Injuries, dismissals, slumps taking toll on Vols

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl holds his
breath a bit while his Volunteers practice.

Any bump knocking a player to the court, wayward elbow or rolled
ankle is all Pearl needs to further hurt the depth on a team
struggling with departures, injuries and slumps.

It means Pearl once again must shuffle his lineup if the No. 20
Vols (18-6, 6-4) are to survive the rest of their Southeastern
Conference schedule.

Brian Williams has practiced with the team for less than two
weeks since his nine-game suspension ended. But Pearl may look to
him for help if fellow center Wayne Chism is unable to play because
of ankle and hip injuries.

The coach also plans to put his two hottest players, point
guards Melvin Goins and Bobby Maze, on the court together at times.

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