Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy calls athletic Tennessee forward Tyler Smith maybe the SEC’s most versatile player. Smith pumped in 30 against Vanderbilt in a 69-50 Vols win Saturday.
In a down year for the SEC, Tennessee was considered to be the league’s best at the outset. Against a non-conference schedule that has included Georgetown, Kansas and Gonzaga, the Vols have slipped from the rankings but not from the conciousness of the region. They’re 16-8 overall, 7-3 and in a three-way tie for the SEC East lead.
“They have a similar style of play (to Ole Miss),” Kennedy said. “They’re going to spread you, and they can beat you in a number of ways. Tyler Smith is maybe the most versatile player int he league, and they have guys one through five who can stretch you out to the three.”
Smith leads the Vols with 17.2 points a game.