Tennessee Basketball Notes - Arkansas Game

Feb. 2, 2009

Game 21: Vols Travel to Arkansas in First of Two Road Games This Week

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C 4 Wayne Chism
F1 Tyler Smith
G 30 J.P. Prince
G 32 Scotty Hopson
G 25 Josh Tabb
F 31 Michael Sanchez
F 00 Michael Washington
G 15 Rotnei Clarke
G 14 Stefan Welsh
G 4 Courtney Fortson

UT has won 7 of last 10 against the Razorbacks

  • 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 outing, Tennessee posted a convincing home win over a hot Florida squad 79-63 on Saturday.
  • Tyler Smith is the only player in the SEC to be ranked among the top 20 in the conference in scoring (eighth; 17.2 ppg), rebounding (16th; 6.3 rpg) and assists (eighth; 3.8 apg). Smith's 17.7 ppg in SEC games rank sixth in the conference. He is shooting .833 from the free-throw line in SEC games.
  • Tennessee's 40 Southeastern Conference wins over the past four seasons are the most among all league teams. After claiming the outright SEC title last season, the Vols are picked to win the league this year.
  • Thompson-Boling Arena has hosted four of the 20-largest crowds in all of college basketball this season and is drawing an average of 20,783 fans per game to rank third in the country.
  • Tennessee took some lumps but bolstered its postseason preparation with an unbelievably challenging January schedule. UT's slate last month included games against Kansas (L), Gonzaga (L), Georgia (W), Kentucky (L), South Carolina (W), Vanderbilt (W), Memphis (L), LSU (L) and Florida (W). When Feb. 1 rolled around those opponents had combined to boast a 139-49 (.739) record.
  • Tennessee's overall strength of schedule is rated second nationally by RPIratings.com and TheHoopsReport.com and fourth nationally by KenPom.com.
  • The Vols have yet to suffer a "bad loss" this season, as their seven setbacks have come to teams that combine for a Sagarin ratings average of No. 30 nationally. Tennessee's résumé includes four wins over teams currently listed among Sagarin's top 50.
  • Tennessee under coach Bruce Pearl owns a 19-5 (.792) record in the month of February.
  • Starting at Arkansas Wednesday, the Vols play four of their next six games on the road.

Tennessee Trends

  • Tennessee's 80.7 points per game are leading the SEC for the fourth consecutive year. Pearl's teams have led their respective league in scoring in 15 of his 16 full seasons as a head coach.
  • The Vols are 12-0 this season when they shoot a higher percentage than their opponent. UT is shooting .468 in SEC games to rank second in the league.
  • Tennessee is 13-2 this season when it holds its opponent under 80 points. The Vols are 0-5 when the opposition scores 80 or more.
  • The Vols' bench has outscored the opponent's bench in 18 of UT's 20 games this season.
  • Tennessee is 52-6 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season.
  • The Vols are 28-2 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl.
  • Bruce Pearl is 18-10 against ranked teams at UT.
  • Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 83-7 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game.
  • UT is 58-6 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
  • Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,435-915-2 in 100 seasons of basketball.
  • Tyler Smith has scored in double figures 50 times during his UT career (19 of 20 games this season).
  • UT owns a 9-1 record when Wayne Chism records a double-double (5-1 this season).
  • UT's 638 regular-season SEC victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.
  • Tennessee is 252-90 in 22 seasons in Thompson- Boling Arena. 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. UT did so for the fifth time in 2007-08.

The Arkansas Series

Wednesday's game will be the 26th all-time meeting between Tennessee and Arkansas ... The Vols lead the series 13-12 ... Tennessee won last season's regular seasons meeting 93-71 in Knoxville before the Razorbacks posted a 92-91 win in the SEC Tournament in Atlanta ... Tennessee and Arkansas have met seven times on neutral courts with the Hogs holding a 4-3 edge ... Tennessee has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the schools ... Nine of the last 12 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less ... Tennessee leads the all-time series 7-2 when playing in Knoxville ... UT is just 3-5 when playing the Hogs in Fayetteville ... Tennessee leads the series 12-9 since the Razorbacks joined the Southeastern Conference prior to the 1991-92 season ... The Vols have played fewer games against the Razorbacks than any other league opponent.

Noting Arkansas

Arkansas (13-6, 1-5 SEC) has split its last two SEC games after starting 0-4 in conference play for the first time ever ... The Hogs started the season red hot, with marquee wins over Texas and Oklahoma highlighting their 12-1 start ... But the Razorbacks under second-year head coach John Pelphrey have lost four of their last five games ... Arkansas shoots 45.0 percent from the floor and averages 76.5 ppg while holding opponents to 70.7 ppg and 42.3 percent shooting ... Michael Washington is nearly averaging a doubledouble for the season with 17.2 ppg and 9.8 rpg ... Courtney Fortson averages 14.3 ppg and 6.5 apg and was the only SEC player named to the mid-season national All-Freshman Team selected by CollegeHoops.net ... Stefan Welsh (12.0 ppg) and Rotnei Clark (11.3 ppg) round out the four Hogs who average double-digit scoring ... The Razorbacks look to remain without senior Marcus Monk, as athletic department officials review the two-sport standout's eligibility ... The Hogs are 11-2 at home this season ... Arkansas was picked by the SEC head coaches to finish sixth in the Western Division.

Last Clash With Arkansas

Steven Hill's turnaround jumper with 5.3 seconds left gave Arkansas a 92-91 victory over Tennessee in the semifinals of the 2008 SEC Tournament March 15, 2008 ... The game was played at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum after an F2 tornado had damaged the Georgia Dome the night before ... The two teams battled through 17 lead changes and 12 ties during the game ... Five of the lead changes came in the game's final three minutes ... A Chris Lofton 3-pointer tied the score 88-88 with less than two minutes left ... Lofton then made one of two free throws to give UT a one-point lead with 59 seconds left ... Darian Townes grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in for an Arkansas lead with 46 seconds remaining ... Tyler Smith found JaJuan Smith open under the basket as the Vols regained the lead 91-90 with 23 seconds on the clock ... UT's defense tightened as the clock wound down, almost forcing a turnover when Gary Ervin slipped, but he kept his footing and found that the 7-foot Hill was his only teammate semi-open ... Hill took the pass, turned around and made the shot ... Lofton's desperation shot from 20 feet rattled off the rim as time expired ... Lofton led all scorers with 25 points on 5-of-9 3- point shooting ... Tyler Smith added a career-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting ... JaJuan Smith had 18 points ... The Vols shot 54.5 percent from the field, but the Razorbacks shot 55.2 percent ... Charles Thomas led the Hogs with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Florida Recap

Tennessee hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and led wire-to-wire en route to a convincing 79-63 win over a hot Florid a squad Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena ... The victory was UT's fourth straight over the Gators in Knoxville and helped Bruce Pearl improve to 6-1 in head-to-head meetings with Billy Donovan ... The Vols shot 49.2 percent in the game, including going 12-for-28 (.429) from beyond the arc ... The Vols outscored the Gators in the paint (32-24) and on the fast break (17-6) while forcing 18 UF turnovers (tied for the second-most by Florida all season) ... Vols true freshman Scotty Hopson led UT in scoring for the first time all season, exploding for a season-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting that included a 4-of-6 effort from long range ... Tyler Smith added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Wayne Chism chipped in with 12 points and nine boards ... J.P. Prince tallied a career-high nine assists ... Florida was led by Nick Calathes, who scored 21 points ... Chandler Parsons added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Gators ... The UT athletics deparmtent presented UT Medical Center Cancer Institute with a check for $60,000 at halftime, marking the culmination of the nearly month-long OUTLIVE initiative to raise funds for and awareness about early cancer detection ... Thousands in the crowd of 20,984 wore OUTLIVE t-shirts to create a "white-out."

Chism's Development Shining Through

The development displayed by Wayne Chism from his freshman campaign to his sophomore season has only continued to flourish this year ... Just since last season, the junior's scoring and rebounding stats are both up 3.0 per game.

Fr.So.Jr.% Increase
Points Per Game9.19.912.941.8
Rebounds Per Game5.25.88.869.2
Field-Goal Pct..441.470.489--

Defensive Turnaround

The Vols' defense has improved tremendously over the past two weeks ... After allowing an average of 76.3 ppg through Jan. 17, UT has allowed an average of 64.8 ppg in its last four contests (South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Florida) ... Saturday against Florida, UT held the Gators to their secondlowest scoring output of the season (63) and their fourth-lowest shooting percentage of the season (.423).

Nine Different Vols Have Started Games

Nine different Volunteers have started for UT this season, and all nine have made multiple starts ... Junior forward Tyler Smith is the only Vol who has started all 20 games ... Head coach Bruce Pearl has used nine different combinations of starters this season ... Freshman forward Emmanuel Negedu is the only scholarship Vol who has yet to start.

Rebounding A Strength This Season

Tennessee has been strong on the boards this season, outrebounding its opponents by an average of 5.4 per game ... The Vols lead the SEC in total rebounds per game (40.5) and offensive rebounds per game (14.7) ... 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 boasts three of the SEC's top rebounders, as Wayne Chism ranks fifth (8.8 rpg), Tyler Smith ranks 16th (6.3 rpg) and Brian Williams ranks 18th (6.2 rpg).





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