Vol Hoops Report: Nov. 28

Nov. 28, 2012

The all-time series between Tennessee and Georgetown is tied at 1-1.

Both previous meetings in this series took place in the last 10 years. In the first round of the 2003 NIT, the Vols hosted Georgetown, and the Hoyas advanced with a 70-60 victory. 12th-ranked Tennessee evened the series at the 2008 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., defeating the 21st-ranked Hoyas 90-78 in the semifinals.

Head coach John Thompson III is in his eighth season at Georgetown. The Hoyas return two starters and nine lettermen from last season's 24-9 (12-6 Big East) squad, which reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Hoyas are one of the youngest teams in the Big East Conference, with 10 freshmen and sophomores on the 15-man roster. This is the second time in five years (2008-09) that the Hoyas have no seniors.

Georgetown is 18-1 in home games dating to the start of last season.

Cuonzo Martin was teammates with Georgetown assistant coach Kenya Hunter at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep School in 1990.

HOOPS REPORT: Playing for Southeastern Conference Pride

Tennessee travels to Washington, D.C., to visit Georgetown at the Verizon Center Friday in the Vols' first true road game of the season (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The contest doubles as an opportunity to play for Southeastern Conference bragging rights, as the game is part of the annual SEC/Big East Challenge.

Tennessee is 2-1 in the five-year history of the event -- initially known as the SEC/Big East Invitational. The Vols lost at home to Pitt last season after beating third-ranked Pitt two years ago in Pittsburgh, Pa. UT's only other previous appearance in the event resulted in an 80-68 win over 24th-ranked Marquette in Nashville, Tenn., in 2008 (UT was not in the event in 2007 or 2009).

"Anytime you have a chance to represent your league in events like this there is an amount of pride that comes with it," UT head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "The SEC is known for excellence across the board in all sports, so we obviously want to do our part to uphold the SEC's reputation for great basketball. Facing an elite program like Georgetown in their home gym is a challenge we look forward to."

Tennessee point guard Trae Golden agreed that conference pride is a factor for Friday's game.

"We want to show that the SEC is one of the best leagues in the country," Golden said. "So we take pride in games like this. It will be a great atmosphere. Georgetown has a historic program, and we expect a great game."

Since the 2007-08 campaign, Tennessee owns a 7-3 record against current members of the Big East Conference. In addition to the two aforementioned victories, those seven triumphs also include wins over Georgetown, DePaul, Villanova and defending national champion UConn last season. Tennessee also defeated West Virginia on a neutral floor in November 2007 before the Mountaineers left the Big East to join the Big XII Conference.

The Big East enters this year's challenge leading 16-12 over the past five seasons.


Tennessee has been confirmed as one eight teams in the field for the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis, which takes place annually at the Atlantis Royal Towers Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Seven of the eight teams in next year's field were announced Saturday. Joining the Volunteers in the 2013 field are Kansas, Villanova, Wake Forest, Southern California, UTEP and Xavier. The eighth team will be announced at a later date.

The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament started in 2011. The games are played in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom which is turned into a basketball venue.

Tennessee's looming appearance in the Bahamas continues a stretch of trips to exotic destinations. In just the last three years, the Vols have traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, Maui, Italy and Puerto Rico.


Wednesday's "Emphasis of the Day" - Wednesday's "Emphasis of the Day" - daily midcourt talking points spearheaded by head coach Cuonzo Martin prior to each practice - focused on energy.

Life is all about energy. Think about the people who increase your energy and those who drain your energy.

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