March 14, 2009
- Tennessee improves to 21-11. Auburn falls to 22-11.
- The Vols and the Tigers are both unranked in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Tennessee moves into the finals of the SEC Tournament and will play Mississippi State at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The game will be televised by CBS.
- Tennessee is now 57-44 (.564) all-time in the SEC Tournament.
- The 57 wins ties UT with Alabama for second-most in SEC Tournament history. Kentucky has the most tournament victories with 111.
- Tennessee leads the all-time series, 68-37 (.648)
- The Vols are now 8-3 (.727) against Auburn in the SEC Tournament.
- Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl's record now stands at 98-35 (.737) in 4 seasons with the Vols.
- In 17 seasons as a head coach, Pearl now has a record of 415-119 (.777).
- Pearl is 3-3 (.500) in the SEC Tournament.
- The victory advances UT to its first SEC Championship game since the 1991 season.
- In 1991, the Vols won three games to advance to the title game before falling to Alabama, 88-69.
- Tennessee junior Wayne Chism scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Vols.
- The Jackson, Tenn., native went 10-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. The 10 field goals made is a career-high and the 16 attempts tie a career high. The four 3-pointers made also ties a career-high while the eight 3-point attempts is a career-high.
- For his career, Chism now has 1,115 and stands in 37th place on UT's career scoring list.
- Chism also contributed nine rebounds and had two blocked shots.
- Tyler Smith scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The Pulaski, Tenn., native is averaging 22.5 ppg. in the SEC Tournament
- Bobby Maze finished with 11 points and five assists. The Vols are now 6-0 this season when Maze records at least five assists in a game.
- J.P. Prince finished with nine points (all in the second half) and a team-high six assists.
- Scotty Hopson had a career-high four assists
- The Vols are now 16-1 this season when they have at least one player record five assists or more (Prince had six and Maze had five today). The lone loss was to Auburn in the regular season.
- Tennessee had 19 assists today and now has 39 in its two SEC tournament games. The Vols averaged 16.2 assists per game during the regular season.
- The Tennessee bench outscored the Auburn bench 14-12. It is the 27th time this season the UT bench outscored the opponents.
- UT outrebounded Auburn, 44-26 today after the Tigers had outrebounded UT 34-21 in the teams first meeting.
- Tennessee led at the half, 47-36. The Vols are now 19-2 this season when they are leading at halftime.
- The Vols trailed 15-10 early in the game, before going on a 30-11 run to take a 40-26 lead.
- Wayne Chism led all scorers with 16 points. The Jackson, Tenn., native tied his career-highs for 3-pointers made (4) and 3-pointers attempted (7) in the first half.
- UT had 12 assists on 18 baskets in the first half.
- The Vols outrebounded Auburn, 20-13 in the opening half after being outrebounded by 13 in the two teams previous contest.
- Scotty Hopson, Bobby Maze and Tyler Smith all scored eight points in the opening half. Maze was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, including knocking down both 3-point attempts and also had a game-high four assists in the first half.
- The Vols hit 7-of-12 3-pointers in the first half. Last night, UT opened the game 1-of-14 from 3-point range.
- UT had 13 turnovers in the first half after only committing 10 in last night's game against Alabama.
- Tennessee's starting lineup tonight consisted of Wayne Chism, Scotty Hopson, J.P. Prince, Tyler Smith and Bobby Maze. This starting lineup is 9-3 on the season.
- In two SEC Tournament games, UT has hit its first 3-point attempt at the beginning of all four halves. The Vols are 13-of-43 (.302) from 3-point range for the tournament.
- Tennessee improves to 21-11, while Auburn falls to 22-11.
- The Vols advance to the SEC Tournament final for the first time in 18 years and play Sunday for their first SEC Tournament championship in 30 years. The last time Tennessee won multiple games at the SEC Tournament was 1991, when the last-seeded Vols won three times before losing to Alabama 88-69 in the final. Tennessee most recent title came in 1979 with a 75-69 overtime win over Kentucky.
- The last time Auburn won multiple games at the SEC Tournament was 2000, when the Tigers won twice before losing to Arkansas 75-67 in the final.
- Tennessee's Bruce Pearl ups his SEC Tournament record to 3-3, while Auburn's Jeff Lebo now is 2-5.
- The Vols' 94 points were their most since opening the season with a 114-75 win over Chattanooga.
- Tennessee's 47 first-half points were the team's most since scoring the same number back on Nov. 27 in a win over Siena in Orlando.
- Wayne Chism scored 16 first-half points en route to a career-high 27. He made four three-pointers, all in the first half. Tyler Smith added 23 for the Vols, his third game in the last four with 20-plus points.
- The Vols led 47-36 today at the break. Tennessee improved to 19-2 when leading halftime; Auburn falls to 6-10 when trailing at intermission.
- Both teams had 12-2 runs in the first half. Auburn turned an 8-3 deficit into a 15-10 advantage, while Tennessee increased its lead from 21-20 to 33-22 later in the period.
- The Vols shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the field in the first half, including 7-of-12 from three. Tennessee finished at 57.6 percent (34-of-59) from the field for their best showing since a 59.2-percent (29-of-49) effort in the earlier loss at Auburn.
- Back on Feb. 7 in Auburn, the Tigers defeated Tennessee 78-77.
- Tennessee finished with a 44-26 rebounding edge in the game. The Vols were out-rebounded by Auburn 34-21 during their loss last month.
- After going scoreless in the first half, Auburn's Rasheem Barrett finished with 18 points. He scored 27 in the first meeting between these teams. Korvotney Barber led the Tigers with 24 points.
- Better-seeded teams are 8-2 in this year's tournament. Mississippi State owns both "bracket upsets" thus far with wins over South Carolina and LSU.
- Shooting in this year's first 10 games was 42.4 percent (513-of-1,210) from the field, 30.3 percent (118-of-389) from three-point distance and 71.8 percent (257-of-358) from the free throw line. The average score thus far is 76-64. Last season in Atlanta, shooting through the first 10 games was 46.2 percent (534-of-1,157) from the field, 35.4 percent (146-of-412) from three-point range and 70.2 percent (339-of-483) from the line. The average score through 10 games last year was 80-76.
- Attendance stands at 61,044 for this year's tournament after Saturday's figure of 10,387. The average through five sessions is 12,209.