Previewing Tennessee

NC State returns to action tonight at 7:00 against Jarnell Stokes and Tennessee. Here is a quick preview of the Volunteers.


    G- 02 Antonio Barton (10.1 ppg, 3.5 apg)
    G- 01 Josh Richardson (15.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
    F- 52 Jordan McRae(14.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
    F- 05 Jarnell Stokes ()
    F- 34 Jeronne Maymon (8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

    Jordan McRae -- A prolific scorer, McRae is averaging a team-high 19.6 points per game while shooting 46% from the field. He also leads the team in blocks (10) and is second in assists (20).

    Tennessee Notables

    This is the third of just five December games for the Vols. Four of those contests take place in Knoxville.

  • Wednesday's game marks the start of a fourgame stretch of non-conference home games for the Vols leading into SEC play.

  • Vols newcomer Rawane "Pops" Ndiaye, a junior center from Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, considers Raleigh, N.C., his hometown.

  • Tennessee went 5-9 against NC State coach Mark Gottfried while he was the head coach at SEC rival Alabama for 11 seasons from 1999- 2009.

  • The Wolfpack enters Wednesday's game riding a five-game win streak, but they lost their only true road game this season, dropping a 68-57 decision at Cincinnati Nov. 12.

  • Only two teams in Division I average fewer turnovers per game than Tennessee (9.1 tpg).

  • At home this season, the Vols average just 7.8 turnovers per game while boasting a +4.5 turnover margin.

  • In Tennessee's two losses this season, the Vols are shooting .549 from the foul line (45-of-82). In UT's six wins, the Vols are shooting .737 (126-of- 171) at the charity stripe.

  • Vols seniors Antonio Barton, Jeronne Maymon and Jordan McRae combine to account for 49.7 percent of Tennessee's total points this season.

  • Former Vol Dyron Nix (1986-89) passed away Sunday in Atlanta. He was 46. Nix was a two-time first-team All-SEC performer, and his 1,877 career points rank eighth in program history.

    In a game that was within two possessions for the first 34 minutes, Tennessee suffered a 70-61 loss at No. 12 Wichita State Saturday.

  • The Vols were led by senior Jordan McRae, who scored 26, including his 1,000th career point to become the 45th Vol in history to reach the plateau. He was the only Tennessee player to score in double-figures. Jeronne Maymon had nine points and nine rebounds.

  • The lead changed hands 14 times in the game and the contest was never separated by more than five points for the game's first 34:40.

  • Tennessee held a 26-25 lead at halftime.

  • Wichita State used a 16-5 run to take a 58-49 lead with 4:47 left in regulation.

  • The Shockers were led by Tekele Cotton (19) and Cleanthony Early (13). Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half. Darius Carter came off the bench for a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

  • Vols junior Jarnell Stokes saw his streak of four straight double-doubles come to an end, as he was held to eight points and four rebounds.

    Senior wing Jordan McRae totaled 26 points at 12th-ranked Wichita State (12/14/13) to become the 45th all-time member of Tennessee's 1,000-Point Club. He now has 1,005 points.

  • McRae's career points total ranks third among active SEC players. Only Trevor Releford (Alabama) and Andre Stringer (LSU) have scored more.

    Tennessee ranks fifth nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (.430).

  • The Vols rank 11th nationally and second in the SEC in offensive rebounds per game (15.4).

  • Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes combine to average 7.3 orpg.

  • Stokes ranks second in the SEC in offensive rebounding (3.8 orpg), while Maymon ranks seventh (3.6 orpg).

  • Tennessee ranks second in the SEC in rebounding defense, allowing foes to grab just 30.0 rpg.

    Senior point guard Antonio Barton is the Vols' fourth-leading scorer at 7.7 ppg while shooting .481 from the field and .400 from 3-point range.

  • He owns a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio and has as many steals (6) as he does turnovers (6).

    True freshman Darius Thompson is averaging 18.3 minutes per game and is performing well in his role as UT's backup point guard.

  • Thompson leads the team in assists (21, 2.3 apg) and steals (15, 1.7 spg) and has only six turnovers in 165 total minutes played.

  • His assist/turnover ratio stands at 3.5.

    UT commits 18.7 fouls per game this season. Last season (before the new contact rules), the Vols averaged 18.1 fouls per game.

  • Where the difference can be seen this season is in the amount of free throws Tennessee attempts per game. The Vols are shooting 28.1 FTpg, whereas last season they shot 22.4 FTpg.

    Tennessee is 14-1 during junior Jarnell Stokes' career when he makes six or more field goals.

  • Tennessee is 8-0 during junior Jarnell Stokes' career when he blocks at least three shots.

  • Tennessee is 6-0 during senior Jordan McRae's career when he blocks at least three shots.

  • UT is 18-0 under head coach Cuonzo Martin when it shoots at least 50 percent from the field.

  • The Vols are 22-3 under coach Cuonzo Martin when they score at least 80 points.

  • The Vols are 22-2 under coach Cuonzo Martin when they lead by at least seven at halftime.

    Tennessee's remaining schedule features five games against teams that appear in this week's AP top-25 poll.

  • Those teams are: No. 16 Florida (2x), No. 19 Kentucky and No. 23 Missouri (2x).

  • The Vols played at Wichita State Dec. 14. The Shockers were ranked No. 12 at the time.

  • According to, UT will face 11 players this season who are projected to be selected in June's NBA Draft (seven first-rounders).

    Junior Jarnell Stokes has 23 double-doubles during his UT career (59 games). That leads all active players in the SEC.

  • He has posted a double-double in nearly 40 percent of his college games.

  • Stokes' 16 double-doubles last year were the most in the SEC and the most by a Vol in a season since Bernard King had 22 in 1976-77.

    Tennessee athletics contributed to this report.

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