Tennessee Basketball Notes - Kentucky Game

Jan. 12, 2009

Game 15: Vols Face Wildcats in SEC Home Opener

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G 3 Bobby Maze
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G 13 Michael Porter

UT renews oldest and most-played rivalry Tuesday

  • 2008-09 marks Tennessee's 100th season of varsity basketball. A season-long centennial celebration includes the selection of a Tennessee Basketball All-Century Team. Ballots are available in the Thompson-Boling Arena concourse for all home games.
  • In its last game, Tennessee won its SEC opener 86-77 at Georgia Saturday. Tyler Smith tied his UT career-high with 24 points as the Vols overcame a 10-point second-half deficit.
  • UT has won six of its last eight SEC home-openers (3-0 in such games under head coach Bruce Pearl).
  • The Vols bring a 16-game SEC home win streak into Tuesday night's game. Tennessee's last home conference loss was an 80-78 loss to Kentucky on March 1, 2006.
  • Freshman Scotty Hopson is from Hopkinsville, Ky., and graduated from University Heights High School, where his No. 32 jersey is now retired after he earned McDonald's All-America honors there. Hopson is the first McDonald's All-America to sign with the Vols during the Bruce Pearl era.
  • Junior Tyler Smith is the only player in the SEC to be ranked among the top 15 in the conference in scoring (7th), rebounding (14th) and assists (6th).
  • Junior Wayne Chism is averaging 15.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks over the last four games.
  • He has five double-doubles this season; only two SEC players have more (Kentucky's Patrick Patterson has nine and Arkansas' Michael Washington has eight).
  • In the most recent NCAA statistics (through the games of Jan. 8), the Volunteers were ranked seventh nationally in scoring, 13th nationally in assists per game and 17th nationally in rebounding margin.
  • Tennessee navigates some rough waters during the month of January, as the Vols' opponents this month include Kansas (L), Gonzaga (L), Georgia (W), Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Memphis, LSU and Florida.

Tennessee Trends

  • Through the games of Jan. 11, Tennessee led the SEC in scoring (84.3 ppg) and rebounding (43.1 rpg) while ranking third in assists (17.6 apg).
  • Tennessee is 10-0 this season when it holds its opponent under 80 points. The Vols are 0-4 when the opposition scores 80 or more.
  • UT owns an 8-1 record when Wayne Chism records a double-double (4-1 this season).
  • The Vols' bench has outscored the opponent's bench in 13 of UT's 14 games this season.
  • Tennessee is 50-3 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season.
  • The Vols are 28-1 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl.
  • Bruce Pearl is 18-9 against ranked teams while at Tennessee.
  • Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 80-7 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game.
  • UT is 57-6 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
  • Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,432-912-2 in 100 seasons of basketball.
  • UT's 635 regular-season SEC victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.
  • Tennessee is 250-87 in 22 seasons in Thompson-Boling rena. The Vols have posted winning home records in 18 of their 21 full 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 year. The Vols turned the trick for the fifth time in 2007-08.

The Kentucky Series

This will be the 206th all-time meeting between the two schools ... Kentucky leads the series 140-65 ... The teams split last season's two meetings, with the Wildcats posting a 72-66 win in Lexington (1/22/08) and the Vols recording a 63-60 triumph in Knoxville (3/2/08) ... Kentucky leads the series 48-45 when played in Knoxville ... The Wildcats hold an 82-16 advantage when playing in Lexington ... Kentucky is one of just three schools that has recorded a win against the Vols in Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season ... The last opponent to leave the building with a win prior to UT's Jan. 7 loss to Gonzaga, Kentucky took an 80-78 win March 1, 2006 ... Tennessee's 65 wins against the Wildcats are more than any other Kentucky opponent ... Vanderbilt has beaten UK 42 times to rank second ... Kentucky's 140 wins against Tennessee are the most of any Volunteer opponent ... The Kentucky series is Tennessee's oldest and most-played among SEC opponents ... The Vols and Wildcats first met on Feb. 5, 1910 ... That was just the second season that the University of Tennessee sponsored a varsity a basketball team.

Noting Kentucky

Kentucky (12-4, 1-0 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt 70-60 Saturday in Lexington to open Southeastern Conference play ... UK is in its 106th season of basketball and is the all-time NCAA leader in wins with 1,978 ... Guard Jodie Meeks leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally in scoring (24.2 ppg) ... Big man Patrick Patterson leads the nation in FG percentage (70.9) and ranks 21st nationally in rebounding (9.3 rpg) ... Patterson is the only player in the SEC to rank in the top five in scoring (4th, 18.9) and rebounding, and he leads the league with nine double-doubles this season ... UK ranks third in the country in blocked shots per game (7.5) while ranking fourth nationally in field-goal percentage (50.5), sixth in free-throw percentage (78.7) and ninth in assists per game (17.9) ... Kentucky is 310-109 (.740) all-time against schools from the Volunteer State ... Head coach Billy Gillispie is 30-17 in his second season in Lexington, and he owns a career record of 130-75 ... The Kentucky roster does not feature any players from the state of Tennessee ... The Wildcats average 79.8 points per game and outscore their opponents by an average of 15.0 points ... They also boast a +7.3 rebounding margin while blocknig 7.5 shots per game ... UK's opponents are shooting just 37 percent from the floor this season ... Kentucky is 0-2 in true road games this season, with losses at North Carolina and Louisville.

Last Clash With Kentucky

Tennessee tied a school record for wins in a season with a 63-60 victory over Kentucky on March 2, 2008, at Thompson-Boling Arena ... The win improved the Vols' record to 26-3 on the season ... UT jumped out to an 11-2 lead, building it to 20-5 with 11:22 left in the first half ... Kentucky rallied to cut the lead to five points (32-27) with just over a minute left in the half before a Tyler Smith jumper gave the Vols a 34-27 advantage at intermission ... The second half featured seven ties and 12 lead changes as the 'Cats opened the half on a 15-7 run to take a 42-41 lead on a Ramon Harris three-point play with just under 14 minutes left ... Joe Crawford gave UK its final lead with a jumper with 4:43 remaining to make it 57-56 ... Field goals from Ramar Smith, Tyler Smith and Chris Lofton helped UT regain a 63-57 advantage with just over a minute left ... Derrick Jasper fired in a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 63-60 but Crawford and Jasper missed 3-point attempts in the final 20 seconds that would have tied the score ... Tyler Smith led the Vols with 15 points while Chris Lofton chipped in 14 points despite being limited to just five field goal attempts ... Wayne Chism had nine points and eight rebounds ... The 'Cats were playing shorthanded, as freshman center Patrick Patterson was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his ankle two days earlier.

Kentucky Native Hopson Faces Home-State School For First Time

Tennessee true freshman Scotty Hopson, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., will face his home-state Kentucky Wildcats for the first time Tuesday ... Hopson joins former Vol great and NBA All-Star Allan Houston as prep players from Kentucky who earned McDonald's All-America honors before signing with UT ... University Heights High School in Hopkinsville, Ky., retired Hopson's No. 32 jersey ... Hopson and Wilcdats freshman Darius Miller played against one another in high school and also competed together on the Kentucky All-Stars squad ... Miller attended Mason County High School in Maysville, Ky., which is the same school that produced former Tennessee three-time All-America performer Chris Lofton.

Bench Dominance

The Tennessee bench has outscored the opposition's bench in 13 of 14 game this season, and that margin has been at least 20 points five times ... The Vols are leading the battle of the benches 401-229 this season (28.6 ppg to 16.4 ppg).

Rebounding A Strength For Tennessee This Season

Tennessee has been strong on the boards this season, outrebounding its opponents by an average of 8.6 per game and winning the battle of the glass in 11 of 14 contests thus far ... The Volunteers lead the SEC in total rebounds per game (43.1) and offensive rebounds per game (15.9) ... Three times this season UT has pulled down at least 50 rebounds in a game, with a high of 58 against UT Martin on Nov. 18 (a Thompson-Boling Arena record and the Vols' most since at least 1980) ... UT also boasts three of the SEC's top rebounders, as Wayne Chism ranks fourth (9.1 rpg), Tyler Smith ranks 14th (6.4 rpg) and Brian Williams ranks 15th (6.3 rpg).

Nine Different Vols Have Started Games

Nine different Volunteers have started for UT this season, including nine players who have made multiple starts ... Junior forward Tyler Smith and junior point guard Bobby Maze are the only two Vols who have started all 14 games ... Head coach Bruce Pearl has used seven different combinations of starters this season ... Freshman forward Emmanuel Negedu is the only scholarship Vol who has yet to start.





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