The Official #10 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt Game Thread, 6:00 PM ET, SEC Network

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#10 Tennessee Volunteers: 9-1 (3-1 SEC)



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Vanderbilt Commodores: 4-5 (0-3 SEC)



GAME 11 | TENNESSEE vs. VANDERBILT - Jan. 16, 2021 | 6:01 p.m. ET | Thompson-Boling Arena (4,191)

Line: UT -18
O/U: 137

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THE SERIES

• Tennessee leads its all-time series with Vanderbilt, 124-75, dating to 1922.
• The programs are meeting for the 200th time Saturday. Longtime Tennessee athletic trainer Chad Newman has been on the Vols' bench for 25 percent of those games. Tuesday marks his 51st Tennessee-Vanderbilt game.
• Tennessee has won eight of the last nine meetings in this series, including each of the last six and three straight at Thompson-Boling Arena.
• Just 181 miles separate UT's Thompson-Boling Arena and Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium.
 
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LAYUP LINES

• Tennessee is set to host Vanderbilt Saturday in Knoxville.
• Tennessee made history in its last trip to Memorial Gym (Jan. 18, 2020), as it held Vanderbilt without a 3-pointer for the first time since the 3-point line was introduced (snapping Vandy's streak of 1,080 games with at least one make). See Page 3.
• Tennessee has forced nine of 10 opponents to turn the ball over on 20 percent or more of their possessions.
• In their two road games this season, the Vols are shooting .540 as a team with a +5.5 turnover margin.
• Santiago Vescovi is shooting .650 (13-20) from the field and .643 (9-14) from 3-point range in UT's two road wins while averaging a team-best 19.0 points.
• Senior John Fulkerson was named to the Wooden Award's Midseason Top-25 List last week.
 
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DEFENSE WINS

• Tennessee ranks second in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 56.8 points per game.
• According to KenPom, the Vols rank second in the NCAA in adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing only 87.0 points per 100 possessions so far this season. College teams average close to 70 possessions per game.
• The Vols are forcing 17.4 turnovers per game while converting those turnovers into 19.2 points per game. Tennessee's turnover margin stands at +7.4 (fourth nationally).
• Tennessee has blocked 18.2 percent of its opponents' two-point field goals this season.
• Tennessee has yet to allow an opposing player to score 20 points this season.
• Reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year Yves Pons has an incredible 15 blocks through UT's first four SEC games.
• Pons has 95 blocks in his last 41 games.
 
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ABOUT VANDERBILT

• Through nine games, the Commodores are 4-5 overall and 0-3 in SEC play. Their most recent games have ended in narrow three-point losses to Kentucky (77-74) and Mississippi State (84-81).
• After a tough 2019-20 season that ended in the first round of the SEC Tournament (11-21, 3-15 SEC), second-year head coach Jerry Stackhouse is relying on the abilities of returners Scotty Pippen Jr. and Dylan Disu to help lead Vanderbilt to a much improved 2020-21 campaign.
• Pippen Jr. has started his sophomore year with nothing short of a bang. The son of NBA Hall of Famer Scotty Pippen, Pippen Jr. leads the team and ranks second in the SEC in both points (21.6 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg). He has scored at least 25 points on four separate occasions and has scored 18 points in each of Vanderbilt's three SEC games. On the defensive end, he leads the Commodores with 1.6 steals per game.
• His classmate, Disu, has been a steady presence as well, ranking second on the team with 12.7 points per game. Disu's 8.8 rebounds per game lead both the team and the SEC through nine games. He, too, has been solid on the defensive end, recording more than one block per game.
• Vanderbilt University is named after Cornelius Vanderbilt, the railway magnate who gifted the school its initial $1 million endowment in hopes of healing the sectional wounds left by the Civil War.
 
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I'm told both UT-Vandy men's basketball games this week have been called off. All of Vandy's starters have contracted the Wuhan Plague China Virus.

We would have whipped them by 30 points in both games. We needed those games to move up in the national rankings.

Vandy was only allowing players' families & official team parties into their games. No donors or fans at all.

Ridiculous that they have their school on lockdown & their protocols have resulted in their teams, football, basketball, etc., have still had more virus issues than anyone else in major college athletics. Their programs are a joke.
 
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I'm told both UT-Vandy men's basketball games this week have been called off. All of Vandy's starters have contracted the Wuhan Plague China Virus.

We would have whipped them by 30 points in both games. We needed those games to move up in the national rankings.

Vandy was only allowing players' families & official team parties into their games. No donors or fans at all.

Ridiculous that they have their school on lockdown & their protocols have resulted in their teams, football, basketball, etc., have still had more virus issues than anyone else in major college athletics. Their programs are a joke.
Thanks for posting. I hadn't realized.

It's lame but that's life I guess.

Hopefully they will figure out the Saturday game. We need the play time.
 

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