Dec. 17, 2012
HOOPS REPORT: UT Looking to Extend Streak of Allowing 60 Points or Less
The Tennessee basketball team looks to build on its unblemished 3-0 home record this season when it hosts Presbyterian College Tuesday at Thompson-Boling Arena (7 p.m. ET, SportSouth).
In doing so, the Volunteers (5-3) also have a chance to extend what has become an impressive scoring defense streak. The Big Orange have held four straight opponents to 60 points or less - Oakland (50), Georgetown (37), Virginia (46) and Wichita State (60).
Tennessee is 2-2 over that four-game stretch, during which opponents have averaged just 48.5 points per game. That includes a pair of top-25 foes, as Georgetown and Wichita State were ranked No. 20 and No. 23, respectively, in the AP poll when the Vols faced them.
The 1995-96 season marked the last time UT held four straight teams to 60 points or less, doing so against Memphis (57), Houston (49), South Florida (43) and Miami [Fla.] (54).
If Tennessee can limit the Blue Hose (2-8) to fewer than 61 points Tuesday - they average 59.7 ppg - it would be the program's first such five-game stretch since the 1981-82 campaign. That season, the Vols ended the year by holding Auburn (56), Vanderbilt (54), Alabama (56), SW Louisiana (57) and Virginia (54) all to fewer than 60 points.
Tennessee's 3-point field-goal defense has been one key to the Vols' defensive prowess. UT ranks 13th nationally by holding opponents to a .248 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Tennessee's foes make an average of just 3.5 treys per game.
The Vols' overall scoring defense of 57.4 ppg ranks 23rd nationally.
EMPHASIS OF THE DAY
Monday's "Emphasis of the Day" - daily midcourt talking points spearheaded by head coach Cuonzo Martin prior to each practice - focused on energy.
We need CEO's on this team: "Chief Energy Officers" That means you share positive, powerful and contagious energy with your teammates, coaches and the fans! It means you communicate from the heart.