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Postgame Notes: Vols 86, Ole Miss 70

Jan. 29, 2014

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES & THE WIN

  • The Vols improve to 13-7 overall, 4-3 in SEC play this season.
  • Ole Miss drops to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in league action.
  • The UT win snaps a three-game winning streak by the Rebels and gives the Vols a three-game home win streak in conference play.
  • Tennessee now leads the all-time series, 70-41, dating to 1924. UT holds a 40-11 advantage in games played in Knoxville.
  • The win also ensures the Vols win 10 or more home games for the 19th consecutive season. Tennessee is now 10-2 at home this season.
  • Ole Miss has not won back to back games in Knoxville since 1979 and 1980

    FOR STARTERS

  • Tonight's starters: guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Darius Thompson, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes.
  • It's Stokes 62nd consecutive start.
  • It's just the third start of freshman Darius Thompson's rookie season.
  • Jordan McRae knocked down the first bucket for the Vols, a 3-pointer 58 seconds into the game.
  • The Vols' first nine points of the game came off from behind the arc. Josh Richardson hit two treys from the left wing and McRae added the other.
  • Rawane Ndiaye was the first to check in for UT, entering the game with 14:31 to go in the opening half.

    STOKES RECORDS 29TH DOUBLE-DOUBLE

  • With 13 points and 14 rebounds tonight, junior Jarnell Stokes now has 29 double-doubles in his UT career (70 games). That leads all active players in the SEC.
  • He has posted a double-double in more than 40 perfecnt of his college games - 41.4 percent to be exact.
  • Stokes, who now has 11 double-doubles this season, is averaging a double-double in SEC play.

    DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS

  • The Volunteers had four score in double figures on Wednesday night, with Jordan McRae leading the way with a game-high tying 26 points.
  • It was McRae's 17th double-digit game this season the 54th of his career. It also marked the 10th 20-point game this season for McRae. He has led the Vols in scoring 13 times this season.
  • Senior Jeronne Maymon finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. It was his 10th double-digit performance this season and the 36th of his career.
  • Josh Richardson added 16 points - his 11th double-digit game of 2013-14.
  • Junior Jarnell Stokes recorded his 15th double-digit game of the season with his 29th career double-double (13 points, 14 rebounds).

    ON THE BOARDS

  • One of the league's top rebounding teams - and the top defensive rebounding squad in the SEC - Tennessee owned Ole Miss on the glass Wednesday night. The Vols out-rebounded the Rebels 45-27 (+18).
  • On the defensive end, UT held a 31-18 margin on Ole Miss.

    THOMPSON FILLING UP THE SHEET

  • In just his third start as a Vol, freshman guard Darius Thompson helped guide the Vols to victory by scoring seven points, dishing out seven assists and pulling down two rebounds. The team leader in steals per game, Thompson also came away with a team-high two steals against the Rebels.

    WIRE-TO-WIRE WINS

    • Never trailing in the contest, the Vols recorded their 11th wire-to-wire win under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin.
    • It's the sixth time this season UT has had a wire-to-wire win.

    Wire-to-Wire Wins Under Martin
    Date, Opponent, Score

    • Jan. 29, 2014, Ole Miss, 86-70
    • Jan. 15, 2014, Auburn, 78-67
    • Jan. 4, 2014, Tusculum College, 98-51
    • Dec. 30, 2013, Virginia, 87-52
    • Nov. 22, 2013, Tennessee State, 88-67
    • Nov. 18, 2013, The Citadel, 86-60
    • Nov. 26, 2012, Oakland, 77-50
    • March 13, 2012, Savannah St., 65-51
    • Feb. 25, 2012, South Carolina, 73-64
    • Dec. 29, 2011, The Citadel, 86-55
    • Nov. 11, 2011, UNCG, 92-63

McRAE CLIMBING THE CHART

• With 26 points on Wednesday, senior guard Jordan McRae moved up to 32nd place on the Vols' all-time scoring list with 1,206 career points.br>

1,000-Point Club
Rank, Player (Years), Points

• 1st, Allan Houston (1990-93), 2,801
• 30th, Tyler Smith (2008-10), 1,219 • 31st, Ed Wiener (1952-55), 1,212 • 32nd, Jordan McRae (2010-Present), 1,206 • 33rd, Len Kosmalski (1972-74), 1,202 • 34th, Howard Wood (1978-81), 1,201

STARTING STRONG

  • In 45 of the 87 games Tennessee has played under head coach Cuonzo Martin, the Vols have held the opponent to fewer than 30 first-half point.
  • Ole Miss scored 29 in the opening half on Wednesday.
  • With the win, Tennessee improves to 39-8 (.830) under Coach Martin when leading at the half.

    UP NEXT

  • Tennessee is back in action on Saturday (Feb. 1) in Tuscaloosa, when the Vols take on Alabama at 9:05 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
  • UT went 1-2 against Alabama last season and was knocked out of the SEC Tournament by the Crimson Tide.
     

     

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