Without the prying eyes of fans and media, the Tennessee men's basketball team met Georgia Tech on Sunday for a "secret scrimmage" at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.
Due to NCAA rules, coaches and players couldn't speak in specifics on what occurred, who produced what stats or, yes, what the final score was.
The News Sentinel learned, however, that UT won comfortably over the Yellow Jackets by 20-plus points. The Vols played a deep rotation and started Trae Golden, Skylar McBee, Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall.
Senior forward Jeronne Maymon, who coach Cuonzo Martin said last week will miss the opening of the 2012-13 season due to a "minor setback," did not play.
Though he was limited to the details he could personally provide, Martin spoke Sunday night and described the game as a "good experience." Asked if any player stood out and boosted his shot at early playing time, Martin said, "Each guy earned minutes. They all went really hard. From the naked eye, they all earned minutes. I'll have much better idea when I watch the film."
Martin said the meeting with Georgia Tech was a good opportunity to identify "shortcomings" before games count as Ws and Ls. One lingering issue from last year is feeding sophomore big man Jarnell Stokes in the post.
"We have to get the ball to Jarnell," Martin said. "He can't get the ball enough. We have to overload and let the offense play through him. Really, he can't get enough touches. We've got to get it to him."
Martin wouldn't expand on other individual performances until after watching the game tape. He said he used a slew of different rotations and minutes were distributed relatively evenly.
The Yellow Jackets went 11-20 overall and 4-12 in the ACC last year in Brian Gregory's first season as coach.
Tennessee and Georgia Tech agreed to meet in Chattanooga so both could treat the scrimmage as a road affair. Chattanooga falls between the schools'
campuses in Knoxville and Atlanta.
Martin said the Vols dealt with all aspects of the game as they would a regular-season matchup. They traveled to Chattanooga on Saturday and stayed in a hotel that night.
The NCAA allows teams to play either two closed-door scrimmages against other Division I programs, two exhibitions against non-DI teams that are open to fans and media or a combination of the two.
The Vols will play host to Victory University from Memphis in an open exhibition Nov. 5 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn