Vol Hoops Central: at Mississippi State

Feb. 24, 2014


TENNESSEE at Mississippi State
Feb. 26, 2014   |   8 p.m. ET
Humphrey Coliseum   |   Starkville, Miss.

  • Tennessee leads the all-time series with Mississippi State 77-41, dating to 1924. In Starkville, the Bulldogs have a one-game edge (27-26).
  • Cuonzo Martin and second-year MSU head coach Rick Ray worked together as assistants on Matt Painter's Purdue staff for two seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08). Martin's title was associate head coach.
  • During Martin and Ray's two seasons on staff together, the Boilermakers went 47-21 and twice advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Tennessee associate head coach Tracy Webster and MSU assistant coach Wes Flanigan were on staff together at Nebraska during the 2010-11 season under head coach Doc Sadler.
  • Tennessee has won three of its last four games in Starkville.
  • Four games in this series have gone to multiple overtimes.
  • The only known Mississippi native ever to suit up for the Volunteers basketball program was Torrey Harris (1996-99).

  • Tennessee jumped out early on Mississippi State and dispatched the Bulldogs, 69-53, in the SEC Tournament at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena March 14, 2013.
  • The Vols won for the ninth time in 10 games, secured their 20th victory of the season for the sixth time in eight years and gave Cuonzo Martin his 100th career win as a head coach.
  • The Vols had four players score in double-figures led by first-team All-SEC guard Jordan McRae, who had 17.
  • Redshirt freshman Quinton Chievous had a career-high 10 points.
  • All-SEC second-teamer Jarnell Stokes added 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

  • Tennessee used an early 12-0 run to take command. McRae and Skylar McBee (nine points) keyed the run with 3-pointers during the spurt as the Vols took a 12-4 lead less than four minutes into the game.
  • The Vols held a 35-19 lead at the half thanks to a stifling defense as the Bulldogs shot just 25.9 percent from the floor, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range. On offense, UT shot 48.4 percent, with McRae leading the way with 10 points.
  • Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 while Colin Borchert added 12.
  • With just 53 points allowed, Tennessee held an opponent to fewer than 60 for the 12th time last season, twice against Mississippi State.

  • Wednesday's game provides Tennessee an opportunity to even its all-time record vs. MSU when the series is contested in Starkville.
  • The Vols are 26-27 against the Bulldogs in Starkville, dating to their first visit in 1924.
  • The Big Orange also enter Wednesday's clash just one game below .500 at Humphrey Coliseum. Tennessee won its first clash with MSU at "The Hump," posting a 78-76 victory on March 1, 1976. All told, Tennessee is 13-14 in that facility.

  • Junior Dale Ellis grabbed a school-record seven steals as the Vols defeated the Bulldogs 54-44 at "The Hump" in Starkville on Jan. 20, 1982.
  • Bill Justus's two game-winning free throws in the third overtime in Starkville on March 6, 1967, gave the Vols the outright SEC regular-season title. Justus scored 14 in the contest.
  • While Justus earned the credit for sealing the win in Starkville in 1967, the Vols would not have contended for the win without 35 points from Knoxville native Ron Widby, who went on to be a Pro Bowl punter for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
  • Ernie Grunfeld scored 37 and Bernard King added 30 as the "Ernie & Bernie Show" rolled to a 97-87 win in Starkville. on Jan. 25, 1975.

Complete Game Notes





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