KNOXVILLE (WVLT / UTSports.com) -- The Tennessee basketball team got off to a solid start Friday, pounding out a fast-paced, sometimes-sloppy 80-63 home win over Temple to start the season.
Pearl's Vols continue their season-opening homestand Wednesday, when they host Division II Arkansas-Monticello in the on-campus round of the StubHub Legends Classic. The game will count as an exhibition contest, which may be self-evident shortly after tipoff, as the Boll Weevils return just two letterwinners from a 9-17 team last season.
Arkansas-Monticello, a member of the Gulf South Conference, won its only previous exhibition game, 77-72, over Mississippi College.
The game will provide an opportunity for Tennessee to develop its depth. Ten Vols tallied double-digit minutes in the Temple win, with freshmen Brian Williams and Cameron Tatum playing 17 and 12 minutes, respectively. JaJuan Smith led all scorers with 15 points to go with five steals, while Ramar Smith chipped in 14 points. Wayne Chism added 11 points while Chris Lofton had 10. UT forced 23 turnovers on 10 steals against the Owls.
The Vols own the highest preseason ranking (No. 7) in program history, returning four starters and eight lettermen from last year's Sweet 16 squad.
The game against the Boll Weevils will be the first of two on-campus games for the Vols in the StubHub Legends Classic. UT will host Prairie View A&M Friday before advancing to Newark, N.J., where the Vols will meet West Virginia and then either New Mexico State or Texas in championship round action.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 Wednesday. Tickets are still available by calling the UT Ticket Office at (865) 656-1200.
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