Jan. 4, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS The Vols still lead the all-time series 14-11, with a 7-4 record in Knoxville.
Memphis has now won three-straight over the Vols.
The loss ends the Vols' active home win streak at six games and the Vols fell in Thompson Boling Arena for the first time this season.
Memphis battled to a win in its first true road game of the season.
The Vols fall for the first time during their six-game homestand and are now 4-1 during the run with one game left against Ole Miss Jan. 9.
The Vols drop to 48-39 (.552) against current members of Conference USA.
The Vols are 33-12 (.733) in the last seven years vs. the Volunteer State, including a 4-5 mark against Memphis.
Today's attendance was 19,535, the highest of the season.
FOR STARTERS The Vols went with the same starting rotation that they have had for 10 of 11 games this season.
G Trae Golden, G Skyler McBee, G Josh Richardson, F Jarnell Stokes and C Kenny Hall.
SOME SEASON BESTS AND SEASON FIRSTS The 80 points recorded tonight against Memphis were a season high, the previous high was 78 against Presbyterian (12/18).
The 80 points scored by the Vols were a season-high and the most since tallying 86 against The Citadel 12/29/11.
The Vols 52 points notched in the second half were the most this season for the Vols and tied the most in the last two seasons, as they had 52 against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 16, 2011.
The Vols allowed more than 70 points to a team in the regular season for the first time in 32 games dating back to a 71-65 College of Charleston loss last year on Dec. 13, 2011.
The 85 points were the most given up since giving up 89 to Oakland last season on Nov. 28, 2011 falling 89-81.
FEARSOME FOURSOME Four of the Vols tonight combined for 70 of the 80 points in the game, leading the way were Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson with career bests 26 and 20 points respectively. Kenny Hall finished with 13 and Jarnell Stokes had 11.
BIG DAY FOR McRAE Jordan McRae put up a career high 26 points for the Vols against Memphis, his previous career high was 25, set twice before, most recently against against Oakland on Nov. 28, 2011.
McRae was 5-for-12 from behind the arc, the most 3-point field goals hit of any Vol this season, making five of UT's eight 3-pointers on the night.
McRae also set a season-high for assists dishing out four.
CAREER NIGHT FOR RICHARDSON Josh Richardson tallied 10 of the Vols last 14 points (McRae had the other four) to finish with 20 points.
18 of Richardson's 20 points came in the second half of the game.
The 20 points were a career high for Richardson besting his previous total (12 three times, last vs. Xavier 12/29/12)
Richardson also pulled down nine boards, tying his career best set vs. UMass on Nov. 18. 2012
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR HALL Kenny Hall finished with his first double-double of the season after coming close against Western Carolina (12/21). It was his third career double-double.
Hall notched a season-best tying 13 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Vols.
DOUBLE-FIGURES Four Vols finished in double-figures against the Tigers as Jordan McRae led the way with a career high 26 points. Josh Richardson notched a career-best 20, Kenny Hall put up 13, and Jarnell Stokes added 11 against his hometown team.
It was the seventh time this season McRae put up double figures, the 21st time in his career and third time that he netted at least 20 points.
Richardson hit the 20 point mark for the first time in his career and the double-digit mark for the fifth time this year, seventh overall while Stokes has now had seven double-digit games this season and 15 in his career.
TAKING CHARGE The Vols entered the game with Memphis averaging 1.5 charges drawn/game. Against the Tigers, Tennessee drew three charges, two of them coming in the first half.
Yemi Makanjuola put up his team leading sixth drawn charge and 13th of his career while Kenny Hall drew two charges on the night to put him in a tie with Makanjuola for most in the season (6) and 13 in his career.
Tennessee has drawn 20 charges this season.
UP NEXT The Vols will finish out their six-game homestand by taking on Ole Miss in their SEC opener on January 9 at 8 p.m.