Jeronne Maymon's injured knee is proving to be a real pain in the glass for Tennessee's basketball team.
Minus last year's leading rebounder (8.1 per game), the Vols have a 0.0 rebound margin this season. They have 96 rebounds through three games and their first three opponents have posted 96 rebounds.
Tennessee lost the backboard battle in two of its first three games. The Big Orange was outrebounded 31-29 by Kennesaw State in Game 1 and 40-30 by Oklahoma State in Game 3. Tennessee has performed well on the boards just one time thus far, outrebounding UNC Asheville by a 37-25 margin in Game 2.
With Maymon sidelined, sophomore Jarnell Stokes (6.7) and senior Kenny Hall (6.3) are Tennessee's top rebounders thus far.
The Vols hope to fix their backboard woes today, when they face UMass at 4 p.m. EST in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
GAME NOTES: Tennessee leads the all-time series with UMass 2-0, winning 71-45 at Knoxville on Feb. 5, 2003, then prevailing 74-66 at Amherst on Jan. 3, 2004. Buzz Peterson was UT's coach at the time.... The Minutemen went 25-11 last season, advancing to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship and the National Invitation Tournament. Tennessee was a No. 1 seed for the NIT but was eliminated by Middle Tennessee in Round 2.... The top returning player for UMass is Chaz Williams, who was named first-team all-conference after averaging 16.9 points and 6.2 assists per game as a sophomore.... Minutemen head man Derek Kellogg attended UMass from 1992-95, the same years Vol head man Cuonzo Martin was attending Purdue.... Prior to becoming head coach at his alma mater, Kellogg served 12 years as an aide there, the last eight under John Calipari.