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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 64, No. 8 Florida 58

Feb. 26, 2013

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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.

 

 

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