Feb. 17, 2014
TENNESSEE vs. GEORGIA
Feb. 18, 2014 | 9 p.m. ET
Thompson-Boling Arena | Knoxville, Tenn.
ITEMS OF NOTE
- Tennessee sits in a four-way tie for fifth place in the SEC standings with six games left to play.
- According to ESPN's InsideRPI, Tennessee owns an RPI of No. 54 and has the 10th toughest strength-of-schedule (as of Feb. 17).
- Also per Monday's ESPN InsideRPI ratings, the Vols have already played 12 games against opponents with an RPI of 75 or better (5-7).
- The Volunteers are 7-2 in games immediately following a loss this season.
- Jarnell Stokes has 14 double-doubles this season and 32 in his career (both lead the SEC).
- Jarnell Stokes is just 75 points shy of joining UT's 45-member 1,000-Point Club; and he has only played in 75 career games.
- Jarnell Stokes also is sitting on 699 career rebounds. He is about to move into Tennessee's all-time top 15 for career rebounds.
- In UT's last six games, junior wing Josh Richardson is 13-of-28 from 3-point range (.464) and is averaging 12.8 ppg.
- Jeronne Maymon has grabbed four or more offensive rebounds 15 times this season.
- Darius Thompson has zero turnovers over the last three games; he's played 60 minutes during that span and has gone up against some great guards.
- Tennessee averages 14.48 offensive rebounds per game - the school record is 14.55 oprg (set in 1999-2000).
LAST TIME vs. GEORGIA...
- Despite another amazing offensive effort from Jordan McRae, the Vols saw their six-game win streak come to an end, 78-68, at Stegeman Coliseum on March 2, 2014.
- McRae's 35 points were the most by a Vol in seven years, but the rest of the Vols combined for just 33 points.
- McRae's scoring effort was the best since Chris Lofton also tallied 35 against Texas on Dec. 23, 2006. McRae's eight 3-pointers tied for second-most in a game in UT history behind Lofton's record of nine, set at Georgia on Feb. 11, 2006.
- Kenny Hall had 10 points as UT's only other double-figure scorer.
- After falling behind 7-0, Georgia outscored Tennessee 25-7 over a stretch of 13 minutes to lead 25-22 at halftime. The Vols made just eight field goals in the first half, shooting 29.6 percent.
- McRae kept UT alive with back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 2:30 of regulation. The second trey brought UT within six at 64-58.
- But the Bulldogs were nearly perfect from the line to seal the game, making 9-of-10 foul shots in the final 1:22.
- After not converting a field goal for the entire first half, Jarnell Stokes finished the game with eight points and 10 rebounds.
- The Bulldogs were led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25 points) and Charles Mann (18 points), as the duo combined for 43 points. Mann made 12-of-14 free throws. Georgia made 22-of-26 attempts overall. Georgia outscored Tennessee, 41-13 in bench points and 30-14 in the paint.
MEMORABLE VOL PERFORMANCES AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
- Austin "Red" Robbins had what may have been the best performance in UT history at the time with 35 points and 20 rebounds on Feb. 7, 1966, as UT routed Georgia 100-71 at old Armory-Fieldhouse in Knoxville.
- Bernard King made 18 field goals at Georgia on Feb. 1, 1975. King had 42 points and 18 rebounds in that 105-69 Vol victory.
- The 12,666 paying customers who packed UT's Stokely Athletics Center on Feb. 10, 1979, got their money's worth, as Ellenwood, Ga., native Reggie Johnson totaled 36 points and 13 rebounds, playing every minute of a three-overtime thriller as UT topped Georgia 87-81. Terry Crosby also played all 55 minutes, adding 21 points
- Future NBA Lottery Pick Marcus Haislip paced the Vols with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Vincent Yarbrough added 17 points as UT outscored the 16th-ranked Dawgs 11-3 in overtime to take a 71-63 win in Knoxville on March 2, 2002.
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