Feb. 26, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee leads the series 72-52
Tennessee leads 44-15 in Knoxville
Tennessee has won three-straight over the Gators
Cuonzo Martin leads the series with Billy Donovan 3-0
With the win, the Vols improve their season-best win-streak to six games
The Vols are 13-3 in February under Cuonzo Martin
The Vols improve to 14-3 when leading at the half after the win today, and 14-2 when leading with five minutes remaining.
The Vols won't play at Florida this season marking the first time since the 1962-63 season that the Vols won't play at UF
Today's attendance was 19,567
BEATING RANKED TEAMS The victory marks the third over a ranked opponent this season. The Vols beat 23rd-ranked Wichita State, 69-60, on Dec. 13, 2012 and 25th ranked Kentucky, 88-58 on Feb. 16, 2013.
It's the sixth ranked win for the Vols under Cuonzo Martin and third over a ranked Florida team, all three times the Gators have been in the top-15
Last season, the Vols beat No. 13 Florida 67-56 on Jan. 7 before handing the No. 8 Gators a 75-70 loss at home on Feb. 11.
LAST SIX Tennessee now has a six-game win streak -- its longest of the season.
The win streak is the Vols' longest since a seven-game win streak to start the 2010-11 season.
The last time the Vols win six or more SEC games in row was in 2007-08, when Tennessee ripped off eight conference wins in a row from Jan. 26-Feb. 20, 2008.
Vols junior guard Jordan McRae is averaging 20.0 points per game over the six-game win streak and in the last three games has averaged 28.0 ppg for the Vols.
During the stretch, Jarnell Stokes has averaged 11.6 rebounds per game and in the last three games had taken down 13.3 boards.
DEFENDING THE GATORS Against the Gators tonight, the Vols held them to a season low-tying 58 points, Florida also scored 58 points in a 58-40 win over Savannah State on Nov. 20, 2012.
The Vols earned the win with some strong second half defense holding Florida to 11-39 shooting (37.9) and just 1-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.
The strong Vol defense is nothing new against Florida as Tennessee held Florida to a season-low 56 points in their 67-56 win in 2011-12.
In that game, the Vols held Florida to 20-of-56 shooting (35.7%)
TAKING CHARGE The lone charge of the game, came at the most pivotal time of the game as Josh Richardson drew just his third charge of the season on a driving Mike Rosario.
Rosario stole the ball and was looking to make it a three point game with a layup with 28 seconds in the game remaining helping to seal the victory.
FOR STARTERS Tonight's starters include G Trae Golden, G Armani Moore, G Josh Richardson, G Jordan McRae and F Jarnell Stokes
The Vols are undefeated with that line-up in place winning the last five games.
BIG PLAY MCRAE Jordan McRae scored in double-figures for the team-leading 20th time this season and fourth-straight game with 27 points tonight against Florida.
McRae also went over the 20-point mark for the eighth time this season and third-straight game.
The junior is averaging 28 points in his last three games.
Along with his 28 points, McRae took down seven rebounds, dished out four assists, made two steals and blocked two shots.
With his 17 points in the first half against the Gators, McRae has recorded 31 points in his last two first halves at home.
He tallied 14 points in the first half against LSU en route to a 34-point outing, a career high for the junior.
McRae was the first Vol to hit double-figures scoring 17 of the Vols' 35 first half points.
He led the Vols in scoring for the 10th time this season.
GROWN MAN BASKETBALL With his 14-rebound effort tonight, Stokes recorded his 13th 10-rebound game of the season and 17th of his career.
Stokes finished the night just two point shy of a double-double with eight points.
MCBEE FOR THREE TWO Skyler McBee's layup at 11:49 in the first half, was his first lay up of the season. Entering the game, McBee made 44 field goals on the season, 41 of them 3-pointers.
McBee's three non-3s came at Georgetown, Virginia and South Carolina, all jumpers, also marking his first made non-3-pointer at Thompson-Boling Arena this season.
Three pointer put the Vols up 34-32 in the first half helping them to their 35-32 halftime lead. McBee finished with five points and two rebounds on the night.
UP NEXT The Vols will head out on the road for their final two away games of the season beginning with a March 2 meeting at Georgia at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the SEC Network.