March 8, 2014
Tennessee finished the regular-season 20-11 overall and 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference, while Missouri is now 21-10 overall and 9-9n in SEC play.
Tennessee now trails the all-time series with Missouri, 5-4.
In Knoxville, the Vols are 3-2 all-time vs. Missouri.
The Vols have won four games in a row.
The Vols secured a Top-4 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play first on Friday.
Cuonzo Martin is now 8-5 as the Vols' coach in games played in March.
With its 20th victory of the season, the Vols have now won 20 or more games in 24 season, and twice in Cuonzo Martin's three season.
Over the last three games, Tennessee has combined to win three SEC games in the most dominating fashion in nearly 50 years. Not since 1965, when Tennessee won three consecutive league games by a total of 98 points, has UT dominating three SEC teams.
Along with the Vols' wins by 38 over Vanderbilt and 28 over Auburn and the 27-point win over Missouri, Tennessee has won its last three games by +93.
Feb. 1, 1965: Tennessee 75, Florida 43 (+32)
Feb. 6, 1965: Tennesse 77, Mississippi State 57 (+20)
Feb. 8, 1965: Tennessee 96, Ole Miss 50 (+46)
March 1, 2014: Tennessee 76, Vanderbilt 38 (+38)
March 5, 2014: Tennessee 82, Auburn 54 (+28)
March 8, 2014: Tennessee 72, Missouri 45 (+27)
Martin started guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Antonio Barton, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes for the fourth game in a row
Tennessee is now 14-6 with that starting line-up.
Stokes made his 73rd consecutive start, dating to February of 2012. He has started 78 of his 81 career games.
McRae has started all 31 games this season along with Stokes. In his career, McRae has 68 starts. Antonio Barton's 3-pointer opened the scoring, 53 seconds into the game.
The Tennessee defense held Missouri to a season-low 45 points on the night, the 50th time in the last 62 games that the Vols have held their opponent to under-70 points dating to last season.
The Vols held Missouri to just 31.9 percent from the floor, limiting Mizzou to 15-of-47.
Over the last three games, the Vols' defense has held foes to an average of 45.7 points and 46-of-150 from the floor
The Vols held Missouri to 19 first-half points on the heels of holding Auburn to 20 first-half points, marking the third game in a row, UT held its foe to 20 or fewer first-half points. Vanderbilt had 18 last Saturday.
It is the fifth game in a row that an opponent has scored 25 or less points.
STOKES' MILESTONE NIGHT
Junior Jarnell Stokes now has 37 career double-doubles during his UT career (81 games), including an SEC-best 18 this season.
His 37 career double-doubles, which lead all active SEC players, rank fourth all-time in the UT record books. No. 3 on the list of Gene Tormohlen, who had 50.
His 18 double-doubles are the third-most in the nation.
The junior bigman was 7-of-13 from the field.
Stokes has scored in double-figures 13 games in a row.
STOKES ADDS TO O-BOARD RECORD
Jarnell Stokes continued to add to his Tennessee career leading total of offensive rebounds with four in the game. Stokes now has 312 in his career. Second on the list is Wayne Chism (302).
Stokes fourth in the nation averaging 4.3 offensive rebounds per game.
McRAE CONTINUES TO SCORE
Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 11 points.
It's McRae's 27th double-digit performance of the season and his 11th in 12 games.
McRae has scored in double-figures in 64 of his 108 career games.
McRae is now 19th on the Tennessee career scoring list at 1,413 career points. He moved past Jimmy England (1,407) while next No. 18 is Stevie Hamer (1,418).
BARTON CONTINUES HOT STRETCH
Antonio Barton has been red-hot in the last three games. With his 16 points vs. Missouri, Barton is averaging 17.0 points per game.
Barton knocked down 4-of-7 from 3-point range and is now 13-of-22 of the last three games for 59.1 percent.
The Vols are now 8-0 when he makes at least three 3-pointers and 16-3 when he mades at least triple.
SECOND TIME AROUND
Under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee is 10-5 in rematch games including a 3-2 mark this season.
Under second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee is 46-10 (.821) in games it led at halftime.
Tennessee is 16-1 this season when it shoots a
better percentage than its opponent.
The Vols are 33-3 under coach Cuonzo Martin when they lead by at least seven at halftime.
12th WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN
* After jumping out to a 3-0 lead on a Barton 3-pointer, the Vols recorded their 12th wire-to-wire win this season
Wire-to-Wire Wins Under Martin
Date, Opponent, Score
March 8, 2014: Missouri, 72-45
March 5, 2014: at Auburn, 82-54
March 1, 2014, Vanderbilt. 76-38
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