March 3, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS
2/3: The Vols have secured at least the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament with the win over Vanderbilt, coupled with Alabama's loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.
5: Jarnell Stokes had 5 blocked shots, the most by any Vol in a game this season. That ties for sixth-most in a game in UT history.
13: Tennessee has won 13 of 14 season finales that have come against Vanderbilt in Knoxville, all-time.
85.6: Trae Golden has taken over the SEC lead in free throw percentage, making 8-of-8 against Vanderbilt. He passed Vandy's John Jenkins (84.3) in the game.
17,411: Tennessee will finish fifth in the NCAA in average attendance with 17,411 after a sellout-plus of 22,172 on Saturday.
HEADING TO THE SEC TOURNAMENT
- Tennessee (10-6 in the SEC) has secured at least the third seed and can finish with the No. 2 seed in the 2012 SEC Tournament, being held in New Orleans. Quite an achievement for the Vols, who were picked to finish 11th in the SEC Preseason Poll.
- The Vols will be the No. 2 seed if the top-ranked team in the nation Kentucky beats Florida tomorrow. Should Florida pull off the upset, the Vols would be the No. 3 seed.
- In the SEC Tournament, the No. 2 seed plays on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT. The No. 3 seed plays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
- The win by Tennessee and the loss by Alabama to Ole Miss (60-51) on Saturday secured that Top 3 seed for the Vols.
- Tennessee holds the tiebreaker on Florida and Vanderbilt if all three finish tied at 10-6. Florida would move to the No. 2 seed with a win over UK, making them 11-5.
HOME SWEET HOME AT TBA
- The Vols have won 13 of their last 14 home games and eight of their last nine overall.
- For the 2011-12 regular-season, the Vols finished 14-3 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
- In the 25 years of TBA, the Vols have won at least 14 games in eight seasons, all coming since 1997-98.
- In 25 season finales at TBA, the Vols are now 17-8 and 6-1 in those games that came under first-year head coaches.
TOP FIVE IN ATTENDANCE AGAIN
- Tennessee moved to fifth in the NCAA in overall home attendance (17,411) with a more-than sellout crowd of 22,172. That moved the Vols past Wisconsin (17,178) into fifth.
- In 2011-12, 295,994 fans came through the gates at TBA.
- The Vols will finish seven consecutive seasons with a national top-five finish in attendance.
- Ahead of Tennessee this season (heading into Saturday) are 1. Kentucky (23,721), 2. Syracuse (23,085), 3. Louisville (21,503) and 4. North Carolina (20,159).
- Saturday's game was the second sell-out of at least the capacity of 21,678 this season with the other coming against UConn (1/21/12).
- Saturday's crowd was the 48th in TBA history that was larger than 20,000. The 22,176 ranked 27th all-time in attendance and second-high since the renovated TBA (22,326 vs. Gonzaga in 2009 was larger).
- The Vols nearly have held their seventh SEC opponent to 60 or fewer points as Vanderbilt scored with just seconds remaining to get to 61 points.
- With allowing 61 points, the Vols finished with a mark and finished with a scoring defense of 61.6 in SEC games in 2011-12. That marks the best scoring defense in SEC games in the shot-clock era (since 1986).
- Not since 1968-69 has a Vols team limited its opponents to fewer than 61.6. Back in 1968-69, led by Bill Justus, the Vols held its foes to just 60.9 points per game.
TATUM'S SENIOR DAY DELIGHT
- Playing in his final regular-season game at Thompson-Boling Arena, Cameron Tatum tallied 18 points including 2-of-5 from 3-point range.
- It was Tatum's second-most points in a game this season and most in an SEC conference game. His season-high of 19 came at Oakland (11/28/11).
- It was Tatum's 12th time this season in double-figures and 45th in his career covering 135 games as a Vol -- the second-most in school history.
STOKED: JARNELL BLOCKS VANDY
- Freshman Jarnell Stokes swatted a career-high five shots. His previous high was two, set three times. Stokes had four of those blocks in the first half alone.
- The five blocks, tied for the sixth-most in a game in school-history, last done by John Fields on Jan. 26, 2011 vs. LSU.
- The school-record of six blocks has been accomplished five times, first by Reggie Johnson in 1977 vs. Vanderbilt and most recently by Wayne Chism (1/3/09) at Kansas.
- The five blocks marked the most in a game this season by an Vol. The previous high was three, set by three different players.
STOKED: JARNELL BOARDS VANDY
- Jarnell Stokes racked up a career-high 14 rebounds, his third game this season with double-figure rebounds.
- He previously had 12 against No. 13 UConn (1/21/12). He also grabbed 10 at Vanderbilt (1/24/12).
- Stokes posted his second-career double-double with 11 points and the career-high 14 rebounds.
MAYMON KEEPS SCORING
- Jeronne Maymon scored in double-figures for the 12th consecutive game and 23rd time this season with 12.
- He's also scored at least 12 points in every SEC game this year.
- Sophomore Trae Golden finished with 17 points for his 24th game in double-figures this season and in his career. He has reached 10 points in nine games in a row.
- Golden also made 8-of-8 from the foul line. He is now 60-of-66 for 90.9 percent in his last 11 games.
- Golden took over the SEC lead in free-throw percentage from Vanderbilt's John Jenkins in the game. Golden is up to 85.6, making 104-of-121 on the season. Jenkins is shooting 84.3 (107-of-127) with the Commodores
- Golden also leads the SEC in free-throw percentage in conference games at 90.3, making 65-of-72
THE VANDERBILT SERIES
- Tennessee and Vanderbilt meet for the 181st time Saturday.
- The Volunteers lead the all-time series 111-70, dating to 1922 and have won seven of the last 11 meetings.
- UT and VU have played every season since their first meeting in 1922 except for the WWII years of 1944 and 1945.
- UT's 111 wins over the Dores are the most by the Vols over any opponent, and only Kentucky (213 games) has been an opponent of the Vols more times than Vanderbilt.
- UT leads the series 68-17 when playing in Knoxville.
- Vanderbilt has been Tennessee's opponent 22 times in regular-season finales, and the Vols are 18-4 in those contests. That includes a 13-1 record in Knoxville.
- Tennessee is 8-3 in its last 11 Senior Day games.
- Tatum received his Africana Studies degree in December.
- Woolridge is on track to graduate this academic year with a Sociology degree
- Summitt, while not a senior in terms of athletic eligibility, is a senior academically and will graduate with honors in May with a degree in Communications. Summitt will pursue a graduate assistant position with a collegiate coaching staff next season.
- Three student managers were also recognized Saturday: Zack Horne, Victoria Kisluk and John Runyan.
FORMER VOLS IN THE HOUSE!
- As part of a new Senior Day tradition, coach Cuonzo Martin welcomed back former Vols letterwinners to take part in the ceremony. The former Vols who were recognized included: Corey Allen, C.J. Black, Aaron Green, Stevie Hamer, Torrey Harris, Jordan Howell, Mike Jackson, Bill Justus, Steven Pearl, Jay Price, Lloyd Richardson, Pat Robinette, Isiah Victor, Brandon Wharton and Tony White. The loudest ovation came for Allan Houston, who has his No. 20 retired in the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena.