Sunday, March 2, 2008

Vols Get Big Win on Even Bigger Day

Chris Lofton ended his Senior Day with 14 points, but perhaps even more important another win over his home state of Kentucky. The Vols came away with a closer than expected 63-60 victory. Lofton's senior night came complete with 408 tiny '3' signs around the rim of the upper deck to represent each of his career 3-pointers entering the game. He hit only one during the game but was definitely a key to the victory. Lofton has averaged more than 19 points against Kentucky. The Wildcats had a chance, but could not hit a three pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime. Tennessee, who will likely drop from their number 1 ranking after a loss to Vanderbilt Tuesday, will have Florida on Wednesday and South Carolina to close out the regular season next Saturday. The Vols are on top of the SEC and looking forward to a great ranking in the NCAA Tournament. The game was not just big for the players, but for former All-American Ernie Grunfeld who had his number 22 retired at halftime. The “Ernie and Bernie” show in the late 70’s not only ignited the rivalry between the two teams, but added national attention the Vols basketball by landing a cover spot on the infamous Sports Illustrated. Fellow All-American Bernard King had his jersey retired last year while the ‘Cats were in Knoxville, which was also a victory for the Vols. Congratulations are in order, not just for Chris Lofton and Ernie, but for Bruce Pearl and team who tied the Vols highest single season win total in the Vols history. Tennessee looks to break the record Wednesday in Gainseville. We'll have coverage leading up to the game including the "By The Numbers" preview by our very own lll Adidas. Go Vols!

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