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Vol Hoops Central: Auburn



Jan. 13, 2014


 

TENNESSEE vs. AUBURN
Jan. 15, 2014   |   7 p.m. ET
Thompson-Boling Arena   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

ITEMS OF NOTE
  • Tennessee remains among the national leaders in several statistical categories. The Vols rank sixth nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (42.1), ninth in offensive rebounds per game (14.8) and 20th in points per possession (1.17).
  • Through the first week of SEC play, Tennessee held its league foes to just 53.5 ppg. That's the best scoring defense in the conference.
  • The Vols are shooting .500 as a team over the last five games and are 4-1 during that span.
  • No player has totaled more than 15 rebounds in a game during SEC play. Jarnell Stokes had 15 at LSU, and Jeronne Maymon had 15 vs. Texas A&M.


  • Senior guard Jordan McRae has 21 assists in UT's last five games. His 4.5 assists per game in SEC play rank tied for third in the league.
  • McRae is 19-of-20 at the free-throw line in UT's last five games (.950).
  • Junior guard Josh Richardson has 66 points in Tennessee's last five games, marking the best five-game scoring stretch of his career.

LAST MEETING WITH AUBURN...
  • Tennessee recorded an 82-75 victory at Auburn March 6, 2013. It was UT's seventh win in eight games.
  • SEC Player of the Year Candidate Jordan McRae overcame a slow start to finish with 21 points, including 15 in the second half.
  • Jarnell Stokes posted his 13th double-double of the season (including 10 in his last 14 games) with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Stokes struggled from the free-throw line, making just 1-of-10. But, the remainder of the Vols were nearly perfect, making 26-of-28 from the line (93 percent).
  • The game was separated by one possession for a span of more than eight minutes, with the lead changing hands eight times midway through the second half.
  • UT took a six-point lead on a Kenny Hall slam with six minutes left. Hall then added two more free throws for a 70-62 UT advantage.


  • A 3-pointer by McRae was the knockout punch, as Tennessee took the game's first double-figure lead with 4:49 left, 73-62.
  • Tennessee continued to make its free throws late in the game, as the run evolved into an 18-4 stretch.
  • Tennessee trailed 35-32 at halftime as the Vols shot just 37.9 percent over the first 20 minutes.
  • Auburn was led by senior Frankie Sullivan, who had a game-high 24 points on Senior Night. Josh Wallace added 14 for the Tigers, who shot 50.9 percent from the floor.

THE AUBURN SERIES
  • Tennessee leads the all-time series with Auburn 72-37, dating to 1927.
  • Tennessee has won five straight meetings overall and seven straight home games against Auburn. The Tigers' last win in Knoxville came on Jan. 7, 1998 (69-74).
  • No player on the Tennessee roster has ever lost to Auburn.
  • In SEC play, Auburn and Tennessee rank second and third, respectively in field-goal defense (.381 and .382).
  • Auburn's Chris Denson (19.5 ppg) and KT Harrell (19.0 ppg) rank second and third, respectively, in scoring during SEC play.
  • The last time Auburn played in Knoxville (1/28/12), Jeronne Maymon scored 15 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, and UT's defense held the Tigers to just 30.4 percent shooting from the floor as the Vols overpowered Auburn 64-49.

MANY ONCE-PROLIFIC SCORERS WEARING SUITS ON THE BENCH
  • Wednesday's game matches the highest and fourth-highest-scoring coaching staffs in America.
  • Tennessee's four full-time coaches scored 5,381 Division I points during their playing days. No other staff in the country scored more than that.
  • Auburn's coaches rank fourth among all Division I staffs with 4,373 college points to their credit.
  • The two staffs combine to boast five 1,000-point scorers (UT assistant Kent Williams scored more than 2,000 points in college).

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