The Official #22 Tennessee vs. Southern Cal Game Thread, 1:30 PM ET, ESPN2

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BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS

#22 Tennessee Volunteers: 3-1 (0-0 SEC)
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Southern California Trojans: 4-1 (0-0 PAC-12)
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GAME 5 | TENNESSEE vs. SOUTHERN CAL - Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022 | 1:30 p.m. ET | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Imperial Arena (3,500)


Line: UT -8.5
O/U: 136

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THE SERIES

• The Big Orange lead their all-time series with Southern Cal, 4-3, dating to 1967. The programs have never met at a neutral site.
• The Vols own a 22-13 all-time record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference. UT fell to Colorado earlier this season.
• Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes owns a 34-24 all-time record vs. current members of the Pac 12, including a 1-3 mark against USC.
• See Page 4 for a recap of the most recent meeting between the Vols and Trojans.
• When Tennessee made its first appearance at the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2013, USC was also in that field under the direction of first-year head coach Andy Enfield. The Vols and Trojans did not meet at that tournament.
• Real talk—when it comes right down to it, is Will Ferrell really that funny?
• Tennessee now owns a 5-2 all-time record at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
 
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SCOUTING REPORT

• Senior wing Josiah-Jordan James is shooting an SEC-best .526 from 3-point range this season (10 of 19), but he sat out Wednesday's game with left knee soreness. His status for Thursday is questionable.
• Tennessee entered this week's tournament averaging 33.7 3-point attempts per game. But in the win over Butler, the Vols attempted only 15 shots from beyond the arc while racking up a season-best 36 points in the paint.
• According to KenPom, the Vols rank second in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing only 85.3 points per 100 possessions.
• The Vols have held three of their four opponents this season to worse than 33 percent shooting from the field.
• UT opponents are averaging just 22.8 points in the first half this year.
• Among Division I teams, only Virginia and Xavier have a higher assist rate than Tennessee's 71.7 percent.
 
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FRIDAY'S FORECAST

• Looking ahead to Friday, Tennessee will face either No. 3 Kansas or Wisconsin.
• 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.
• The Volunteers trail their all-time series with Wisconsin, 2-3, dating to 1981. After UT won the first two clashes, in 1981 and 2000, the Badgers have reeled off three straight victories in 2001, 2016 (Maui) and 2019.
• Tennessee Director of Sports Performance Garrett Medenwald(pronounced: MAY-dihn-wald) was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Green Bay before starring as a two-sport athlete at Wisconsin-Whitewater.
• The Bahamas has been home to its very own version of the mythical Loch Ness Monster since a large sea creature's carcass washed ashore in 1896. The "lusca" has allegedly been spotted near the Blue Hole off Andros, and it's rumored to be more than 75 feet long. The lusca has been described as "half-shark and half-octopus."
 
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ABOUT SOUTHERN CAL

• USC (4-1) enters Thursday's game against Tennessee coming off an 82-76 win over BYU on Wednesday in its opening game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
• The Trojans and Vols have already faced one common opponent this season. USC fell to Florida Gulf Coast in its season opener, 74-61, while Tennessee defeated the Eagles at home last week, 81-50. The Trojans have won four straight games since dropping their season-opener.
• USC is coached by Andy Enfield, who is in his 10th season as the program's head coach. Enfield was previously the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast when the Eagles made a run to the 2013 Sweet Sixteen as a No. 15 seed.
• USC's leading scorer is senior guard Boogie Ellis, who is in his second season as a Trojan after transferring from Memphis. Averaging 18.0 points per game on the season, Ellis had a career-high-tying 27 points Wednesday in USC's win over BYU.
• Guard Drew Peterson is the Trojan's second-leading scorer (15.8 ppg), leading rebounder (8.2 rpg) and leading assist-maker (7.6 apg). Entering the Battle 4 Atlantis, Peterson ranked seventh in the nation in assists. Like Ellis, Peterson is in his second season at USC after transferring prior to last season. Peterson played three seasons at Rice.
• Ellis and Peterson were both named first-team on the Pac-12's preseason all-conference teams. USC was picked to finish fourth in the conference.
• The Trojans entered the Battle 4 Atlantis ranked third in the nation in blocks per game, thanks in large part to forward Joshua Morgan, who averages 3.4 rejections per game.
 
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How odd is it that their only loss so far this season was against Florida Gulf Coast who we have already played and thoroughly beaten..
Certainly could be an indication of what Tennessee will see; however I wouldn’t take a ton of stock into the first game of the season.

“Usually” you won’t be that same team later…….be it good or bad.
 
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I am begging this team to play a clean first half for once this season lol. Please!
Barnes has always preached about starting strong, but this team has a hard time early. Too many turnovers and bad decisions happen early, which puts us in that hole. ON, Vescovi, and ZZ made some bad decisions passing-wise, and we haven’t handled pressure in traffic well. We’re not strong with the ball and seem to not anticipate the fact that there are defenders constantly trying to mug you. Protect the ball and protect each possession.
 

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