The Official #17 Tennessee vs. #20 VCU Game Thread, 4:00 PM ET, TBD

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Emerald Coast Classic

#17 Tennessee Volunteers: 5-1 (0-0 SEC)



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#20 VCU Rams: 6-1 (0-0 A10)





GAME 7 | TENNESSEE vs. VCU - Nov. 30, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. ET | Raider Arena (2,000)


Line: UT: UT-1
O/U: 131.5

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THE SERIES
• Tennessee leads its all-time series with VCU 4-1, dating to 1981.
• Tennessee is 26-14 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
• Rick Barnes won his only previous meeting with VCU, and it came during his first season as a college head coach (1987-88) when he was at George Mason. Barnes is 11-8 against all current members of the A10, including an 0-1 mark at Tennessee.
 
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A WIN WOULD...
• Leave Rick Barnes' two wins away from recording his 700th career head coaching victory.
• Give Tennessee a 53-15 record as a ranked team (AP rankings) during the Barnes era.
• Prevent UT's first two-game losing skid since Dec. 30, 2017, and Jan. 2, 2018 (Arkansas and Auburn). Tennessee has since played 63 games.
 
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STORYLINES
• Rick Barnes spent time in Virginia when he was the head coach at George Mason for the 1987-88 season.
• Tennessee Director of Basketball Operations Mary-Carter Eggert is a native of Richmond.
• VCU senior De'Riante Jenkins took an official visit to Tennessee when he was a prospect. He was one of four official visitors that weekend, and the three players who joined him all were NBA Draft picks—Jordan Bone (Tennessee), Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) and Grant Williams (Tennessee).
 
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LAYUP LINES
• Tennessee is ranked No. 17 in this week's AP poll and No. 16 in the current coaches poll.
• Other than the SEC Tournament in March, this week marks the only time this season Tennessee will play on back-to-back days.
• Tennessee leads the SEC in blocks per game (6.8 bpg) and assists per game (16.5 apg).
• Yves Pons has 17 total blocks through six games this season. His 2.8 bpg leads the SEC.
• Josiah-Jordan James leads the Vols and ranks 11th in the SEC with 7.2 rebounds per game. He is the top-rebounding freshman in the league.
 
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ABOUT VCU
• VCU is coming off a nail-biting loss to Purdue in their Friday matchup at the Emerald Coast Classic, 59-56.
• Before heading south to the Emerald Coast Classic, VCU opened its season with six straight home games, most notably defeating nationally ranked LSU 84-82 inside the Siegel Center.
• Under second-year head coach Mike Rhoades, the Rams are fresh off their first outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title in 2018-19. They did so using a stifling defense that ranked seventh in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency (89.5), holding opponents to 28.5 percent shooting from 3-point range and a 43.8 percent mark from two-point range while forcing turnovers on more than 23 percent of their total defensive possessions.
• While the Rams excelled on the defensive side of the ball, they will look to improve upon a rough year shooting the ball from behind the 3-point line. VCU ranked 332nd in shooting the ball from behind the arc last season, with a 3-point percentage of .305.
• The Rams will look to rely on senior guard Marcus Evans. Evans is coming off an injury-plagued past two seasons that saw him tear both of his achilles since transferring to VCU from Rice prior to the 2017-18 season. He currently leads the Rams in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and assists (2.7 apg) through six games.
• Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva is currently 20th in the country in rebounding, averaging 10.5 rebounds per game.
• VCU's hospital performed the state of Virginia's first-ever liver, kidney and heart transplants, while also becoming the first hospital on the east coast to conduct an artificial heart transplant. #DonateLife
 
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Looks like their leaders in steals come from their 1, 2 and 5 positions. Need Turner, Bowden and Fulky to play like veterans. Need Turner to bounce back in a big way today
 

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