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But don't expect the Vols to be at full strength at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when they play host to Brevard at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"We're going to play a game (scrimmage) Tuesday and then a game with Brevard (Wednesday),'' UT coach Bruce Pearl said after practice. "We're going to find out, can we go three days in a row?''
Pearl was none too pleased the last time the Vols were in that situation, at the SEC tournament last season.
Tennessee, playing its third game in three days last March, suffered the most lopsided loss in Pearl's UT tenure, falling to then No. 2-ranked Kentucky, 74-45, after trailing by only five points with under 9 1/2 minutes left.
"We hit the wall,'' said Pearl, noting that Kentucky was only playing its second game in two days after receiving a bye.
This time, Pearl welcomes a challenging situation.
"You look to get exposed so you can learn about your team in an exhibition,'' Pearl said. "I don't know much about Brevard, but I would guess they will be smaller at us at every position so our quickness will be challenged, and they'll be hard to guard man-to-man.''
Pearl said he plans to use his vaunted "Controlled Chaos" press at some point in the exhibition.
"We'll have rotations that can press,'' he said. "We're going on our third week of practice, and last week was the first time I put it in.
"We still want to play fast and force tempo.''
Injury Update: Williams missed a week of practice with a sprained ankle, but he's expected to play despite some lingering after-effects.
"It got real tight today,'' Williams said. "But I needed to get some run in.''
Pearl said Bone will likely be available despite just coming back from a strained quadriceps, but Tatum won't play even if the senior wing appears capable.
"Even if he's available, he won't play,'' Pearl said, citing Tatum's three-week layoff.
Tatum, who stayed late to get extra shots after practice, said he's still working himself back into cardiovascular shape.
"I'm still a little sore, but that's to be expected,'' said Tatum, who suffered a deep bone bruise on his knee three weeks ago. "It's just a matter of getting all of my muscles ready, and my cardio needs work.''
First Rotation?: Pearl started Monday's practice with Williams, Tobias Harris, Jordan McRae, Scotty Hopson and Melvin Goins working with the first team.
The second team was comprised off John Fields, Steven Pearl, Renaldo Woolridge, Skylar McBee and Trae Golden.
Pearl didn't say that's how the lineup will look Wednesday, but many of the players talking amongst themselves after practice took note of it.
Competition: Pearl will take today's scrimmage into consideration when divvying up playing time for Brevard.
Pearl has said the competition remains tight on the wing between McRae and Woolridge and at the post between Fields and Kenny Hall.
"Kenny is shooting the best percentage in the paint, and he's at 53-percent,'' Pearl said. "John, when the lights have come on, he's played better with officials. John and Kenny are really neck-and-neck.''
About Brevard: A Division II school located in North Carolina with an enrollment of 650, Brevard is coming off a record-setting campaign that saw the Tornados set or tie 28 school records en route to a 21-10 record and NCAA Division ll regional appearance.
Brevard, which plays in the South Atlantic Conference, lists its tallest two players at 6-foot-7.