Jan. 21, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS
0: The Vols held UConn's bench to zero points, while UT's second unit contributed 15 points.
1: In his first career start, Jarnell Stokes recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
4: Tennessee has won four consecutive games over defending national champions at Thompson-Boling Arena.
36.4: UT held the Huskies to their second-lowest shooting percentage of the season, making just 20 of 55 attempts.
163: For just the 12th time in its last 163 games dating to the 2007-08 season, UConn was held below 60 points.
THE CHAMPS GO DOWN!
- The Vols knocked off the defending NCAA Champions for the 11th time in history with the victory over UConn. UT is 11-15 all-time vs a champion.
- Tennessee has won seven of the last nine games it has played against a defending national champion.
- The Vols are now 4-1 all-time at Thompson-Boling Arena against defending national champions, having won four meetings in a row vs. the champions
VOLS WINS OVER DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPIONS
Date Opponent Score
1/21/12 UConn W, 60-57
3/5/08 at Florida W, 89-86
2/5/08 Florida W, 104-82
2/27/07 Florida W, 86-76
3/19/00 vs. UConn W, 65-51
2/28/99 Kentucky W, 68-61
1/12/99 at Kentucky W, 47-46
1/20/79 at Kentucky W, 66-55
2/17/79 Kentucky W, 101-84
3/3/79 vs. Kentucky W, 75-69
1/14/50 Kentucky W, 66-53
- In his third college game, Jarnell Stokes drew his first-career start and came up big with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes.
- It was his second straight game with double-figure points and first college game with double-figure rebounds.
- The game marked his first-career double-double.
- Coach Cuonzo Martin has emphasized defense from the day he started coaching the Vols last spring. The work was on display against UConn as the Vols held the Huskies, which came into the game shooting 47.9 percent from floor, to just 36.4 percent.
- It was the second-lowest field goal percentage for the Huskies this season. Their previous low was 35.1 at Seton Hall (1/3/12).
- With just 57 points, UConn was held below 60 points for just the 12th time in its last 163 games, dating to the 2007-08 season.
- The Huskies were held to a season-low 57 points. Inside Thompson-Boling Arena, UT also held Florida (56) and Kentucky (65) to season-low point totals.
TATUM STEPS UP
- Cameron Tatum was UT's second-leading scorer with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, also chipping in three assists. His free throw with 2.9 seconds left made the final score, 60-57.
THE SERIES WITH UCONN
- Saturday's game was just the third all-time between the Vols and Huskies. Tennessee lost at UConn last season, 72-61, on Jan. 22, 2011. The other meeting came in the 2000 NCAA Tournament as the Vols knocked the defending national champion Huskies out of the Tourney with a 65-51 victory in Birmingham.
- Additionally, Tennessee's women's team has nine wins over UConn including the last three meetings in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
- The Vols charged their starting line-up for the third time this season as freshman bigman Jarnell Stokes drew the nod in just his third college game. He was joined by guards Trae Golden, Josh Richardson, Cameron Tatum along with forward Jeronne Maymon.
- Golden, Tatum and Maymon have started all 19 games this season.
WE BACK PAT GAME
- Saturday was the Tennessee men's program's "We Back Pat" game. At halftime, a check for $55,000 was presented to the Pat Summitt Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to make grants to non-profit organizations which provide education and awareness of Alzheimer's, its onset and treatment; support services to patients, their families and caregivers, and research to treat, prevent, cure and ultimately eradicate the disease.
IT'S BASKETBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE! - The legendary call of "It's Basketball Time In Tennessee" was belted out by guard Tyler Summitt prior to tip-off. Summitt is the son of the Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.
- The Vols return to conference action on Tuesday night at Vanderbilt. The 7 p.m., tip-off can be seen nationally on ESPNU and heard on the Vol Network.