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Vol Hoops Central: LSU



Jan. 5, 2014


 

TENNESSEE at LSU
Jan. 4, 2014   |   7 p.m. ET
Pete Maravich Center   |   Baton Rouge, La.

ITEMS OF NOTE
  • This marks the first time Tennessee has ever opened SEC play by facing LSU.
  • Tennessee has won four of its last five regular-season SEC road games.
  • Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes turns 20-year-old Tuesday, Jan. 7.
  • Jarnell Stokes and LSU's Johnny O'Bryant have 24 and 20 career double-doubles, respectively, to rank first and second among all active SEC players.
  • Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy candidate Jordan McRae averaged 19.2 points in SEC play last season. He scored 34 points in UT's home win over LSU (2/19/13).
  • In two career games vs. LSU, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy candidate, Jarnell Stokes averages 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.


  • Only three teams in Division I average fewer turnovers per game than Tennessee (9.2 tpg).
  • Tennessee leads the SEC with a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio. The Vols rank second in turnover margin (+3.1) and offensive rebounding (15.2 orpg).
  • Tennessee leads the SEC and ranks 13th nationally in points per possession (1.19). However, the Vols rank last in the league and 327th nationally in possessions per game (64.4).
  • Jarnell Stokes (9.2 rpg) and Jeronne Maymon (8.2 rpg) are the SEC's second- and fourth-leading rebounders, respectively.
  • Vols signee Jordan Cornish is rated by ESPN.com as the No. 4 prospect in the state of Louisiana. A 6-4, 180-pound guard, Cornish attends Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.

LAST MEETING WITH LSU...
  • Jordan McRae was simply in "the zone" in leading Tennessee to its fourth win in a row, 82-72, over LSU at Thompson-Boling Arena on Feb. 19, 2013. McRae tallied a career-high 34 points, the most by a Vol in six seasons. He was perfect from 3-point range, making all six of his attempts. He hit on a career-best 13-of-18 from the floor.
  • McRae's 34 points were the most since Chris Lofton tallied 35 vs. Texas on Dec. 23, 2006 (McRae went on to score 35 at Georgia 11 days later).
  • Tennessee tied a school record for 3-point field goal percentage in a game (minimum 12 attempts), shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from beyond the arc.
  • McRae's individual effort also tied the school record set for most 3-point makes without a miss, set by JaJuan Smith in 2008 vs. Arkansas.


  • The Vols' 57.4 percent shooting from the floor was their best effort in an SEC game since Jan. 14, 2010, when UT shot 60.8 percent vs. Auburn.
  • Jarnell Stokes had his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
  • For the third game in a row, the Vols tallied 40 points in the first half. Tennessee led LSU, 40-30 at intermission thanks to red-hot shooting (.593).
  • LSU was led by forward Johnny O'Bryant III, who had 24 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.

A TENNESSEE WIN WOULD...
  • Give Tennessee its first true road win of the season.
  • Give the Vols four wins against teams with an RPI of 75 or better according to ESPN.com.
  • Give UT a six-game win streak in the series and four straight wins over the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
  • Give Cuonzo Martin a perfect 3-0 record against LSU.

LAST TRIP TO BATON ROUGE A THRILLER
  • The Vols rallied from a 15-point deficit to win at LSU, 74-69 in overtime on Feb. 29, 2012.
  • Freshman Jarnell Stokes scored a then-career-high 18 points, shooting 9-of-10 from the floor.
  • Junior Jeronne Maymon scored 14 points for his 11th game in a row in double figures.
  • Rallying from 15 down marked UT's largest comeback of the season. The road win in overtime marked the first time the Vols won a road OT game since Jan. 19, 2005 at Florida (83-76).

LSU IS UT'S SIXTH TOP-75 RPI FOE
  • According to ESPN.com InsideRPI, Tuesday's LSU game is UT's sixth this season against a team with an RPI of 75 or better.
  • ESPN lists the Tigers' RPI at No. 64.
  • The Vols also have faced No. 16 Wichita State, No. 21 Xavier (twice), No. 31 Virginia and No. 72 Wake Forest.

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