UK-UT by the numbers

Here's a look at Kentucky and Tennessee by the numbers. There is a lot on the line for Kentucky as the Wildcats seek to secure a 2nd place finish in the SEC East, position itself for the upcoming SEC Tournament and try for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Tennessee (20-5, 11-3) vs. Kentucky (18-10, 8-6)

8:00 p.m. (EST) • Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Thompson-Boling Arena • Knoxville, Tennessee

Television: Jefferson Pilot Sports (WVLT Channel 8 in Knoxville). Tom Hammond will handle the playby-

play duties while Larry Conley will join him to do the color commentary. Roger Roebuck produces.

Radio: The Vol Radio Network (50-plus stations covering 28 states). Bob Kesling is in his seventh year

calling the play-by-play. Former Vol Bert Bertelkamp joins him courtside to provide the color commentary.

Tim Berry is the engineer. The game will also be available on SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 121.

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Rankings: UT is ranked 11th in the Associated Press Poll and in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Series: Kentucky leads the all-time series 137-63 but UT won the first meeting this season 75-67.

Coaches: Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl (Boston College 1982) is 20-5 in his first season at

Tennessee and 337-89 in his 14th season as a head coach. Kentucky head coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith

(High Point 1973) is 237-68 in his eighth season at UK and 361-130 in 14 years as a head coach.

Officials: Announced on game day.

Probable Starters

Tennessee Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F 22 Andre Patterson 6-7 217 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. 10.1 6.5 1.4

F 23 Dane Bradshaw 6-4 200 Jr. Memphis, Tenn. 7.3 5.8 4.1

C 1 Major Wingate 6-10 250 Jr. Florence, S.C. 10.4 3.7 1.2

G 5 Chris Lofton 6-2 197 So. Maysville, Ky. 17.5 3.6 1.9

G 32 C.J. Watson 6-2 176 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev. 15.2 3.4 4.2

Kentucky Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown PPG RPG APG

F 13 Bobby Perry 6-6 219 Jr. Durham, N.C. 6.3 3.4 0.8

C 10 Lukasz Obrzut 7-0 270 Jr. Gliwice, Poland 2.3 2.0 0.3

G 1 Brandon Stockton 5-9 167 Sr. Glasgow, Ky. 2.5 0.7 0.7

G 2 Ravi Moss 6-2 190 Sr. Hopkinsville, Ky. 6.1 3.1 1.1

G 22 Patrick Sparks 6-0 180 Sr. Central City, Ky. 9.2 2.0 3.4

• Tennessee will play its final home game of the 2005-06 season Wednesday, March 1, when the Vols

host the Kentucky Wildcats. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports.

• It is Senior Day for the Vols as they will honor Stanley Asumnu, Eddie DeBro, Andre Patterson and

C.J. Watson in a pregame ceremony. At halftime, Tennessee will honor former coach Ray Mears and

broadcaster John Ward.

• With two games remaining on the schedule, Tennessee has clinched the outright SEC Eastern Division

championship. The Vols have recorded an 11-3 record while Florida and Kentucky have each posted 8-6

conference marks. SEC Western Division champion LSU holds the overall SEC lead with a 12-2 record.

• Tennessee will be trying to complete the season sweep of Kentucky for the first time since 1998-99.

UT took a 75-67 win Feb. 7 in the first meeting between the schools.

• Chris Lofton ranks second in the SEC in scoring with 18.1 points per game against league foes. He

also leads the league in 3-point percentage (.500) and 3-pointers per game (4.00) in SEC games. His 50

percent field goal percentage in conference games is fifth in the SEC and best among guards.

• Lofton enters the Kentucky game needing two 3-pointers to break Allan Houston’s single-season

record of 99 set in 1990-91. The Maysville, Ky., native has made 98-of-207 (47.3 percent) of his 3-pointers

this season.

• Senior guard C.J. Watson ranks second on the team with 15.2 points while quarterbacking the league’s

highest scoring offense (82.4 ppg). His assist/turnover ratio of 2.26 is second-best in the SEC. The Las

Vegas native is tied for second in the league for steals (2.12 spg), and is seventh in assists (4.16 apg).

• Over the last six games, UT has shot 44.8 percent

(57-of-123) from 3-point range and is averaging 10.8

3-pointers per game.

• In Southeastern Conference games, Tennessee’s

opponents have a 2-11 record in the game immediately

following their contests against the Vols. The

only teams to win their next game after playing UT

were Georgia and LSU.

• UT is 17-1 when leading with five minutes left in

the game.

• Tennessee’s eight-game SEC winning streak (1/21

- 2/15) was its longest since the 1981-82 season when

the Vols opened SEC play with nine consecutive


• Chris Lofton’s 31 points against Kentucky are tied

for the most by a Vol in Rupp Arena. Dale Ellis

(1983) and Allan Houston (1993) also poured in 31

points against the ’Cats in Rupp Arena.

• The Vols are 14-0 when scoring 80 or more points.

• With victories over No. 6 Texas and No. 2 Florida,

Tennessee has recorded two wins over teams ranked

in the top six of the Associated Press Poll in a season

for just the second time in school history. The other

time was in 1977 when Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard

King led UT to four wins over top-six teams.

• The win over second-ranked Florida was

Tennessee’s first over a team ranked that high since

defeating No. 2 Kentucky 78-77 on Feb. 24, 1993.

• UT is 23-13 (.639) when playing before crowds of

20,000 or larger at Thompson-Boling Arena. This

year the Vols are 4-1 playing in front of 20,000 fans

at home.

• UT has rallied to overcome deficits of nine points

or more five times. South Carolina (1/8/06) led by as

many as 15 points in the second half before the Vols

came back to win 76-69 in Columbia.

• The Vols have recorded at least 10 steals in 15 of

their 25 games.

• Tennessee is getting an average of 22.2 points per

game from its bench. The Vols’ bench has contributed

554 points in 25 games this season.

• UT has recorded more than 100 more steals than

its opponents. The Vols have 258 steals compared to

just 154 by their opponents.

• Tennessee’s opponents are averaging 18.6

turnovers per game this year. East Tennessee State’s

(11/18/05) 33 turnovers are the most by a UT opponent

since American-Puerto Rico (12/21/99) turned

the ball over 40 times. Ten times this season UT’s

opponents have turned the ball over at least 20 times.

• The Vols are playing with just 10 scholarship players

this season. UT’s roster lists 11 scholarship players

but Tony Passley will sit out the season under

NCAA transfer guidelines.

• The basketball court at Thompson-Boling Arena

has been named “The Summitt” in honor of Pat

Summitt, who recorded her 882nd career win in 2005.

• Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,365-889-2 in

its 97th season of basketball.

• UT’s 609 regular season Southeastern Conference

victories rank third all-time in the SEC. Only

Kentucky and Alabama have won more league games.

• Tennessee is 213-85 in its 19th season in

Thompson-Boling Arena. The Volunteers have posted

winning home records in 16 of their 18 previous

seasons in the facility.

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Last School)

1 Major Wingate C 6-10 250 Jr. Florence, S.C. (North Gwinnett [Ga.] HS)

2 JaJuan Smith G 6-2 190 So. Decatur, Tenn. (McMinn County HS)

3 Stanley Asumnu G/F 6-5 215 Sr. Houston, Texas (Hargrave Military Academy)

5 Chris Lofton G 6-2 197 So. Maysville, Ky. (Mason County HS)

11 Eddie DeBro G 5-11 190 Sr. Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS)

12 Justin Jackson G 5-11 165 Fr. Fredericksburg, Va. (Fredericksburg Academy)

15 Jordan Howell G 6-3 188 So. Auburn, Ala. (Bob Jones HS)

21 Jordan Smith F 6-4 190 So. Knoxville, Tenn. (West HS)

22 Andre Patterson F 6-7 217 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)

23 Dane Bradshaw G 6-4 200 Jr. Memphis, Tenn. (White Station HS)

24 Tanner Wild G 6-0 165 Fr. Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington HS)

30 Ben Bosse F 6-7 190 Fr. Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut HS)

31 *Tony Passley F 6-5 195 So. Indianapolis, Ind. (Redlands CC)

32 C.J. Watson G 6-2 176 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)

34 Ryan Childress F 6-9 250 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller HS)

35 Damion Harris C 6-10 275 Fr. Greenville, S.C. (Prince Avenue Prep)

44 Jonah Cox F 6-3 185 Sr. Richmond, Va. (Huguenot HS)

* redshirting 2005-06 season as a transfer

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