No. 6 Tennessee heads into Friday’s nonconference recreation in opposition to Louisiana after beating Lenoir-Rhyne convincingly on Tuesday, thanks principally to junior level guard Jordan Bone’s protection that set the tone.
Bone scored a team-high 18 factors however his contribution on the defensive finish, with two steals and fixed harassment of Lenoir-Rhyne’s ball-handlers, propelled Tennessee to the 81-46 win. The Bears didn’t have a starter with multiple subject objective they usually shot 20.9 p.c from the sphere.
“I really feel like once I’m going all out on the defensive finish, you simply sort of get misplaced within the recreation,” Bone stated within the postgame press convention. “It means that you can have a really feel for the sport defensively and offensively.”
Tennessee (1-0) will rely closely on Bone, a Nashville, Tenn., native, this season after he led the Volunteers with 124 assists with solely 44 turnovers. His scoring in opposition to Lenoir-Rhyne was a plus after he averaged a mere 7.three factors a recreation in 2017-18.
“He ought to wreak havoc on groups away from the ball,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes stated. “He has discovered to be a reasonably good ball-side protection. It is his help-side protection the place he has to get higher. I can inform you early within the recreation, he was locked in doing that. We want him to do this.”
Bone understands his position, mentioning to reporters after Tuesday’s win, “I am speculated to have command of the workforce as the purpose guard.”
“[Tennessee’s coaches] have given me the arrogance and the belief to go on the market and play and have command of the workforce in addition to the sport — controlling the tempo of the sport and understanding what is going on on offensively and defensively,” he added.
Bone additionally had six rebounds and three assists in Tuesday’s recreation. The within-outside mixture of him and 6-foot-11 put up participant Kyle Alexander was an excessive amount of for Lenoir-Rhyne. Alexander completed with 16 factors, 5 rebounds and 4 blocked pictures.
Tennessee shot 56.7 p.c from the sphere and its starters all scored in double figures, together with Bone, Alexander, Admiral Schofield (13 factors), Grant Williams (13) and Jordan Bowden (11). Rotational gamers Yves Pons and John Fulkerson mixed for 13 factors on 6-of-7 capturing with 10 rebounds.
What we actually attempt to do just isn’t fear in regards to the level guard, two guard, this or that,” Barnes stated about his rotation. “We simply attempt to determine how these guys can develop into the gamers we expect they are often. We put them on the market in a system, and hope they will adapt to it.”
Louisiana’s JaKeenan Gant and Malik Marquetti every scored 19 factors to guide six gamers in double figures and the Ragin’ Cajuns shot a powerful 67 p.c of their 121-80 opening win Tuesday in opposition to the College of the Virgin Islands.
Regardless of his workforce capturing 67.1 p.c from the sphere, Louisiana coach Bob Marlin stated, “we did not do an excessive amount of on offense,” with the plan to unleash extra set performs in opposition to Tennessee.
“We did not wish to present our hand an excessive amount of as we go into these subsequent couple of video games,” Marlin added.