March 13, 2009
- Tennessee improves to 20-11. Alabama falls to 18-14
- The Vols and the Tide are both unranked in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Tennessee moves into the semifinals of the SEC Tournament and will play the winner of Florida/Auburn at 3:15 Saturday. The game will be televised by Raycom.
- Alabama leads the all-time series, 72-64 (.471)
- The Vols are now 2-5 (.286) against Alabama in the SEC Tournament.
- Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl's record now stands at 97-35 (.735) in 4 seasons with the Vols.
- The win gives UT 20 for the season. In 17 seasons as a head coach, Pearl's teams have now won 20 or more games a season 16 times.
- Pearl is 2-3 (.400) in the SEC Tournament.
- Tennessee junior J.P. Prince had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
- The Memphis native also had two blocks, three steals and five assists against one turnover.
- Tyler Smith scored 22 points to lead the Vols. It was the 17th time this season and 23rd time in his career that he led the team in scoring.
- Wayne Chism scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Jackson, Tenn., native now has 1,088 career points.
- Brian Williams was 4-of-4 from the field and had four rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes off-the-bench.
- UT opened the second half on a 17-0 run to take a 60-32 lead. Alabama scored its first point on a free throw at the 13:30 mark.
- Tennessee had 20 assists against 10 turnovers. Alabama had four assists against 18 turnovers.
- The Tennessee bench outscored the Alabama bench 24-12. It is the 26th time this season the UT bench outscored the opponents.
- UT's bench shot 11-of-16 (.688) from the field.
- The Vols outscored Alabama in the paint, 60-28 and outscored the Tide, 20-2 on fast breaks.
- Tennessee led at the half, 43-32. The Vols are now 18-2 this season when they are leading at halftime.
- UT went on a 10-0 run early in the first half to take a 23-9 lead, their largest of the half.
- The Vols outscored Alabama in the paint, 28-16.
- UT had nine assists on 16 baskets compared to two assists on 13 baskets for Alabama.
- The Big Orange shot 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw after only making 10-of-22 in last week's game against the Tide.
- Tyler Smith (12) and Wayne Chism (11) both scored in double-figures in the first half.
- The Vols hit their first 3-pointer of the game but missed their last 13 attempts.
- Tennessee's starting lineup tonight consisted of Wayne Chism, Scotty Hopson, J.P. Prince, Tyler Smith and Bobby Maze. This starting lineup is 8-3 on the season.
- UT's 24-point victory was the largest since the tournament returned in 1979. UT's largest victory ever in the SEC tournament was a 73-45 win over Mississippi State in 1949.
- Tennessee improves to 20-11, while Alabama falls to 17-14.
- The Vols reach 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season under head coach Bruce Pearl.
- Bruce Pearl improves to 2-3 in the SEC Tournament; Alabama's Philip Pearson now is 1-1.
- Tennessee's win was its largest margin of victory in SEC Tournament play since a 74-49 triumph over Ole Miss at the 1949 event in Louisville.
- Tennessee led 43-32 at the half. The Vols improved to 18-2 when ahead at the break, while Alabama dropped to 1-8 when trailing.
- The Vols then opened the second half with 17 consecutive points to make it 60-32. Alabama's first points of the second half were a pair of free throws by Andrew Steele with 13:30 to play.
- Tonight's win was Tennessee's largest over Alabama in more than 10 years. The Vols won by a 100-64 count in Knoxville back on Jan. 30, 1999.
- Tennessee was just 1-of-14 from three-point distance in the first half, but Bobby Maze hit a three to open the second-half scoring. The Vols finished 4-of-24 from behind the arc, tying their worst showing of the season (2-of-17 vs. Tennessee-Martin).
- This past Sunday in Knoxville, Alabama defeated Tennessee 70-67.
- Tyler Smith led all scorers with 22 points, his ninth game with 20 or more this season. J.P. Prince contributed his first double-double of the year, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Alabama was led in scoring by Mikhail Torrance with 13 points.
- For the second year in a row, Tennessee's first opponent in the SEC Tournament was the same team it played to conclude the regular season. Last year, the Vols defeated South Carolina in successive games; this year they split a pair with the Crimson Tide.
- Shooting in this year's first seven games was 43.0 percent (362-of-841) from the field, 29.8 percent (78-of-262) from three-point distance and 75.0 percent (177-of-236) from the free throw line. The average score thus far is 77-63. Last season in Atlanta, shooting through the first seven games was 47.1 percent (393-of-834) from the field, 35.9 percent (108-of-301) from three-point range and 71.4 percent (240-of-336) from the line. The average score through seven games last year was 84-78.
- As noted, scoring is down at this year's tournament. The last time teams had combined to score fewer than 979 points (69.9 points per team, per game) through seven games was 2006, when the combined total was 969 (69.2). Last year's scoring total to this point was 1,134 (81.0).