Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge gets fouled by Brevard's Travis Jackson at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday night.
The new-and-not-yet-improved Tennessee men's basketball team offered a bit of everything Wednesday night.
The Vols were missing some things, too, as one might expect with the departures of four starters from a year ago.
Tennessee scored a 91-42 victory over Division II Brevard before an announced crowd of 17,878 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The final score didn't matter so much as who, when and how the 23rd-ranked Vols scored their points.
Preseason All-SEC pick Scotty Hopson and freshman Tobias Harris, a McDonald's High School All-American, took steps toward proving they can be the 1-2 offensive punch UT needs, scoring 17 and 16 points against the undersized Tornados.
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was focused on other games within the game: The perimeter game, the post game, passing and rebounding.
"We have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I'm satisfied with where we're at right now,'' said Pearl, whose Vols will play host to their second and final exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Division II Indianapolis.
Among Pearl's chief complaints about Wednesday's performance:
n The Vols' inability to create turnovers in the full-court press and on its inbounds and under-the-basket pressures;
n Entry passes into the post;
n Unforced turnovers in transition; and
"Once we get healthy the determining factor of who will be out there will be who can defend and who can rebound,'' said Pearl, whose team out-rebounded Brevard 54-40 and committed 10 second-half turnovers. "We've got a lot of guys who can score.''
There were, however, some things Pearl was pleased with against Brevard.
Hopson and Harris, who shot a combined 12-for-17 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line, both drew praise for their maturity and poise.
And, for the most part, Pearl was impressed with the play of point guards Melvin Goins and Trae Golden, who combined for seven assists with no turnovers.
Senior transfer John Fields showed Pearl enough that the Vols' head coach predicted Fields will set at least one team record this season.
"John Fields is going to get that single-game shot-blocking record, which is only six,'' Pearl said, referring to a record currently shared by Wayne Chism, Elgrace Wilborn, Doug Roth and Reggie Johnson. "He had some nice moments out there and had a nice presence out there.''
Fields scored only six points, but he had seven rebounds and blocked five shots.
The competition for back-up duties on the wing has heated up again, too, with freshman Jordan McRae struggling through a 2-of-8 shooting performance with seven rebounds and three turnovers while junior Renaldo Woolridge made 4-of-7 shots and pulled down eight rebounds with no turnovers.
Fourth-year junior Cameron Tatum, the projected starter on the wing, was held out of the action. Tatum missed three weeks of practice with a bone bruise on his knee before returning to workouts on Monday. Pearl said Tatum will play in Monday's exhibition.
Senior post Brian Williams, who had 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, will likely regain the starting role at the post. Williams missed five days with a sprained ankle that was still not yet completely healed Wednesday, so Fields started in his place.
The Vols open the season at 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 against Chattanooga.