Chism scan negative, expected to play against Kansas

Wayne Chism didn’t give any kind of thumbs-up signal to a hushed crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday night.

He had to wait to get a thumbs-up from doctors.

Tennessee trainer Chad Newman reported Tuesday morning UT’s junior center suffered relatively minor elbow and spine contusions after taking a scary fall late in the Vols’ 89-62 romp past Louisiana.

Chism landed awkwardly on his back and hit his head after going up for a block with 5 minutes and 12 seconds remaining against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

He was moving his arms and legs, but he was placed in a neck brace, put on a stretcher and rolled out of the arena to a standing ovation.

His night was over after scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. It appears he could be available for UT’s game at Kansas — 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

Head coach Bruce Pearl said he expects Chism will play.

"If we had practiced (Tuesday), Wayne wouldn't have been able to go because of the elbow," Pearl said. "It's really sore. We'll see how it responds."

Chism was transported to UT Medical Center for precautionary tests on his head and neck. All tests came back negative.

“Obviously we’re all thankful that Wayne’s injury does not appear to be serious,” Pearl said in a statement released Tuesday. “There was a lot of praying going on (Monday night) when he went down, and with some 21,000 Vol fans hoping he was going to be all right, those prayers seem to have been answered.

“Wayne’s really sore, as is to be expected, but we hope to get him back at some point during the week if his recovery allows.”

It’s all good news for a Vols’ team preparing for one of its toughest stretches of the season.

Chism has been coming on strong as 14th-ranked UT (9-2) prepares to face the Jayhawks, Gonzaga, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Memphis in the first 24 days of 2009.

“He has been dominant,” Pearl said of Chism on Monday night. “He’s our best rebounder, one of our best defenders and he’s starting to feel comfortable offensively.”

With Chism’s status still day-to-day — and J.P. Prince playing at 75 percent after returning from an ankle injury — even more emphasis will be placed on UT’s freshmen and newcomers.

The so-called “adjustment period” for freshmen Scotty Hopson, Renaldo Woolridge, Emmanuel Negedu and junior transfer Bobby Maze is coming to an end.

“It’s over,” Prince said. “You’ve got to bring it now with conference play coming up and these road games.

“They don’t realize what kind of environment they’re going to be in. Kansas is one of those environments.”

The Jayhawks, like the Vols, have struggled at times in the early going with a young lineup. But it’s still Kansas and it’s still at Phogg Allen Fieldhouse.

“They’re defending national champions and they have a 31-game home win streak,” Prince said. “They don’t want to give it up.

“It’ll probably be the toughest environment we’ve been in since we went to Memphis last year.”

Prince thinks Chism will be on the court and ready to go against the Jayhawks.

“I’m not worried about Wayne missing a game,” he said. “He bumped his head a little bit, but he’ll fight through it.

“It scares you more than anything when you fall from that high up. You’re dazed, but he’ll probably be fine. He’ll be back for Kansas. I know he’s not going to miss that.”

One thing Pearl obviously wants to see — besides a healthy team for a change — is more consistent production from Maze at the point-guard spot.

“Bobby was effective (against the Ragin’ Cajuns), but his play has leveled off some,” Pearl said. “He has had some tough matchups … and the kid from Kansas, (Sherron) Collins, is one of the best players in the country.

“Bobby has to pick up his play. I’ve seen what he’s capable of, but his play needs to pick up at both ends of the floor.”

Pearl also expressed concern with Hopson’s streaky outside shot.

The high school All-American from Hopkinsville, Ky., had nine points against Louisiana on 3-of-7 shooting — 0-for-4 from 3-point range.

“I’m concerned about Scotty’s perimeter shooting,” Pearl said. “He had one that was about a foot short. It’s a concern. They’re going to start giving him those looks and I hope he makes them pay.

“I think a lot of it has to do with shot preparation. I don’t want them to be tentative.”

One newcomer who shows no signs of being tentative is Negedu.

He’s receiving about 10 minutes of playing time off the bench and Pearl says the freshman is pushing sophomore center Brian Williams for more time.

“I like the 10 minutes he’s giving us and I like his energy,” Pearl said. “If he’s not playing, he’s not ready and his attitude isn’t right, we don’t beat Georgetown (90-78 on Nov. 28).

“Georgetown is ranked eighth or ninth in the country right now and their only loss is to Tennessee. Without Emmanuel Negedu, we don’t beat them.”

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volcycle writes:

Praise the Lord! Rest well my big man.

volcycle writes:

Oh yeah.... and nice block!

Bristol writes:

Best news I have had all day. Speedy recovery, Wayne. You are in our prayers. We look forward to seeing you play on Saturday.

ncvol writes:

Now that is gooood news. Go Vols!

PureOrange writes:

Our prayers were with you Wayne. Great game! So very glad to hear that you will be okay. We really need you. Sure hope you can be there for Kansas.

Go Vols!

VolOnRockyTop writes:

Wayne is definitely a team player and taking major strides to be a real leader on this team. Even up by 30 Wayne was unwilling to give up an easy basket. Hopefully the team can see Wayne's commitment and build off of it. Get well soon, Wayne!

auggievol writes:

in response to Banned:

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well said sir. Been checking the kns all morning for an update. Guess I need to get my vol news elsewhere instead of knoxville.

thebrainofj writes:

Or y'all could watch local television, listen to local radio, or wait the extra 7 minutes for the story to come down online from the AP...

tneng50 writes:

in response to volcycle:

Oh yeah.... and nice block!

Agree great block but don't do it again with a 30 point lead.

bobbarbilly writes:

This ain't no hill for a stepper Wayne. Get well first and then get back.

lomas98 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Exactly. He had his own shot blocked before this play. If he watched the player run down for a layup, people would say he was lazy and should be benched. He has been labeled as lazy before, he is just trying hard and giving his all to become another leader this team needs.

cwisenhower#637741 writes:

I couldn't believe Wayne had his 3 blocked, but I also couldn't believe that Wayne got down the court so fast to block the next shot. Then the fall. I'm glad you're back together again big man!

overatedvols writes:

Glad he's ok. Didn't want any excuses when Memphis comes to town in 3.5 weeks to inflict the damage.

givehim6 writes:

Good news Chism! Your a true Vol! Ok time for the rest of you guys to step it up!

allvol9 writes:

Thank God! Take care Wayne....your the man!

gobigorange8464 writes:

Hope he is ready Saturday. However, he should sit out if there is any concern whatsoever. We need him going into SEC play.

Down_The_Field writes:

Amen, guys!!!

I would prefer this kid be healthy, graduate and enjoy a great live more than suit up for Kansas.

Good luck Wayne, we're pulling for you all the way!

vol4good#206163 writes:

in response to thebrainofj:

Or y'all could watch local television, listen to local radio, or wait the extra 7 minutes for the story to come down online from the AP...

I live in Alabama--I doubt the local news or radio will report on anything about Tennessee. Therefore, I have to depend on KNS.

houvol#438636 writes:

Good thing he is back. Tn. is going to need all the help they can get against Kansas. I'm not sure this team is ready to go to Lawrence.

WVVOLFAN writes:

after watching him lay there and not being able to move his left hand and arm, alot more than UK and the sec went thru my mind. i was afraid of another Inky Johnson situation. praise God wheezy is OK.
great hustle by the way big man!

rabidvol1998 writes:

Negedu is the fastest guy down the court I've ever seen.

GoVol writes:

Overate - see you are back again. Thought we got rid of you last year after we kicked your ARS in Memphis! Has Memphis State been practicing free throws?

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

they scanned wayne's head and it came back 'negative'....

makes you think, eh??

hope wayne's okay, he's been a fun player for us.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to overatedvols:

Glad he's ok. Didn't want any excuses when Memphis comes to town in 3.5 weeks to inflict the damage.

how's it going O_V??? I'd sweat you had two 'r's' in the name before...

anyway, good to see you still banging on!

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

they scanned wayne's head and it came back 'negative'....

makes you think, eh??

hope wayne's okay, he's been a fun player for us.

Careful with the brain jokes they can get you in trouble.

I had a girl friend who told me her dad had a brain scan, I quickly replied "did they find it?". Needless to say she didn't think it was funny.

Ironcity writes:

in response to rabidvol1998:

Careful with the brain jokes they can get you in trouble.

I had a girl friend who told me her dad had a brain scan, I quickly replied "did they find it?". Needless to say she didn't think it was funny.

You had a girl friend?

Ironcity writes:

in response to wlvol:

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Georgetown just beat UConn on the road and they look better this year then last year. Kansas has a 31 game home win streak, they had the number 2 recruiting class in the nation and they are starting to mesh. Its hard to take you serious when you make no sense and your hatred of our great leader shines through your posts.

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

You had a girl friend?

This was before same sex marriage.

WVVOLFAN writes:

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odd, i think georgetown is a top 10 team.

WVVOLFAN writes:

in response to wlvol:

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with 1 loss.

that is to ut. maybe georgetown isn't last years team. looks to be better. they did beat mmephis state though.

doctorfingervol writes:

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You are an effin retard!

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

It was the SOCKS Wayne..Get rid of them! FAST!

cainclifton23 writes:

Robert Marve Transfered from Miami.
And his released stated he couldnt play in the ACC,SEC, or state of FL. but is trying to get that changed.

and his top 3 schools of Interest.

Tennessee,UCLA,LSU

He is very fast and has a cannon.

rabidvol1998 writes:

Anybody understand transfers? I thought if you transferred you had to sit out 1 year. What use is a "release" if you still have to sit out 1 year, but have restrictions where you go?

jturne44 writes:

“I like the 10 minutes he’s giving us and I like his energy,” Pearl said. “If he’s not playing, he’s not ready and his attitude isn’t right, we don’t beat Georgetown (90-78 on Nov. 28).

What in god's name kind of writing is that?? I don't know whether to think that Negedu is tentative or not tentative...where's the harbace's handbook KNS?

jturne44 writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

Robert Marve Transfered from Miami.
And his released stated he couldnt play in the ACC,SEC, or state of FL. but is trying to get that changed.

and his top 3 schools of Interest.

Tennessee,UCLA,LSU

He is very fast and has a cannon.

He would just get suspended at UT...He is a wannabe thug... I don't think we want another dude like Brent Vinson from the dade county area...

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to rabidvol1998:

Anybody understand transfers? I thought if you transferred you had to sit out 1 year. What use is a "release" if you still have to sit out 1 year, but have restrictions where you go?

I think you have to sit out one year becasue of the academic stuff..

and getting you certified and all that.

I could be wrong though.

cainclifton23 writes:

in response to SMoKEY_Has_RABiES:

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Its ok. Reds dont know anything about basketball.

I guess we need to play every top 10 team in the nation year in and year out.

Dont even reply to people like that man.

Waldorf writes:

in response to wlvol:

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It's Kansas.....in Lawrence.

I don't care if they are 0-20, a win at Kansas is a big thing.

BillVol writes:

Mark, one 'g' in Phog.

THE_VOL writes:

Okay, I too am glad that Wayne is okay. But was there REALLY a need for all the commotion??? Looked to me like everybody on the bench - including coaches - were chuckling while they were packing the big fella up. Maybe he just felt the need for a little more love.

THE_VOL writes:

in response to sweeten_159#646196:

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Okay you're not a dumb fan or a pathetic idiot. Moron probably but not an idiot. That would be your buddy Rob.

volboy81 writes:

Do what Memphis couldnt!!
GO VOLS!!

MillisaAnn writes:

Praise The Lord Wayne is okay, he still has my prayers.

volwalk writes:

Overated,

Both of our teams are facing similar challenges. Lots of young talent not a lot of a consistancy. It will be interesting in a few weeks--which team starts to mature the quickest. Hopefully, we won't peak for you guys and then get knocked out of the tournament in the third round , again. Good luck, man, this is a healthy basketball rivalry. We are looking forward to it.

GO VOLS!!

tnbanker_govols writes:

Great News!! Chisam is playing his heart out this year and has really emerged as a more dominant leader.

Other news.......I read this morning that Charles Barkley was arrested for suspicion of DUI. I'm sure that we'll hear some type of racist comment of how the white police officer mistreated him.......maybe he didn't give Barkley his one telephone call.....or perhaps was eating a glazed doughnut instead of a CHOCOLATE glazed doughnut.

overatedvols writes:

You vols fans are too funny wlvolfan makes a very accurate statement and you guys hit him with abuse. What was incorrect about his statement. That kansas and memphis are not the same teams they were last year? I'd say it's about as accurate as it gets. I realize you felt that he was unvalidating your wins or potential wins but come on. Did you see Kansas at this last year? Have you seen them this year. They are not any good. Same with Memphis. Georgetown was very good last year and they were number 4 this time last year. They had the big 7ft guy Hibbert. Memphis played last years team and this years and I can tell you last years was better. We played them this year at their place..where they have a 26 game winning streak. We played horribly and still the game went into overtime. Everything wlvol said was correct. Sorry but a win over kansas this year isn't going to mean alot. I don't think they are even in the top 25.

overatedvols writes:

News Flash. Memphis plays today at 1pm. They will be taking on mighty Northeastern. This is a team that was originally suppossed to be part of the vols cupcake tour but we snatched them up and stole them so we could have a cupcake game or two. Look for a big Memphis win.

pax_americana writes:

in response to overatedvols:

News Flash. Memphis plays today at 1pm. They will be taking on mighty Northeastern. This is a team that was originally suppossed to be part of the vols cupcake tour but we snatched them up and stole them so we could have a cupcake game or two. Look for a big Memphis win.

A cupcake game or two? Seriously, dude, lay off the wacky weed.

Your mighty tigers are like the guy who owns the $400,000 house in a neighborhood of $100,000 houses.

If you really want to talk smack about schedules, do something about your own and JOIN A REAL CONFERENCE.

No wonder we call you idiots Tiger High.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to General_Watermelon:

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Where did the muddy water go?

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