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