Williams, the Vols' 6-10, 270-pound senior center, has missed three consecutive days of practice due to back problems.
Although Williams has been coming off the bench lately, he plays starters minutes (23.2 per game). He is averaging 7.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game overall, 7.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in SEC action.
Williams contributed 10 points, a team-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists in Tennessee's 73-67 defeat of South Carolina Feb. 16 in Knoxville.
Thursday's Vol-Gamecock game will be nationally televised by ESPN with a 7:02 tipoff.
The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced its 2011 Community Service Team for men's basketball, and point guard Melvin Goins was Tennessee’s representative. The league annually recognizes the accomplishments of member-institution student-athletes beyond the field of competition. This marks the 13th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball.
A senior from San Diego, Calif., Goins has gone above and beyond in his efforts to take part in as many community outreach activities as possible since his arrival on Rocky Top two summers ago.
During the current academic year, Goins has read to children at a local elementary school, served as a finish-line greeter and handed out roses to cancer survivor at Knoxville’s Race For The Cure and visited with patients at UT Medical Center multiple times. He also participated in a home re-model for local child suffering from a brain tumor (he even sewed pillow shams) as part of a project for “Special Spaces.” He starred in a recent PSA for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event at UT. Goins also assisted down-syndrome children on the basketball court at the Hoops For Hope event at Farragut High School.
In other off-court activities, Goins served as a campus host for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last fall, and he also works closely with a UT faculty mentor.
On the court, Goins assumed a starter’s role this season and ranks among the SEC leaders with 1.8 steals per game. He also averages 8.0 points and 2.9 assists and has been Tennessee’s top scorer eight times this season. He scored a career-high 19 points in UT’s win over third-ranked Pitt earlier this season and also had 15 or more points in wins against Memphis and Vanderbilt.