|F||1 Tyler Smith||6-7||215||So.||13.1||5.9||3.7|
|F||4 Wayne Chism||6-9||242||So.||8.9||6.0||1.0|
|G||5 Chris Lofton||6-2||200||Sr.||14.5||3.1||2.1|
|G||2 JaJuan Smith||6-2||195||Sr.||13.9||3.1||2.4|
|G||12 Ramar Smith||6-2||200||So.||8.9||2.3||2.5|
|F||23 Demetrius Jemison||6-7||234||So.||5.2||5.0||1.4|
|F||35 Richard Hendrix||6-9||255||Jr.||19.4||10.2||1.8|
|G||1 Mykal Riley||6-6||185||Sr.||13.3||4.9||1.8|
|G||4 Brandon Hollinger||5-11||167||Jr.||6.5||1.5||3.3|
|G||12 Alonzo Gee||6-6||219||Jr.||15.9||7.8||1.2|
Vols Seek First Win At Alabama Since 1998
- The Tennessee Volunteers will start a two-game road swing through the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they visit the University of Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum.
- UT has found success hard to come by when playing in Tuscaloosa. Tennessee has lost 16 of its last 17 games against the Crimson Tide in Coleman Coliseum, including its last four. Alabama is one of just two SEC schools (Kentucky) the Vols have a losing record against.
- The Vols bounced back from their first SEC loss of the season to defeat Georgia 85-69 Saturday evening in Knoxville. Chris Lofton made seven 3-pointers on his way to leading UT with 27 points. Tyler Smith flirted with a triple-double by posting 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Tennessee shot 57.1 percent from the field and held the Bulldogs to just 18.2 percent (4-of-22) shooting from 3-point range. The win was UT’s seventh in a row over Georgia.
- After breaking the SEC record for career 3-pointers at Kentucky (1/22/08), Chris Lofton’s seven triples against Georgia moved him into the NCAA’s all-time top 10 with a 374. The Maysville, Ky., native has heated up as of late, making 43.6 percent (17-of-39) of his long-range shots in SEC play.
- Duke Crews has returned to the Tennessee lineup after missing more than a month with a heart ailment. Crews played his first game in 53 days against Georgia, registering nine points and eight rebounds.
- Tennessee changed its starting lineup for the first time in nine games when Ramar Smith was inserted into the lineup against Georgia. The 6-foot-2 sophomore is averaging 5.2 assists in league play.
- UT leads the SEC in scoring (84.5 ppg), assists (19.89 apg), steals (10.89 spg), turnover margin (+7.89), assist-turnover ratio (1.59), 3-point field goals made (9.37 3pg) and 3-point field goal defense (.282).
- Chris Lofton is leading a balanced Tennessee attack. Lofton’s 14.5 points lead four Vols in double figure scoring. JaJuan Smith is second on the team with 13.9 points while Tyler Smith adds 13.1 and J.P. Prince throws in 10.1 points.
- Tennessee’s last five opponents have combined to shoot 19-of-99 (19.2 percent) from 3-point range. Vanderbilt entered its Jan. 17 game against the Vols as the SEC’s top 3-point shooting team but made just 3-of-21 and Ohio State went 2-of-20 behind the arc.
- Chris Lofton is shooting 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from 3-point range in his last three games.
- Ramar Smith is averaging 6.3 assists in his last four games, including a nine-assist performance against 16th-ranked Vanderbilt.
- UT’s schedule is ranked as the second-most difficult in the nation by kenpom.com
- Tennessee is averaging 24.3 points per game off turnovers this season (462 points in 19 games).
- Tennessee is the only team in the SEC that does not have a player ranked among the league’s top 30 in minutes played. UT has eight players averaging at least 17 minutes per game.
- Tennessee has forced an average of 20.4 turnovers off an SEC-best 10.9 steals per game this year.
- UT is leading the SEC with 19.9 assists per game.
- Five different players have led the Vols in scoring this season.
- UT’s home attendance has grown for the third consecutive year. The Vols are averaging 20,020 fans per game, up from 19,661 last season.
- Chris Lofton’s 1,848 career points rank eighth on UT’s all-time scorers list.
- Tennessee is 40-2 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season.
- UT has a 27-game homecourt winning streak. The Vols’ last home loss was a 78-80 decision to Kentucky in the final home game of the 2005-06 season.
- The Vols are 23-0 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl.
- Bruce Pearl is 12-6 against ranked teams while at Tennessee.
- The Vols have made at least one 3-pointer in 338 consecutive games.
- Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 56-5 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game.
- UT is 43-4 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
- UT is 35-14 (.714) 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 80-56 win at South Carolina (1/12/08) is the Vols’ largest SEC road win since an 87-63 win at Mississippi State (2/17/98). It is tied for the seventh largest SEC road win in school history.
- UT’s 69-point (109-40) win over Middle Tennessee (11/20/07) 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.
- 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 1,408-905-2 in its 99th season of basketball.
- UT’s 624 regular season SEC victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.
- Tennessee is 240-86 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.
The senior trio of Chris Lofton, JaJuan Smith and Jordan Howell have comprised to make Tennessee one of the most dangerous 3-point shooting teams in the nation ... The threesome are a key reason the Vols lead the SEC and rank among the national leaders with 9.37 3-pointers per game ... All three players rank among the SEC leaders in terms of 3-pointers made per game ... Lofton leads the team and ranks second in the SEC with 3.21 triples per game ... Smith is sixth with 2.47 and Howell is just outside the top 15 with 1.68 treys per game.
Turning Up The Heat
Tennessee is forcing its opponents to turn the ball over an average of 20.4 times per game which ranks in a tie for the third-most in the nation (as of Jan. 27) ... The Vols are averaging 24.3 points per game off turnovers this season (462 points in 19 games) ... UT’s turnover margin of +7.89 easily leads the SEC.
Looking At Alabama
Alabama halted a four-game losing streak by easily defeating in-state rival Auburn 97-77 Saturday in Tuscaloosa ... The win improved the Crimson Tide’s record to 12-8 on the season and 1-4 in league play ... Bama is led by one of the most dominant big men in the nation, 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward Richard Hendrix ... Hendrix leads the SEC in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and is third in scoring (19.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.643) and blocks (2.10 bpg) ... His 10 double-double this season lead the SEC ... Alonzo Gee, a 6-6 junior guard, is second on the team with 15.9 points while adding 7.8 rebounds ... Gee enters Tuesday’s game with 987 career points ... Mykal Riley ranks second in the SEC with a .429 3-point percentage and his 2.70 triples per game are fourth in the league ... Brandon Hollinger’s 2.48 assistturnover ratio ranks second in the SEC ... Alabama is 443-97 (.820) all-time at Coleman Coliseum ... Mark Gottfried is 193-116 in his 10th year at Alabama and 261-140 in 13 years as a head coach.
Tennessee is one of the top scoring teams in the Southeastern Conference but does not list a single player among the top 10 scorers in the league ... UT leads the SEC with 84.5 points per game but leading scorer Chris Lofton ranks 16th in the league individually with 14.5 points ... Tennessee also leads the SEC and is second in the nation with 19.9 assists per game but UT leader Tyler Smith ranks 10th with 3.74 assists per game ... Six Vols are averaging at least two assists per game for the year.
- The Vols have had four or more players reach double figure scoring in a game 12 times this year. Five or more players scored at least 10 points four times.
Vols Second in The Nation in Assists
UT is prominently listed among the national leaders according to the January 24 NCAA statistics.
- Assist-Turnover Ratio: 1.61 / 1st
- Assists per game: 19.6 apg / 2nd
- Steals per game: 11.1 spg / 2nd
- Scoring offense: 84.5 ppg / 9th
- 3-pointers per game: 9.4 3pg / 11th
- Scoring margin: 16.1 / 11th
- Turnovers per game: 12.2 / 16th
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 26.5 3-point shots per game this season ... 41.5 percent (503 of 1,213) of the Vols’ shots have been from 3-point range ... UT leads the SEC with 9.37 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 is the SEC’s career leader with 374 3-pointers.
- 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.