Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) TENNESSEE (6-2) at WICHITA STATE (9-0)
Dec. 14, 2013 | 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET | INTRUST Bank Arena | Wichita, Kan.
TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones and Jimmy Dykes)
STREAMING VIDEO: ESPN3
RADIO: Vol Network (Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp)
SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius Channel 113 (UT feed); XM Channel 199 (UT feed)
ONLINE: UTsports.com (live blog and Vol Network audio stream)
TWITTER & INSTAGRAM: @Vol_Hoops
NOTING THE VOLS
· This is the second of just five December games for the Vols. Four of those contests take place in Knoxville. This is the lone road game.
· Vols senior Jordan McRae needs just 21 points to become the 45th member of Tennessee’s 1,000-Point Club. With 979 career points, he is the SEC’s third-leading active scorer.
· Junior forward Jarnell Stokes is riding a streak of four straight double-doubles, and he averages a double-double this season with 14.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. His 23 career double-doubles are the most among active players in the SEC.
· Only four teams in Division I average fewer turnovers per game than Tennessee (9.3 tpg).
· Tennessee is 0-1 all-time in games played in the state of Kansas. The Vols’ lone trip to the state resulted in a 92-85 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 3, 2009.
· Wichita State leads the all-time series with Tennessee 2-1.
· During Cuonzo Martin’s three-year stint as head coach at Missouri State (2009-11), he faced Gregg Marshall’s Shockers twice each season. The Bears also faced WSU in the 2009 and 2010 MVC Tournaments. Marshall owns a 5-4 edge in head-to-head meetings with Martin.
· First-year Wichita State assistant coach Steve Forbes spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee (2006-2011).
· When these programs met last season, the Shockers entered the game with a 9-0 record, and the Vols dealt them their first loss of the year. WSU has never started a season 10-0.
· WSU associate athletics director Darron Boatright announced Wednesday that Saturday’s game is expected to set an INTRUST Bank Arena attendance record.
SCOUTING THE SHOCKERS
· Wichita State is ranked No. 12 in the current Associated Press poll while occupying the No. 8 spot in the USA TODAY coaches’ poll. The Shockers are off to a 9-0 start this year and have never started a season 10-0.
· A Final Four team last year, the Shockers were unanimously picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference championship this season.
· Wichita State outscores its opponents by 18.1 ppg while out-rebounding its opposition by 8.3 rpg.
· With a scoring average of 15.3 ppg, Ron Baker leads four Shockers starters who average more than 10.0 ppg.
· This marks the fourth straight season that Wichita State has hosted a game at INTRUST Bank Arena (capacity 15,000), defeating Tulsa, UAB and Southern Miss at this venue the last three years, respectively.
· WSU typically plays its home games at its on-campus facility, Charles Koch Arena (capacity 10,512).
· The City of Wichita approved the temporary renaming of Waterman Street (on which INTRUST Bank Arena resides) to ‘Play Angry Place.’ The renaming became official Monday and will remain in effect for one week.
VOLS SHOCKED MARSHALL IN 2006
· Tennessee All-American guard Chris Lofton took that pass with 2.9 seconds left and rattled home a jumper barely inside the 3-point line to help the second-seeded Volunteers avoid a huge upset with a 63-61 victory over Winthrop in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on March 16, 2006.
· The frantic finish capped a heart-pounding game that featured nine ties and eight lead changes, the final one coming on Lofton’s shot. His were the only points in the final 2:42 as both teams squandered possessions late in the game.
· Gregg Marshall was the Winthrop head coach. That loss ended the Eagles’ season at 23-8, and Marshall left after the following year to take the Wichita State job.
· Tennessee’s opponent in the second round of that 2006 NCAA Tournament? Wichita State.
TENNESSEE ONE OF NATION’S TOP OFFENSIVE REBOUNDING TEAMS
· Tennessee ranks second nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (.453).
· The Vols rank sixth nationally and first in the SEC in offensive rebounds per game (16.3).
· Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes combine to average 7.6 orpg.
· Stokes ranks second in the SEC in offensive rebounding (4.1 orpg), while Maymon ranks seventh (3.5 orpg).
· Tennessee leads the SEC in rebounding defense, allowing opponents to grab just 29.3 rpg.
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