The Official #7 Tennessee vs. Wofford Game Thread, 6:30 PM ET, SEC Network+



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Mar 11, 2010
#7 Tennessee Volunteers: 2-0 (0-0 SEC)


Wofford Terriers: 2-0 (0-0 SoCon)

GAME 3 | TENNESSEE vs. WOFFORD - Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. ET | Knoxville, Tenn. | Food City Center (21,678)

Line: UT -31.5
O/U: 142.5

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Wofford Game Notes

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• Tennessee is 7-0 all-time against Wofford, with three of the meetings coming in the 1952-53 and 1953-54 seasons. The two have met just four times (Feb. 1997, Dec. 1997, Nov. 2003 and Nov. 2004) in nearly 70 years since then.
• Coming off a 17-16 (8-10) campaign in 2022-23, the Terriers were picked eighth in the SoCon preseason poll.
• Wofford's leading returning scorer is junior guard Corey Tripp, who placed fourth with 8.8 ppg last year and is second this season with 15.5 ppg, trailing junior guard Dillon Brady's team-best 16.0 ppg.
• Wofford is one of four schools, two of which are DI institutions (both in the SoCon), the Volunteers are 7-0 or better against, alongside Lincoln Memorial (16-0), Emory & Henry (11-0) and Furman (11-0). They are also 6-0 against five other (four DI) programs: Appalachian State, Cumberland, Eastern Kentucky, USF and Tennessee State.
• Tennessee is 97-17 all-time against current members of the SoCon, while Rick Barnes owns a 23-1 record against such foes.

• Josiah-Jordan James hails from the Palmetto State and grew up in Charleston, S.C., approximately 200 miles southeast of Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.
• Tennessee is on a 22-game non- conference home winning streak, dating back to the 2020-21 season opener (11/8/20), with victories over schools such as Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado and Kansas during that stretch.
• After his first week of action as a Volunteer, Dalton Knecht achieved a pair of milestones. First, with 41 points in his opening two outings at UT, Knecht reached exactly 1,000 in his DI career, which consists of just 69 games. Then, he claimed SEC Player of the Week plaudits for his performances against Tennessee Tech and Wisconsin, as he averaged 20.5 ppg on 53.8 percent shooting to go along with 4.0 rpg and 1.5 apg.
• Tennessee's victory at Wisconsin marked the first true road win over an active Big Ten team in school history.

• Through two exhibition games and two regular season affairs, the Volunteers have led for 154:47 of a possible 160 minutes without trailing for even a single second.
• With the victory over Wisconsin, Rick Barnes has now defeated 12 different national title-winning programs (34 total victories) in his nine seasons at Tennessee. A full list can be found on Page 4.
• Santiago Vescovi, with 1,325 and 176 respectively, is 18 points and one steal away from top-25 and top-five all-time in UT history.
• Tennessee conceded just 12 first- half points in its 80-42 season- opening win over Tennessee Tech, good for the lowest total it has allowed in any half against a DI opponent since the turn of the century (2000-01).
• At No. 7/8 in the national polls, the Volunteers have their highest rankings since placing No. 6/5 on 2/6/23.
• UT guards Josiah-Jordan James (5-of-8) and Jordan Gainey (4-of- 8) are a combined 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from deep through the first two games of the season.

• Under Rick Barnes' tutelage, Tennessee has defeated many of the most successful programs in college basketball history. The list includes 34 total victories over 12 national champions: Arizona, Arkansas (6x), Cincinnati, Duke, Florida (8x), Kansas (2x), Kentucky (10x), Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Wisconsin, as well as two-tiume runner-up Gonzaga.
• The Voluteers also own additional non-conference victories during Barnes' tenure over schools such as Colorado, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Memphis, Purdue, Wake Forest, Washington, West Virginia and VCU

• Tennessee has played 169 games as a ranked team in the AP Poll under Rick Barnes, posting a stellar 126-43 (.746) record. Over 62.5 percent of the Volunteers' games since Barnes arrived in 2015-16 have come with the team ranked in the AP Poll.
• Furthermore, UT owns a 105-38 (.734) record while ranked in the top 20 during Barnes' tenure, a 75-26 (.743) mark while in the top 15, a 58-16 (.784) ledger while in the top 10, a 25-7 (.781) tally while in the top five and a 17-2 (.895) record while in the top three.
• The Vols are 21-17 (.553) in top-25 matchups under Barnes, including 16-10 (.615) with both teams in the top 20, 9-5 (.643) with both in the top 15 and 6-3 (.667) with both in the top 10.
I predict they’ll come out kinda sleepy, then at about the 10 minute mark they’ll run away with it. 86-60
I'm thinking kinda the opposite. Barnes will have them firing on all cylinders, runing up a 20-point lead, and then after the third substitution they'll get sleepysloppy.

But I think your final score will prove true.
I expect us to eclipse 80 points for the 3rd straight game to start the year, Wofford is pretty bad defensively and will also play up tempo, which should mean quite a few possessions. The line being over 30 seems a bit high and maybe a Vegas reaction to us being 2-0 ATS the spread to start the year, most analytical projections have it around 25-26 points in Tennessee favor. Wouldn’t surprise me at all given Wofford offense potential (averaging 92 in 2 games), that if we have a huge lead and start to play end of bench guys much of the second half that they score some late points and make the game a bit tighter than it was.

Biggest thing for me that I want to see is once again an efficient offense, but would really love to see Zeigler & especially Vescovi get going a bit before we head to Maui. Feels like the other guards/wings are feeling good, but no surprise the guys who missed all the exhibitions are a bit rusty, would like to see them get going.
Anyone know how the ESPN app replay feature updates? I’ve seen that it varies online between instantly available and available 48 hours later. Got a class to teach tonight and hoping I can watch a replay as soon as I get out.
31.5 is a lot of points to cover. Doubt we eclipse that line but do think we will win handily. Around 20 points or so. Wofford did play South Carolina close and had a huge lead at one point. So they aren’t a bad team.
31.5 is a lot of points to cover. Doubt we eclipse that line but do think we will win handily. Around 20 points or so. Wofford did play South Carolina close and had a huge lead at one point. So they aren’t a bad team.
When did Wofford play South Carolina?

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