Jan. 12, 2013
SERIES TIDBTS Tennessee has won two of the last four games between the teams in Tuscaloosa with wins in 2008 and 2010.
All-time, the Vols trail the series with the Crimson Tide, 75-65. Only Kentucky (148-66) and Missouri (4-2) lead series with the Vols among SEC teams.
In games played in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide lead the series, 43-17.
Tennessee has won four of the last eight games in the series dating to 2007.
ON THE ROAD The Vols played their first road game since Dec. 5, when Tennessee lost at Virginia, 46-38. Tennessee hadn't played a road game in 38.
The game at Alabama was just the third true road game for the Vols this season with the only others coming at Georgetown on Nov. 30 and that game at Virginia.
The game marked the second time in four seasons the Vols opened their SEC road schedule at Alabama. UT posted a 63-56 win in Tuscaloosa on Jan.19, 2010 for the Vols last win in their conference road opener.
UT is now 0-3 in true road games in 2012-13.
FOR STARTERS The Vols used their fourth different starting lineup of the season and third in three games as guard Trae Golden came off the bench for the first time this season.
Skylar McBee returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench vs. Ole Miss. Jordan McRae also started for the second game in a row. Jarnell Stokes and Josh Richardson have started all 14 games and Kenny Hall has started all 13 he had played in.
Golden had started 24 games in a row and 46 of the last 47 games dating to the opener of the 2010-12 season. The only game Golden didn't start last season came at Georgia (2/4/12)
The Vols' first bucket of the game came on a 3-pointer by Jordan McRae 59 seconds into the game.
Derek Reese, playing his third college game, was the Vols' first sub at the 16:40 mark.
McRAE CONTINUES TO ROLL Guard Jordan McRae scored 21 points and is now averaging 24.3 over his last three games. He had tallied a career-high 26 in each of the last two games against Memphis and Ole Miss.
He has 49 in the last three games in second halves with nine at Alabama. He had 21 in the second half vs. Memphis, 19 vs. Ole Miss prior to this game.
It was McRae's 10th game in double-figures this season and 25th in his career.
McRae now has five-career 20-point performances, three this season, all in his last three games.
MORE FOR MOORE Freshman guard Armani Moore TIED/SET his career-high tying with seven. He had seven points in his first college game against Kennesaw State (Nov. 9). He had just eight points total in the Vols' last 12 games.
Moore also played a career-high 21 minutes.
Moore tallied three field goals (on four shots) after making just one in the previous eight games. Before the Alabama game, his only field goal since the win over Oakland on Nov. 26, came against Xavier (12/29). Moore did not play in the SEC opener against Ole Miss.
He scored on a layup with 10 minutes left in the first half as he saw his first SEC playing time. He also canned a jumper with 12:14 left in the game.
Moore converted his first-career 3-pointer with 10:44 left in the game to equal his career-high with seven.
RETURN TO DEFENSE After two games where the Vols allowed 88.5 in their last two games, Tennessee limited Alabama to 68 points and just 42.6 percent from the floor.
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH Kenny Hall had his 11th dunk of the season with a slam, seven minutes into the second half. Hall has 66 dunks in his career, the most of any active Vol.
TAKING THE CHARGE The Vols entered the game against Alabama averaging 1.6 charges per contest this season and drew one against the Crimson Tide.
Trae Golden drew his first charge of the season, on Andrew Steele with 4:18 left in the first half. It was his third-career drawn charge.
Tennessee has now drawn 22 charges this season.
UP NEXTThe Vols continue two-game road swing at Kentucky on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. That game will air on ESPN and can he heard on the Vol Network.
Kentucky leads the all-time series, 148-66, including 86-16 in Lexington. The Vols have lost five consecutive overall to the Wildcats with the last win coming on Feb. 27, 2010 in Knoxville.
Tennessee's last win in Lexington came on Feb. 7, 2006. The Vols have lost six straight at Kentucky.