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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 68, LSU 50



Jan. 7, 2014

THE GAME

• This marks the first time Tennessee has ever opened SEC play by facing LSU.
• Tennessee has won five of its last six regular-season SEC road games.
• Tennessee leads the series with LSU, 62-43
• The series tie was broken in Baton Rouge with the Vols leading 25-24
• Tennessee has now won six straight vs. the Tigers
• The Vols held LSU to just 50 points, the second-lowest point total of the season (Xavier 49)

THE TENNESSEE WIN...

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

WINNING IT ON THE ROAD

• In the last two seasons, the Vols earned their first road victories on
o Feb. 11, 2012 at Florida (75-70)
o Feb. 10, 2013 at South Carolina (66-61)
• Tennessee started both years 0-6 on road before first win.
• In the 2013-14 season the Vols earned their first road win on Jan. 7, 2014 at LSU (68-50) after starting the year 0-2 in road games.

LARGEST ROAD WIN UNDER MARTIN

• The 18-point margin of victory tonight is the largest road win under Cuonzo Martin.
• Martin's previous high was a 12-point win at Vandy, 58-46 on Feb. 13, 2013
• The win marks the Vols largest road victory since a 80-56 (24 points) thrashing of South Carolina on January 12, 2008.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Jarnell Stokes and LSU's Johnny O'Bryant now have 25 and 20 career double-doubles, respectively, to rank first and second among all active SEC players. (O'Bryant 11 points, 7 rebs tonight)
• Stokes finished the game vs. LSU with his seventh double-double of the season registering 15 points and 15 rebounds
• The 15 rebounds were the second time this season that Stokes has hit the 15 rebound plateau and the fourth career game with 15+ rebounds
• In three career games vs. LSU, Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy candidate, Jarnell Stokes averages 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.

 

 

McRAE VS. LSU

• Last season vs. LSU, Jordan McRae went off for a career-high 34 points
• While he didn't score as many this game, McRae finished with a game-high 19 points vs. the Tigers on the road

TURNOVER BATTLE CONTINUES

• 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).
• Tonight at LSU the Vols notched 16 turnovers vs. the Tigers, the most of the 2013-14 season

AT THE HALF

• The Vols recorded at least 38 points at the half for the fourth straight game
• The 14 point halftime was the largest in a road game for the Vols under Cuonzo Martin (previous was 12 at Vandy last year, 40-28)
• The 14-point halftime lead was also the largest for the Vols in a road game since being +17 at South Carolina on March 3, 2011 (40-23, won 73-69)
• Tennessee finished the half on a 13-4 run
Antonio Barton (12 points) and Jordan McRae (10 points) lead all scorers at the half
Jarnell Stokes pulled down six rebounds in the first 20 minutes
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