March 21, 2014
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VOLS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Vols are making their 20th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Orange owns a 18-20 (.473) NCAA Tournament record.
The Vols are 11-7 in first-round games, 6-6 in second-round games, 1-5 in regional semifinals, 0-1 in regional finals and 0-1 in the now-defunct regional consolation round.
This is the program's seventh NCAA berth in the last nine years and its first under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin.
Tennessee's 20 NCAA Tournament berths tie LSU for fourth-most among SEC teams.
In the last 10 years (2004-2013), among SEC programs, only Florida (22) and Kentucky (19) have won more NCAA Tournament games than Tennessee (10).
This is the fifth time Tennessee has won two NCAA Tournament games in the same season. The Vols advanced to the Sweet 16 with two wins in 2000, 2007 and 2008. In 2010, Tennessee won three games to reach the Elite Eight.
This was Cuonzo Martin's second NCAA Tournament win as a head coach against no losses.
Cuonzo Martin is the fourth Tennessee coach to win an NCAA Tournament game (joining Don DeVoe, Jerry Green and Bruce Pearl).
The Vols have never previously competed as an 11 seed in their 19 previous NCAA appearances.
VOLS Vs. UMASS
Tennessee is now 4-0. The Vols handed UMass an 83-69 defeat in Puerto Rico on Nov. 18, 2012. In that game, Jarnell Stokes had a then career-high 24 points.
Martin started guard Jordan McRae, guard Josh Richardson, guard Antonio Barton, forward Jeronne Maymon, forward Jarnell Stokes for the eighth game in a row. The Vols are now 7-1 in those eight games, with the lone loss to #1 Florida.
Tennessee is now 17-7 with that starting line-up.
Antonio Barton started for the eighth game in a row after coming off the bench for eight games in a row. He made his 25th start of the season, in his only season as a Vol.
Stokes made his 77th consecutive start, dating to February of 2012. He has started 82 of his 85 career games.
McRae has started all 35 games this season along with Stokes. In his career, McRae has 72 starts.
With two double-doubles, the Vols had multiple double-doubles in an NCAA Tournament game for the second time in history. The only other came in 1977 when Ernie Grunfeld (26 points, 12 rebounds), Bernard King (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Reggie Johnson (17 points, 10 rebounds) achieved the feat in an overtime loss to Syracuse.
Stokes' 14 rebounds tied the Tennessee NCAA Tournament record for rebounds in a game. The record of 14 was previously reached by Isiah Victor (1999) and set by Reggie Johnson (1980).
Over the last seven games, the Vols' defense has held foes to an average of 51.4 points per game.
The Tennessee defense held UMass to 67 points, the 54th time in the last 66 games that the Vols have held their opponent to under-70 points dating to last season.
Only three opponents this season have scored at least 70 points with a season-high of 78 by UTEP.
Tennessee held UMass to a season-low of 22 points in the first half. It equalled the Minutemen's fewest points in any half this season (22 at Richmond).
Iowa was held to a season-low in first-half points with just 29. The Hawkeyes didn't score for the final 3:42 of the half.
Tennessee held UMass' top scorer Chaz Williams (15.8 ppg) to just 12 points. That came after holding Iowa's leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble (17.3 ppg) to just 7 points, -10 below his season average. The Vols have been tremendous against some of the nation's scorers. Auburn's Chris Denson (19.9 ppg) was held to three points on March 5. Missouri's Jabari Brown (21.4 ppg) was limited to eight points on March 8.
STOKES DOING WORK
Jarnell Stokes (career-high 26 points and 14 rebounds) and Jeronne Maymon (11 points and 11 rebounds) each posted double-doubles in the game. For Stokes, it was his 21st double-double of the year, one shy of Bernard King's school record of 22 in 1976-77.
Stokes (26 points) has scored in double-figures 17 games in a row.
Stokes has scored in double-figures in 30 of 35 games this season.
Stokes has scored 20 or more points in 11 games.
Stokes now has 1,101 to move to 41st in career scoring at Tennessee. He passed Cameron Tatum (1,083) and Terry Crosby (1,096). Next up is Fred Jenkins (1,139).
Stokes picked up his 39th career double-double in his 85 career games at Tennessee (45.9 percent of his games). That leads all active players in he SEC.
Stokes had his 21st double-double of the season, the most by a Vol in a season since Bernard King had 22 in 1976-77.
Stokes' 39 double-doubles are fourth on the all-time list at Tennessee. Gene Tormohlen is third with 50 in his career.
Stokes continued to add to his Tennessee career leading total of offensive rebounds with four in the game. Stokes now has 327 in his career. Second on the list is Wayne Chism (302).
Stokes fourth in the nation averaging 4.5 offensive rebounds per game.
McRAE FILLS IT UP
Senior guard Jordan McRae finished with 21 points his 31st double-digit performance of the season and his 15th in 16 games.
McRae has scored in double-figures in 68 of his 112 career games.
McRae is now 16th on the Tennessee career scoring list at 1,483 career points. Next on the list is Ron Slay with 1,569 points.
McRae made two 3-pointers and now has 179 in his career and his now tied for seventh with Vincent Yarbrough (179) and No. 6 Jon Higgins (209).
RICH PLAY IN NCAA TOURNEY
On the heels of his 17-point game vs. Iowa on Tuesday, Josh Richardson had 15 points vs. UMass.
Richardson now has 20 games this season in double-figures and 30 in his career.
MAYMON MAULS `EM ON GLASS
Senior forward Jeronne Maymon had his fourth double-double this season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He has 13 career double-doubles.
Maymon has 15 games with double-figure points and seven games with double-figure boards.
Maymon has 42 in his career after tallying 11. He has five double-figure games in his last nine games.
Tennessee is 10-0 when it shoots 50 percent or better from the floor this season.
Tenneesse is 18-1 this season when it shoots a better percentage from the floor this season.
Tennessee is 25-0 under Cuonzo Martin when the Vols shoot at least 50 percent from the floor in a game.
Tennessee is 30-3 under Cuonzo Martin when the Vols score at least 80 points in a game.
Tennessee is 36-4 under Cuonzo Martin when they lead by seven at the half.
MARTIN IN MARCH
Cuonzo Martin is now 62-40 (.607) all-time on Rocky Top.
Cuonzo Martin's Vols now have a 12-6 record in March games.
This is UT's 24th all-time 20-win season and the second 20-win campaign under third-year coach Cuonzo Martin.