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Vol Hoops Central: Puerto Rico Tipoff



Nov. 15, 2012


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TENNESSEE VS. OKLAHOMA STATE
Nov. 16, 2012   |   10:30 a.m. ET
Coliseo Rodriquez   |   Bayamon, Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO TIPOFF: GAME 2
  • This is Tennessee's third tournament appearance in Puerto Rico, and the Vols are 4-3 here.
  • Tennessee trails the all-time series with Oklahoma State 2-1, with all three meetings taking place at neutral sites. The most recent clash was a 77-75 OSU win in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on March 20, 2009.
  • Oklahoma State returns four starters from last year's 15-18 (7-11 Big XII) team.
  • Fifth-year OSU head coach Travis Ford is a familiar face to Tennessee fans, as he starred at SEC rival Kentucky during his collegiate playing days from 1992-94.
  • Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin is 0-1 in head-to-head coaching matchups with Travis Ford. Martin took his 2010-11 Missouri State team to Stillwater on Dec. 11, 2010, and suffered an 84-70 defeat. It was one of just nine losses for Martin's Bears that season (26-9).
  • OSU assistant coach Chris Ferguson was an assistant coach at Tennessee from 1997-2003 before serving as UT's associate head coach from 2003-05. Ferguson worked under former Vol head coaches Jerry Green and Buzz Peterson.


  • Tennessee sophomore guard Josh Richardson grew up in Edmond, Okla., which is less than an hour away from Stillwater, and graduated from Santa Fe High School. Richardson was recruited by Oklahoma State.
  • Josh Richardson's older sister, Alex, played women's basketball at OSU under the late Kurt Budke in 2007-08. Josh Richardson is friends with Budke's son, Alex Budke, who is currently a sophomore guard on the OSU men's team.
  • Freshman OSU guard Marcus Smart was teammates with Vols sophomore Jarnell Stokes on USA Basketball's gold-medal-winning U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships this past summer in Brazil. Both players started every game. Smart led the team in steals; Stokes was second on the squad in scoring and rebounding.
  • Senior OSU center Philip Jurick is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., who originally signed with UT out of East Ridge High School. He redshirted the 2008-09 season before transferring to Chattanooga State and eventually landing at Oklahoma State. No current Vols were with the program in 2008-09.

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