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Tennessee Basketball Notes - UNC Asheville Game



Dec. 2, 2008

Game 7: Pearl Goes for Win No. 400 Against UNC Asheville

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Tennessee
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
C 4 Wayne Chism
6-9
242
Jr.
10.3
7.3
1.5
F1 Tyler Smith
6-7
215
Jr.
18.3
5.2
3.8
F 0 Renaldo Woolridge
6-8
208
Fr.
5.7
3.5
0.5
G 32 Scotty Hopson
6-7
185
Fr.
9.8
1.3
0.7
G 3 Bobby Maze
6-2
185
Jr.
8.5
3.5
5.7
UNC Asheville
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
F 20 Reid Augst
6-6
215
Sr.
11.5
4.2
2.3
F 45 Jason Ridenhour
6-6
200
Jr.
8.0
3.8
0.8
F 23 John Williams
6-4
215
So.
10.5
6.5
1.7
G 15 Sean Smith
6-6
200
Jr.
10.8
3.7
1.0
G 10 J.P. Primm
6-1
195
Fr.
10.0
2.7
5.5

UT Looks for 35th Consecutive Home Win

  • 2008-09 marks Tennessee's 100th season of varsity basketball. A season-long centennial celebration includes the selection of a Tennessee Basketball All-Century Team. Ballots are available in the Thompson-Boling Arena concourse for all home games.
  • In its last game, Tennessee fell to then-ninth-ranked Gonzaga 83-74 in the Old Spice Classic Championship Game in Orlando, Fla. The Vols defeated Siena and Georgetown before facing the Zags.
  • UT head coach Bruce Pearl is just one win shy of logging his 400th career victory. Pearl was the second-fastest to reach 300 wins among active head coaches (382), trailing only current UNC head coach Roy Williams (370 games).
  • The Vols are looking to extend their school-record 34-game home win streak that ranks as the third longest active streak in the nation.
  • Tennessee owns a 19-4 all-time record against current members of the Big South Conference, including a 2-0 mark during the Bruce Pearl era.
  • Tennessee plays just five games during the month of December. Four of those contests take place instate, with three in Knoxville and one in Nashville.
  • The Vols return a total of six letterwinners, including two starters, from last year's squad that posted a 31-5 overall record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
  • UT newcomers include four true freshmen, one junior-college transfer and a redshirt freshman.
  • A panel of SEC and national media tabbed the Vols as the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference championship this season. Tyler Smith was named the preseason SEC Player of the Year by the panel and also was a first-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches.

Tennessee Trends

  • Through the games of Nov. 30, Tennessee ranks sixth nationally in rebounding margin (+12.3) and eighth nationally in scoring (87.2 ppg).
  • UT remains the highest-ranked Southeastern Conference team in the national polls (No. 10 AP; No. 13 Coaches). No SEC team has been ranked higher than the Vols at any point this season.
  • The Vols' bench has outscored the opponent's bench in all six games this season.
  • Tennessee is 47-2 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season.
  • UT has a 34-game homecourt winning streak. The Vols' last home loss was a 78-80 decision to Kentucky in the final home game of the 2005-06 season.
  • The Vols are 25-0 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl.
  • Bruce Pearl is 17-9 against ranked teams while at Tennessee.
  • The Vols have made at least one 3-pointer in 361 consecutive games.
  • Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 75-6 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game.
  • UT is 53-5 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
  • Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,427-909-2 in 100 seasons of basketball.
  • UT's 634 regular-season SEC victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.
  • Tennessee is 247-86 in 22 seasons in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols have posted winning home records in 18 of their 21 full seasons in the facility.
  • Tennessee is the only Division I school ever to rank in the top five nationally in attendance for football, men's basketball and women's basketball in the same season. The Vols turned the trick for the fifth time in 2007-08.

The UNC Asheville Series

Tennessee leads the all-time series with UNC Asheville 5-0, dating to 1997 ... All five meetings have taken place at Thompson-Boling Arena, and the Vols have been ranked for three of those contests ... The Bulldogs' highest previous scoring output against UT is 73 points, which occurred in last season's meeting (an 86-73 decision on Dec. 19, 2007) ... The Vols average 81.0 ppg in this series, while UNC Asheville averages 64.2 ppg.

Noting UNC Asheville

Veteran coach Eddie Biedenbach's UNC Asheville squad is off to a 3-3 start this season ... After starting the year with three straight home wins, the Bulldogs have dropped three consecutive games on the road ... UNCA won the Big South Conference last season and finished with a 23-10 (10-4 BSC) record ... The loss of 7-foot-7 center Kenny George (foot surgery) leaves the Bulldogs with just two scholarship upperclassmen ... The lone returning starter, senior forward Reid Augst, leads the team with 11.5 ppg and 11 steals thus far ... Augst is one of four Bulldogs averaging at least 10.0 ppg ... UNCA is being outscored by an average of 9.5 ppg while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor ... The Bulldogs have managed 8.8 steals per game but have been hampered by 17.8 turnovers per game ... UNC Asheville has used the same starting lineup in all six of its games this season ... In their last game, the Bulldogs fell at top-ranked North Carolina 116-48 on Sunday.

Pearl Closing in on 400th Career Win

Bruce Pearl has 508 games of collegiate head coaching experience under his belt, and he is just one win shy of logging his 400th career victory ... As long as the Volunteers win one game before playing in 13 more, Pearl is assured of becoming the sixth-fastest coach ever to reach the 400-win milestone ... That would place him ahead of legendary coaches such as Phog Allen, Jim Boeheim, Dean Smith and Lou Carnesecca just to name a few.

UT Runner-Up Among Strong Field at 2008 Old Spice Classic at Disney World

In what was universally touted as a Sweet 16-quality field at the 2008 Old Spice Classic at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports Complex Nov. 27-30, Tennessee emerged as tournament runner-up with wins over Siena (78-64) and Georgetown (90-78) ... The Vols fell to Gonzaga 83-74 in the championship game ... UT averaged 80.7 points in its three games and outrebounded its opponents by an average of 10.0 boards per contest ... Other tournament participants were Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Wichita State.

Smith Named to Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team

Junior forward Tyler Smith was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team after leading UT to a 2-1 record and a runner-up finish at the event ... He played a team-high 31.3 minutes per game and averaged 17.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.0 apg while going 18-for-23 from the free-throw line.

Chism, Prince and Williams Much-Improved at Free-Throw Line

Returners Wayne Chism, J.P. Prince and Brian Williams each are shooting more than 10 percentage points better at the free-throw line this season compared to last:

07-08 FT% 08-09 FT% Increase
Brian Williams 50.0 72.7 22.7
J.P. Prince 55.7 76.9 21.2
Wayne Chism 55.6 70.8 15.2

 

 

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