Feb. 26, 2014
Tennessee is now 17-11 overall and 8-7 in the Southeastern Conference, while Mississippi State is 13-15 overall and 3-12 in SEC play, having lost 10 games in a row.
Tennessee leads the all-time series 78-41.
Win the win in Starkville, the series at Mississippi State is now even at 27-27. Tennessee is also 14-14 all-time at Humphrey Coliseum.
Cuonzo Martin is 3-0 against Mississippi State, and his close friend MSU coach Rick Ray.
Tennessee has won three consecutive games in the series, every game since Martin took over as coach.
Jordan McRae won his 75th game as a Vol.
Martin changed up the starting lineup for the first time in nine games as he went with guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Antonio Barton, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes.
Tennessee is now 11-6 with that starting line-up.
Stokes made his 69th consecutive start, dating to February of 2012. He has started 75 of his 78 career games.
McRae has started all 28 games this season along with Stokes. In his career, McRae has 65 starts.
A Stokes jumper opened the scoring 22 seconds into the action. He has scored the Vols first points in four of the last five games.
The Tennessee defense held Mississippi State to 68 points on the night, the 47th time in the last 59 games that the Vols have held their opponent to under-70 points dating to last season.
McRAE CONTINUES TO SCORE
Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 29 points.
It was his 15th game this season with 20 or more points.
It's McRae's 25th double-digit performance of the season and his ninth straight.
McRae has scored in double-figures in 62 of his 105 career games.
McRae now sits at 1,380 career points. Next on the list at No. 20 is JaJuan Smith (1,384).
McRAE'S SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Jordan McRae had his second career double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds. McRae also had a double-double with 14 points at 11 rebounds at Vanderbilt last season on Feb. 13, 2013.
McRAE MOVES UP 3-POINTER LIST
With four 3-pointers in the game, Jordan McRae now has 168 to move to ninth in career 3-pointers. He passed current Indiana Pacer C.J. Watson, who had 165 with the Vols. Next on the list at No. 8 is Greg Bell, who has 171 from 1987-91.
STOKES JUST HY OF ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior forward Jarnell Stokes helped the Vols offensively with 14 points and nine rebounds.
He fell just short of his 35th career double-doubles during his UT career (78 games), including an SEC-best 16 this season.
His 34 career double-doubles, which lead all active SEC players, rank fourth all-time in the UT record books. He is still tied with the late Dyron Nix, who had 34 from 1985-89. No. 3 on the list of Gene Tormohlen, who had 50.
Over his last four games, Stokes is shooting 62.5 from the field as he has made 35-of-56 from the floor.
STOKES GETS OFFENSIVE BOARD RECORD
Jarnell Stokes set the Tennessee record for career offensive rebounds with five in the game. He now has 303 to move past Brian Williams (300) and Wayne Chism (302), the previous record holder.
Stokes fourth in the nation averaging 4.3 offensive rebounds per game.
CLOSING IN ON 1,000
MAYMON MAKING MOVES
Jeronne Maymon had has fourth double-double - and second in a row -- this season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
His other two were vs. NC State, USC Upstate and at Texas A&M in the last game.
It was his 13th game this season in double-figure scoring and 38th of his career.
Maymon grabbed 11 rebounds for his seventh game this season with double-figure rebounds.
It was Maymon's 17th career double-figure rebound game.
He has 10-plus rebounds in four SEC games, also doing it at Vanderbilt and twice vs. Texas A&M.
For the second game in a row and second time in SEC play, the Vols had a pair of double-doubles in a game. Jordan McRae (29 points and 10 rebounds) and Jeronne Maymon (10 points and 11 rebounds) each achieved the mark.
For McRae, it was his second career double-double. The other came at Vanderbilt last season (Feb. 13, 2013) when he had a career-high 11 rebounds to go with 14 points.
In the Vols last game at Texas A&M, Jarnell (16 points and 16 rebounds) and Jeronne Maymon (16 points and 13 rebounds) posted double-doubles. The three previous duos to post double-doubles were Stokes and Maymon vs. NC State and vs. USC Upstate.
9TH WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the Vols recorded their 14th wire-to-wire win under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin.
Its the third road wire-to-wire win under Martin and second this season, with the other coming at Alabama.
It's the ninth time this season UT has had a wire-to-wire win.
Wire-to-Wire Wins Under Martin
Date, Opponent, Score
Feb. 26, 2014, at Mississippi State, 75-68
Feb. 8, 2014, South Carolina, 72-53
Feb. 1, 2014, at Alabama, 76-59
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, at South Carolina, 73-64
Dec. 29, 2011, The Citadel, 86-55
Nov. 11, 2011, UNCG, 92-63
AT THE HALF
The Vols outscored the Bulldogs 19-9 late in the first half to lead 35-24 at halftime. McRae (12) and Stokes (10) combined for 22 first-half points. McRae tied his season high for rebounds in the first half alone with seven.
Mississippi State missed its first six shots from the field as the Bulldogs didn't make a basket for the game's first 5:30.
The Bulldogs shot just 34.6 percent in the first half and were just 1-of-7 from 3-point range.
The Vols return to action on Saturday as Tennessee hosts rival Vanderbilt at 12 Noon. That game airs on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Vol Network.