Nov. 9, 2011
- Tennessee embarks on its 103rd season of varsity basketball and its first under head coach Cuonzo Martin (pronounced KAHN-zo).
- The Volunteers went 2-0 in against a pair of Division II opponents in exhibition play, defeating Carson-Newman College 73-52 on Nov. 3 and beating Lincoln Memorial University 76-67 on Nov. 7.
- The Vols have won 12 straight season-openers and are 23-2 in their last 25 season-openers. UT is 42-2 in its last 44 home-openers and has a 19-game win streak in such contests.
- Tennessee held its exhibition opponents to less than 60.0 ppg and 39 percent shooting from the field; the Vols also logged 7.0 blocks and 9.5 steals per game.
- Sophomore point guard Trae Golden averaged 18.0 ppg during exhibition play to lead four Vols who averaged double-figure scoring. Golden also recorded 13 assists against only one turnover in 59 total minutes played while shooting .438 from 3-point range (7-for-16).
- Junior forward Jeronne Maymon averaged a double-double in exhibition play with 10.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. He also drew a team-high four charges in UT's two wins.
- Legendary Vols head coach Ray Mears (1962-77) would have turned 85-years-old on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
- This is Tennessee's 25th season of basketball in Thompson-Boling Arena. Over the previous 24 years, the riverfront facility has hosted more than 6.2 million fans for men's basketball games, and the Volunteers have posted a 280-100 (.737) regular-season home record.
The UNC Greensboro Series
- The Vols and Spartans have met just once previously on the hardwood, with Tennessee posting a 92-60 home victory on Dec. 22, 1998 ... The game took place 13 days before UT's 23-16 football BCS national championship win over Florida State in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl ... The Vols are 71-8 all-time against current members of the Southern Conference ... In Cuonzo Martin's only previous game as a head coach against a SoCon opponent, he led Missouri State to a win over The Citadel.
Friday's Game Part of Maui Invitational
- The 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational boasts a newly expanded field. With expansion comes four additional Division I teams known as the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational "Mainland Teams." Each of the eight Island Teams (excluding Chaminade) will play one game against a Mainland Team - seven games in total - before traveling to Maui for the Championship Round. The four Mainland Teams are Belmont, Middle Tennessee, UNC Greensboro and Towson.
The Mainland Teams conclude their participation in the tournament by playing each other in the "Regional Games" - a four-game event at Middle Tennessee's Murphy Center Nov. 19-20.
Tennessee's mainland opponent is UNC Greensboro, and Friday's game is Tennessee's "2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Opening Game." Although the game carries no implications in terms of which teams advance to the championship round in Maui, the statistics from each "Opening Game" do count toward the tournament statistics.
Veteran's Day Important to Vols
- With the Vols' regular-season opener against UNC Greensboro taking place on Veteran's Day, here's a look at a few members of the Tennessee basketball family whose immediate family members or grandparents have served in the military:
Jordan McRae: His sister, Kristen, serves in the Air Force and is currently stationed in Japan.
Josh Richardson: His mother, Alice, retired from the Air Force reserves after 25 years of service.
Tracy Webster: Has two brothers who served in the Army. Troy was stationed in Germany, and Vincent served in Korea.
Jon Harris: His father, Robert, served in the Army, stationed in Alaska. And both his uncle, William Harris, and his father-in-law, Keith Bowman, fought in Vietnam.
Kent Williams: His grandfather, Marvin Williams, served in the Navy.
Houston Fancher: His father, Eugene, served in the Army during WWII and was a POW in Germany. Fancher's older brother, Terry, also served in the Army and, ironically, was stationed in Germany.
Marco Harris: His father, Norman Stevens, served in the Army and fought in Vietnam.