Who's your daddy, Vols?

Kentucky is the most tradition-rich basketball program in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is the defending national champion and may well be headed for a second consecutive title this March.

Still, neither of these teams has dominated Tennessee in recent years like the University of Alabama, tonight's opponent at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Since Jerry Green's Vols posted an 86-69 win in Knoxville on Jan. 9, 2001, the Tide has swept seven consecutive games from Tennessee. Most of the outings weren't close. Bama outscored the Vols by 116 points during that span, an average margin of 16.6 points per game.

Here's a recap:

- Alabama prevailed 95-82 during the 2002 regular season, then romped 91-72 in the SEC Tournament.

- The Tide won by just five points (76-71) at Knoxville in 2003 but that game proved to be monumental for each side. The head-to-head win earned Bama an NCAA tournament bid, despite a 7-9 SEC record, and knocked UT out of an NCAA bid, despite a 9-7 SEC record.

- Bama rolled 83-70 during the 2004 regular season, then annihilated Tennessee 84-49 in the '04 SEC Tournament.

- The Tide trounced UT 72-54 in 2005, helping seal Buzz Peterson's doom.

- Alabama handed Bruce Pearl one of his two SEC road losses in 2006, beating the Vols' first-year coach 92-79 at Tuscaloosa.

In a nutshell: Tennessee posted a winning record against six of its 11 league opponents from 2002 to now, and broke even with two more. The Vols played Florida to a virtual standoff (5 wins, 6 losses) and beat Kentucky three times in 13 meetings. Only one team has dominated the Big Orange over the past six years ... Alabama.

UT record vs. SEC foes, 2002 to present:

8-3 vs. Georgia

5-2 vs. Arkansas

4-2 vs. Ole Miss

4-2 vs. Mississippi State

7-5 vs. Vanderbilt

4-3 vs. Auburn

6-6 vs. South Carolina

3-3 vs. LSU

5-6 vs. Florida

3-10 vs. Kentucky

0-7 vs. Alabama


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