone defense will Virginia play? Coach Tony Bennett wasn’t exactly ready to spell out his gameplan when we sat down together yesterday. UVA plays a containment man-to-man defense with some zone principles and relies heavily on pressuring the ball on the perimeter. That alone could be enough to stifle a UT team that lacks ballhandlers and jump shooters. The question shouldn’t be will UVA play zone, but does it really need to? I’m not so sure Bennett needs it, but I’m expecting to see some 2-3 zone looks. The Vols’ game film shows a team that can’t shoot over the zone and can’t get into the middle of it. Bennett is no fool.
*** The key for the Vols is for their wings to put the ball on the deck and drive to the basket. After the Georgetown game, all involved cited a lack of driving lanes for UT inability to score. The real problem was poor ball movement didn’t move the zone enough to open up those potential lanes. Cuonzo Martin needs Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson to attack the paint. They all acknowledge it. Whether it actually happens remains to be seen.
*** Since leading UT with 15 points in an exhibition win, redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous has scored 15 total points through six games and 78 minutes of action. If Martin’s going to continue to give the shooting guard-turned-power forward playing time, he’s going to want to see some scoring from Chievous.

UT committ Robert Hubbs III breaks school scoring record in spectacular fashion

Dyer County (Tenn.) High School senior Robert Hubbs III, Tennessee’s top commitment in the 2013-14 recruiting class, set a school record for career points Monday night in a 67-61 over Henry County.
According to the Dyersburg State Gazette:
Hubbs eclipsed the mark for total career points at DCHS set last season by former teammate Fred Yarbrough, who finished his career with 1806.
Immediately after breaking the record at the charity stripe, a short break in the action took place when Hubbs was presented a basketball by Choctaw head coach Derek McCord and his father Robert Hubbs Jr. to commemorate the feat.

While the free throw broke Yarbrough’s record, how Hubbs tied the mark is the real story. The above video is no joke. Off a slick dish by a Dyer teammate in transition, Hubbs rises up and over a defender and delivers a ridiculous right-handed dunk.
The standing ovation that ensues is well deserved. Hubbs’ dunk was filthy.
He finished the game with 28 points and 10 rebounds, according to the Gazette.