Vols put six-game win streak on the line against Golden Eagles
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – The 21st-ranked Tennessee Volunteers
continue their four-game homestand tonight, as they host the Tennessee
Tech Golden Eagles in non-conference action from Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Vols enter the game red-hot, as they have won their last six outings.
During this run, Tennessee has beaten the likes of Memphis, Oklahoma State
and most recently Texas, 111-105, in overtime on Saturday. With the win
over the Longhorns, the Vols improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 at home. As a
matter of fact, Tennessee has won 19 of its last 21 home games dating back
a season ago.
As for TTU, it recently participated in the San Juan Shootout, where it
went 1-2. The team dropped the last two games of the tournament, including a
73-66 setback to UCF a week ago. With the loss, the Eagles dipped to 5-6
overall and 2-5 in games played away from home.
In terms of the all-time series, Tennessee owns a commanding 19-1 advantage
over TTU, including a 79-61 triumph in the most recent meeting in 2003.
TTU has had no trouble putting points on the boards this season, averaging
77.6 ppg, but stopping opponents from doing the same has been a different
story, allowing 77.1 ppg. Belton Rivers currently leads the team in scoring
with 18.6 ppg on the strength of 38.0 percent shooting from three-point land.
Anthony Fisher is next in line with 17.9 ppg and he is followed by Amadi
McKenzie, who is turning in 12.0 ppg and team-high 8.6 rpg. In the team’s last
game, the Eagles were outrebounded, 37-28, and outscored in the paint, 32-18,
in a seven-point setback to UCF. Rivers paced the team in defeat with 19
points, while McKenzie finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Tennessee’s success can be directly attributed to its effectiveness at the
offensive end of the court, where it is averaging a healthy 83.6 ppg behind
44.5 percent shooting from the field. Chris Lofton is in the midst of another
sensational season and he leads the team in scoring with a healthy 22.5 ppg on
the strength of 48.1 percent shooting from behind the arc. JaJuan Smith adds
14.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg to this potent attack, while Duke Crews contributes 10.4
ppg and 5.8 rpg. In the squad’s previous outing, Lofton notched a double-
double with a career-high 35 points and 11 rebounds in leading Tennessee to
six-point overtime win against Texas. Smith turned in 19 points in the
victory, while Crews added 16 points and eight rebounds. The Vols knocked down
11-of-33 shots from long distance and converted 30-of-41 free-throw attempts
in the victory.