Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has hinted that changes could be coming when his players return from their holiday break for Monday's practice.
"Here's how I left it with them,'' Pearl said. "I went around the room and asked each and every one of them if they could play better.''
Most all of the players for the 8-3 Vols will need to improve if the team is to realize its potential this season, starting with Wednesday's 7 p.m. game with 4-8 UT Martin (TV: CSS).
But Pearl has few complaints with freshman power forward Tobias Harris, who doesn't figure to be among the players who could lose minutes on the heels of UT's 66-65 win over Belmont on Thursday.
"I thought Tobias had his most productive game for us against Belmont,'' Pearl said. "He stuffed the stat sheet. He blocked shots, he stole the ball, he had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio, he made a huge three and he got to the foul line.
"Look at the numbers, and write them.''
Harris, despite getting double-teamed much of the game, was 4-of-9 shooting, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, went 8-of-10 from the foul line, pulled down seven rebounds and posted career highs in steals (five) and blocked shots (three).
Harris ranks among team leaders in numerous categories through 11 games, including minutes played (27.6, second), 3-point shooting percentage (38.1, first), rebounds (6.2, second), blocked shots (10, second), steals (12, second) and scoring (15.1 points, second).
Super Subs: After reviewing the film of the Belmont game, Pearl was particularly pleased with the performances of Jordan McRae and Steven Pearl coming off the bench in relief of injured starter Cameron Tatum.
"The team responds to adversity,'' Bruce Pearl said. "I can't say enough about the job Jordan McRae and Steven Pearl did in Cameron's absence.''
Tatum suffered a rib injury late in the first half when he crashed over the team bench while chasing a loose ball.
That led to McRae playing a career-high 19 minutes after not playing in the previous three games and playing a combined 18 minutes in his five other appearances.
Maymon's Minutes: Sophomore transfer Jeronne Maymon also was productive in his nine minutes backing up Harris, grabbing five rebounds.
While Pearl recognizes Maymon's tremendous upside, he sees areas in which Maymon must improve.
"Jeronne Maymon provides us with a terrific dimension: great energy and toughness, and a tremendous rebounder for a man his size,'' Pearl said of the 6-foot-7, 258-pounder. "At the same time, he's got to finish plays, make free throws.''
Maymon was 1-for-3 shooting from the field and went 0-for-4 from the foul line.
"The question Jeronne would ask himself, are we better with him out there?'' Pearl said. "That's a question he's got to ask himself. He can answer that. Yes, we could be, but I don't know that we necessarily are.''
Maymon has played in three games this season, averaging 11.3 minutes, four points and 5.3 rebounds.
Attendance Up: Through seven home games this season, UT has drawn 123,889 (17,698 average) to Thompson-Boling Arena, compared with the 122,909 (17,558) the Vols had drawn through seven home dates last season.
To stay ahead of last year's pace, however, the Vols will need a high turnout for Wednesday night's game against UT Martin.
The Vols drew 21,936 for their eighth home date last season against then-No. 1 Kansas.