Time is running out on the Tennessee men's basketball players.
A scrimmage today will serve as their final opportunity to impress coach Bruce Pearl before he sets the starting lineup for Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. exhibition opener against Brevard College at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"After the scrimmage I'll set our starters and backups,'' Pearl said following Thursday's workout. "We'll probably be missing Brian (Williams) for the rest of the week, so it will be Kenny Hall and John Fields at the post.''
Williams suffered a sprained right ankle in Wednesday's workout, joining junior wing Cameron Tatum and senior shooting guard Josh Bone on the sidelines.
Tatum has missed the past two weeks with a bone bruise on his left knee, and Bone re-aggravated a pulled quadriceps muscle Wednesday and didn't practice Thursday.
Former UT player Bobby Maze took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows former players to workout with the team, and played on the scout team against the current UT players.
"It was great going through the drills and practicing, just getting ready for the NBA D-(Development) League,'' Maze said. "I've talked to other guys who are getting ready for the D-League draft (Monday), and they've been running with their old teams.''
Maze said he's been impressed with the Vols.
"They are very talented, and they have a lot of depth,'' Maze said. "It looks like a lot of guys working hard.''
Pearl said the team still needs to work on improving its body language when things don't go well.
Tennessee cut practice 30 minutes short on account of Trae Golden and Tobias Harris needing to leave early to take tests, Pearl said.
"We also had three guys out with injuries,'' Pearl said. "That's why we cut it short. I wanted it to be short and sweet.''
More Maze: Maze told Tatum that he'd put himself, Chris Lofton, J.P. Prince, Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism up against the current squad.
"Cam told me he thinks the current team would win,'' Maze said. "I don't know about that.''
Maze said it's hard to compare last year's team to this year's.
"Last year we had a lot of seniors, but I see Scotty (Hopson) taking on leadership, and I'm really impressed with Tobias (Harris) and Jordan McRae. "I don't know who did the recruiting rankings, but (McCrae) will be a big surprise.''
McRae finished ranked No. 47 overall in the Rivals.com 150.