March 16, 2007

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  • Today's game is the first-ever meeting between the Volunteers and the 49ers.

  • Tennessee never trailed in the game, forging a lead of 31-14 before Long Beach cut the margin to as little as six (41-35).

  • The win was Tennessee's 23rd of the season, the most for the Volunteers since the 1999-2000 team finished 26-7.

  • Tennessee is now 8-6 in first round NCAA Tournament games, 10-15 overall in the tournament. They are now 1-1 vs. a 12th-seeded team.

  • Tennessee's 121 points is tied for the fourth-highest ever scored in the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament (tied with UNLV's 121-95 win over San Francisco in 1977).

  • The 121-86 win marked the highest point total of the season for the Vols, and the third time they have eclipsed the 100-point mark in 2006-07 (two of Tennessee's 100-point games came in overtime).

  • Tennessee's 121 points ties the Volunteer record for most points scored in a game, first set in a 121-42 win over Mexico in 1966.

  • The 121 points is also an all-time high for Tennessee in an NCAA Tournament game (previous high was 97 vs. Eastern Kentucky in 1979).

  • Tennessee opened the second half with a 16-2 run, expanding it lead from 12 to 26 at the 15:44 mark.

  • Today's match-up is the first between a Southeastern Conference school and Big West member in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Tennessee's 57 first-half points was a season-high for the opening 20 minutes. The previous high was 56 vs. Tennessee Tech Dec. 28, 2006.

  • Tennessee hit its first four three-point attempts of the game, all by different players (R. Smith, J. Smith, Lofton and Chism).

  • Tennessee's 12-point halftime lead ties for the biggest lead at half of a UT NCAA Tournament game (35-23 over West Virginia on March 16 1989).

  • The Vol's 14 three-point field goals made is a Tennessee NCAA Tournament record. The previous high was 10, twice (last time being vs. Wichita State on March 18, 2006).

  • The 35-point win by Tennessee is the largest in the team's NCAA Tournament history (previous record was a 16 point win over Eastern Kentucky).

  • Tennessee's Ramar Smith's 22 points is the most be a freshman in Tennessee's NCAA Tournament history.

  • The last time Tennessee had three players score 20 points or more was on Jan. 9, 2002. In today's win, Lofton, J. Smith and R. Smith all topped 20.

  • The 45 first half points scored by Long Beach State is the fourth highest total allowed by Tennessee this season. However, the teams which scored more are North Carolina (56 on Nov. 24, 2006), Texas (50 on Dec. 23, 2006) and Florida (50 on Feb. 3).





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