KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard Jordan Bone says he's entering the NBA draft, but he isn't ruling out the possibility of returning to school.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi's Kermit Davis is coach of the year.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee didn't like the way it got pushed around at Kentucky two weeks ago. The Volunteers pushed back in the rematch and delivered a knockout blow.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For a guy whose game is built on speed, Tennessee's Jordan Bone has required plenty of patience in his slow but steady emergence as one of the Southeastern Conference's top point guards.
The 6-foot-3 junior from Nashville is playing the best basketball of his career as the third-ranked Volunteers (11-1) carry a seven-game winning streak into its SEC opener Saturday against Georgia (8-4).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams scored 25 points and went 10 of 11 from the floor to lead a strong shooting performance for No. 3 Tennessee in a 96-53 blowout of Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Tennessee shot a season-high 63.8 percent (37 of 58), aided by 12 dunks. The Volunteers were shooting above 70 percent for much of the game before missing seven of their last eight attempts.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Bone listened to his coach's advice and responded with the most productive game of his career.
Bone set career highs with 24 points and 11 assists, and No. 3 Tennessee beat Samford 83-70 on Wednesday night for its fifth consecutive victory. The junior guard said he talked with coach Rick Barnes for about 90 minutes after Tuesday's practice as they both went over game films.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The verbal jabs between Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and Tennessee's Rick Barnes continued Tuesday with Hardaway saying "it was kind of low class" for the Vols coach to imply the Tigers were flopping during their game on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.
The rivalry between Tennessee's top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.
Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 Saturday to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival.
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Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game early Saturday.
Lagerald Vick scored 15 points, with eight straight during a crucial stretch for the Jayhawks' comeback, and assisted on an alley-oop to Lawson that made it 78-73 with 2:39 left in overtime. Lawson was named the tournament MVP.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes used to walk down the railroad tracks with his brother and sneak into the gym to watch Lenoir-Rhyne basketball games when he was a kid.
Barnes returned the favor on Tuesday night by welcoming the Bears to his new home at Thompson-Boling Arena, but he didn't show his alma mater any mercy on the scoreboard.
Jordan Bone scored 18 points and Kyle Alexander added 16 as No. 6 Tennessee opened the season with an 86-41 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne.
No. 6 Tennessee
Last season: 26-9, lost 63-62 to Loyola-Chicago in second round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Rick Barnes
Who's gone: Guards James Daniel (exhausted eligibility) and Chris Darrington (transferred to Toledo)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has played well enough in spurts to dominate its first two opponents.
Of course, it helps that those spurts have been rather lengthy and decisive.
Lamonte' Turner and Jordan Bone each scored 16 points Tuesday as Tennessee went on an early 32-0 run and rolled to an 84-53 triumph over High Point. That followed a season-opening 88-53 victory over Presbyterian in which Tennessee scored 28 straight points for a stretch of 9 minutes, 45 seconds.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee understands the skepticism that continues to surround this program, even though the Volunteers feel much more optimistic about their own prospects.
For the second straight year, the Southeastern Conference's preseason media poll projected Tennessee to finish 13th out of 14 conference teams. The Vols realize the doubts about their team will linger as long as they keep missing the NCAA Tournament.
Last season: 16-16, hasn't reached NCAA Tournament since 2014.
Coach: Rick Barnes
Who's gone: G Robert Hubbs III, G Kwe Parker (transfer to Cape Fear Community College), G Shembari Phillips (transfer to Georgia Tech).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee freshman Jordan Bone had no problems shooting in the Southeastern Conference's oldest and most unique basketball arena, Memorial Gym.
Then again, Saturday night wasn't his first time playing on Vanderbilt's elevated court.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard Jordan Bone is expected to play in the Volunteers' Southeastern Conference opener Thursday at Texas A&M after missing nine games with a foot injury.
Vols coach Rick Barnes said Wednesday that Bone would play against the Aggies. Barnes added that "how much (he will play) will be not just based on his conditioning but also how long it takes him to get synced up with everyone."
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward John Fulkerson has a dislocated right elbow that will keep him from playing for at least six weeks.
Fulkerson hurt his elbow Thursday in a 92-77 victory over Lipscomb. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes announced the severity of the 6-foot-7 freshman's injury Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard Jordan Bone remains sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot that already caused the freshman to miss the Volunteers' final two games at the Maui Invitational last week.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee was dominant enough for one six-minute stretch to make up for any youthful mistakes it made the rest of the night.
Robert Hubbs III scored 16 points to lead six Tennessee players in double figures Tuesday as the Volunteers capitalized on a 21-0 first-half spurt in a 103-94 victory over Appalachian State.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Tuoyo and Tre' McLean each posted double-doubles Friday as Chattanooga started its season with an 82-69 victory over Tennessee that snapped the Volunteers' 24-game winning streak in home openers.
This marked the second straight year that Chattanooga has opened the season by beating a Southeastern Conference team. The Mocs tipped off their 2015-16 campaign with a 92-90 overtime victory at Georgia and went on to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Last season: 15-19, 6-12 SEC
Coach: Rick Barnes
Who's gone: G Kevin Punter Jr., F Armani Moore, F Derek Reese, G Devon Baulkman
Who's back: G Robert Hubbs averaged 10.6 points per game and made 16 starts last season. F Admiral Schofield started 22 games last season and averaged 7.6 points and 4 rebounds. G Detrick Mostella had 8.4 points per game last season. G Shembari Phillips and F Kyle Alexander each made 11 starts last season.