South Carolina Game Preview

F1 Tyler Smith6-7215So.
F4 Wayne Chism6-9242So.
G5 Chris Lofton6-2200Sr.
G2 JaJuan Smith6-2195Sr.
G15 Jordan Howell6-2200So.
South CarolinaHt.Wt.Yr.PPGRPGAPG
F21 Dominique Archie6-7208So.
F24 Mike Holmes6-7230Fr.
G2 Devan Downey5-9175So.
G20 Zam Fredrick6-0203Jr.
G23 Dwayne Day6-6185Sr.

UT Seeks 14th win in last 22 S.C. Meetings

  • Tennessee plays its first Southeastern Conference road game of the 2007-08 season when the Vols travel to Columbia, S.C., to meet the South Carolina Gamecocks. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Colonial Center. Fox Sports Net South will televise the game.
  • UT is playing away from Thompson-Boling Arena for the fifth time in its last seven games. The Vols have visited Chattanooga, Nashville, Cincinnati, Seattle and now Columbia, S.C., during that stretch.
  • The eighth-ranked Vols opened SEC action with an 85-83 victory over previously unbeaten and 16th ranked Ole Miss Wednesday night in Knoxville. Tyler Smith???s driving lay-in with 4.2 seconds left capped a 6-0 Vols run to end the game. Tyler Smith finished the game with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. JaJuan Smith also added 21 points on five 3-pointers to go with six rebounds.
  • The Vols own an eight-game winning streak that includes four wins that have come on either their opponents??? homecourt or a semi-neutral court. This is the third consecutive season that Tennessee has had a winning streak of at least eight games.
  • UT has won 13 of its first 14 games for the first time since the 2000-01 team opened with a 16-1 record. It is in a four-way tie for the second-best start in school history (the 1922-23 team started 13-0).
  • Chris Lofton broke Allan Houston???s school record (346 from 1989-93) for career 3-pointers made against UNC Asheville. Lofton???s 355 career 3-pointers ranks second in SEC history behind only Arkansas??? Pat Bradley (366 from 1995-99) and are 17th in NCAA history.
  • JaJuan Smith???s five 3-pointers against Ole Miss improved his career total to 200 which makes UT just the second team in SEC history to feature two players with 200 or more 3-pointers at the same time.
  • Tyler Smith has made a significant impact for the Vols since transferring from Iowa after last season. The 6-foot-7 forward from Pulaski, Tenn., leads the Vols in rebounds (5.6 rpg), assists (3.6 apg), steals (2.1 spg), is second on the team in field goal percentage (.576) and third in scoring (13.5 ppg).

Tennessee Trends

  • The Vols ranked No. 3 in the first official RPI released by the NCAA on Jan. 8.
  • A win would give UT a 14-1 record for the first time since the 2000-01 team started 16-1. It would be the fifth time in school history (2000-01, 1999-2000, 1941-42 and 1922-23) the Vols have started 14-1.
  • Tennessee is averaging 25.1 points per game off turnovers this season (352 points in 14 games).
  • No UT player ranks among the SEC???s top 30 in minutes played.
  • Tennessee has forced an average of 21.4 turnovers off an SEC-best 11.6 steals per game this year.
  • UT is leading the SEC with 21.1 assists per game.
  • Tennessee is the only state in the nation with three ranked teams within its borders. Memphis is No. 2, Tennessee is No. 8 and Vanderbilt is No. 13.
  • Despite a reduction in arena capacity (from 24,535 to 21,678 this season), the Vols are averaging a similar home attendance number (from 19,661 to 19,568).
  • UT???s crowd of 21,846 for the Ole Miss game (1/9/08) was 168 above capacity (21,678) for Thompson-Boling Arena.
  • Lofton???s 1,770 career points rank eighth on UT???s all-time scorers list.
  • Tennessee is 37-2 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season.
  • UT has a 24-game homecourt winning streak. The Vols??? last home loss was an 80-78 decision to Kentucky in the final home game of the 2005-06 season.
  • The Vols are 22-0 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl.
  • Bruce Pearl is 11-6 against ranked teams while at Tennessee.
  • The Vols have made at least one 3-pointer in 333 consecutive games.
  • Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 52-4 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game.
  • UT is 40-4 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
  • UT is 32-14 (.696) when playing before crowds of 20,000 or larger at Thompson-Boling Arena. In 2006-07 the Vols were 6-0 playing in front of 20,000 fans at home.
  • UT???s 69-point (109-40) win over Middle Tennessee is the second-largest margin of victory in school history.
  • The Vols tied a school record with 16 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee (11/20/07). Their 30 assists were one dime shy of tying a school record.
  • The 21,817 fans for Tennessee???s game against Temple (11/9/07) was the largest crowd for a home opener in the nation this year.
  • Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith were the highest scoring duo in the Southeastern Conference in 2006-07. Lofton averaged 20.8 points while Smith added 15.2 points.
  • Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,404-904-2 in its 99th season of basketball.
  • UT???s 621 regular season SEC victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.
  • Tennessee is 237-86 in its 21st season in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols have winning home records in 18 of their 20 seasons in the facility.
  • Tennessee is the only Division I school ever to rank in the top five nationally in attendance for football, men???s basketball and women???s basketball in the same season. The Vols turned the trick for the fourth time in 2006-07.

Two For 200

Tennessee is just the second team in Southeastern Conference history to have two players in the lineup at the same time who have made at least 200 career 3-pointers ... Chris Lofton is chasing the SEC record with 355 career 3-pointers while JaJuan Smith has hit the century mark for the second time with 200 career 3-pointers ... Arkansas??? Todd Day (226) and Lee Mayberry (218) became the only other duo to accomplish the feat in 1992.

Turning Up The Heat

Tennessee is forcing its opponents to turn the ball over an average of 21.4 times per game which ranks as the second-most in the nation (as of Jan. 10) ... The Vols are averaging 25.1 points per game off turnovers this season (352 points in 14 games) ... UT???s turnover margin of +9.21 easily leads the Southeastern Conference.

Looking At South Carolina

South Carolina dropped its SEC opener 80-73 at unbeaten and 13th-ranked Vanderbilt Wednesday ... The loss dropped the Gamecocks??? record to 8-7 on the season ... USC is led by its backcourt of Devan Downey and Zam Fredrick ... Downey, a transfer from Cincinnati, leads the squad with 18.8 points, 5.47 assists and 3.40 steals per game ... Downey has scored in double figures every game this season and has a streak of seven consecutive games with five or more assists ... Fredrick, a transfer from Georgia Tech, is second on the squad with 16.3 points and 3.60 assists per game ... Downey and Fredrick combined for 22 and 21 points, respectively, against Vanderbilt ... Brandis Raley-Ross leads the nation with an eye-popping 65.2 (30-of-46) 3-point percentage ... Ross has been slowed by a sprained knee suffered on Dec. 30 but managed nine minutes of action in the Vandy game ... The Gamecocks are one of the top 3-point shooting teams, converting 41.1 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc ... South Carolina ranks among the national leaders by turning the ball over just 10.9 times per game ... USC is celebrating its 100th season of basketball ...Dave Odom has been the coach for seven of those years, posting a 122-93 record.

Pressure Defense

Tennessee???s pressure defense has made the simple act of inbounding the ball a headache for its opponents ... Since the start of the 2006-07 season (49 games), Tennessee has forced 230 turnovers on inbounds plays ... Over the last 49 games, the Vols??? inbounds pressure has caused:

  • 40 timeouts to be called
  • 25 five-second calls
  • Coppin State (11/19/06) committed the highest number of turnovers (13) during the last two years.

Balanced Offense

Tennessee is leading the Southeastern Conference in both scoring and assists but does not list a single player among the top 10 in either individual category ... UT is averaging an SEC-high 87.2 points per game but leading scorer JaJuan Smith ranks 15th in the league individually with 14.9 points ... Seven Vols are averaging seven or more points this season ... Tennessee also leads the SEC and the nation with 21.1 assists per game but UT leader Tyler Smith ranks 12th with 3.57 assists per game ... Six Vols are averaging at least 2.50 assists per game for the year.

  • UT has had a player score 20 or more points just five times this season.
  • The Vols have had four or more players reach double figure scoring in a game nine times this year. Five or more players scored at least 10 points in a game four times.

UT Leading The Nation in Assists

UT is prominently listed among the national leaders according to the January 6 NCAA statistics.

  • Assists per game: 20.9 apg / 1st
  • Assist-Turnover Ratio: 1.68/ 1st
  • Steals per game: 12.2 spg / 2nd
  • Scoring offense: 87.4 ppg / 4th
  • 3-pointers per game: 9.7 3pg / 10th

It Doesn???t Rain 3s, It Pours Them

The 3-point shot has been a key part of Tennessee???s repertoire under Bruce Pearl ... The Vols are averaging 27.7 3-point shots per game this season ... 42.6 percent (388 of 911) of the Vols??? shots have been from 3-point range ... UT is averaging 9.9 3-pointers made per game on the year ... 13 different Vols have made a 3-pointer this season.

  • Tennessee???s 50 3-point attempts against North Carolina A&T (11/27/07) shattered the school record of 37 and are the third-most in SEC history. The Vols??? 37 3-point attempts at UT-Chattanooga (12/4/07) are tied for the second-most in school history.
  • The Vols have tied the school record for 3-pointers made in a game with 16 two times this season. They performed the feat less than a week between games, doing it against Middle Tennessee State (11/20/07) and then against Texas (11/24/07).
  • Chris Lofton became UT???s career leader for 3-pointers made against UNC Asheville. The senior guard???s 355 triples rank second in SEC history.
  • Lofton broke his own single-game record for attempts by going 8-of-20 from 3-point range against North Carolina A&T (11/27/07). It tied for the third highest number of attempts in SEC history.
  • Lofton???s eight 3-pointers against North Carolina A&T are tied for second-most in school history. Lofton already holds the school record with nine triples in a game against Georgia his sophomore season.
  • JaJuan Smith???s seven 3-pointers against Middle Tennessee (11/20/07) rank in a tie for fourth on UT???s single-game lists.





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