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TENNESSEE VS. LSU -- GAME PREVIEW



Feb. 6, 2007

LSU (13-9)
vs.
Tennessee (15-8)

 
Feb. 6, 2007 - Thompson-Boling Arena - 9 p.m. ET - ESPN
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LSU SERIES
Series: UT leads 54-41
At Knoxville: UT leads 26-15
Last Meeting: LSU, 88-74, 1/14/06

THE COACHES
UT: Bruce Pearl (Boston College 1982)
Overall Record:
354-100 (.780 / 15th year)
At Tennessee:
37-16 (.698 / 2nd year)

LSU: John Brady (Belhaven 1976)
Overall Record:
269-197 (.577 / 16th year)
At LSU:
180-120 (.600 / 10th year)

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TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Pos No. Name
Ht
Wt
Yr
Hometown
PPG
RPG
APG
F 23 Dane Bradshaw 6-4 205 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
6.6
4.1
4.9
F 4 Wayne Chism 6-9 245 Fr. Bolivar, Tenn.
8.9
5.4
0.8
G 25 Josh Tabb 6-4 193 Fr. Carbondale, Ill.
3.6
2.8
1.0
G 2 JaJuan Smith 6-2 196 Jr. Cleveland, Tenn.
15.7
4.2
1.3
G 12 Ramar Smith 6-2 185 Fr. Mt. Clemens, Mich.
10.1
3.4
3.0
LSU TIGERS
Pos No. Name
Ht
Wt
Yr
Hometown
PPG
RPG
APG
F 0 Glen Davis 6-9 295 Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
18.5
10.3
2.4
F 1 Tasmin Mitchell 6-7 224 So. Denham Springs, La.
13.6
6.3
1.9
C 21 Chris Johnson 6-11 183 So. Washington, D.C.
3.5
1.4
0.3
G 14 Garrett Temple 6-5 190 So. Baton Rouge, La.
9.3
3.1
4.0
G 13 Terry Martin 6-6 196 So. Monroe, La.
10.7
2.4
1.2
GAMENOTES

Chris Lofton
VOLS OPEN THREE-GAME HOME STAND VERSUS LSU

  • Tennessee opens a three-game homestand Tuesday, Feb. 6, when the LSU Tigers visit Thompson-Boling Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
  • UT will continue the homestand with games against Vanderbilt (Feb. 10) and Kentucky (Feb. 13) before travelling to South Carolina (Feb. 17).
  • The Vols have played six of its last eight games on the road. Tennessee has played at Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Florida with home games against South Carolina and Georgia sandwiched in between. Beginning with the LSU game, UT will play five of its final eight games at home.
  • Tennessee will be looking to rebound from a 94-78 loss at top-ranked Florida Saturday. The Gators held a 50-24 halftime lead but the Vols outscored the No. 1-ranked team 54-44 in the second half. Freshman Wayne Chism led the Vols with a career-high 19 points while JaJuan Smith added 16 points and Ramar Smith had 13. Dane Bradshaw contributed seven points, six assists and three steals.
  • JaJuan Smith has scored 20 or more points in four of his last five games, including a career-high 25 points at Kentucky on Jan. 28. He has averaged 21.1 points during that time and made 19 3-pointers. The Cleveland, Tenn., native averages 15.7 points on the season and in league play ranks in a tie for third in the SEC with 17.5 points per game.
  • Chris Lofton, the SEC's leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, has missed Tennessee's last four games after suffering an ankle injury against South Carolina on Jan. 20. Lofton ranks second all-time in SEC history with his 45.2 3-point percentage and is eighth all-time with 277 career triples.
Tennessee Trends
  • Tennessee has had three freshmen in the starting lineup for each of its last four games. It is the first time since the 1996-97 season the Vols have had three freshmen in the starting lineup for a game.
  • Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith are the highest scoring duo in the Southeastern Conference. Lofton averages 21.5 points while Smith adds 15.7 points.
  • Dane Bradshaw ranks second in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.67), third in steals (1.96) and fifth in assists (4.87).
  • Bradshaw has moved into 10th on UT's career charts with 333 career assists, passing Bert Bertelkamp's (1976-80) 332 career dimes.
  • Duke Crews and Wayne Chism are the top two freshmen rebounders in the SEC. Crews leads all SEC freshmen with 5.7 rebounds and Chism is second with 5.4 boards.
  • In league games, Ramar Smith leads all SEC freshmen in scoring (14.9 ppg), assists (3.13) and steals (1.38). He ranks fifth in rebounding (3.9 rpg).
  • Jordan Howell has made five of his last seven 3-point attempts (71.4 percent) and is averaging 8.5 points over his last two games.
  • Three of UT's top five scorers are freshmen.
  • Each of UT's four freshmen are averaging at least 17 minutes of action per game.
  • Tennessee is shooting just 59.3 percent (80-of-135) from the free throw line in its last eight games. UT's opponents are shooting 72.7 percent (120-of-165) at the line during that time.
  • Chris Lofton (70) and JaJuan Smith (63) have combined to make nearly as many 3-pointers as Tennessee's opponents have (158).
  • The Vols are forcing 18.8 turnovers per game.
  • Tennessee is 24-2 at Thompson-Boling Arena over the last two seasons.
  • The Vols are 15-0 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl.
  • Bruce Pearl is 5-4 against ranked teams while at Tennessee. This year he is 2-3 with wins over No. 15 Oklahoma State and No. 16 Memphis and losses to No. 2 North Carolina, at No. 5 Ohio State and at No. 1 Florida.
  • 11 different Vols have hit a 3-pointer this season.
  • Chris Lofton has made at least one 3-pointer in 77 of his 80 career games.
  • The Vols have made at least one 3-pointer in 307 consecutive games.
  • Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 31-3 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game.
  • UT is 24-3 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
  • UT is 26-14 (.650) when playing before crowds of 20,000 or larger at Thompson-Boling Arena. In 2005-06 the Vols were 4-2 playing in front of 20,000 fans at home.
  • Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,382-900-2 in 98 seasons of basketball.
  • UT's 613 regular season Southeastern Conference victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.
  • Tennessee is 224-86 in its 20th season in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Volunteers have posted 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 third time in 2005-06.

Vanderbilt Time Change
The start time for Tennessee's Feb. 10 game against Vanderbilt has been changed to 1 p.m. EST. Lincoln-Financial Sports will televise the game from Thompson-Boling Arena.

Looking At LSU
LSU dropped to 13-9 on the season and 2-6 in SEC action following a 78-85 loss at Mississippi State Saturday ... The Tigers are looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak ... Each of their last three losses have been by seven points or fewer ... Glen Davis, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, leads the Southeastern Conference with 10.3 rebounds and is second in the league with 18.5 points per game ... Davis recorded his SEC-leading 12th double-double of the season with 27 points and 10 rebounds against Mississippi State ... Tasmin Mitchell, a 6-7 sophomore forward, is second on the team with 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds ... Terry Martin, a 6-6 sophomore guard who moved into the starting lineup seven games ago, averages 10.7 points ... LSU ranks second in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing just 60.8 points per game ... The Tigers hold opponents to just 39.6 percent shooting from the field ... LSU was one of two teams from the SEC that played in the 2006 Final Four in Indianapolis ... John Brady is 180-120 in his 10th season in Baton Rouge and 269-197 in his 16th year as a head coach.

The LSU Series
Tennessee leads the all-time series 54-41 ... The Vols own a 26-15 advantage when playing in Knoxville ... Tennessee is 21-24 all-time when playing LSU in Baton Rouge ... LSU won last year's meeting in Baton Rouge 88-74 ... Tennessee has won nine of the last 12 games in the series but the Tigers have won three of the last four meetings... The series dates back to the 1933 season when the two teams met in the second round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta ... UT and LSU have played each other eight times in the SEC Tournament with the Vols winning six of those meetings.

Last Meeting with LSU
LSU's size and athleticism in the post proved too much for the Vols to overcome as the Tigers handed Tennessee its first SEC loss, 88-74, Jan. 14, 2006 in Baton Rouge ... LSU's 6-foot-9, 310-pound center Glen Davis scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half to lead all scorers ... He added 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in the effort ... Tyrus Thomas, a 6-9 jumping jack, complimented Davis inside by narrowly missing a triple-double with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots ... Thomas made all seven of his field goal attempts and all three of his free throws ... LSU's size resulted in the Tigers outrebounding the Vols 43-25 and blocking 13 of UT's shot attempts ... LSU, which held a 30-27 halftime advantage, outscored the Vols 58-47 in a track meet of a second half ... The Tigers shot 76.0 percent (19-of-25) in the second half and finished the game with a 64.6 percent field goal percentage ... Tennessee forced 25 LSU turnovers but that was not enough to overcome the rebounding and shot blocking efforts of the Tigers ... C.J. Watson led the Vols with 18 points and three assists ... Major Wingate and Stanley Asumnu each added 13 points while Andre Patterson had 10 points off the bench ... Chris Lofton was held to a career-low two points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field.

Last Game: UT Falls At No. 1 Florida
Florida opened the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back as the No. 1-ranked Gators took a 94-78 win on Feb. 3 in Gainesville ... Florida continued to build on its lead throughout the first half and took a 50-24 advantage into the locker room at halftime ... Tennessee rallied in the second half, outscoring the Gators 54-44 in the half ... The Vols cut the deficit to 65-79 with six minutes left but could get no closer as Al Horford hit a pair of free throws to stop the rally ... The win was Florida's 14th in as many games at the O'Connell Center on the season ... Freshman forward Wayne Chism led the Vols with a career-high 19 points to go with six rebounds ... JaJuan Smith added 16 points while Ramar Smith had 13 points ... Dane Bradshaw had seven points, six assists (one turnover) and three steals ... Florida was led by Horford's 22 points ... Joakim Noah added 19 points and Taurean Green had 18 ... Florida shot 55.6 percent from the field and held a 43-26 rebounding advantage.

Overcoming The Loss Of Lofton
For their first three games without having Chris Lofton in the lineup for the entire game, Tennessee's offense struggled to average just 63.3 points per game ... Before Lofton suffered an ankle injury after playing just 12 minutes against South Carolina the Vols averaged 84.2 points per game ... The drop off in production (20.9 points per game) nearly mirrored Lofton's season average of 21.5 points ... After taking the three games to adjust to not having the SEC's leading scorer in the lineup the Vols have scored 80 and 78 points in their last two games ... Over the last two games, three players have registered new career scoring marks to help pick up the slack ... Ramar Smith had 21 points and Jordan Howell had 11 points against Georgia (1/31/07) and then Wayne Chism turned in a career-high 19 points at No. 1 Florida (2/3/07).
Vols Starting Three Freshmen
UT has had three freshmen in the starting lineup for each of its last four games ... It is the most freshmen in the starting lineup for the Vols since the 1996-97 season when four Vols started an SEC Tournament game ... Ramar Smith, Wayne Chism and Duke Crews started UT's game against Ole Miss (1/24/07) and then Josh Tabb joined Smith and Chism in the starting lineup for the Kentucky (1/28/07), Georgia (1/31/07) and Florida (2/3/07) games ... South Carolina is the only other SEC school to have three freshmen in the starting lineup for a game this season (one player was a redshirt freshman) ... The four freshmen who drew starting assignments for Tennessee's 1997 SEC Tournament game were Cornelius Jackson, C.J. Black, Charles Hathaway and Vegas Davis.
Tough Schedule
Tennessee's schedule ranked as the fourth toughest in the nation according to CollegeRPI.com on Feb. 4 ... The Vols' non-conference slate has featured seven teams currently ranked and another two receiving votes in the Associated Press poll ... UT has played No. 1 Florida, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 11 Memphis, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Butler, No. 22 Texas and No. 24 Vanderbilt (current rankings listed) ... Additionally, the Vols have eight more games remaining on their schedule against teams that are currently ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press poll.
Ramar Smith Earns Second SEC Frosh Honor
Point guard Ramar Smith was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 5 after he scored a career-high 21 points in helping lead the Vols to an 82-71 win over Georgia ... He made 8-of-11 field goalsagainst the Bulldogs and scored 13 points with only one turnover against top-ranked Florida ... It was the second time this season the Mt. Clemens, Mich., native has earned the honor.
Lofton A Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 Pick
On Jan. 30 the John R. Wooden Award Committee announced the Wooden Award Midseason All-American Team which is composed of the top 30 players who will compete for this season's player of the year award ... The Southeastern Conference lists six candidates for the award ... The 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced March 27.
UT One Of SEC's Top Scoring Teams
Tennessee is second in the SEC and ranks 14th nationally in scoring offense with 81.1 points per game ... Leading the league in scoring is nothing new for a Bruce Pearl coached team ... Pearl's teams have led their conference in scoring each of the last seven seasons ... The last time one of his squads did not lead the league in scoring was in 1998-99 when Southern Indiana finished second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 81.2 points per game.
Close Calls
Tennessee has dropped six of its last eight games with four of those games being decided by one possession ... Two of those losses were decided by shots in the final seconds ... Vanderbilt's Shan Foster tipped in a miss as time expired to give the Commodores an 82-81 in Nashville Jan. 10 ... Ohio State's Ron Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds remaining to give the fifth-ranked Buckeyes a two-point (68-66) win in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 13 ... UT is 6-3 in games decided by 10 points or less and 3-3 in games decided by five points or fewer this season.
Free Throw Woes
Free throws have been a key component to Tennessee dropping six of its last eight games ... The Vols are shooting just 59.3 percent (80-of-135) from the line over the last eight games, three of which have been decided by just three points or less ... UT's opponents are shooting 72.7 percent (120-of-165) during the stretch ... Through their first 15 games, the Vols were averaging 27.7 free throw attempts per game but are getting to the stripe just 15.9 times in the last seven games ... Chris Lofton averaged 5.7 free throw attempts in his first 15 games but has shot less than one free throw per game since then.
Vols In The NCAA Stats
Tennessee is prominently listed among the national leaders according to the February 4 NCAA statistics.
  • Scoring offense: 81.1 ppg / 12th
  • 3-pointers per game: 9.2 3pg / 14th
  • Steals per game: 9.3 spg / 20th
  • Assists per game: 15.6 apg / 60th
  • Points per game: Chris Lofton - 21.5 pts / 11th
  • 3-pointers per game: Chris Lofton - 3.7 3pg / 8th
  • 3-point percentage: Chris Lofton - 46.1 % / 11th
  • Steals per game: JaJuan Smith - 2.0 spg / 51st
  • 3-pointers per game: JaJuan Smith - 2.7 3pg / 65th
  • Steals per game: Dane Bradshaw - 2.0 spg / 67th
  • Assists per game: Dane Bradshaw - 4.9 apg / 66th
Lofton Lately
  • Missed his first career game Jan. 24 at Mississippi after suffering an ankle injury four days earlier against South Carolina.
  • Leads the SEC with 21.5 points per game.
  • Leads the SEC with 3.7 3-pointers per game.
  • According to the Jan. 28 NCAA statistics, he ranks 11th in the nation in scoring (21.5), sixth in 3-pointers per game (3.7), 14th in 3-point percentage (46.1).
  • 70 3-pointers this season rank eighth on UT's single-season charts.
  • Shooting 46.1 percent (70-of-152) from behind the arc this season. Jon Higgins (2000-01) owns the school record at 48.6 percent (53-of-109).
  • Made at least five 3-pointers in a game eight times.
  • Made at least two 3s in 27 of his last 30 games.
  • Owns four of the top five scoring performances in the SEC this year.
  • Scored 30 or more points five times this season.
  • Has shot 88 free throws this season after shooting just 60 free throws all of last season.
  • Scored 28 of his career-high 35 points after halftime to lead the Vols from a 17-point second half deficit to a 111-105 overtime win over Texas (12/23/06).
  • Scored his first career double-double with 35 points and 11 rebounds against Texas (12/23/06).
  • Scored 34 points in Tennessee's win over 16th-ranked Memphis (12/6/06). With less than a minute left in the first half his 21 points were more than the Tigers' 20 points.
  • He reached the 1,000 career scoring mark Nov. 22 against Butler in New York's Madison Square Garden ... He currently ranks 19th on UT's career scoring lists with 1,336 career points ... Only Allan Houston (1,415), Bernard King (1,290), Mike Edwards (962) and Ernie Grunfeld (928) scored more points in their first two seasons at Tennessee.
Vols Bring The Pressure
Tennessee's pressure defense has made the simple act of inbounding the ball a headache for its opponents ... The Vols have forced 126 turnovers off inbounds plays, most of which are coming off their press ... Three times their opponents have had 10 or more turnovers just from trying to inbound the ball ... UT is forcing an average of 18.8 turnovers per game.
  • 23 times a timeout has had to be called due to the pressure.
  • 18 5-second counts have been called on UT's foes.
  • Coppin State (11/19/06) committed a season-high 13 turnovers on inbounds plays alone.
Comeback Kids
Tennessee has overcome a second half deficit in six of its last 13 games ... The Vols have come back to win four of those games, including a 79-77 decision over No. 15 Oklahoma State and a 111-105 overtime thriller against Texas ... Three times in the last 11 games UT has rallied from a double digit deficit.
  • Oklahoma State led by as many as seven points in the second half and it took a Dane Bradshaw tip-in with 1.9 seconds left to give the Vols the win.
  • The Vols trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half against Texas and were down by seven with less than two minutes left. Chris Lofton made a pair of 3s, Duke Crews scored a bucket and Ramar Smith hit a free throw to send the game to overtime.
  • East Tennessee State held a six-point (58-52) lead with just over 15 minutes left but the Vols went on an 11-0 run and took a 93-88 win.
  • Mississippi State held a five-point (67-62) with 10 minutes left but UT rallied to win92-84.
  • Vanderbilt led by 11 points (59-48) with less than 11 minutes left but Tennessee rallied to take the lead and it took a tip-in as time expired for the Commodores to take the win.
  • Fifth-ranked Ohio State led 51-41 with 13 minutes left but UT but needed a 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds remaining after UT had taken a 66-65 lead with under a minute to play.

Scholarly Vols
Nine of the 17 players on Tennessee's roster have earned the right to wear the VOLScholar patch on their jersey following the fall semester ... The VOLScholar program, an initiative of UT's Thornton Athletics Student Life Center in cooperation with the men's and women's athletics departments, is a comprehensive academic and citizenship-building program that has gained enthusiastic support from several of UT's athletic teams ... Student-athletes earn the right to wear the VOLScholar patch by achieving a 3.0 grade-point average in the previous fall and/or spring semester.

Bench Contributing
Tennessee's bench has played a key role in the Vols' success early this season ... UT's bench is averaging 21.7 points per game ... Two times this season the bench has contributed at least 40 points in a game ... Wayne Chism is giving the Vols 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game coming primarily off the bench ... Last year UT got 21.0 points per game from its bench ... Part of the reason for the production off the bench is that no one averages more than 30 minutes per game.

Bomb Squad Is Back
Tennessee returns 80.3 percent of its SEC-leading 8.80 3-point field goals per game from last season ... Leading the way is junior guard Chris Lofton who set a single-season school record with 114 triples in 2005-06 ... JaJuan Smith was second on the team with 61 treys while Dane Bradshaw contributed 20 3-pointers and Jordan Howell had 15 ... Tennessee's 264 3-pointers in 2005-06 fell two shy of tying the school record set in 1999-2000.
  • UT leads the SEC with 9.22 3-pointers per game.
  • Lofton leads the SEC with 3.68 triples per game.
  • JaJuan Smith is tied for third in the SEC with 2.74 3-pointers per game.
  • Combined, Lofton (70) and Smith (63) have made as nearly many 3-pointers as UT's opponents (158).
  • Tennessee's 15 3-pointers against second-ranked North Carolina (11/24/06) came just one short of tying the school record of 16.
JaJuan Smith Earns Star(ting) Role
Named the "Best Player Off The Bench" in the SEC by The Tennessean, JaJuan Smith has worked his way into the starting lineup for the Vols this season ... The Cleveland, Tenn., native ranks second on the team with 15.7 points, is first with 47 steals and third with 31 assists while making 63 3-pointers this year.
  • He is tied for third in the SEC with 2.74 3-pointers per game on the season.
  • He has scored 20 or more points in a game eight times this season.
  • Led UT's scoring efforts nine times this season after leading the Vols in scoring once last year.
  • He scored 19 points in UT's win over Texas (12/23/06).
  • Scored a career-high 25 points on 5-of-11 3-point shooting at Kentucky (1/28/07).
  • 17.5 points in SEC games rank third in the league.
  • Last five games is averaging 21.2 points on 49.3 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent (19-of-47) 3-point shooting.
Big Game Dane
Three times in his career Dane Bradshaw has made a late shot to knock off a nationally ranked team ... Two of the teams that fell victim to his late-game heroics were unbeaten entering the game.
  • Jan. 21, 2006 his lay-up with 20 seconds left gave UT a 78-76 lead and eventually an 80-76 victory over No. 2 Florida. The Gators entered the game with a 17-0 record and were the last unbeaten team in the nation.
  • Feb. 22, 2006 his steal of an inbounds pass and layup with 15 seconds left gave Tennessee a 74-72 lead and a 76-72 win at 12th-ranked Florida. The win gave the Vols the 2005-06 SEC Eastern Division title.
  • Dec. 18, 2006 against 11-0 and 15th-ranked Oklahoma State he stole the ball with 20 seconds left and then hit the game-winning tip-in over OSU's 6-7 Mario Boggan and 6-8 David Monds with 1.9 seconds left to give the Vols a 79-77 victory.
Bradshaw Does It All
One of the most versatile players in the nation, Dane Bradshaw can and will play any position for the Vols from point guard through power forward ... Originally recruited to UT as a point guard, the 6-foot-4 Bradshaw started every game last season at power forward for the Vols ... In 2005-06 the Memphis native was second on the team in assists (116), rebounding (5.4 rpg), and third in steals (56) and blocks (11) while his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.76 led the SEC ... Had a streak of 181 minutes (seven games) without a turnover as a junior last year.
  • Bradshaw leads the Vols in assists (112) and is second in steals (45) and blocks (13).
  • He has led the Vols in assists 15 out of 23 games this year and recorded a career-high nine dimes against Coppin State (11/19/06).
  • Had nine assists against one turnover while adding seven points and seven rebounds against Tennessee Tech (12/28/06).
  • In SEC games he is averaging 6.0 assists per game and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.8.
Crews Missile
One of the most heralded freshmen in the SEC this season, Duke Crews has not disappointed ... The 6-foot-7 forward earned a starting assignment in the Vols season-opener and has won over Tennessee fans with his hustle and athleticism ... Named the SEC Newcomer of the Year by Lindy's and Athlon, the Hampton, Va., native is averaging 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
  • Scored career marks with 17 points and nine rebounds against a larger Oklahoma State (12/18/06) front line. Five of his game-high nine rebounds came at the offensive end of the floor.
  • Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Dec. 24 after averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in victories over No. 15 Oklahoma State and Texas.
  • Earned his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Tennessee Tech (12/28/06).
  • 62 of his 130 rebounds (48 percent) have come at the offensive end of the floor.
  • He leads all SEC freshmen with 5.7 rebounds.
  • Ranks sixth in the SEC with 2.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Remarkable Ramar
Freshman point guard Ramar Smith has made significant improvements to his game as the season has worn on ... In his first 11 games this season he averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.7 while struggling to adjust to the point guard position ... In the 12 games since then he is averaging 14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game ... On the season, the 6-foot-2 Smith is averaging 10.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 26.4 minutes per game.
  • He has earned 17 starting assignments.
  • Against Texas (12/23/06) he scored 16 points to go with nine assists and no turnovers.
  • Gathered a career-high nine rebounds at No. 5 Ohio State (1/13/07).
  • Scored 17 points to go with seven assists and one turnover at Vanderbilt (1/10/07).
  • He has scored 10 or more points in 13 of his last 14 games.
  • He was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 8 after he had 13 points, seven assists (one turnover), six rebounds and two blocks in the SEC opener against Mississippi State.
  • Scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting against Georgia (1/31/07). In league games, he leads all SEC freshmen in scoring (14.9 ppg), assists (3.13) and steals (1.38). He ranks fifth in rebounding (3.9 rpg).
  • Ranks ninth in the SEC with 14.9 points per game in league games.
Big Wayne Strong In The Paint
Freshman center Wayne Chism has played a key role for a Tennessee team that lists just two players taller than 6-foot-7 ... A 6-9 native of Boliver, Tenn., Chism became the first Vols freshman to record a double-double since Vincent Yarbrough (22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Georgia) did it during the 1998-99 season when he had 11 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State (11/19/06) ... Chism is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds and is fifth on the squad with 8.9 points per game.
  • Chism has six starting assignments and has been the first Vol off the bench in 15 of Tennessee's 23 games.
  • Had nine points and six rebounds in 14 minutes of action against 15th-ranked Oklahoma State (12/18/06).
  • Scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds in the win over Texas (12/23/06).
  • Registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against South Carolina (1/20/07).
  • Scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds at No. 1 Florida (2/3/07).
  • Since moving into the starting lineup against Ole Miss (1/24/07) he is averaging 10.3 points on 53.6 percent shooting.
Hard Work Pays Off For Childress
There's a saying that goes, "The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores." .. That couldn't be more true for UT sophomore forward Ryan Childress ... As a true freshman last season the Cincinnati, Ohio, product averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 29 appearances for the Vols ... A summer of hard work resulted in him dropping 20 pounds and adding more than seven inches to his vertical leap ... That hard work in the offseason has paid huge dividends for the 6-foot-9 Childress as he is averaging 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds.
  • Childress needed just four games this season to score more points than he did all season as a freshman. He scored 43 points through UT's first four games after having 33 points in 29 games as a freshman.
  • This year he has set or tied career highs for points (14), rebounds (11), assists (4), blocks (3) and steals (2).
  • He doubled his previous career rebounding best of five when he grabbed 10 boards against Western Kentucky (11/16/06).
  • Recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Tennessee Tech (12/28/06).
  • He earned his first career start against East Tennessee State (12/30/06).
Howell Returns After Missing 7 Games
Jordan Howell suffered a fracture to his right (shooting) hand during practice Dec. 21 that caused him to miss seven games ... He returned to the lineup against South Carolina (1/20/07) ... The injury interrupted a very strong season for the junior point guard ... A starter for five games before the injury, Howell hadn't been putting up big numbers and that was just fine with head coach Bruce Pearl ... Howell, who made his first career start against the Louisiana-Lafayette (11/27/06), is averaging 3.9 points, 1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game ... But the most significant statistic for Howell has been his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.00-to-1 ... In 283 minutes played this season, the 6-foot-3 junior guard has turned the ball over just nine times.
  • In 109 minutes (five games) of action since returning from the hand injury he has committed just one turnover.
  • Scored a career-high 11 points on 3-of-5 3-point shooting against Georgia (1/31/07).
  • Last two games is averaging 8.5 points on 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) 3-point shooting.
Thompson-Boling Provides Homecourt Advantage
Thompson-Boling Arena is celebrating its 20th season in 2006-07 ... The Vols have won 72.3 percent of their games in Thompson-Boling Arena and have ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance nine times, including in 2005-06 when UT ranked fifth nationally with 17,954 fans per game ... The arena is getting ready to undergo its first major facelift as construction has already begun on a practice facility and construction will begin on the inside of the arena immediately following the 2006-07 season.
  • Tennessee is 224-86 (.723) in its 20th season in Thompson-Boling Arena.
  • Since the 1998 season, the Vols are 125-27 (.822) in Thompson-Boling Arena.
  • The Vols are 55-20 against SEC teams at home over the last nine seasons.
  • UT has won 75 of its last 82 home games against non-conference opponents.
  • UT is 15-0 in home games against non-conference opponents under Bruce Pearl.
  • Tennessee is 11-0 at home this season.
Two Sign In Early Period
On the first day of the early signing period Cameron Tatum and Brian Williams signed national letters of intent to play basketball at the University of Tennessee beginning with the 2007-08 season.
  • Tatum, a versatile 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing from Patterson Prep in Lenoir, N.C., can put the ball on the floor and create, hit the 3-pointer or take the ball to the rim ... Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 13 shooting guard in the nation by Rivals.com, he averaged 21 points and 7.7 rebounds as a senior at Tucker High School in Tucker, Ga.
  • A 6-9, 300-pound post player at Harmony Community Prep in Cincinnati, Williams will give the Vols much needed depth and size in the paint ... A player with exceptional hands, good feet and a soft shooting touch, he attended Christopher Columbus High School in Bronx, N.Y., before going to Harmony Prep where he was a teammate of current Vols freshman Josh Tabb.
Prince Joins Vols
Bruce Pearl announced Jan. 16 that J.P. Prince has enrolled at Tennessee and will join the Vols' basketball team ... A 6-foot-6 guard, Prince will be allowed to practice with the team immediately and will be eligible to play as a sophomore beginning in January 2008 ... Prince transferred to Tennessee from the University of Arizona where he made three appearances for the nationally-ranked Wildcats this season ... As a freshman last year he averaged 2.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28 games ... At White Station High School in Memphis he led the Spartans to a 142-12 record and three state championships (2002-04) ... He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Tennessee as a senior in 2005 after averaging 27.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game.


 

 

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