KNOXVILLE — The 19th-ranked University of Tennessee basketball team returns from its nine-day break to take on the 13th-ranked Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
Saturday's game will be televised on ESPN and is viewable online via WatchESPN and on any mobile device through the ESPN app. Fans can log on to WatchESPN at www.espn.com/watch
. Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale and Kris Budden have the call.
Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Bob Kesling and Bert Bertlekamp describing the action.
Saturday's contest is sold out, but tickets can still be purchased through Tennessee's exclusive resale partner, Vivid Seats.
Last time out, the Vols took care of business in a 72-43 victory over Florida A&M last Wednesday night.
Freshman Olivier Nkamhoua was key for UT, recording his first career double-double, tallying 11 points and and a game-high 13 rebounds, both of which were season-highs. Freshman Josiah-Jordan James was also impressive as he broke into double-digits for the first time this season, scoring 10 points while knocking down all four of his attempts from the foul line. Junior John Fulkerson also stood out, continuing his fantastic start to the year as he led the Vols in scoring with 15 points.
Saturday's game against Memphis will be the 27th meeting between the programs and the second matchup in the series' current three-game contract. The Vols hold a 15-11 edge in the series. This will be just the second matchup during which both schools will be ranked inside the AP top 25.
A Tennessee victory would give head coach Rick Barnes his 700th career coaching victory and would leave him just four wins shy of 100 victories during his tenure at UT. A Big Orange win would also extend the nation's longest active home win streak to 32 games.
Tennessee leads its all-time series with Memphis 15-11, dating to 1969. The teams have met 11 times in Knoxville, with the Vols holding a 7-4 edge. The Vols are 45-39 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference. Rick Barnes owns a 3-1 record vs. Memphis and a 21-18 record against current members of the AAC.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Tennessee is ranked No. 19 in this week's AP poll and is tied with Memphis for No. 17 in the current coaches poll.
• In the Vols' last game, Tennessee true freshmen accounted for 28 points and 24 rebounds.
• Tennessee leads the SEC in scoring defense (55.9 ppg) and blocks per game (6.0 bpg, 13th nationally).
• Per KenPom.com, the Vols are ranked 16th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency.
• Lamonté Turner leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the country with 7.6 assists per game.
• Josiah-Jordan James leads the Vols and ranks 11th in the SEC with 6.8 rebounds per game. He is the top-rebounding freshman in the league.
• John Fulkerson is shooting a team-best .692 from the field (36 of 52) while averaging a career-best 11.4 points per game. He ranks third in the SEC with a "true shooting percentage" of .697.
VOLS SUCCESSFUL ON THE IN-STATE CIRCUIT
• Tennessee has won its last eight games against in-state opponents and is 15-4 vs. in-state foes under coach Rick Barnes.
• Those 15 wins include triumphs over Chattanooga, ETSU (twice), Lipscomb (twice), Memphis, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech (twice) and Vanderbilt (six times).
HOME WIN STREAK
• Tennessee is riding a 31-game home win streak that is the longest active streak among Division I teams.
• The streak dates to the 2017-18 season. The Vols won their final eight games at Thompson-Boling Arena that year before going 18-0 at home last season.
• Tennessee's last loss in Knoxville was a 94-84 loss to Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.
• The program record for consecutive home wins is 37 (2006-09). The current streak is the third-longest in UT history. The Vols have also authored a home win streaks of 33 games (1966-68).