Stats & Info: Tennessee

Numbers To Know: Wednesday recap

December, 6, 2012
Player of the Night – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

Jerrelle Benimon’s career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds led Towson, a team that went 1-31 last season, to a win over Vermont, the preseason favorite in the America East. The transfer from Georgetown will face his old team on Saturday. The Tigers snapped a 27-game road losing streak, picking up their first win since December 2010 at La Salle.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s

Matthew Dellavedova scored 31 points and added seven assists, as the Gaels beat Drake 88-73. He’s just the third West Coast Conference player with 30 points and seven assists against a Division I team in the past 15 years (Manny Quezada and Dan Dickau). Not all of his numbers were great though. Dellavedova also committed nine turnovers, the most for any Saint Mary’s player in at least 15 years.

Bench Player of the Night – Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

Kevin Pangos was the hero of Gonzaga’s 71-69 win over Washington State, but Kelly Olynyk kept them in it. He scored a career-high 22 points, all coming in the second half. He went 10-for-12 from the field after halftime, and accounted for half of Gonzaga’s second-half points. At 9-0, Gonzaga is off to its best start since joining Division I.

Freshman of the Night – Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Jahii Carson scored 20 points and added five rebounds and six assists, as the Sun Devils beat Hartford 71-63. He’s just the sixth freshman with a 20-5-5 game this season. Carson currently ranks fourth among freshmen in scoring (18.3 ppg) and sixth in assists (5.3). Those averages stack up nicely to one of the greatest seasons for a Pac-12 freshman point guard. Terrell Brandon averaged 17.9 ppg and 6.0 apg for Oregon in 1989-90.

Ugly Stat of the Night - Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee failed to score 40 points for a second straight game, falling to Virginia 46-38. It’s the first time the Vols have been held under 40 in consecutive games since February 1946. It’s also the first time since 1943 that Tennessee has lost back-to-back games while failing to score 40.

Irish, Kelly hope third season is a charm

October, 25, 2012
Five great nuggets of information to get you ready for the weekend in college football

1. Could history be repeating itself in South Bend? Four different coaches have been responsible for Notre Dame's eight national championships in the poll era (since 1936).

All four of those coaches captured their first national title in their third season at Notre Dame (Lou Holtz in 1988, Dan Devine in 1977, Ara Parseghian in 1966, Frank Leahy in 1943). Brian Kelly is currently in his third season in South Bend.

2. Duke is bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994 and looks to knock off Florida State this week. But history says not so fast.

Duke is 0-17 all-time against Florida State with all of those games coming since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992. That's the most games ever played by a current BCS-AQ school against any opponent without a win. The next longest? Louisville is 0-13 all-time against Xavier, though the teams haven't met since 1962.

3. A loss this weekend would mean that Tennessee starts 0-5 in SEC play for the third season in a row. That's a stark slide for a proud SEC program that only started 0-5 in the SEC once before in 78 years of membership in the conference.

That came in 1977 during Johnny Majors first year at the helm. And Volunteers fans won't like being in this company. The only other school to start 0-5 in the SEC in three straight seasons is Vanderbilt, which most recently did it from 2000-03.

4. Kansas State's 7-0 start has been aided by its ability to avoid mistakes. The Wildcats are committing 3.4 penalties per game, tied for the fewest in FBS. They also have committed the second-fewest turnovers (four) in FBS.

In fact, Kansas State is the only FBS team that has not allowed a point off a turnover this season. The five teams that have given up fewer than seven points off turnovers this season are a combined 35-0 (Kansas State, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State and Rutgers).

5. Both Baylor and West Virginia have allowed at least 42 points in each of their last four games. It's the first time in the BCS era (since 1998) that one conference has had multiple teams with such simultaneous streaks in a single season. Overall, there have been 33 teams over that stretch that have allowed 42-or-more points in four consecutive games.

Numbers to know: Vols come up empty

November, 22, 2011
Vols Come Up Empty

Tennessee snapped a streak of 461 consecutive games with a 3-pointer in Monday’s 77-67 loss to Duke in Maui. After averaging 13 3s in their first two games, the Volunteers missed all eight of their attempts. It marked the first time since February 1, 1997 against Wofford.

Bench Keys Wolfpack Comeback

NC State toppled Texas 77-74, charging back from an 18-point second-half deficit. Trailing 65-47 with 11:42 remaining, the Wolfpack went on a 28-2 run. It was NC State’s bench that made difference. They accounted for 17 of the 28 points during that pivotal stretch.

It was a pair of typical starters who really made the difference. Playing in just his second game this season, C.J. Leslie led all scorers with 17. Scott Wood returned from an ankle injury to score 16. The Wolfpack’s 40 points off the bench are their most against a major conference opponent since 2005 against Wake Forest.

BC’s Bay State Blues

The Commonwealth Classic was anything but on Monday, as UMass rolled over Boston College 82-46. Up by 14 with 10 minutes remaining, the Minutemen closed the game out on a 28-6 run. It was the fewest points scored by the Eagles against a non-conference opponent since a 75-45 loss to UMass in 1998.

Boston College is 0-2 against in-state opponents. The Eagles last lost to UMass and Holy Cross in the same season in 1990-91.

Morrison’s Big Night

The top scorer from Monday was Oral Roberts’ Dominique Morrison with a season-high 30 points. Morrison almost single-handedly got the Golden Eagles off to a hot start in their 62-56 win over SMU. Morrison scored 13 of ORU’s first 15 points, as they got out to a 15-7 lead. He was one of only four Golden Eagles to connect on a field goal.

Marquette Squeaks By

Last Monday, Marquette cruised to a 31-point win over Norfolk State. It wasn’t so easy in yesterday’s rematch. Marquette won 59-57, as Norfolk State missed a pair of shots in the final four seconds.

The Golden Eagles entered this one having scored at least 90 points in each of their first four games, but shot just 33.9 percent in the win.
1. Alabama (18 straight games) and Nebraska (12 straight) are each carrying long streaks of allowing 21 points or fewer. How impressive is that? No other FBS team has a streak longer than four games. Two other teams, Rutgers and West Virginia, have done it in every game this season. But both of those teams have played four games and their streak does not extend into last season.

2. Urban Meyer and Les Miles both started their SEC coaching careers in 2005, and Meyer is one of the few FBS coaches with a better record than Miles since that time. When you factor in the 2007 BCS title, Meyer and Mack Brown are the only two coaches who have been inarguably more successful than Miles during this stretch.

NOTE: Boise State's Chris Petersen began in 2006, so he doesn't make the list.

3. It's not often that Alabama and San Jose State are mentioned in the same sentence, but that is the case this week. The Spartans will join the Crimson Tide as the only FBS teams to have played four ranked opponents after this weekend. San Jose State travels to No. 21 Nevada this week after having already lost to ranked teams Alabama, Wisconsin and Utah.

4. Denard Robinson became just the second player with two 200-yard rushing and passing games in the same season, joining Vince Young in 2005. It was Young's final season and he led the Longhorns to the national title. Robinson's numbers through 5 games are better than Young's that season.

5. On Saturday, Georgia will attempt to avoid its first five-game, single-season losing streak since 1953. Pretty amazing considering that every other current SEC team has had at least one such losing streak since then, including some perennial powerhouses. A bit of trivia … other than Georgia, which current SEC schools have the fewest five-game, single-season losing streaks since 1953?

Answer: Auburn and Tennessee with one each.