Jan. 24, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee now leads the all-time series against Mississippi, 69-41, including a 25-23 mark in Oxford. The Rebels have won four of the last five meetings at the Tad Pad.
Ole Miss is the only SEC opponent against which the Vols have a winning record on its homecourt. Tennessee has a 25-23 series edge in Oxford.
With the loss, the Vols remain winless to start to the road schedule in 2012-13 at 0-5. Last season, the Vols started 0-7 on the road before winning three of their last four in true away games.
Second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin is now 1-3 against Andy Kennedy as the teams have played four games over the last two seasons.
FOR STARTERS The Vols used the same starting lineup for the fourth game in a row, as guards Jordan McRae, Skylar McBee and Josh Richardson as well as forwards Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall took the floor for the opening tip.
Richardson and Stokes are the only two Vols to start every game this season.
Kenny Hall opened the scoring with a jumper at the 18:36 mark of the first half.
Junior guard Trae Golden was the first player subbed in for Tennessee, checking in with 16:49 remaining in the opening half.
LIMITING OLE MISS The Rebels, came into the game with the third-highest scoring average in the country at 82.4. They were limited to a season-tying low 62 points, 20.4 below their season average. Ole Miss' also had a low of 62 vs. Middle Tennessee on Dec. 8, 2012. Ole Miss has been held to fewer than 70 points just three times this season with the other coming against Missouri, when the Rebels won 64-49.
UT limited Ole Miss to 36.7 percent from the floor. The previous low field goal percentage for the Rebels this season was 39.3 vs. Missouri on Jan. 12.
Mississippi shot just 17.4 percent from the floor in the first half, a season low for any half. The Vols limited Ole Miss to just 4-of-25 from the floor in the first half. The fewest baskets back a foe in a half this season against UT.
Tennessee held Ole Miss to just 18 first-half points. The fewest points the Rebels scored in any half this season prior to Thursday's game with Tennessee was 29, done twice vs. Loyola Marymount on Dec. 19 and Middle Tennessee on Dec. 8.
JORDY MAC ATTACK Jordan McRae scored in double-figures for the sixth game in a row with 26. He is now averaging 22.3 over the last six games.
McRae came into the game second in the SEC in scoring in conference games with 20.5, as he scored 26. He stood only behind Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson (21.4), who tallied 28.
McRae scored 20-plus points for the fifth time in six games -- his five games this season with 20 points. Overall, he now has seven career games with 20 or more.
McRae had career-highs of 11 made free throws and 14 free throws attempted. His previous highs were eight made free throws, made three times and nine attempts, also taken three times.
REBOUNDING ON REBOUNDS After the Vols were outrebounded 47-32 in the first meeting against Ole Miss two weeks, ago, Tennessee turned the tables and outrebounded the Rebels, 41-30
TAKING THE CHARGE Jordan McRae and Armani Moore, both drew charges in final 2:18 of the game. For McRae it was his second drawn charge of the season and for Moore, it was his third.
WATSON IN THE HOUSE
Former Vols star and current Brooklyn Net C.J. Watson sat behind the Vols bench in Oxford. His Nets play in Memphis on Friday.
The Vols have a very quick turnaround as Tennessee will take on Alabama, Saturday at 2 p.m. That game will take place roughly 36 hours after UT returns to Knoxville from its trip to Ole Miss. The Vols and Tide tip-off at 2 p.m., in a game that airs on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Vol Network.