March 9, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS With the win, Tennessee ends the regular season by winning eight of its last nine contests.
In the first meeting between the teams since 1985, Tennessee cut the all-time series deficit to 4-3 against Missouri and have won two-straight against the Tigers.
The win gives Cuonzo Martin his 99th as a head coach. The victory also gives Martin at least one win over every current team in the SEC.
The Vols are now 5-0 this season against head coaches in their first year in the SEC.
Tennessee improves to 18-8 in home finales at Thompson-Boling Arena.
FOR STARTERS The Vols started the same five for the eighth-straight game, sending guards Trae Golden, Jordan McRae, Josh Richardson and Armani Moore to the floor, in addition to sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes. This starting lineup is now 7-1 this season.
Richardson and Stokes are the only two Vols to start every game this season.
Golden knocked down the Vols' first bucket of the game, a 3-pointer from the right wing just 1:05 into the first half.
Kenny Hall was the first off the bench for the Orange and White, checking in with 18:03 to go in the opening half.
SENIOR DAY The Vols honored the senior quartet of Kenny Hall, Skylar McBee, Dwight Miller and Rob Murphy prior to the game against the Tigers.
This class has a combined for 84 wins during their time on Rocky Top.
The Vols are 9-3 in its last 12 Senior Day games.
SEC SEEDING With an 11-7 record in SEC play and due to tiebreakers, the Vols will be the fifth seed at the 2013 SEC Tournament next week in Nashville.
The Vols will take on the winner of the No. 12 vs. No. 13 game on Thursday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
THE PLACE TO BE IN TENNESSEE Today's attendance was an over-capacity crowd of 21,767. With a final average home attendance of 17,395 per contest, Tennessee will rank in the top six in the nation in average home attendance for the eighth-straight season.
Dating back to the 2005-06 campaign, UT has now played in front of 50 home crowds larger than 20,000.
Over the course of the 2012-13 season, 278,326 fans have rolled through the turnstiles at Thompson-Boling Arena.
VOLS DOMINANT ON THE GLASS The Vols out-rebounded the league's top rebounding team, 45-32, on Saturday afternoon.
On the offensive side of the ball, Tennessee dominated Mizzou on the boards, pulling down 18 compared to the Tigers' 10. The 18 offensive rebounds is the second-most of the season for UT. The Vols had 19 against Memphis.
TAMING THE TIGERS Tennessee continued it stout defense that it has shown all season, holding the Tigers to their fewest points since scoring 52 against Florida on Jan. 19, 2013.
Mizzou came into the game as the only team in the nation with six players scoring in double digits and was limited to just two players with 10 or more points.
STOKES STREAKING With 13 points and 13 rebounds, Jarnell Stokes posted his 14th double-double of the season, which ties for the most double-doubles for a Vol since 1989-90 when Ian Lockhart also recorded 14.
Stokes has a double-double in four of his last six games and 11 of his last 15 contests.
He has grabbed at least 10 boards in 17 games this season, including 12 of the last 13 games. He has 10 or more rebounds in 14 of 18 SEC games.
Stokes tallied double figures for the 19th time this season and 27th time of his career.
When Stokes scores at least 12 points, the Vols improve to 13-3 this season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADER Below is a chart of UT's single-season double-doubles dating back to 1989-90:
Player, Season, Dbl.-Dbls.
1. Jarnell Stokes, 2012-13, 14
1. Ian Lockhart, 1989-90, 14
3. Steve Hamer, 1994-95, 10
4. Jeronne Maymon, 2011-12, 9
5. Tobias Harris, 2010-11, 8
Wayne Chism, 2009-10, 8
Brandon Crump, 2003-04, 8
McRAE STILL ON DISPLAY Jordan McRae netted a team-high 15 points to lead the Vols in scoring for the 14th time this season.
It was his 22nd double-digit performance of the season and the 36th of his career.
Over the last six games, Jordan McRae is averaging 25.8 points per game.
In his last eight contests, McRae has reached double figures in every game, averaging exactly 23 points per contest.
From 3-point range, McRae is 24-of-44 in his last six games.
GOLDEN YET AGAIN Trae Golden scored in double figures for the seventh time in nine games with 12 points against Missouri.
He has at least 10 points in 17 games this season and 44 games in his career.
RICHARDSON DOUBLE DIGITS Sophomore Josh Richardson finished with 11 points, marking his eighth double-figure scoring performance of the season and the first in 10 games for the guard.
CHIEVOUS CONNECTS Tennessee redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous - the son of Missouri's all-time leading scorer Derrick Chievous - got off to a hot start for the Vols, recording a career-best in points (7), rebounds (4), field goals (3) and assists (2) by the halftime break in only 11 minutes of play.
Derrick Chievous, the 16th pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, finished his career with the Tigers with 2,580 points from 1985-88.
Quinton Chievous finished the game with seven points, all coming in the first half.
AT THE HALF After 20 minutes of play, Tennessee and Missouri were level at 29 apiece.
The Vols were led by Jarnell Stokes, Trae Golden and Quinton Chievous in the opening period. Stokes led the way with nine points and six rebounds, while Golden and Chievous added seven points each.
Tennessee our-rebounded the top-rebounding team in the SEC by a 22-16 margin in the first half.
UP NEXT With the regular season in the books, Tennessee will now head to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the 2013 SEC Tournament from March 13-17.
The Vols enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play the winner of the No. 12 vs. No. 13 seed on Thursday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET.