Jeronne Maymon is UT's 'anchor on the defensive end'

UT's Maymon 'took pride' in limiting Florida's Young

Tennessee power forward Jeronne Maymon took the time after the Vols' win over Florida to get his picture taken with Gators' projected first-round draft pick, Patric Young.

But the way UT's 67-56 men's basketball win over the Gators played out, it could have easily been Young wanting his picture taken with Maymon.

Maymon matched Young's offensive statistics in the final box score, as each scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

More importantly, Maymon set the tone early, outscoring and out-rebounding Young in the first half when the game was in the balance.

"I was trying to get physical with him early,'' Maymon said. "I was getting him out of the paint early, forcing him to kick the ball out. I knew he liked to do that duck-under move, so I just tried to make him shoot over me.''

UT coach Cuonzo Martin said at Friday's practice that the Vols' emphasis would be on shutting down the Gators' perimeter game.

Florida led the nation in 3-pointers made per game (11.3) entering Saturday and was 27-of-48 beyond the arc in its two previous games.

In order for the Vols to extend out on the Gators' shooters — who were 7-of-22 shooting the three in Saturday's game — UT's post would be isolated against the 6-foot-9, 247-pound Young.

"Maymon did a good job accepting the challenge,'' Martin said of the 6-7, 265-pound interior player. "He's just as physical, just as strong, and he took pride in defending. I think he's our anchor on the defensive end.

"More than anything, We had to do a good job of defending those threes. If they were going to beat us, they were gonna have to do it with Young scoring 30 points in the blocks.''

Kenny Hall and Renaldo Woolridge also took their turns on Young, but Maymon was the primary defender.

Matchup Two: UT point guard Trae Golden has been called out by Martin, along with others, for his lack of perimeter defense.

But on Saturday, Golden out-played Florida senior point guard Erving Walker.

Golden scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, had seven assists, four rebounds and three turnovers.

Walker had eight points on 3-of-8 shooting, two assists, two rebounds and three turnovers.

"I think the only people that thought we were going to get our next win today were us in the locker room,'' Golden said. "It was very satisfying.''

Golden predicted on Friday that Saturday's game would produce "a good night for the Vols.''

Stokes Practice: Martin said the Vols will take off today before returning to practice on Monday.

UT mid-term signee Jarnell Stokes, who turned 18 on Saturday and sat on the bench in street clothes for the past two games, will practice on Monday, Martin said.

The Vols are waiting for the SEC to sign off on Stokes' eligibility, at which point the 6-foot-8, 255-pounder will be eligible to play in games.

Martin has said he will ensure Stokes is in playing condition before he takes to the floor in a game.

Orange Slices: It was the ninth time in UT history that an unranked Vols team beat a ranked Florida team, and the first time since Feb. 27, 2007 that it happened. ... Dane Bradshaw, a player on the '07 team, was the guest MC for the Florida game with the honor of announcing "It's basketball time in Tennessee" during pre-game introductions. ... Two games after having the second-most attempts in UT history from three (39), the Vols attempted only 10 threes against Florida. ... The Vols' 57.1-shooting from the free-throw line was their second worst this season, behind the 56.3 percent they shot in a loss to Austin Peay. ... Maymon drew two charges and leads UT in that department with 11 this season.

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Comments » 4

Bubba_Knows writes:

Dooley is probably drooling for this kid to play football.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Golden makes me embarrassed that I did not say outright that we'd beat Florida. But can you blame us? I did in a post say that we might possibly maybe could I think sort of like hopefully perhaps in some miraculous explosion of pent up good play if unlikely have the possibility of winning.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Golden makes me embarrassed that I did not say outright that we'd beat Florida. But can you blame us? I did in a post say that we might possibly maybe could I think sort of like hopefully perhaps in some miraculous explosion of pent up good play if unlikely have the possibility of winning.

So let's see if I've got this; you thought they would lose while hoping they would win but knew your hope was unlikely until the result showed that your thinking was wrong. Got it! Me too!

johnlg00 writes:

Maymon shows that it isn't necessary to be a sky-walking shot-swatter to be a good defender. If he can do what he did against Florida every time out, he will be great and the team will be fine. Twelve and seven with good defense every night? I'll take it in a heartbeat.

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