The Official #22 Tennessee vs. #3 Kansas Game Thread, 7:30 PM, ESPN

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BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS - Championship

#22 Tennessee Volunteers: 4-1 (0-0 SEC)
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#3 Kansas Jayhawks 6-0 (0-0 BIG 12)


GAME 6 | TENNESSEE vs. KANSAS - Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. ET | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Imperial Arena (3,500)


Line: UT -1.5
O/U: 132.5

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THE SERIES

• Tennessee trails its all-time series with Kansas, 2-4, dating to 2009. The programs have met three times during the Barnes era at Tennessee. Most recently, each team won on its home floor in consecutive SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchups in 2020 and 2021.
• Tennessee's first-ever triumph over Kansas came on Jan. 10, 2010, when the Volunteers shocked the top-ranked and unbeaten Jayhawks, 76-68, in Knoxville.
• A victory on Friday would give the Vols their 22nd win over a ranked opponent during the Barnes era, and their 10th top-10 triumph during that span.
• Counting last month's exhibition win over No. 2 Gonzaga, Tennessee is riding a five-game win streak against AP top-10 opponents.
• Tennessee has logged eight AP top-five wins during the Barnes era.
 
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SCOUTING REPORT

• Five-star freshman Julian Phillips has been Tennessee's top performer this week, leading the Vols in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). He erupted for 25 and eight in Thursday's win over USC—both season-highs.
• Senior wing and Tennessee's leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James is shooting an SEC-best .526 from 3-point range this season (10 of 19), but he has been inactive this week due to left knee soreness.
• Less than one month ago, the Vols beat then-No. 2 Gonzaga in a neutral-site exhibition in Frisco, Texas, with James inactive.
• According to KenPom, the Vols rank second in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing only 85.0 points per 100 possessions.
• The rims at Imperial Arena haven't been kind to the Vols' shooters this week, as Tennessee is shooting .242 from 3-point range (8 for 33).
• Tennessee this week is forcing 21.5 turnovers per game and converting those turnovers into 21.5 points per game.
 
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LAYUP LINES

• Tennessee is chasing its first holiday tournament title since November 2010, when Scotty Hopson and current 76ers star Tobias Harris fueled the Vols to the NIT Season Tip-Off championship, defeating VCU and No. 7 Villanova at Madison Square Garden.
• The last time Tennessee played three games in three days, the Vols went a perfect 3-0 to capture the 2022 SEC Tournament championship in Tampa back in March.
• Tennessee now owns a 6-2 all-time record through three appearances at the Battle 4 Atlantis (2013, 2017, 2022).
• Among Division I teams, only Virginia, Xavier and Utah State have a higher assist rate than Tennessee's 69.0 percent this season.
 
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ABOUT KANSAS

• Kansas (6-0) enters Friday's Battle 4 Atlantis championship game against Tennessee coming off a 69-68 overtime win over Wisconsin on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.
• The third-ranked Jayhawks defeated NC State on Wednesday in their opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, 80-74.
• Kansas head coach Bill Self is in his 20th season as head coach at KU and 30th overall. Self has posted a 562-124 (.819) record at Kansas.
• Dating to last season, the defending national champion Jayhawks have won 17 straight games.
• Redshirt junior forward Jalen Wilson, who had 29 points and 14 rebounds during Kansas' semifinal win over Wisconsin, is the Jayhawks' leading scorer (24.3 ppg) and rebounder (10.3 rpg).
• Wilson was a starter on last season's Kansas national championship team, averaging 11.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and being named a All-Big 12 third-team selection.
• Kansas was picked to finish second in the Big 12 by the league's coaches during the preseason, while Wilson and redshirt senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr. were named preseason All-Big 12 by the league's coaches.
• The Jayhawks second-leading scorer is freshman Gradey Dick—the 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year and a 2022 McDonald's All-American. Dick is averaging 16.8 ppg so far this season and has recorded two 20-point games.
• McCullar Jr., a Texas Tech transfer, is averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds through six games. McCullar Jr. posted an 18-point, nine-rebound effort on Thursday against Wisconsin. He had eight points and 10 rebounds during Texas Tech's win over Tennessee last season in New York City.
 
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I’m not expecting a win. But hopefully it will be at a minimum a great opportunity for the freshmen (and sophomores), including Awaka, to experience the big time. I hope all of those empty seats are filled up and the crowd is loud. But it’s still a ballroom.
 
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I won’t be surprised if JJJ doesn’t start and how well the game progresses determines whether he’ll play or not. If KU comes out on fire and jumps all over TN then I think he’ll sit it out. If TN keeps it close then JJJ might get a few minutes if he’s 50/50 or better.
 
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Ziegler is in a funk, more obvious on offense but you can see it on both ends. Seems a little hesitant and has lost his edge
Would disagree on the both ends piece. He’s forcing it on offense and getting out of control at times, but he’s not lacking any edge especially on D. They spoke repeatedly about how his current opp fg% is only 25%. That’s really good even with the small sample size of games thus far.
 

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