BasketVols Win, but Lose Chism
There weren’t supposed to be any scares when Tennessee took on Louisiana-Lafayette in Knoxville Monday night. However, with about 5 minutes left in the second half and the Vols up 83-52, Wayne Chism landed awkwardly on his back after blocking a La’Ryan Gary shot. For the next few mintues, there wasn’t a sound to be heard in Thompson-Boling Arena as Chism was taken out on a stretcher after being placed in a neck brace. The Vols eventually won the game 89-62, but might have lost a key player in the process.
Before his injury, Chism was leading the Vols with 18 points and 15 rebounds, dominating inside and out, and showing Tennessee fans why we seemingly live and breathe by how Chism performs.
Last night was a night the Vols needed to get their confidence up, with big games coming in the next few weeks, including Kansas, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Memphis. It ended up being a night in which the Vols could have lost one of the biggest keys to their success this season.
After being carted off on a stretcher, Chism was taken to a nearby UT Medical Center to undergo evalutations. Tennessee trainer Chad Newman reported this morning that tests on Chism’s head and neck came back negative, but said that Chism did suffer minor elbow and spine contusions. After being cleared to play by doctors, Bruce Pearl believes Chism will be able to go when the Vols suit up against defending national champion Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday.
Let’s hope so. Because without Chism, the Vols probably don’t stand a chance.