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Vol Hoops Central: Vanderbilt



Feb. 28, 2014


 

TENNESSEE vs. VANDERBILT
March 1, 2014   |   12 p.m. (ET)
Thompson-Boling Arena   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

ITEMS OF NOTE
  • Tennessee sits in a four-way tie for fourth place in the SEC with three games left to play (tied with Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU).
  • According to ESPN's InsideRPI, Tennessee owns an RPI of No. 51 and has the 14th toughest strength-of-schedule (as of Feb. 28).
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Year Dale Ellis (1979-83) will have his No. 14 jersey retired before Saturday's game.


  • Jarnell Stokes ranks fourth nationally in offensive rebounding, with 4.32 orpg.
  • Jarnell Stokes became Tennessee's all-time offensive rebounding leader Wednesday at Mississippi State. Stokes has 303 offensive rebounds in 78 career games.
  • Jarnell Stokes is just 25 points shy of joining UT's 45-member 1,000-Point Club.

VANDERBILT SERIES
  • Tennessee leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt 113-71, dating to 1922. In Knoxville, the Volunteers have a 69-17 edge (20-6 at Thompson-Boling Arena).
  • Just 181.63 miles separate UT's Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville and Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.
  • Tennessee's 113 wins over the Commodores are the most by the Vols over any opponent, and only Kentucky (217 games) has been an opponent of the Vols more times than Vanderbilt (184).
  • Tennessee was 7-2 vs. Vanderbilt during Dale Ellis' career as a Vol.


  • These programs' strength and conditioning coaches are brothers. Tennessee's Nicodemus Christopher is the younger brother of Vandy's Garry Christopher.
  • A Tennessee win would give the Vols an 18-13 record against Kevin Stallings-coached teams (18-12 with Stallings as Vandy's coach).
  • Vols freshman point guard Darius Thompson is a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He verbally committed to Vanderbilt before re-opening his recruitment and eventually signing with UT.

VOLS TO RETIRE Dale Ellis' NO. 14
  • Former Tennessee and NBA standout Dale Ellis will become the fourth UT men's basketball player to have his jersey retired when the program hangs his No. 14 from the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters prior to the game Saturday.
  • A native of Marietta, Ga., and two-time All-American, Ellis suited up for the Vols and head coach Don DeVoe from 1979-83.
  • Ellis was twice named the SEC Player of the Year (1982 and 1983), and he was a three-time first-team All-SEC selection.
  • As a junior in 1981-82, he led the Vols to a 20-10 (13-5 SEC) record and the SEC Championship.
  • He was picked ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1983 NBA Draft and went on to play 17 seasons in the NBA for six different teams.

50+ LETTERMEN RETURNING SATURDAY
  • More than 50 Tennessee lettermen are expected to be in attendance Saturday.
  • All lettermen in attendance will be recognized on the court at halftime, and several Vols who played alongside Dale Ellis from 1979-83 will join him on the floor during his pregame jersey retirement ceremony.
  • Former UT head coach Don DeVoe, who lead the Vols from 1978-89 also will be present.

MEMORABLE VOL PERFORMANCES AGAINST THE COMMODORES
  • Tony White scored 32, Dyron Nix (17 points, 18 rebounds) and Doug Roth (10 points, 10 rebounds) recorded double-doubles and Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 79-69 in overtime in Stokely Athletics Center Feb. 4, 1987, in Knoxville.
  • Dick Johnston made six free throws in double-overtime to lift UT to a 77-72 win over the Dores in Nashville on Feb. 2, 1970. Jimmy England led the charge with 27 points, and Bobby Croft had an 18-16 double-double.
  • Danny Schultz holds UT's single-game scoring record against Vanderbilt, as he dropped 35 points on the Dores on Feb. 15, 1964, in Nashville.
  • Tennessee All-Century Team member Paul "Lefty" Walther (1948-49) never lost to Vanderbilt during his career as a Vol. The Covington, Ky., native helped lead Tennessee to a 4-0 record over the Dores, beating Vandy by an average of 9.8 points.

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