Tennessee Trends • Tennessee is holding its opponents to 56.3 ppg, and opponents are shooting just .250 from 3-point range. The Vols’ scoring margin is +47.7 ppg. • Tennessee has an all-time record of 1,445-921-2 in its 101st season of varsity basketball. • In all eight of his full seasons as a Division I head coach, Bruce Pearl’s teams have won at least 10 games in conference play. • Tennessee’s 78.4 points per game rank led the SEC last year and ranked 16th nationally. Bruce Pearl’s teams have led their respective league in scoring in 16 of Pearl’s 17 full seasons as a head coach. • The Vols are 30-2 in non-conference home games under Bruce Pearl. • Under Bruce Pearl, UT is 94-9 when leading or tied with five minutes left in the game. • UT is 65-6 when scoring 80 or more points under the direction of Bruce Pearl. • Bruce Pearl is 18-10 against ranked teams at UT. • Tennessee is 57-7 at Thompson-Boling Arena since the start of the 2005-06 season. • Tennessee is 257-91 in 23 seasons in ThompsonBoling Arena. The Vols have posted winning home records in 18 of their 21 full seasons in the facility. Noting DePaul DePaul downed Columbia 59-53 to open its season with a win Tuesday before toppling UNI Friday ... Last season was a forgettable one for the Blue Demons, though, as they turned in a final record of 9-24 and went winless (0-18) in Big East play … DePaul actually started last season 4-0 before becoming the first team to go winless in Big East play since Miami did so in 1993-94 … Consequently, fifth-year head coach Jerry Wainright’s entire staff turned over during the off-season (including the departure of
Statistical Comparison Tennessee 104.0 56.3 +47.7 .558 .344 .513 .250 .717 37.7 34.3 +3.3 26.3 13.0 12.7 4.0 3-0, 0-0 10th N/A
Points Opponent Points Scoring Margin Field Goal % Opponent Field Goal % Three-Point % Opponent Three-Point % Free Throw % Rebounds Opponent Rebounds Rebounding Margin Assists Turnovers Steals Blocks Record AP Rank NCAA RPI
DePaul 59.5 52.5 +7.0 .446 .370 .417 .378 .514 38.5 29.5 +9.0 12.5 11.5 5.5 1.5 2-0, 0-0 NR N/A
Individual Statistical Leaders Tennessee Hopson, 22.0 Chism, 6.3 Goins, 4.7 Tatum, .727 Hopson, .778 Maze, 1.000
Points Rebounds Assists FG % 3-Pt % FT %
DePaul Koshwal, 15.5 Koshwal, 15.5 Koshwal, 4.0 Kelly, .583 Kelly, .667 Kelly, .833
his son, Scott) … DePaul under Wainwright did post a 20-win season in 2006-07 … Junior big man Mac Koshwal (15.5 ppg, 15.5 rpg, 4.0 apg) appears to have recovered from a foot injury a year ago and will be supported down low by 6-11 sophomore Krys Faber (1.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg), 7-2 sophomore Keni Obi (2008-09: 1.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg) and swingman Jeremiah Kelly (11.5 rpg, 5.5 rpg, 3.0 rpg) … Kelly led all scorers in Friday’s game against UNI with 18 points ... The Blue Demons have welcomed a pair of transfers in sophomore wing Eric Wallace (Ohio State) and junior guard Mike Stovall (Oregon State), both of whom have been starting … Senior guard Will Walker (12.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg) anchors the Demons’ backcourt … Depth could ultimately prove to be DePaul’s biggest hurdle as it looks to make strides as a program in 2009-10 ... Mark Pancratz, Tennessee’s assistant to the head coach, is the son of former DePaul forward Andy Pancratz (1973-76) ... And the Vols’ team academic counselor, Kelly Brock (who is with the team in St. Thomas this week) worked at DePaul before being hired at UT in June 2008. The DePaul Series Tennessee won its only previous hardwood meeting with DePaul, claiming a 96-61 victory in Knoxville on Dec. 14, 1973 … The Volunteers own a 36-41 all-time record against current members of the Big East Conference, including a 3-1 mark under Bruce Pearl… UT was a perfect 2-0 against the Big East last season, logging neutral-site wins over Georgetown (Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.) and Marquette (SEC/Big East Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.). On Nov. 22 Tennessee owns a 4-1 all-time record on Nov. 22 ... The Vols’ most recent game on that date stands as the lone loss, as UT suffered a 56-44 loss to Butler in the 2006 NIT Preseason Tip-Off at New York City’s Madison Square Garden ... That loss stands as Tennessee’s lowest scoring output during the Bruce Pearl era ... UT’s four Nov. 22 wins came against Louisiana Lafayette (2005), Stanford (2004), Gardner-Webb (2002) and Elon (1999). A Family Affair In addition to the numerous staff members’ families who have made the trip with the team this week, a number of UT players have their families on hand as well ... Wayne Chism, Kenny Hall, Scotty Hopson, Bobby Maze, J.P. Prince and of course, Steven Pearl, all have parents here for the games. Up Next: Purdue or St. Joseph’s If UT wins Sunday, it would face the winner of the St. Joseph’s-Purdue game Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET in the Paradise Jam championship game ... A Tennessee loss on Sunday means the Vols would play the St. Joseph’s-Purdue loser Monday at 6 p.m. ET in the third-place game.
Media Information Internet Information on the Tennessee Volunteers and the Southeastern Conference is available on the Internet. To access information on Tennessee, visit the university’s official athletics Web site at UTsports.com. Info on SEC basketball is accessible on the Web at SECsports.com. Covering Practice Tennessee basketball practices are open to the media. Contact the media relations information office for practice dates and times. Tennessee players and coaches are available for interviews at the conclusion of practice. If additional time is required with the players or coaches, contact Basketball SID Tom Satkowiak to make arrangements. Media Luncheon Bruce Pearl’s media luncheons begin at noon on Mondays throughout the season in Room A in Arena Dining at Thompson-Boling Arena. Due to the Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King holiday, that week’s media luncheon will be moved to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Following are all the luncheon dates: November 9, 16; December 7, 14, 21, 28; January 4, 11, 20, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15. Postgame Interviews The Tennessee locker room is closed. Coach Bruce Pearl addresses with the media following a brief cooling-off period. Selected UT players are available for interviews in the media room near the southeast corner of the arena following coach Pearl’s press conference. SEC Coaches Teleconference The 12 SEC men’s head basketball coaches are scheduled to participate every Monday and Thursday (Jan. 4 through March 8). The NCAA Tournament teleconference is set for Monday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET. It will feature coaches from all SEC teams (men’s and women’s) participating in the NCAA Tournament. Order of Appearance (All Times Eastern) 11:00 a.m. Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt 11:07 a.m. Billy Donovan, Florida 11:14 a.m. Darrin Horn, South Carolina 11:21 a.m. Mark Fox, Georgia 11:28 a.m. Trent Johnson, LSU 11:35 a.m. John Calipari, Kentucky 11:42 a.m. Bruce Pearl, Tennessee 11:49 a.m. John Pelphrey, Arkansas 11:56 a.m. Anthony Grant, Alabama 12:03 p.m. Jeff Lebo, Auburn 12:10 p..m. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss 12:17 p.m. Rick Stansbury, Mississippi State
Weekly Highlights And Interviews On Satellite Highlights and interviews will be available on a limited number of satellite feeds on Tuesdays throughout the season from 4:15-4:30 p.m. ET. Those feeds will be available on the following dates: Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 23 and March 9. Please credit IMG College/Vol Network for any video used. The coordinates for the feed are Horizons 2 (Digital Ku), Transponder 7 - Slot/Channel A, Uplink Freq. 1426.5 V, Downlink Freq. 11946.5 H, Symbol Rate 6.1113, FEC: 3/4, Data Rate 8.4480. For problems with the feed, call (865) 974-5069.