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Postgame Notes: #12/8 Wichita State 70, Tennessee 61

Dec. 14, 2013

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THE GAME

  • With the 70-61 loss, Tennessee drops to 6-3 on the season. The Vols also started 6-3 last season.
  • The Vols are still in search of their first true road victory of the season.
  • The Volunteers were unable to hand Wichita State its first loss of the season for the second year in row. The Shockers are now 10-0 for the first time in program history.
  • Wichita State now leads the all-time series by a 3-1 margin.
  • Tennessee has a 5-8 all-time record against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • The Vols were unable to register the second road win in the nation over a current Top 15 team this season.
  • Jarnell Stokes' nation-leading double-double streak of four games came to an end today.

FOR STARTERS

  • Today's starters: G Antonio Barton, G Jordan McRae, G Josh Richardson, F Jeronne Maymon, F Jarnell Stokes.
  • This lineup falls to 5-2 on the season.
  • Stokes made his 51st straight start, Richardson his 42nd and McRae his 41st. It's Maymon's 40th career start.
  • McRae netted then Vols' first points of the game, a 3-pointer from the left wing just 55 seconds into the contest.

McRAE BECOMES 45th 1,000-POINT MEMBER

  • With a season-high 26 points against the Shockers, senior Jordan McRae becomes Tennessee's 45th all-time member of the 1,000-point club.
  • The Vols' wing joined the elite club with a pair of free throws with 6:50 remaining in the contest.
  • McRae's career points total (1,005) ranks third among active SEC players. Only Trevor Releford (1,299) of Alabama and Andre Stringer (1,037) of LSU have scored more.
  • Former Vol center Gene Tormohlen (1956-59) is next on the UT list with 1,020 points.
  • The 26-point outing was McRae's fifth 20-point performance of the season and the 17th of his career. It was also the 25th time he's led the Vols in scoring, six coming this year.

VOLS VERSUS RANKED TEAMS

  • Under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee is now 6-9 vs. AP ranked teams.
  • The Vols went 3-6 with wins over No. 13 Florida, No. 13 UConn and No. 8 Florida in 2011-12, and 3-2 with victories over No. 23 Wichita State, No. 25 Kentucky and No. 8 Florida last season.

FREE THROW WOES

  • The Vols shot 15-of-24 (.625) from the free throw line on Saturday.
  • In Tennessee's three losses this season, the Vols are shooting .549 (45-of-82) from the foul line. In UT's six wins, the Vols are shooting .737 (126-of-171) at the charity stripe.

TIME'S UP!

  • With one directly before the conclusion of the first half, the Vols have now forced four 5-second calls this season.
  • UT also forced Wichita State into a shot-clock violation in the opening period, the Vols' fourth of the season.

HALFTIME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Both teams came out swinging, with Tennessee going 5-of-7 from the floor to start and Wichita State hitting 7-of-8 shots to start.
  • Things slowed down in the second half of the opening 20 minutes, leading to a 26-25 halftime lead for the Volunteers.
  • The Shockers' 25 points were the fewest first-half points of the season for a Tennessee opponent.
  • Jordan McRae led all players with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
  • UT got production from its freshmen in the first half, with A.J. Davis scoring six points and Darius Thompson added three. The dup also combined for five rebounds in the half.

STRONG-STARTING DEFENSE

  • Holding the Shockers to just 25 points at the half today, Tennessee has now held its opponent to fewer than 30 first-half points in 38 of the 76 games under Coach Martin.

UP NEXT

  • Tennessee returns home to host NC State Dec. 18 at Thompson-Boling Arena (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU).
  • The Vols trail the all-time series with the Wolfpack 5-3, dating to 1929.
  • The Vols have already beaten one ACC team this season (Wake Forest), and Tennessee also hosts Virginia on Dec. 30.


 

 

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