The Official #22 Tennessee vs. Florida Gulf Coast Game Thread, 7:00 PM ET, SEC Network+

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#22 Tennessee Volunteers: 1-1 (0-0 SEC)


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Florida Gulf Coast Eagles: 2-1 (0-0 ASUN)



GAME 3 | TENNESSEE vs. FGCU - Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 | 7:01 p.m. ET | Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)


Line: UT -21
O/U: 143

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THE SERIES

• Tennessee and Florida Gulf Coast have never met on the hardwood.
• The Volunteers are 19-1 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The lone loss came at the hands of Austin Peay in December of 2011.
• Rick Barnes is a perfect 10-0 as a head coach vs. A-Sun opposition but also has never faced FGCU.
• Florida Gulf Coast will become the 211th Division I program Barnes has faced during his 36-year head coaching career.
• During the Barnes era, Tennessee is a perfect 8-0 at home against teams from the state of Florida.
• A Tennessee victory Wednesday would extend the Vols' home win streak to 19 straight games overall and to 16 straight games against non-conference foes (dating to a loss to Wisconsin on Dec. 28, 2019).
• After facing Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the Vols depart for the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Monday.
 
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SCOUTING REPORT

• Following Sunday's neutral-site loss to Colorado in Nashville, Vols head coach Rick Barnes stated an intent to shake up Tennessee's starting lineup Wednesday.
• Senior starter Uros Plavsic went down with a right ankle injury three minutes into Sunday's game vs. Colorado and did not return. His status is doubtful for Wednesday.
• Florida Gulf Coast averages 84.0 points per game under first-year head coach Pat Chambers and is shooting .384 as a team from long range.
• In FGCU's 105-61 home win over Ave Maria (NAIA), the Eagles drained a school-record 17 3-point shots.
• Through the first two games of the season, the Volunteers are shooting just .328 from the field and .296 from 3-point range.
• The Volunteers are averaging 14.0 steals per game and are scoring 19.0 points per game off turnovers.
 
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LAYUP LINES

• The Vols lead the country with an assist percentage of .810, having assisted on 34 of the team's 42 made field goals.
• 63.3 percent of Tennessee's shot attempts this season have been 3-pointers—that's the highest percentage among all DI teams.
• UT's bench is giving the Vols 36.0 points per game.
• Graduate transfer Tyreke Key has emerged early as one of the Vols' most potent scorers, averaging a team-high 16.0 points per game.
• Key and Josiah-Jordan James are both shooting a team-best .462 from 3-point range (6-of-13), but they are the only Vols shooting better than .300 from long range.
• Senior Santiago Vescovi and sophomore Zakai Zeigler were named to the preseason All-SEC first team by the league's head coaches. The coaches also selected senior Josiah-Jordan James as a second-team selection. All three Vols also landed on the media's preseason All-SEC teams.
• Vescovi and Zeigler also both made the Atlanta Tipoff Club's 50-man Naismith Trophy watch list.
 
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ABOUT FLORIDA GULF COAST

• Florida Gulf Coast (2-1) is coming off a 105-61 win over NAIA Ave Maria on Sunday. The win comes after a two-game California road trip to open the season, during which the Eagles won at USC, 74-61, and lost at San Diego, 79-73. The Eagles made a program-record 17 3-pointers during Sunday's win over Ave Maria.
• Veteran head coach Pat Chambers is in his first season at the helm of the Florida Gulf Coast program. Chambers previously served as head coach at Boston University (2009-11) and Penn State (2011-20).
• Florida Gulf Coast was picked to finish fourth in the ASUN preseason coaches' poll as well as the preseason media poll. Junior Chase Johnston earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team.
• Johnston is in his first season at FGCU after playing the past two years at Stetson. A second-team All-ASUN selection last season, Johnston is the Eagles' leading scorer through three games at 18.0 ppg. Johnston made a Stetson program-record 99 3-pointers last season.
• Florida Gulf Coast added four players via the transfer portal prior to this season—guards Isaiah Thompson (Purdue), Dahmir Bishop (St. Joseph's) and Johnston (Stetson) as well as big man Sam Onu (Memphis).
• Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast's basketball program burst onto the national stage during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, when the No. 15-seeded Eagles upset No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State en route to a Sweet Sixteen appearance. FGCU also made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017.
 
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ABOUT FLORIDA GULF COAST

• Florida Gulf Coast (2-1) is coming off a 105-61 win over NAIA Ave Maria on Sunday. The win comes after a two-game California road trip to open the season, during which the Eagles won at USC, 74-61, and lost at San Diego, 79-73. The Eagles made a program-record 17 3-pointers during Sunday's win over Ave Maria.
• Veteran head coach Pat Chambers is in his first season at the helm of the Florida Gulf Coast program. Chambers previously served as head coach at Boston University (2009-11) and Penn State (2011-20).
• Florida Gulf Coast was picked to finish fourth in the ASUN preseason coaches' poll as well as the preseason media poll. Junior Chase Johnston earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team.
• Johnston is in his first season at FGCU after playing the past two years at Stetson. A second-team All-ASUN selection last season, Johnston is the Eagles' leading scorer through three games at 18.0 ppg. Johnston made a Stetson program-record 99 3-pointers last season.
• Florida Gulf Coast added four players via the transfer portal prior to this season—guards Isaiah Thompson (Purdue), Dahmir Bishop (St. Joseph's) and Johnston (Stetson) as well as big man Sam Onu (Memphis).
• Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast's basketball program burst onto the national stage during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, when the No. 15-seeded Eagles upset No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State en route to a Sweet Sixteen appearance. FGCU also made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017.

The rallying cry for this game is do not forget what Stetson did to Florida State in Tallahassee.

Tennessee needs to play focused against Florida Gulf Coast and I think Pat Chambers also coached at East Tennessee State for a few seasons before going to Penn State.
 
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FGC is a good team. If we resemble the team that played Tenn Tech and Colorado, we will get beat
Yep. What I'll be looking for is how invested we are on defense and rebounding. If Colorado was a anomaly, we'll take it to them. If we put back to back efforts like that together, I'll question the roster/chemistry and/or relationship with the staff.
 
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I was out of town first couple games and watched the end of the Colorado game and last night watched the Lady Vols. Thank God for our football season! Praying the basketball coaches pull a rabbit out of a hat and team starts playing up to their potential. This is a game Tennessee should be ready, ready, ready for and not taking FGC for granted.
 

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