March 14, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS The Vols are now 61-48 (.560) all-time in the SEC Tournament.
Since the tournament was renewed in 1979, the Vols are 26-33 (.441).
Tennessee's four SEC Tournament titles are the third-most of any league member.
Only Kentucky (27) and Alabama (6) have won the SEC Tournament more times than Tennessee.
Only Kentucky (119 wins) has more SEC Tournament victories than the Vols (61).
UT's .560 winning percentage in the SEC Tournament is third-best among league teams.
For the second straight year, Tennessee won eight of its last nine games to end the regular season. This year, the Vols won their first SEC Tournament game after losing to Ole Miss in their first game in 2012.
This is the sixth time the SEC Tournament has been played in Nashville. UT now owns an 8-5 record in SEC tourney games played in the Music City.
The Vols are now 15-3 (.833) in the state of Tennessee this season.
Cuonzo Martin is 4-4 in conference tournaments as a head coach (three MVC Tournaments and two SEC Tournaments).
Tennessee has been the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament just once previously. The Vols went 1-1 as the fifth seed when the event was held in Knoxville in 1989.
The Vols beat fourth-seeded LSU 95-77 that year before being eliminated with a 76-71 loss to top-seeded Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena.
QUARTERFINAL VS. ALABAMA The Vols advanced to the quarterfinals where Tennessee will play Alabama on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT.
The teams split two regular-season meetings with each winning on their home floors: Alabama, 68-65 on Jan. 12 and Tennessee, 54-53 on Jan. 26.
All-time, the Vols are 5-9 against Alabama in the SEC Tournament, winning two of the last four meetings (2009, 1996) with losses in 2002 and 2004.
In their last meeting in the SEC Tournament, Tennessee posted an 86-62 win in the first round in 2009.
20-WIN SEASONS Tennessee collected its 20th win of the season with the victory over Mississippi State.
For the sixth time in eight seasons the Vols have 20 wins.
All-time, Tennessee now has 24 seasons with 20 or more wins, dating to a 20-5 season in 1947-48.
UT's record for wins in a season is 31, set in 2007-08.
MARTIN WINS No. 100 Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin picked up his 100th win as a college head coach with the victory.
Martin is now 100-67 in his career as a head coach for a .599 win percentage.
Martin is 39-26 in his two-year career at Tennessee after going 61-41 at Missouri State.
McRAE CONTINUES TO SIZZLE Jordan McRae scored in double-figures for the ninth game in a row with 17 points.
He has scored 10 or more points in 23 of 31 games this season.
It's the 14th time this season the junior has led the Vols in scoring.
GOLDEN SCORER Trae Golden scored in double-figures for the 18th time this season including the last three in a row as he tallied 15 vs. Mississippi State.
NEW FOUND OFFENSE FOR Q Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous scored a career-high 10 points for the Vols, his first-career game in double-figures. He had his previous high of seven in the Vols' previous game vs. Missouri in the season finale.
Chievous had just 32 career points coming into the finale vs. Mizzou and now has 17 in his last two games.
STOKING THE POINTS Jarnell Stokes scored in double-figures for the 20th time this season with 10 points.
It was the 28th time in his career with 10-plus points.
D-D-D-FENSE The Vols limited Mississippi State to just 53 points, the 12th time a Tennessee foe scored less than 60 in a game and 18th time an opponent has scored less than 65 on the season.
Tennessee held Mississippi State to 25.9 percent from the floor in the first half.
McBEE PLAYS 129th GAME Senior Skylar McBee, a former walk-on, played his 129th game for his beloved Vols, in the SEC Tournament win over Mississippi State
McBee now stands alone for fourth in career games played in Orange & White. By playing in the game against Bulldogs, he broke a tie with Chris Lofton and Allan Houston, each of which played in 128 games.
Next on the list are No. 3 Rob Jones (130), No. 2 Cameron Tatum (138) and No. 1 Wayne Chism (142).
HALFTIME MAGIC The Vols are now 28-6 under Cuonzo Martin when leading the half. That includes a 15-3 mark this season.
DUNKING VOLS Jarnell Stokes slammed home his 18th dunk of the season -- second on the team to Kenny Hall -- midway through the first half.
Quinton Chievous had his first career dunk with 3:44 left in the first half, giving the Vols a 19-point lead, 35-16.
Armani Moore had his second-career dunk on an alley-oop from Jordan McRae with eight minutes left in the game.
Jordan McRae put down his 14th dunk of the year - a 360-degree slam on a fastbreak - in the fading minutes of the game.