GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Vols vs. Memphis

Nov. 22, 2011

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November 22, 2011   |   2 p.m. ET
Lahaina Civic Center  |   Maui, Hawaii


  • The Vols are riding an eight-game win streak against teams from the state of Tennessee.
  • Whichever team wins on the glass has won each of the last six meetings in this series.
  • This is the first time Tennessee has played consecutive games against AP top-10 teams since Jan. 18 and 21, 2006, when the Vols lost at fourth-ranked Memphis 88-79 before recovering with an 80-76 home win over second-ranked and eventual national champion Florida.
  • Junior forward Jeronne Maymon has recorded back-to-back double-doubles. Entering this season, his best game as a Vol was a 10-point effort in 15 minutes off the bench last season vs. Memphis.
  • Tuesday's game features 13 players who are Tennessee natives.
  • The Big Orange are 6-12 (.333) all-time against the eighth-ranked team in the AP poll. The last such contest was a 72-61 loss at No. 8 UConn last season. The Huskies went on to win the national title.
  • Five different Vols are shooting .500 or better from the field this season: Trae Golden (19-33, .576), Jeronne Maymon (16-28, .571), Josh Richardson (5-9, .556), Skylar McBee (8-15, .533) and Dwight Miller (4-8, .500)..
  • The Vols' roster features five returning lettermen and five scholarship newcomers. Memphis, meanwhile, returns each of its top six scorers from a season ago.

The Memphis Series

  • UT leads the all-time series with Memphis 14-8, dating to 1969 ... Tuesday's game is the first of two between the programs this season, and it's the first head-coaching matchup between UT's Cuonzo Martin and third-year Memphis coach Josh Pastner ... Tuesday's game is just the second time these teams have met in a city other than Knoxville or Memphis; the first-ever meeting was a 72-51 UT victory at the 1969 All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Sixteen of the 22 all-time meetings between the two schools have been decided by 10 points or less ... Tennessee owns a 47-36 record against current members of Conference USA.

In UT's Last Game Against Memphis...

  • Tennessee thrashed the 21st ranked Memphis Tigers 104-84 on Jan. 21, 2011, at Thompson-Boling Arena, but it wasn't nearly as close of a game as the score indicated ... In one of UT's most impressive outings of the season, the Vols led by as many as 36 points with 5:36 remaining in the second half before Tennessee cleared its bench ... At one point, the Vols were out-rebounding the Tigers 21-7 ... Tennessee scored 23 points off turnovers, 42 points in the paint and had 19 second-chance points while scoring 100 points vs. Memphis for the first time in the series ... Vols freshman Tobias Harris totaled 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 21 minutes played (he needed only 17 minutes to reach a double-double) ... Guards Scotty Hopson and Melvin Goins (who shot 4-of-4 from 3-point range) added 16 and 15 points, respectively ... Sophomore forward Jeronne Maymon totaled 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench, while backup point guard Trae Golden recorded eight points and eight assists ... 14 of the 16 Vols who played in the game scored, and UT set season-highs in five statistical categories while shooting .537 from the field and .571 (12-of-21) from long range ... Will Coleman led the Tigers with 17 points, nine boards and three blocks.

Recent Vols-Tigers Tilts Have Been Memorable

  • The Volunteers had their highest point total ever in the Memphis series last season when they defeated the 21st-ranked Tigers 104-84 (first time in the series either team exceeded 100 points) ... It was also the most points allowed by the Tigers in a regulation game since the 1987-88 season (112-104 loss to Virginia Tech on March 5, 1988) ... Tennessee's win over Memphis at the FedEx Forum in 2010 snapped a 23-game home win streak for the Tigers ... When the Tigers and Vols met in Memphis on Feb. 1, 2008, they were ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the national polls ... In what was the most-watched college basketball game in ESPN history (5.28 million viewers), Tennessee toppled Memphis 66-62 to earn the program's firstever No. 1 ranking.

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