G- 01 Josh Richardson (16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G- 00 Kevin Punter (10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G- 34 Devon Baulkman (2.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
F- 04 Armani Moore (10.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
F- 24 Willie Carmichael III (3.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
Josh Richardson -- A prolific scorer, Richardson is capable of putting up points in a variety of ways. A solid three-point shooter, he is the go-to player for the Volunteers.
Tennessee won a pair of NCAA Tournament games at PNC Arena last season, defeating sixth-seeded UMass 86-67 in the second round before downing 14th-seeded Mercer 83-63 in the third round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Indianapolis.
During the victory over Mercer (March 23), the Vols never trailed. Tennessee also led for the final 38:25 of the UMass win. So in their last 78:25 minutes played at PNC Arena, the Vols have had a lead.
The Vols’ first seven games featured three opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 poll at tipoff time.
Tennessee faced then-15th-ranked VCU (Nov. 14) and then-11th-ranked Kansas (Nov. 28) on neutral floors. The Vols also beat then-15th-ranked Butler in Knoxville (Dec. 14).
The last time UT’s schedule featured at least three top-15 opponents in the first seven games: 1992-93, when coach Wade Houston’s Vols played No. 6 Seton Hall, No. 8 Memphis State and No. 15 Syracuse.
Just like it did this season, Tennessee went 1-2 in that stretch, beating Memphis State (now Memphis).
TENNESSEE A “SECOND-HALF TEAM”
Tennessee owns a -4.8 scoring margin in the first half this season (33.4 to 28.6), but in the second half of games, the Vols outscore their opponents 37.3 to 33.4 for a +3.9 margin.
In the home win over 15th-ranked Butler (12/14/14), UT outscored the Bulldogs 42-21 in the second half.
SCORING CONTRIBUTIONS BY CLASS
Tennessee receives more than 40 percent of its scoring from its juniors this season. Josh Richardson is the only senior who has scored.
EACH MAN HAS FIVE TO GIVE
The Vols rank fourth the nation in fouls per game, with an average of 24.1.
Through just seven games, Tennessee has had seven “player disqualifications” for fouling out.
The school record for DQs in a season is 24, which has happened three times (1962, 1977, 1978).
FRESHMEN PLAYING BIG ROLE
Tennessee has started multiple true freshmen in three of its seven games this season.
True freshmen are combining to average 51.1 minutes per game and have combined to make nine starts.
Last season, Tennessee freshmen accounted for only 11 starts all year, and the Vols never started multiple freshmen in a single game.
Tennessee is one of only 13 programs in the nation to make at least four NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in the last eight seasons.
TYNDALL A SNEAKERHEAD
Donnie Tyndall has a vast personal collection of close to 500 pairs of sneakers.
“I’ve always been a shoe fanatic,” Tyndall said. “I remember my mom and dad would give me a hundred dollars the week before school started and I had to make that work for my clothes. So usually it was three pairs of jeans and three shirts.
"But one year, they gave me a hundred bucks and the brand-new Jordans came out like the day before and I spent all hundred bucks on those.”
DT LIKES GATORS
Ever since he was a kid, Donnie Tyndall has been fascinated by alligators. He particularly en joyed watching TV shows about gators.
When he was the head coach at Southern Miss, his family surprised him with an actual pet alligator. The gator’s name: Alley-oop.
Tyndall eventually had to say goodbye to Alley-oop. The only gator folks in Knoxville approve of is fried gator!
UT ROSTER BOASTS POTENTIAL OLYMPIAN
If Puerto Rico qualifies for the 2016 Olympics, Vols junior Derek Reese may be boarding a flight to Rio.
Reese, whose grandparents, Anselmo and Irma Montañez, were born in Puerto Rico, is active in that country’s national program. He played for Puerto Rico’s Men’s National “B” Team at the 2013 FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in China.
Tennessee athletics contributed to this report.