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Tennessee Logo

March 2, 2008, 12:00 EST
TV: CBS, CBS Video Stream
Radio: Vol Network
XM Radio: 199
Phone Broadcast: TeamLine
Live Stats: UTSports.com

Arkansas Logo

25-3 (overall)
11-2 (SEC)
No. 1 (AP)
No. 1 (USA Today)

16-10 (overall)
10-3 (SEC)
NR (AP)
NR (USA Today)

Jackson the Mule says . . .
Tennessee
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
Tennessee Logo F 1 Tyler Smith
6-7
215
So.
13.4
6.9
3.6
F 4 Wayne Chism
6-9
242
So.
9.1
6.0
1.1
G 5 Chris Lofton
6-2
200
Sr.
15.4
3.4
2.0
G 2 JaJuan Smith
6-2
195
Sr.
14.0
3.5
2.4
G 12 Ramar Smith
6-2
200
So.
8.2
2.4
3.1
Kentucky
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
F 34 Ramon Harris
6-6
213
So.
3.5
3.4
1.1
F 42 Mark Coury
6-8
238
So.
2.2
2.0
0.7
C 54 Patrick Patterson
6-8
232
Fr.
16.4
7.7
1.7
G 3 Ramel Bradley
6-2
191
Sr.
15.8
4.6
3.3
. . . Oh, good. Another feline.
G 32 Joe Crawford
6-5
207
Sr.
16.8
3.6
2.3

Note that Patrick Patterson is out, and it's not entirely clear how the Wildcats will account for his absence. A Sea of Blue discusses a few possibilities.

Chris Lofton All-Time Career Three Watch:

Player School
Record
Needed to break
J.J. Redick Duke
457
50
Keydren Clark St. Peter's
435
28
Curtis Staples Virginia
413
6
Keith Veney Lamar & Marshall
409
2
Chris Lofton Tennessee
408
1
  • Lofton moved into fifth place against Auburn on February 20;
  • needs two three-pointers to move into 4th; should do it this afternoon;
  • is averaging 3.39 threes per game this season;
  • whether Lofton can get the record depends on the number of games remaining:

    Games remaining
    Needs to average
    Regular season
    3
    16.67
    SEC Tourney
    4
    12.5

    5
    10

    6
    8.33

    7
    7.14
    NCAA Tourney
    8
    6.25
    (best guess)
    9
    5.56

    10
    5

    11
    4.55

    12
    4.17

    13
    3.85

One more time: We probably care more about this record than Chris Lofton does.

And finally, lurking in my inbox this morning was this email from Kentucky fan Larry:

Tennesse could never, EVER, be Kentucky's equal in Basketball. We lead 140 to 65 all time in the series. WE have seven national titles, WE are the all time leader in wins in division 1. YOU celebrate halloween all year with those pumpkin colored jerseys.Good luck in Catlanta. GO   BIG    BLUE. Please respond, that is if you can spell.

My response:

Hi, Larry. Kentucky's got a fantastic program, and you should be proud of it. We're proud of ours, too, and we're really looking forward to this game. Good luck this afternoon.

By the way, where did you go to law school? I went to UT.

;-)

Joel

I tried to refrain, I really did. But like the Vols at the Alamodome last year, I started well, but finished poorly. Let's hope the team does better than I this afternoon.

Leave your pre-, in-, and post-game thoughts below.

Go Vols! Hulk smash 'Cats!