Postgame Notes: Xavier 67, Vols, 63

Nov. 12, 2013

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  • Tennessee lost a season opener for the first time since 1998 after winning 14 consecutive season openers dating back to a loss to open the 1998-99 season.

  • Tennessee was a perfect 14-0 in openers in the 2000s, prior to this loss.

  • Of the 14 season opening wins, 13 were played in Knoxville with the only other one aside from this year coming in Lahaina, Maui in 2004-05, a 69-57 win over Stanford.

  • The last time the Vols played a true road game to open the season was in 1992-93, when UT won at Rutgers, 87-79 on Nov. 19, 1992.


  • Jordan McRae scored 23 points for his 38th game in double-figures in his career.

  • He had 13 of the Vols' 20 first-half points.

  • He scored 20 points for the 13th time in his career.


  • Josh Richardson tallied 13 points for his 11th career game in double-figures.


  • After being held scoreless in the first half, senior transfer Antonio Barton scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

  • With 10 points, Barton has 30 career games in double-figures with the first 29 coming in his three years at Memphis.


  • Senior bigman Jeronne Maymon returned to action for the Vols after missing all of 2012-13 following knee surgery after the 2011-12 season.
  • Maymon started and scored Tennessee's first point of the season on a free throw, 2:05 into the game.

  • Maymon also had the Vols' first field goal of the season on a jumper with 16:28 left in the first half.

  • Maymon finished with seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

  • It was Maymon's 11th career game with double-figure rebounds.


  • Five Vols made their Tennessee debuts:
    - Freshman guard Darius Thompson started in his first game. He did not score.
    - Freshman guard Robert Hubbs III entered as a sub 2:05 into the action. He did not score.
    - Senior transfer guard Anotnio Barton made his first appearance for the Vols as a sub for Thompson with 3:16 elapsed. He scored 10 points.
    - Freshman swingman A.J. Davis subbed in with 4:01 gone by in the first half. Davis score his first points on a layup with 4:50 left in the first half.
    - Junior center Rawane Ndiaye made his debut with 14:36 left in the first half. He did not score.


  • The Vols forced Xavier into 16 turnovers, including 12 in the first half.

  • The most turnovers forced by a Vols team under Cuonzo Martin came in last season's meeting with Xavier, when UT induced 19 miscues by the Musketeers.


  • Tennessee leads the all-time series with Xavier, 11-5.

  • In games played in Cincinnati vs. the Muskies, the Vols are now 3-4.

  • Last year, Tennessee beat Xavier, 51-47 in Knoxville on Dec. 29, 2012.

  • That was the first meeting between Cuonzo Martin and Chris Mack. The coaches have split two meetings now.


  • The Vols are now 27-22 against the current members of the BIG EAST Conference.

  • Tennessee is now 8-16 all-time in the state of Ohio. UT's last game in Ohio came in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, a first-round loss to Oklahoma State in Dayton.

  • The Vols have now won four of their last six true road games.

  • The Vols won their only previous game played on Nov. 12, an 82-62 win over Chattanooga in the 2010-11 season opener.




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