Friday, February 29, 2008

Tennessee vs. Kentucky Preview: By The Numbers

By The Numbers

1 - 25-3 (ll-2 SEC) - Tennessee is currently ranked 1st in the SEC, NCAA (AP/USA Today Poll). They are #1 in RPI
2 - UT’s strength of schedule is ranked as the 2nd-most difficult in the nation
3 - Chris Lofton is the 3rd Kentucky Mr. Basketball to play for the Vols, joining Allan Houston (1989) and Jermaine Brown (1991)
5 - Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 64-5 when leading or tied with 5 minutes left in the game.
6.4 - Tennessee has outrebounded its last 10 opponents by an average of 6.4 rebounds per game.
9.11 - UT averages 9.11 3ptrs per Game
9.8 - UT's Steals per Game compared to Kentucky's 6.9 Steals per Game
13.5 - Tyler Smith is averaging 11.0 points and 13.5 rebounds over his last 4 games. Against Vanderbilt he recorded a career-high 17 rebounds.
15 - Kentucky has 3 players averaging at least 15 pts or more per game, Kentucky has had players Foul Out 15 times this season compared to UT's 3 times.
16-10 (10-3 SEC) - Kentucky is ranked 2nd in the SEC this year, 1 game behind UT.
18.5 - UT's Assists per Game compared to Kentucky's 13 Assists per Game
19 - Tennessee has forced an average of 19.0 turnovers off an SEC-best 9.8 steals per game this year.
22.3 - Tennessee is averaging 22.3 points per game off turnovers this season
27.6 - Tennessee’s last 14 opponents have combined to shoot 80-of-290 (27.6 percent) from 3-point range.
28 - UT’s 25-3 start is the best 28-game start in school history, breaking the previous best mark of 23-5 in 1999-2000.
30 - The Vols currently have a 30-game homecourt winning streak. The last team to leave Knoxville with a win was Kentucky 80-78 on March 1, 2006
33 - Tennessee’s 33 SEC wins since the 2005-06 season are the most in the conference over that period
43 - Tennessee is 43-2 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season.
45.5 - Chris Lofton is shooting 45.5 percent (50-of-110) from 3-point range in his last 12 games.
48 - At Knoxville: Kentucky leads the series 48-44
70 - Only one SEC team (Vanderbilt) has scored more than 70 points on Kentucky in regulation play this season .
73.8% - Tennessee is 243-86 (73.8%) in its 21st season in Thompson-Boling Arena.
75.3% - Kentucky's FT % compared to UT's 64.7 FT%
78.5 - Bruce Pearl’s career winning percentage of 78.5% ranks 3rd among active coaches
80 - UT is 47-4 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
82.8 - Tennessee’s 82.8 points per game are leading the SEC for the third consecutive year.
84.1% - Since the 1998 season, the Vols are 143-27 (.841) in Thompson-Boling Arena
116 - UK: Billy Gillispie: 116-68 (6th yr)
205 - This will be the 205th meeting all-time between the two schools … Kentucky leads the all-time series 140-64
388 - UT: Bruce Pearl: 388-106 (16th yr)
408 - Chris Lofton Tennessee has made 408 career 3-pointers He is currently ranked 5th all time in the NCAA Division I all-time leaders for career 3-pointers made. He only needs 6 more to move into 3rd and is currently 49 behind the leader (J.J. Redick Duke 457)
2000 - Chris Lofton became the sixth Vol to score 2,000 career points on 2/26/08. He has scored 2,004 points in 120 career games
20,065 - The Vols are averaging 20,065 fans per game, up from 19,661 last season in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Just a quick introduction. I go by the Screen Name lll Adidas. I am friends with Sports Fan and he has invited me to Post on this Blog which I gladly accepted. I will be doing a By the Numbers Post on a regular Basis. I look forward to hearing Everyone's comments and suggestions. I have just recently attained PhotoShop and I will try to make some Screensavers to post here also. I am new so it will take a little time. Here is my first attempt, Everyone Let me know what you think. This was actually for a Signature. There is more to come. GO VOLS! lll Adidas

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vols Drop Vanderbilt Game, Ready for Kentucky

Vols Drop Vandy Game Along with the #1 Ranking
The Vols enjoyed that number one ranking for just over a day, that is until Vanderbilt did what they seem to do best, beat the number one team in the nation. The Vols lost just their third game of the year, the second in SEC play. (Kentucky and Vanderbilt) Senior Chris Lofton had a big game, with 25 points in 30 minutes of play. Duke Crews was shaken after the game but no doubt realizes what's at stake:"The whole No. 1 thing, it was good for the program and made our school look good, but that wasn't our main focus. Our main focus is to win the SEC Championship. We're trying to win the SEC Championship, so now we have to get these next three games against Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina." Not an easy task indeed, but it's good to know that two of three will be in Knoxville. The Vols travel to Gainesville Wednesday after taking on Kentucky Sunday in Knoxville. (Noon EST, CBS) They will try to hold off Mississippi State and Kentucky, who remain just a game and a half back in the SEC.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Preview: By The Numbers

Once again, thanks to lll Adidas for these numbers. He will soon be joining the UT VOLS FOOTBALL staff himself so leave him some welcoming comments.
By The Numbers
1 - UT is ranked #1 in both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll as of (2-25-08) First time in School History.
2 - Vanderbilt is 2 wins shy of matching the school's regular-season best, set in 1992-93.
3 - Tennessee has lost 3 of its last 4 visits to Vanderbilt. ( Coach Bruce Pearl's record (4-3) for UT against Vandy in favor of the Volunteers)
4 - 4 different Vols have earned SEC Player of the Week honors this season: J.P. Prince (Dec. 24), JaJuan Smith (Jan. 14), Chris Lofton (Feb. 11) and Tyler Smith (Feb. 25). Additionally, Brian Williams was named freshman of the week Dec. 17.
5 - (3 of the last 4 UT) - Vandy matchups @ Vanderbilt have been decided by 5 or fewer points.
6 - The Commodores are (6-13) all-time against No. 1 teams. (Tennessee is the 6th SEC team to be ranked #1)
7 - Pearl’s squads have achieved No. 1 national rankings in 7 of his 16 seasons as a head coach.
8 - UT has 8 players averaging at least 16 minutes per game, and 12 averaging 10.6 minutes per game.
9.19 - UT leads the SEC with 9.19 3-pointers made per game on the year
10 - JaJuan Smith, who is averaging 14.1 points had 10 rebounds against Memphis, helping the Vols to become ranked #1 for the first time in the program's 99-year history. UT is also averaging 10 steals per game.
13 - 13 Vols have made a 3-pointer this season
15 - Pearl’s teams have led their league in scoring 15 of his 16 years as a head coach.
16 - The Vols tied the school record for 3 pt shots made in a game with 16 twice this season. Middle Tennessee State - (11/20/07) & Texas (11/24/07)
16.9 - Tennessee has out-rebounded each of its last 9 opponents and owns a +6.3 rebounding advantage during those games. The Vols are averaging 16.9 offensive rebounds during the stretch.
17 - The Commodores have won 17 straight home games and 30 of their last 31.
18 - Vanderbilt is ranked 18th AP and 14th USA Today Poll.
18.1- Vandy's Assists per game 18.1 apg / 9th in the Nation
18.9 - UT Assists per game: 18.9 apg / 1st in the Nation
19.3 - Vanderbilt's Shan Foster is 2nd in the SEC in scoring with 19.3 points per game and is the conference's leading 3-pt shooter at 44.9 percent.
19.4 - Tennessee has forced an average of 19.4 turnovers off an SEC-best 10.0 steals per game this year.
22.8 - Tennessee is averaging 22.8 points per game off turnovers this season (615 points in 27 games).
23-4 - Vanderbilt has 23 WINS and 4 LOSSES this year.
25-2 - UT’s 25-2 start is the best 27-game start in school history, breaking the previous best mark of 22-5 in 1999-2000. Tennessee also reached 20 wins faster than any team in school history.
25.5 - The Vols are averaging 25.5 3-pt shots per game this season
26.7 - Tennessee’s last 13 opponents have combined to shoot 71-of-266 (26.7 percent) from 3-point range. Vanderbilt entered its Jan. 17 game against the Vols as the SEC’s top 3-point shooting team but made just 3-of-21
39.4 - Vandy's Rebounds per Game
39.6 % - (688 of 1,738) of the Vols’ shots have been from 3-point range
40.6 % - Vanderbilt leads the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (.406)
41 - UT's Rebounds per Game
49 - At Nashville: VANDY leads the series 49-35
50 - Tennessee’s 50 3-pt attempts against North Carolina A&T (11/27/07) shattered the school record of 37 (3rd most in SEC history)
53 - Tennessee is the 53rd school to hold the No. 1 ranking since the poll began for the 1948-49 season.
64.5 - UT's FT %
71- Bruce Pearl’s 71 wins in his first 3 years at Tennessee are the most by a Tennessee coach in his first 3 seasons in Knoxville.
73.1- Vandy's FT %
80 - UT is 47-4 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl.
81 - Vanderbilt is 2nd in the SEC with 81 points and 8.93 3ptrs per game
83.3 - UT leads the SEC with 83.3 points per game and ranks 6th Nationally
89 - Chris Lofton has made 89 3-pointers this season. He holds Tennessee career records for 3-ptrs (402), attempted (944) and % (.426).
106 - Series: UT leads 106-66
290 - VANDY : Kevin Stallings' Coaching Record: 290-175 (15th yr)
346 - The Vols have made at least one 3-pointer in 346 consecutive games.
388 - UT : Bruce Pearl's Coaching Record: 388-105 (16th yr)
402 - Chris Lofton is the SEC’s career leader with 402 3-pointers. (5th all time Div. 1 3pt NCAA record)
1967 - Tennessee is trying to Win its 1st outright SEC regular-season title since 1967
1982 - The men's program hasn't outranked the women's program in the AP poll since January 1982, the same year the NCAA started its women's tournament. The men were ranked 15th midway through a 21-10 season under coach Don DeVoe while the women were briefly unranked.
2000 - Chris Lofton needs 21 points to become the 6th Vol to score 2,000 career points ... The senior has scored 1,979 points in 119 career games ... He would become the 1st Vol to reach the milestone since Allan Houston (1989-93)
14,316 - Fans across Middle Tennessee have helped Vandy's Memorial Gymnasium (capacity 14,316) rank among the NCAA’s Top 30 attendance leaders 23 times since 1977.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Vols are #1

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tennessee vs. Memphis Preview: By The Numbers

A friend of UT Vols Football, posts at Volnation by the username of lll Adidas. He was nice enough to break the big game down for us number by number. Thanks to him for this clever and interesting breakdown.

By the Numbers

0 - Number of National Championships UT-Memphis have between them
1 - Memphis (UT is 1 win away from being ranked #1)
2 - UT (highest ranking ever achieved by UT) ( UT has 2 game lead in the SEC with 4 to play)
(2, number of times Memphis has been ranked #1 in school history)
UT has beat a #1 ranked team 2 times (Kentucky 1966, South Carolina 1969)
4 - Number of times #2 has beat #1 in intra-state matchups
5 - Number of times intra-state rivals have met ranked #1 and #2,
Number Chris Lofton is ranked on the Div.1 all time 3 pt. list
6 - The Vols have won 6 of last 8 games against Memphis including Last season's 76-58 Win.
6 different players have led the Vols in scoring this season. Lofton is 6th on UT's all time scoring list.
7.7 -Number of 3pt FG per Game (Memphis)
8.5 - Memphis number of Steals per game
9 - Memphis has 9 players averaging at least 14.1 minutes
9.4 - Number of 3pt FG per Game (UT)
10.3 - UT Number of Steals per Game
12 - UT has 12 players averaging 10.6 minutes or more
18 - Number of times UT has played Memphis (UT leads the series 11-7)
23 - Since 1939, 23 major college teams have been undefeated before the start of postseason play, 7 wound up as unbeaten national champs.
24 - Number of Wins UT has this season
26 - Number of Wins Memphis has this season
30 - UT's active home game winning streak
38 - Number of times #1 has met #2
41 - Number of Years it has been since the Vols won the SEC title outright
47 - Home court win streak for Memphis
53 - Number of Times Lofton has shot at least 4 3pt FG in a game
56 - Number of 3 pt shots Lofton needs to be all time Div. 1 3pt FG leader
58.3 - Memphis FT %
64.1 - UT FT %
80 - Memphis avg. scoring per game
82 - Last time the Vols BB was ranked higher than the Lady Vols (1982)
83 - Vols avg. scoring per game104 - Number of pts UT hung on the Gators this year
387 - Number of Coaching Career Wins for Bruce Pearl
400 - Number of miles between Memphis and Knoxville ( 400 number of career wins for Calipari)
402 - Number of 3pt shots Lofton has in his career
10000 - Highest Price per ticket (courtside seat) as listed on Stub Hub
18400 - Number of seats in Fed-Ex Forum

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Saturday's Key To Victory

It's simply put in the hands of the infamous "Wayne Childress".

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**For the non-basketball followers the Vols have a Ryan Childress and a Wayne Chism but no mix.**

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bring On Memphis

The Vols made sure they wouldn't let Auburn take away from Saturday's game. Tennessee, who dominated the entire game, finished the Tigers off with a final score of 89-70. Ramar Smith led the charge for the Vols, finishing with 19 points, as Tyler Smith finished with a strong double-double (13 rebounds and 13 points) and Jajuan Smith contributed 12 of his own. Chris Lofton also helped the Vols, as he added 12 points and climbed up in the record book hitting his 402nd career three pointer. Chris also jumped Bernard King on the all time scoring list for the Vols. We are going to need those threes for Saturday. It's coming BasketVol fans. The day when your Vols will play for the chance to not just take the state of Tennessee but take over America and increase their chances for a number one seed come tournament time. This game, unlike tonight's, will be televised, in primetime for the world to see. Not to mention, the fact that College Gameday will be there for "The Showdown" in Memphis. (see design of a sign I submitted below) The game will be big, the game will be tight. It will be a physical test and something that can help Tennessee on it's quest for a basketball national championship.

ATTENTION: Vols Have A Game Tonight!

It's #1 vs. #2 and they are both from the Volunteer State.

"I can't wait, what's that? You mean there is a game tonight? Against who? What channel?"
That's correct Vol fans, the #2 team in the nation takes on Auburn tonight! No television crews will be at this one.
"It's going to be a blowout right? Come on, the Tigers come into TBA with a 13-10 record. The Vols will handle this easily."
This we can only hope for. I do remember last year though. I do remember the Vols with the lead down the stretch and giving it to the Auburn Tigers. Just handing them the win. I also believe that Mr. Pearl remembers watching that game. I believe, coach will have them ready for tonight so that this year, by halftime the lead will be so great that they won't even have a chance at a comeback. Then, I believe the Vols will travel on down to Memphis for Saturday's game and either Saturday night or Sunday morning march back to Knoxville with the win and the soon to be #1 ranking. But, let's tune into tonight's game, or shall I say let's use the UTSPORTS Live stats for tonight's game and listen to our Vols as they extend that record to 24-2.
Go get 'em Bruce!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Roundball Update

We play a little basketball here at Tennessee. When I say a little, I mean a lot. We aren't just the top dog in the SEC, but now the Vols are number two in the nation in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls. Not to mention, the #1 RPI rating the Vols have kept held down for weeks. This is a new high for a university that before was known as a football only school. The Vols have a meeting with Auburn this Wednesday that should be just a bump before the game of the year for the Vols. Next Saturday is a day all Vol fans should huddle around the TV screen with their orange on and cheer for the Vols as they go into Memphis for a battle at not only statewide dominance, but nationwide dominance. If the Vols come out of the Forum with a win Saturday night, come Monday they will be looking at a #1 rank in the AP,ESPN, and RPI.
So Vol fans, give it for the coaches: Bruce Pearl, Tony Jones, Steve Forbes, and Jason Shay.

We also have players: Chris Lofton, JaJuan Smith, Tyler Smith, Wayne Chism, J.P. Prince, Ramar Smith, Duke Crews, Jordan Howell, Cameron Tatum, Ryan Childress, Brian Williams, Josh Tabb, Quinn Cannington, Rick Daniels-Mulholland, Steven Pearl, and Tanner Wild.
Isn't it great to be a Vol?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chavis Turns Down Falcons

Defensive coordinator, John Chavis, has reportedly turned down an offer from the Atlanta Falcons. He interviewed for the Falcon's linebacker job, but when offered, decided to stay with the Vols. Chavis, who has relations with Falcons coaches, has been an assistant coach with the Vols since 1989. Chavis was recognized as the American Football Coaches Association’s 2006 Division I-A Assistant Coach of the Year. He returns a young defensive squad, led by the standout Eric Berry, who had a fantastic freshman year. Chavis will have to do some serious work this offseason, especially at linebacker and defensive line positions, where Tennessee loses starters Jerod Mayo, Ryan Karl, Xavier Mitchell, and JT Mapu.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

It's Never Too Early

Here's four more to keep you excited for the 08 season.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Getting to the Game

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