The Official #3 Tennessee vs. Georgia Game Thread, 3:30 PM ET, SEC Network

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THE SERIES

Tennessee leads the all-time series with Georgia, 95-60, dating to 1913. This is the 156th meeting overall, and the Vols own a 58-15 edge in Knoxville.

The Volunteers have never been ranked higher than No. 3 for a clash vs. UGA. In 2008, the third-ranked Vols defeated the Bulldogs, 85-69.

Last season's home clash with Georgia was an historic night for the Big Orange, as the Vols clinched a share of the SEC regular-season championship.
 
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STORYLINES

Over their last three games, the Vols are averaging 87.3 points while shooting .583 as a team.

Tennessee is off to its best 12-game start since also starting the season 11-1 in 2007-08.

With an average attendance of 16,976, Tennessee ranks sixth nationally.

Tom Crean has coached against the Vols just once previously while head coach at Marquette. His roster featured a guy named Dwyane Wade.

In four career games vs. Georgia, Jordan Bone (16/2) and Jordan Bowden (12/1) have combined for 28 assists and three turnovers in 210 total minutes played.

Grant Williams averages 15.8 points and 2.0 blocks in his four previous games played against Georgia.
 
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VOLS SHINE IN PRE-CONFERENCE

Tennessee owns its best winning-percentage entering SEC play since a 12-1 start to the 2007-08 season, a campaign in which the Vols advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

SEASON PRE-CONF RECORD WIN %
2018-19 / 11-1 / .917
2017-18 / 9-2 / .818
2016-17 / 7-5 / .583
2015-16 / 7-5 / .583
2014-15 / 8-4 / .667
2013-14 / 9-4 / .692
2012-13 / 8-4 / .667
2011-12 / 7-7 / .500
2010-11 / 10-4 / .714
2009-10 / 12-2 / .857
2008-09 / 9-4 / .692
2007-08 / 12-1 / .923
 
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CONFERENCE LID-LIFTERS

Not since the 2008-09 season has Tennessee faced Georgia in its SEC opener. The Vols won that game, 86-77, in Athens.

The Volunteers have won 14 of their last 19 SEC openers. The losses came at Arkansas in 2011, vs. Kentucky in 2003, vs. Ole Miss in 2013, at Auburn in 2016 and at Arkansas last season.

Tennessee is 1-2 in SEC openers under Rick Barnes.

During his 17-year head coaching tenure at Texas, Barnes was 13-4 in conference openers, including an 8-3 mark on the road.

The Volunteers 16-15 in SEC home openers at Thompson-Boling Arena. Last season, UT dropped its first home SEC game to Auburn, 94-84, on Jan. 2.
 
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I hate Georgia. Give no quarter! Beat them by 50 please.

They actually have a decent coach. They might hang with TN if we've lost focus over the holidays.

Wouldn't it be cool if Walker and/or Johnson have very productive minutes?

Wouldn't it be a great surprise to see Zach Kent play? I'm starting to worry that DJ's redshirt could be pulled if ZK keeps sitting out and Walker doesn't soon pull out of his sophomore slump.
 
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they can't hang with our physicality. We cover easily.
they do have some talent, but no one to take over a game like JJ Frazier could.
 
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UGA rebounding stats are a little better than UT. I’d expect zone against us, so if we can knock down outside shots we will win easily. If not it’s going to be close one.
 

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