March 14, 2014
VOLS IN SEC TOURNAMENT
- The Vols are 62-49 (.558) all-time in the SEC Tournament.
- Since the tournament was renewed in 1979, the Vols are 27-34 (.442).
- The Vols have reached the SEC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2010 (lost to Kentucky in Nashville).
- 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 (62).
- UT's .558 winning percentage in the SEC Tournament is third-best in the league.
- This is the 14th time the SEC Tournament has been held in Atlanta and the 11th time it has been played at the Georgia Dome.
- The Vols own a 10-13 SEC Tournament record in the city of Atlanta.
- UT owns a 6-9 (.400) all-time record in the Georgia Dome, with all those contests taking place in the SEC Tournament.
- Tennessee has been the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament just twice previously, going 0-2 (1980 and 1990).
- The Vols lost to Ole Miss in the 1980 SEC Tournament in Birmingham, Ala.
- The fourth-seeded Vols also lost to Ole Miss in the 1990 SEC Tournament in Orlando, Fla.
- The Vols have not won the SEC Tournament since 1979 in Birmingham, Ala. Current Vol Network radio analyst Bert Bertelkamp was a member of that team.
MARTIN IN MARCH
- Cuonzo Martin's Vols now have a 10-5 record in March games.
- Cuonzo Martin is 5-5 in conference tournaments as a head coach (three MVC Tournaments and two SEC Tournaments).
- This is UT's 24th all-time 20-win season and the second 20-win campaign under third-year coach Cuonzo Martin. - Under second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee is 46-10 (.821) in games it led at halftime.
WINNING AND DOMINATING
- The Vols now have a five-game win streak, its longest of the season.
- The Vols have posted five consecutive wire-to-wire wins and have not trailed for 200 minutes of game action.
- Tennessee's last three wins have come by a combined total of 93 points.
- The three-game margin of victory is UT's largest in three consecutive SEC games since Feb. 1965, when Lyndon B. Johnson was the President of the United States.
- Tennessee beat Florida 75-43 on Feb. 1, 1965, downed Mississippi State 77-57 on Feb. 6, 1965, and then defeated Ole Miss, 96-50 in Oxford on Feb. 8, 1965.
DOME, NOT SO SWEET HOME
- Tennessee's three major athletic programs own a combined 10-16 (.384) record at the Georgia Dome.
- In addition to the men's basketball team's 6-9 all-time record there, the Vols football program also has struggled in that venue.
- The Vols own a 3-6 gridiron record at the Dome. The football program had lost six straight at the Dome from 2001-09 before winning in its most recent appearance, a 35-21 victory over NC State in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff (Aug. 31, 2012).
- The Lady Vols basketball program owns a .500 record at the Georgia Dome, splitting its only two appearances there.
- Tennessee is 13-14 (.481) all-time in domes.
- The Vols are 6-3 in the Superdome, 5-9 in the Georgia Dome, 1-1 in the Edward Jones Dome and 0-1 in the Alamodome.
Martin started guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Antonio Barton, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes for the fifth game in a row.
Tennessee is now 14-6 with that starting line-up.
Antonio Barton started for the fifth game in a row -- coinciding with the Vols five-game win streak -- after coming off the bench for eight games in a row. He made his 23rd start of the season, in his only season as a Vol.
Stokes made his 74th consecutive start, dating to February of 2012. He has started 79 of his 82 career games.
McRae has started all 32 games this season along with Stokes. In his career, McRae has 69 starts.
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The Tennessee defense held South Carolina to 44 points, the 51st time in the last 63 games that the Vols have held their opponent to under-70 points dating to last season.
The Vols held the Gamecocks to just 27.1 percent from the floor, limiting USC to 16-of-59.
The Vols limited South Carolina to just XX first-half points. Tennessee has held each of its last four opponents to 20 or fewer points in the first half.
- Tennessee 59, South Carolina 44
- Tennessee 41, Vanderbilt 18
- Tennessee 44, Auburn 20
- Tennessee 37, Missouri 19
Tennessee held South Carolina without a point for the game's first 6:06.
That was the fourth streak this season where Tennessee held its opponent without a point for at least five minutes.
It was the longest an opponent had gone before scoring this season to begin a game. The previous was 5:03, also vs. South Carolina.
STOKES CONTINUES TO DOUBLE IT UP
Junior Jarnell Stokes now has 37 career double-doubles during his UT career (82 games), including an SEC-best 19 this season.
His 37 career double-doubles, which lead all active SEC players, rank fourth all-time in the UT record books. No. 3 on the list of Gene Tormohlen, who had 50.
His 19 double-doubles are the third-most in the nation.
The junior bigman was 9-of-14 from the field.
Stokes has scored in double-figures 14 games in a row.
Stokes has scored 20 or more points in nine gams this season.
STOKES ADDS TO O-BOARD RECORD
Jarnell Stokes continued to add to his Tennessee career leading total of offensive rebounds with four in the game. Stokes now has 316 in his career. Second on the list is Wayne Chism (302).
Stokes fourth in the nation averaging 4.5 offensive rebounds per game.
McRAE MOVES UP SCORING CHART
Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 14 points.
It's McRae's 28th double-digit performance of the season and his 12th in 12 games.
McRae has scored in double-figures in 65 of his 109 career games.
McRae is now 17th on the Tennessee career scoring list at 1,427 career points. He moved past Stevie Hamer (1,418), and C.J. Watson (1,424).
Next on the list is and Ron Widby (1,432)and Ron Slay (1,569).
- After jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the Vols recorded their 13th wire-to-wire win this season.
- Tennessee has not trailed in its last five games (200 total minutes).
Wire-to-Wire Wins Under Martin Date, Opponent, Score March 14, 2014: vs. South Carolina, 59-44 March 8, 2014: Missouri, 72-45 March 5, 2014: at Auburn, 82-54 March 1, 2014, Vanderbilt. 76-38 Feb. 26, 2014, at Mississippi State, 75-68 Feb. 8, 2014, South Carolina, 72-53 Feb. 1, 2014, at Alabama, 76-59 Jan. 29, 2014, Ole Miss, 86-70 Jan. 15, 2014, Auburn, 78-67 Jan. 4, 2014, Tusculum College, 98-51 Dec. 30, 2013, Virginia, 87-52 Nov. 22, 2013, Tennessee State, 88-67 Nov. 18, 2013, The Citadel, 86-60 Nov. 26, 2012, Oakland, 77-50 March 13, 2012, Savannah St., 65-51 Feb. 25, 2012, at South Carolina, 73-64 Dec. 29, 2011, The Citadel, 86-55 Nov. 11, 2011, UNCG, 92-63