Cox drafted by Oakland in 37th round of MLB Draft

Cox drafted by Oakland in 37th round of MLB Draft

Posted on 12 June 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee left-handed pitcher Andy Cox was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round (1,118th overall) of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 2015, the left-handed junior appeared in 21 games (seven starts) for the Vols, going 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA, three saves and 63 strikeouts over 67.0 innings of work. After beginning the year as a member of the Vols’ bullpen, Cox started a career-high seven games for UT in the second half of the season.

As a sophomore in 2014, Cox finished the season with a 5-1 record and a 2.44 ERA, including a team-leading 70 strikeouts. In his freshman campaign, he tied for a team-high 21 appearances with a 2-2 record and 5.29 ERA.

Over 69 career appearances, including 19 starts, Cox owns a 10-6 record with a 3.47 ERA, six saves and 164 strikeouts in 192.0 innings pitched.

Cox’s career honors include being named a finalist to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award and 2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award lists.

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Arkansas tops Vols in SEC Tournament

Arkansas tops Vols in SEC Tournament

Posted on 20 May 2015 by Allen

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After battling through six and a half scoreless innings against the No. 5 seed Arkansas, Tennessee fell in a dramatic, first-round matchup by a score of 2-1 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Tuesday night.

With the loss, Tennessee drops to 25-23 all-time in SEC Tournament play and a 1-2 postseason record in games played against Arkansas. The loss marks the second straight year for the Vols to reach the first round of the tournament and be eliminated. Tennessee closes out its 2015 campaign with a 24-26 overall record.

“I think this game was kind of an example of our season,” Head Coach Dave Serrano said. “Nothing came easy for us. We struggled to score runs against good pitching. I thought (Trey) Killian was good tonight and way better than we saw him two weeks ago, and obviously (Zach) Jackson is as advertised. You credit their pitching staff. We have a lot of guys hurting right now. It’s always hard when it comes to an end, especially when you don’t reach goals that you should have reached.

“I do walk away from here with a little bit better feeling because I think these guys fought for us. And I’m proud of them for that. That was a good baseball game and it was a tough baseball game to lose, especially when your season is over with.”

Offensively, the Vols scattered four hits on the night, recorded by catcher Benito Santiago (1-for-3, RBI), right fielder Jordan Rodgers (1-for-2), first baseman Parker Wormsley (1-for-2, 2B) and shortstop A.J. Simcox (1-for-3).

In the third matchup between the schools this year, Tennessee and Arkansas held each other hitless into the third inning.

With a single to center field in the fifth, sophomore Jordan Rodgers recorded Tennessee’s first hit of the game and snapped Arkansas starter Trey Killian’s no-hit outing. Senior Parker Wormsley led off the next inning with a standup double hit into the left-center gap, but a fielder’s choice and caught stealing ended the opportunity for the Volunteers.

The Razorbacks then put together back-to-back base hits to start the seventh and broke through Tennessee’s defense, as a fielder’s choice chopper to short scored an Arkansas runner from third to make it a 1-0 ballgame.

Tennessee continued to press against Arkansas starter Killian and with one out in the top seventh, catcher Benito Santiago put the Vols on the board to tie the game at 1-1 with an RBI-double into left field.

The Razorbacks answered Tennessee’s seventh inning rally in the bottom of the ninth. Second baseman Rick Nomura singled to right field before shortstop Michael Bernal hit the walk-off double, giving Arkansas the 2-1 victory.

Starter Andy Cox dealt 3.0 scoreless innings in his start against the Razorbacks, allowing just one hit while striking out four batters, including back-to-back strikeouts against newly-named SEC Player of the Year Andrew Benintendi.

In the bottom of the fourth, righthander Kyle Serrano entered the game in relief of Cox. After loading the bases via two base hits and a walk on two outs, Serrano recorded a huge strikeout to get out of the jam and hold the score at 0-0.

Serrano went on to pitch 3.0 innings, surrendering six hits and one run before lefty Drake Owenby was called upon in the bottom of the seventh. After inheriting runners on the corners with no outs, Owenby worked to retire three of his four batters faced including a swinging strikeout for the third out.

With the game tied at 1-1, designated hitter Andrew Lee went to the mound in the bottom of the eighth. He struck out one batter to end the inning and in the ninth, proceeded to deliver one strikeout before allowing Arkansas’s Nomura a single. In the following at bat, Arkansas’ Bernal knocked a ball to the left field wall, plating the winning run.

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Hogs Top Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day

Hogs Top Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day

Posted on 10 May 2015 by Allen

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The 20th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team (30-19, 15-11) used a 3-for-3 day from Andrew Benintendi to pick up a 5-2 victory over Tennessee (20-25, 8-18) and split the series Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

Benintendi continued his Player of the Year campaign, going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a run batted in and a run scored to send his batting average to an SEC-best .405 on the year. He finished the series going 6-for-7 and has reached base in 29 of his last 40 plate appearances.

Arkansas jumped on Tennessee in the first inning when Serrano raced home on a wild pitch to score the first run of the game, before Eagan and Benintendi added RBI singles in the second inning to give the Razorbacks a 3-1 lead.

After the Volunteers cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning, Arkansas came right back in the bottom of the frame and Brett McAfee roped a single to right center to plate Benintendi and create a two-run lead. Rick Nomura blasted his fourth homer of the year in the sixth inning to give the Razorbacks a 5-2 advantage that held true to the final out.

Keaton McKinney (5-1) picked up the win, lasting 4.2 innings and giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. He retired nine of the first 12 Tennessee hitters in the game, including nine straight at one point. Dominic Taccolini came on in relief and stranded the tying run at third base in the fifth inning before working 2.1 hitless frames with one strikeout to earn his first save of the year.

The Razorbacks have not dropped an SEC series over the last seven weekends, posting a record of 14-6 during the stretch with one conference weekend remaining in the regular season.

Before first pitch, Arkansas honored seniors Jackson Lowery, Jacob Stone, Krisjon Wilkerson, Lance Phillips and Joe Serrano as they played their final regular season games at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas returns to action Tuesday evening, traveling to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn on Andrew Benintendi: “His season has been great. Obviously for a month now, he has been on fire. Whether you are right or left handed, he is taking good swings. In his first at-bat, he fouls off four or five pitches then gets a base hit. When it’s going good, it’s going good. He check swings against a lefty on the first pitch, gets fooled a little bit and ends up laying down a perfect bunt and we score a run. His last at-bat was a good at-bat. The guy tried to work him way away then tried to bust him in; he got just enough of the barrel on it to hook it down that right field line for a double which ended up being a huge run for us at the time.”

Coach Van Horn on Joe Serrano: “It’s always good to get a win, especially when it’s senior day. We’ve had senior day for a couple of days now and we finally got to do it today and play the game. Joe’s first pitch he saw today, he singled to right field and ended up scoring the first run of the game. He has played a lot of games here over his four years. I’m proud of him and all the older kids who have gone through, working toward those degrees.”

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Vols top Carolina, 10-4

Vols top Carolina, 10-4

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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After falling behind early in Sunday’s series finale, the Tennessee Volunteers used a late rally and six-run sixth inning to come from behind and post a series-clinching 10-4 win over South Carolina at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tennessee moves to 18-21 on the season and 7-14 in SEC competition, while South Carolina (26-19) slips to 9-12 in SEC play. With the win, the Volunteers claimed their first series win over the Gamecocks since taking two of three games from May 12-14, 2006, as well as their first series win over USC in Knoxville since 2005.

The Vols combined for 13 hits against the Gamecocks, led by shortstop A.J. Simcox (3-for-4, 2 RBI), designated hitter Andrew Lee (2-for-4, 2-2B, 2 RBI), center fielder Chris Hall (2-for-4, RBI) and first baseman Parker Wormsley (2-for-4, 3 RBI).

In the first inning, South Carolina put up a three spot to take a 3-0 lead on a two-run triple by left fielder Elliott Caldwell.

The Vols answered in the bottom of the third frame, as second baseman Nick Senzel beat out the throw on an infield hit and scored on an RBI-triple by Simcox. For the second day in a row, third baseman Jordan Rodgers knocked a clutch RBI-single through the right side, plating Simcox to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

The top of the order came through again for Tennessee in the sixth, as the Vols scored six runs on six hits to pull ahead of South Carolina. Senzel and Simcox reached via walk and a base hit before left fielder Christin Stewart hit an RBI-double to right field. With runners on second and third and no outs, designated hitter Lee then blasted a deep fly ball off of the right-center field wall and gave the Vols a 5-3 lead.

The Vols’ sixth-inning rally continued with an RBI-single by center fielder Chris Hall, scoring Lee from third. New third baseman Jared Pruett then knocked a base hit up the middle, putting UT runners on second and third with one out. First baseman Parker Wormsley then roped a ball back up the middle and beat the throw for an infield hit, scoring Hall from third to make it a 7-3 advantage. Back-to-back walks gave Tennessee an 8-3 lead before the end of the frame.

The bottom half of UT’s lineup sparked another rally in the seventh, as Rodgers and Hall scored on a two-run double by Wormsley to give Tennessee a 10-4 lead.

Left-handed starter Drake Owenby dealt 2.0 innings against South Carolina, allowing three runs on four hits before his exit. Despite surrendering three extra-base hits, Owenby recorded three big strikeouts in the outing, including a bases-loaded, two-out strikeout in his final frame.

In relief, righty Kyle Serrano entered in the third and threw 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts to earn the win. His 5.0 frames marked his longest-career relief outing, as well as his longest outing of the season since he threw 5.0 against Grand Canyon University on March 8.

Freshman Jacob Westphal went to the hill in the eighth and threw 2.0 scoreless inning, holding the Gamecocks to preserve the win for UT.

This week, Tennessee hosts Xavier in a midweek matchup at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, beginning Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. ET. The Vols will then welcome Texas A&M for a three-game SEC weekend series in Knoxville from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3.

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Vols hire former Texas Coach Rick Barnes

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Allen

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Rick Barnes will officially be introduced as the new men’s head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee in a press conference held at Pratt Pavilion at 4 p.m., on Tuesday.

Tennessee’s fortunes on the hardwood have never looked brighter, as Rick Barnes, the most decorated and accomplished head coach in school history, was handed the reins to the men’s basketball program on March 31, 2015.

The marriage of Barnes’ Hall of Fame-worthy resume — highlighted by 604 career Division I head coaching wins, the ninth-most among active coaches — and Tennessee’s world-class facilities, fervent fan base and outstanding athletic and academic resources, sets the Volunteers on a course to consistently compete for championships.

“Rick Barnes is an elite basketball coach in every respect,” Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart said. “Rick brings an extremely impressive track record of excellence, as well as much-needed stability, to our men’s basketball program. This is an exciting day for our Tennessee family.”

In fitting with Hart’s mantra of “comprehensive excellence,” Barnes’ commitment to his players’ academic achievement cannot be overstated. His teams have posted a perfect 1,000 score in each of the last five multi-year APR reports as well as perfect single-year APR scores every year dating to 2005-06.

Immediately prior to Barnes’ arrival on Rocky Top, he oversaw a prolific, 17-year run at Texas that included 16 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

In 28 overall seasons as a Division I head coach, Barnes has led his teams to 22 total NCAA Tournament berths, six Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and one Final Four in 2003.

He boasts coaching experience in Southeastern Conference (Alabama assistant, 1985-86), Big 10 (Ohio State assistant, 1986-87), Colonial Athletic Association (George Mason head coach, 1987-88), Big East (Providence head coach, 1988-1994), Atlantic Coast Conference (Clemson head coach, 1994-98) and Big 12 (Texas head coach, 1998-2015).

His success on the “power conference” sidelines is simply staggering. He coached Providence to three NCAA Tournament berths in six seasons. He then guided Clemson to the Big Dance three times in four years. And his 16 NCAA appearances during his 17-season stint at Texas gives him 19 tournament berths in the last 20 years.

Dating to 1995, every four-year player Barnes has coached has made at least three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Not only do his players find themselves perennially positioned to play for national championships, but they also carry themselves with a top-25 swagger. Over the last 17 years, Barnes’ teams have spent 180 total weeks in the Associated Press Top 25, including 84 weeks in the Top 10. His Texas squad earned the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking on Jan. 11, 2010. And he had previously coached Clemson to a No. 2 national ranking–the highest in that school’s history–during the 1996-97 campaign.

On the flipside, Barnes has collected 96 career wins over Top-25 opponents. And his squads have toppled Top-10 teams a total of 34 times.

Nationally respected in player development, Barnes is the only coach in the nation that can claim two different National Players of the Year in the last 13 seasons (T.J. Ford in 2003 and Kevin Durant in 2007). Barnes also produced four consensus first-team All-Americans and three National Freshman of the Year honorees.

Barnes has produced 23 total NBA Draft picks, including 13 first-round selections. Durant — who refers to Barnes as “more than a coach,” but also a “father figure” — was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Durant has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and an Olympic gold medal.

A native of Hickory, N.C., Barnes was born on July 17, 1954. He was a standout player at Hickory High, from which he graduated in 1973. Barnes moved on to Lenoir-Rhyne College (Hickory, N.C.), where he lettered for three seasons and won the Captain’s Award for Leadership as both a junior and senior.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1977 and was named the college’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1997. Barnes was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne College Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2002, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lenoir-Rhyne on May 7, 2005.

He and his wife, Candy — who is also a Hickory native — have a son, Nick (born Oct. 3, 1984), and a daughter, Carley (born Jan. 9, 1988). Carley and her husband, Josh Lickteig, have two children: 7-year-old Avery and 4-year-old Caleb

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Tyndall Terminated

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Tyndall Terminated

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee announced today that it has terminated its employment agreement with head men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall for cause. The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA’s investigation of another institution.

The university concluded that Tyndall is highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at another institution.

“It is disappointing that we have to take this action.” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”

After going through the Bruce Pearl scandal a few years ago the Vols had to let Tyndall go. Rumor has it the former Vol’s head coach deleted emails on a Southern Miss account while he was the coach in Knoxville.

Belmont coach Rick Byrd is thought to be the front-runner for the job.

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Vols get swept in Athens

Vols get swept in Athens

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Georgia crushed Tennessee 10-4 Sunday to complete a Southeastern Conference road sweep in front of a Lindsey Nelson Stadium crowd of 2,190.

It marked Georgia’s first SEC road sweep since 2009 (at Kentucky) and first SEC sweep by the Bulldogs since getting three from Auburn in Athens in 2012. Georgia now has won the series over Tennessee for the past five years.
Bulldog sophomore Stephen Wrenn led off the game with his third home run of the year. He hit the second pitch of Kyle Serrano off the scoreboard. Wrenn became the first Bulldog start a game with a blast since Nelson Ward at South Carolina in 2013. Then to start the second, junior first baseman Daniel Nichols smashed a Serrano offering over the scoreboard to make it 2-0. It was the fourth home run of the year for Nichols. In the third, Georgia scored four runs on two hits and a pair of Volunteer errors to chase Serrano. Nichols capped the scoring with a two-run single to give him 3 RBI in two trips to the plate and a 6-0 advantage.

Tennessee (9-11, 1-5 SEC) got a run back in the fourth on an RBI-single by Nathaniel Maggio. Tennessee made it 6-2 in the sixth as A.J. Simcox collected his first tiple and scored on an RBI-double by Christin Stewart. Georgia pushed its lead back up to five with a two-out run in the seventh for a 7-2 advantage. Zack Bowers reached on a walk, collected a stolen base, made it third on an infield hit by Jared Walsh and scored on a wild pitch by Hunter Martin.

The Bulldogs (15-9, 3-3 SEC) extended their lead to 9-2 with two runs on three hits in the eighth as Wrenn and Weber picked up an RBI apiece. With two on and two outs in the eighth, Georgia lifted junior starting pitcher Sean McLaughlin was lifted in favor of freshman Bo Tucker. After surrendering an RBI-single to Andrew Lee, he struck out Maggio. Georgia answered in the top of the ninth as Walsh blasted a solo home run for a 10-3 lead. It was the second home run of the year for Walsh and third of the day for the Bulldogs. Senior Jared Cheek took care of the ninth and the Volunteers managed to plate a run for a 10-4 final.

McLaughlin earned the win after going 7.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits to improve to 2-1 while Serrano dropped to 1-3.

“I’m really proud of the team in how they responded this weekend and followed up our Friday win with another Saturday and finished it off today,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s funny after Sean (McLaughlin) came out there in the eighth, he came up to me and said that was the worst game he’s ever pitched, but he was still able to get us to that point and the defense behind him played exceptional. I thought Daniel Nichols had a key at bat for us with the two-run single to get us a big lead. We battled and now we’ll get ready for Mercer on Tuesday.”

The Bulldogs return home for a pair of midweek contests before going back on the road in the SEC Friday at nationally ranked South Carolina. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs play host to Mercer. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 6:05 p.m.

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UGA snaps losing streak with in over Vols

UGA snaps losing streak with in over Vols

Posted on 21 March 2015 by Allen

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Georgia snapped a four-game skid with a 2-1 Southeastern Conference road win over Tennessee Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Senior Jared Walsh and freshman Bo Tucker combined to limit the Volunteers to five hits while striking out 14 and Mike Bell’s two-run home run proved to be the difference. Walsh (3-0) tied a career-high with seven strong innings and Tucker was dominating in the final two innings, striking out all six batters he faced for his first career save.

Georgia (13-9, 1-3 SEC) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the second. Freshman Keegan McGovern reached on a leadoff walk and then with one out, Bell smashed a two-run home run. It was Bell’s third home run of the year and first since Opening Day when he launched two in a win over Eastern Illinois.

The Volunteers (9-9, 1-3 SEC) cut it to 2-1 with a pair of two-out doubles in the third. Tennessee had a chance for more, loading the bases before Walsh retired designated hitter Jordan Rogers on a flyout. In the fourth, Tennessee threatened with runners at second and third and one out, but Walsh and the Bulldogs maintained their one-run edge. Walsh entered the contest leading the SEC in Earned Run Average and after allowing just one run over seven innings, his ERA stands at 0.96 for the year. Tucker’s six-strikeout performance was one of the most impressive by a Bulldog reliever since Josh Fields struck out the first eight batters he faced in a road win over Winthrop in 2005.

“Jared was awesome tonight, and we needed that,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “I can’t think of two better guys to have as a battery on a Friday night in the SEC then our co-captains, Jared and Brandon Stephens. We were hoping to get six innings from Jared, and he gave us seven. Bo came in and was outstanding in a tight game. Overall, we competed well and their starter, (Bret) Marks was really good too. I’m proud of Mike Bell, he had a couple of hits including the bomb in his first at bat, and that really got us going.”

The series continues Saturday with first pitch at 4:05 p.m., and it will be available on SEC Network +.

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Vols come up short against Razorbacks, 80-72

Vols come up short against Razorbacks, 80-72

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Allen

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Down by 20 points at halftime, Tennessee stormed back to within four points with less than four minutes to go, but were eliminated in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday night as #21 Arkansas beat the Vols, 80-72.

Arkansas scored the game’s first 13 points and dominated the first 20 minutes, but just as Tennessee has done all season, the Vols never quit, before suffering the defeat.

Kevin Punter scored nine points in a row as the Vols cut a 67-59 deficit to 69-65 with 3:37 remaining. The Vols were within four points twice in the final four minutes, but could not complete a stunning comeback for a second night in a row.

Senior Josh Richardson had his first-career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Punter had 13 points.

Freshman Tariq Owens tallied a career-high seven points.

Tennessee (16-16 overall) will await its postseason fate as the brackets will be unveiled at night on Sunday, March 15.

Arkansas (25-7) will take on the winner of the match-up between #3 seed Georgia and #11 South Carolina, which was played later this evening.

SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis had a monster game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Qualls added 20 points for the Razorbacks

Arkansas opened the game making their first five field goals to bust out to a 13-0 lead. Devon Baulkman finally ended the drought for the Vols with a 3-pointer, 4:39 into the game.

Down by 15 points, 5:20 into the game, Tennessee rallied to cut an 18-3 deficit to just seven points at 20-13 on a Robert Hubbs III 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in the half.

Arkansas built a lead of 45-25 at halftime. Portis had 18 points in the first half as the Razorback shot 51.6 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Vols made only four field goals in the first half, shooting 16.0 percent. They did converted 15-of-17 free throws.

Tennessee outscored Arkansas in the second half, 47-35, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

The Vols got within nine points at 57-48, by virtue of making 9-of-11 shots during a 13-2 run midway through the second half spanning more than five minutes.

Arkansas regained a 14-point lead before the Vols cut to it five points on consecutive Punter 3-pointers with less than five minutes to go, bringing the Vols within 67-62.

Tennessee got within four points on two occasions in the final four minutes, but that was as close as they would get.

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UT can’t hang with the #1 Cats

UT can’t hang with the #1 Cats

Posted on 18 February 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee showed the grit and determination it has shown all season on Tuesday night. The undersized and undermanned Vols battled the top-ranked team in the nation before dropping a 66-48 decision before a sold-out Thompson-Boling Arena.

#1 Kentucky moved to 26-0 on the season — its best start in school history — and 13-0 in the SEC. The Vols fell to 14-11 overall and 6-7 in the SEC.

Junior Kevin Punter led the Vols with 14 points, while senior Josh Richardson tallied 10.

Kentucky was led by Devin Booker, who netted 18 points, despite shooting 5-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-9 from 3-point range. Andrew Harrison added 14 points.

Tennessee’s defense played havoc with Kentucky all night. The Wildcats shot just 41.5 percent from the floor including 37.5 in the second half. Kentucky made 5-of-22 3-pointers, 1-of-9 in the second half.

The Vols were within seven points for the game’s first 31 minutes. They cut their deficit to four points on three different occasions midway through the second half, bringing the crowd to a fever pitch. Punter finished a layup off a baseball pass from Richardson with nine minutes left to bring the Vols to within 48-44.

Kentucky took firm control with a 10-0 run to take the first double-figure lead of the game with less than seven minutes to go on a Karl-Anthony Towns 3-point play. The layup, which was Towns’ first attempt of the game, extended the Wildcats lead to 55-44 with 6:54 left in the game. Trey Lyles’ putback with five minutes put UK up 58-44.

Kentucky finished the game outscoring Tennessee 18-4 over the final nine minutes.

UK took its first seven-point lead on a Cauley-Stein dunk with 17:20 left in regulation at 40-33.

The Vols hung close for the first half, leading with less than three minutes to go. Kentucky hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 43 seconds to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room. The game was tied on five different occasions over the final 10 minutes as the Vols shot 54.2 from the floor with Punter leading the way with eight points.

Tennessee received big first-half contributions from unlikely sources in Devon Baulkman (6 points) and Tariq Owens (5 points). Owens had nine points total in 11 SEC games this season coming into the game.

Booker led all scorers with 11 points in the first half.

The undersized Vols outrebounded Kentucky 15-13 in the first half.

The Vols are now 4-13 all-time against the top-ranked team in the nation with the four wins coming in the last nine games vs. #1 teams, all since 1966.

Kentucky leads the all-time series 151-67. The 67 wins are the most by any opponent vs. the Wildcats all-time.

The Vols return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Ole Miss. Action tips at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPNU and heard on the Vol Network.

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Vols Land 5 Star OT Drew Richmond

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Vols Land 5 Star OT Drew Richmond

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Allen

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Butch Jones strikes again. This time he stole Drew Richmond away from Ole Miss. Richmond made it official this morning by signing his National Letter of Intent and sending it in to the Vol’s coaching staff.

Richmond had originally committed to the Rebels last September but changed his mind and decommitted on Monday. The 6’5 300 pound Memphis native was thought to be down to the Vols and Alabama going into National Signing Day today. Tennessee won out and will reap the rewards up front for several years.

Coach Jones has done a good job this year with this class that will likely be ranked in the Top 5 in the country. Jones landed other top rated recruits such as Kahlil McKenzie, Preston Williams, and Micah Abernathy.

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Lady Skyhawks top Murray State 99-85

Lady Skyhawks top Murray State 99-85

Posted on 02 February 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team had to look no further than Ashia Jones as the standout sophomore tied the program’s single-game scoring record with a 44 point performance to down Murray State 95-85 on Saturday evening.

The Skyhawks (13-9, 9-0 OVC) pushed their unbeaten streak to nine games, just one win shy of tying the program’s best start in school history. Three players scored in double figures for the Skyhawks while the team shot 49.3 percent from the floor. Jones became the third player in program history to score 44 points, joining the dynamic duo of Heather Butler (twice) and Jasmine Newsome in the record books.

The night marked the first 40-point performance for Jones while notching the sixth game this season with 30 points or more. Jones was joined in double figures by Jessy Ward with 17 points while Tiara Caldwell notched her fifth consecutive game in double figures with 15 points.

Murray State (5-17, 0-9 OVC) saw four players score in double figures, led by the play of Julia Fox who tallied 20 points. Keiona Kirby was close behind with 19 points while LeAsia Wright (18 points) and Netanya Jackson (11 points and 10 rebounds) filled up the stat sheet for the Racers.

The Skyhawks would waste little time taking control of the game, jumping out to a 13-3 run before the first media timeout. The duo of Jones and Ward would combine to score 11 of the team’s 13 points during the run.

The Racers would finally snap the run at the 15:33 mark off a three-pointer from Fox. Back-to-back three-pointers by Wright and Fox within 40 seconds would trim the lead to 17-12 with just over 13 minutes to play in the first. Another jumper by Wright and a pair of free throws by Ajee Smith would get the game as close at one point, capping off a 10-0 run for the Racers.

Another trifecta by Ward would snap the Racers run following the second media timeout. The Skyhawks would proceed to outscore the Racers 12-4 over the following four minutes of play, seeing the trio of Jones, Ward and Chelsea Roberts all contribute offensively during the span.

A 6-0 run for the Skyhawks would be snapped by Ke’Shunan James’ eighth point in the previous 10 minutes. The margin would stick at six points but a personal foul in conjunction with a technical on James would balloon the lead to 10 points following two free throws by Haley Howard and a jumper by Karisma Tyson.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Ward and Katie Schubert along with a jumper by Jones would give the Skyhawks a 15-2 run and a 19 point lead in the final minutes of play. UT Martin would take a 47-31 lead into the break as Jones led all scorers with 18 points while Ward tossed in 14 points as well. Wright led Murray State with 10 points at the break while Fox and James tallied eight points each.

Murray State would outscore the Skyhawks in the opening four minutes of the second half, due in large part to back-to-back three-pointers by Fox from the left wing. Taking a 6-0 run by Fox into the first media, the Skyhawks were outscored 15-12 during the span including nine points from Jones to reach the 20 point plateau for the 11th time in the last 13 contests.

The Racers would outscore the Skyhawks 20-19 over the following few minutes as well, as three players moved into double figures for the home squad as Kirby, Fox and Wright all had 17 points at the under-eight media timeout. Jones would also tally her sixth 30 point outing of the season during the span as well.

The Skyhawks would outscore the Racers 12-10 over the ensuing media break, seeing Jones become just the fourth player in school history to reach the 40 point plateau and first since Butler accomplished the feat on March 1, 2014 against Austin Peay.

A free throw shot by Wright with 40 seconds to play would cap off the night’s scoring as UT Martin picked up the 95-85 victory. The win is the Skyhawks ninth consecutive victory.

UT Martin will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Austin Peay. Action from the Dunn Center is scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m.

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Vols thump TSU

Vols thump TSU

Posted on 28 December 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to the University of Tennessee by a score of 67-46 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday night.

The Tigers (2-11) shot 47.8 percent from the three-point line, but were turned over 15 times by the Volunteers (7-4). Tennessee held TSU to a 29.2 percent clip in the second half.

Marcus Roper led the Tigers with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Jay Harris pitched in 15 points, shooting 5-for-12 from the floor.

Kevin Punter led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line.

TSU held a 6-4 lead at the first media timeout but Tennessee quickly stole the advantage. At one point, the Volunteers held a lead as big as 14.

The Tigers were forced to live and die from beyond the arc as the Volunteers vehemently denied any attempt in the paint.

Trailing 27-13 at the 5:36 mark, TSU used its three-point shooting to cut the deficit to thee before half. The Tigers were 6-of-11 from three-point land in the first half.

Big Blue had 8 assists, as a team, for the first 20 minutes. The season average for the Tigers is 9.6.

TSU turned the first 10 minutes of the final half into a dogfight, but Tennessee’s post defense held strong and pushed them onto the victory.

With 14:26 to play in the game, Jay Harris hit his second straight trey in a row to give the Tigers a 38-37 lead. For the next seven minutes, the Volunteers went on a 16-2 run, powered by an electric crowd, which gave them the space they needed for the win.

Having averaged 21.9 fouls per game so far this season, TSU committed just nine for the night.

The Tigers 14 assists is the most they’ve had in five contests.

TSU has lost 10-straight games.

The Tigers will fly to Fort Worth for a game at Texas Christian on Monday. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Missouri beats UT in Knoxville 29-21

Missouri beats UT in Knoxville 29-21

Posted on 23 November 2014 by Allen

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Marcus Murphy ran for two touchdowns to help his team get the lead, and Maty Mauk threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes to seal the win as No. 19/20 Missouri won its fifth straight game, a 29-21 victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.

The win was the school-record 10th consective on the road for the Tigers (9-2, 6-1 SEC), which broke the mark first establish from 1978-80.

The defense was solid all game long, and didn’t allow a sustained drive until the Volunteers (5-6, 2-5) scored on a pass from holder Patrick Ashford to tight end Alex Ellis on a fake field goal with 11:14 left in the first half. That score put the Vols up 10-7, and would be UT’s last lead of the night.

Murphy’s 1-yard plunge up the middle on the game’s opening drive put the Tigers up, and his second midway through the second half put the Tigers up 13-10. Aaron Medley’s second field goal of the game sent the teams to the locker room tied at 13.

The second half was all Mizzou until the very end; Andrew Baggett’s 43-yard field goal broke the halftime deadlock midway through the 3rd, then Mauk took over. With 10:42 left to play, Mauk found Jimmie Hunt over the top for a 73-yard catch-and-run to give the Tigers a 10-point lead, and then Mauk found Bud Sasser on a fade from 13 yards out to make it 29-13 with 6:22 to go.

Tenneessee made it an eight-point game with 1:52 left, but the Tigers were able to run the clock out to put the Tigers a win away from their second-straight SEC East Division title.

The Tigers finish up the regular season this Friday at home vs. Arkansas in the Battle Line, Presented by Shelter Insurance. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. for a national broadcast on CBS; tickets remain on sale.

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Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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