March 13, 2012
7: With its seventh different starting lineup this season, the Vols moved to 7-0 when debuting a new starting five.
20: Tennessee registered its first NIT victory since 1992, a 20-year span.
33: Points that UT's freshmen combined to score, the most the Vol rookies have put up together in a single game this season.
51: Holding the Tigers to 51 points, UT put up it's second-best scoring defense effort of the season.
NIT TOURNAMENT HISTORY
- Making its 12th NIT appearance and first since 2004, the Vols improved to 13-11 all-time in the event.
- Snapping a four-game losing streak in the tournament, tonight marked UT's first win in the NIT since defeating UAB, 71-68, in the first round in 1992.
- Additionally, the Vols are 6-2 all-time when hosting an NIT game.
NEW STARTING FIVE
- Tennessee trotted out its seventh different starting lineup this season, including Yemi Makanjuola, who received his first starting nod.
- For the seventh time, Tennessee won its first game when debuting a lineup.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE...
- Resting a sore knee, Jeronne Maymon missed his first game of the 2011-12 season on Tuesday. Cameron Tatum is the only Vol to start all 33 games this season, while Trae Golden joins him as the only two to play in every game.
HOME SWEET HOME TO ME
- The Vols won their eighth straight home game dating and have won 13 of their last 14 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The lone loss came to top-ranked Kentucky on Jan. 31.
- With the victory, Tennessee matched its win total from last season (19) and are one win away from its 24th all-time 20-win campaign.
- The Vols are now 4-0 all-time against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams.
- UT head coach Cuonzo Martin owns a 2-1 record in NIT contests.
- The Vols have won nine of 11 overall.
SCORING LIMIT: 60
- Holding the Tigers to 51 points, the Vols have held 10 opponents this season to 60 points or less.
FRESHMEN LEAD THE WAY
- The Vols had 33 points from freshmen in tonight's game. That marked the most by rookies in a game this season. The previous high was 22 in the win at LSU (2/29).
- It was also the first time three Vols freshmen scored in double-figures in a game this season.
STOKES VS. SAVANNAH STATE
- For the third time in the last three games, freshman Jarnell Stokes reached double-figures with 13 points.
- Stokes led the Vols in scoring for the third time this year, and the second time in four contests. He also led the Vols in points against UConn (1/21) and at LSU (2/29).
- The rookie has scored in double-figures seven times this season.
- After making 21-of-34 (.618) free throws to open his career, Stokes has made 11 of his last 14 (.786), including a 3-of-4 effort tonight.
- Credited with his first career start, freshman Yemi Makanjuola posted 10 points and eight rebounds. Each figure marked his second-best effort this season.
- Makanjuola's career-best game came against The Citadel (12/29/11) when he posted 18 points and 11 rebounds.
- Hitting 6-of-7 free throws, Makanjuola set career-highs in both categories.
- Senior Cameron Tatum dished out five assists, marking the third time this season and sixth of his career that he totaled at least five. His career high is six, which he's accomplished twice, lastly at South Carolina (2/25/12).
- Freshman Josh Richardson also equaled the second-best scoring effort of his career, finishing with 10 points. His career-best 11 came against ULM (11/16/11).
- Richardson's five field goals made set a career-high. The freshman hit four vs. ULM (11/16/11).
CAM CRASHES THE BOARDS
- For the third time this season and fourth in his career, Tatum led the Vols in rebounding with nine.
- Sophomore Trae Golden finished with 11 points for his 26th game in double-figures this season and in his career. He has reached 10 or more points in each of the last 11 games.
- Junior Skylar McBee nailed multiple 3-pointers for the 17th time this season, connecting on 3-of-4 against the Tigers. He's hit at least three on 11 occasions this season. McBee finished with nine points.
- Senior Renaldo Woolridge came within one of his career-high with seven rebounds, falling just short of his high of eight, which he has achieved three times. Woolridge most recently pulled down eight rebounds vs. UNC Greensboro on Nov. 11, 2011.