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.
Internet: Tennessee www.UTsports.com. Kentucky www.ukathletics.com.
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.
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
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.
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 Houstons 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
Senior guard C.J. Watson ranks second on the team with 15.2 points while quarterbacking the leagues
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, Tennessees
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
Tennessees 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 Loftons 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
Tennessees 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
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.
Tennessees opponents are averaging 18.6
turnovers per game this year. East Tennessee States
(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 UTs
opponents have turned the ball over at least 20 times.
The Vols are playing with just 10 scholarship players
this season. UTs 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.
UTs 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.
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