TNTC Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 53
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Tennessee Tech Overall (4-9)
ATS (2-4)
O/U (3-3)
December 29 2018
- SEC Network+
TENN Tennessee Volunteers 96
Tennessee Volunteers Tennessee Overall (11-1)
ATS (5-4-1)
O/U (6-4)
Final
Money Line Total: 145½ Spread ATS
12
663 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +10000 Under -110 (+33) -110 OVER: 149
3320
664 Tennessee Volunteers -30000 Over -110 (-33) -110 Cover: 10
5145
Final
Money Line Total: 145½ Spread ATS
663 TNTC +10000 Under: -110 (+33) -110 OVER: 149
664 TENN -30000 Over: -110 (-33) -110 Cover: 10
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Money Line
12/29/2018
9:21 AM
TENN
-30000
TNTC
+10000
12/29/2018
8:30 AM
TENN
-30000
TNTC
+10000
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12/29/2018
9:21 AM
TENN(-33)
-110
TNTC
-110
12/29/2018
8:30 AM
TENN(-33)
-110
TNTC
-110
12/28/2018
8:30 PM
TENN(-33)
-110
TNTC
-110
Total
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12/29/2018
9:21 AM
145½
-110
145½
-110
Recap

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee heads into Southeastern Conference competition riding a winning streak.

Grant Williams scored 25 points and went 10 of 11 from the floor as the third-ranked Volunteers trounced Tennessee Tech 96-53 on Saturday for their seventh straight overall victory and 16th consecutive home win.

It's the final nonconference tuneup for Tennessee (11-1) before SEC competition starts next weekend by hosting Georgia.

"What we've done up to this point now, you can throw it out because we're getting into conference play and we know what kind of grind that is," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said.

Tennessee shared the SEC regular-season title with Auburn last year despite being picked to finish 13th out of 14 teams.

The expectations are much higher this year.

Tennessee's only loss of the season was an 87-81 setback against No. 5 Kansas in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 23. Tennessee hasn't fallen at home since a 94-84 loss against Auburn last season on Jan. 2.

"They're as good as anybody in the country," said Tennessee Tech coach Steve Payne, whose team also lost to No. 8 Michigan State and No. 14 North Carolina. "You're not going to find a team better."

Tennessee believes it still has plenty of room for improvement.

"We're a really good offensive team when we do what we're supposed to do, but I think we need to take that next step defensively as a team," said Tennessee's Jordan Bone, who had 16 points, 10 assists and only one turnover.

Tennessee's offense couldn't have been much better Saturday.

The Vols shot a season-high 63.8 percent (37 of 58), aided by 12 dunks. Tennessee was shooting above 70 percent before missing seven of its last eight attempts.

Admiral Schofield scored 16 points and shot 7 of 8. John Fulkerson had a career-high 15 points and shot 6 of 7 with four dunks.

Jr. Clay scored 16 points to lead Tennessee Tech (4-9).

Tennessee Tech entered the day having won three of its last four games, but the Golden Eagles continued their road struggles on Saturday. They've lost all seven of their road games by an average of 29.4 points.

The Golden Eagles' only single-digit road defeat was a 73-68 loss at Kennesaw State on Dec. 15.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee Tech: The Golden Eagles executed well on offense but couldn't slow down Tennessee. Then they ran out of gas and missed 17 of their last 18 shots. Tennessee Tech is hoping its fortunes will improve as Malik Martin works his way back to peak form. The South Florida graduate transfer missed the first nine games of the season after undergoing hand surgery. He shot 3 of 13 and scored six points on Saturday.

"He's our most talented guy," Payne said. "He's a guy that has the talent to play in games like this. Today he didn't look like it, but he's also fresh off an eight-week layoff."

Tennessee: The Vols had a season-high 12 blocks and matched a season high with 10 steals, but those figures are somewhat misleading. Tennessee Tech was shooting over 50 percent for the game early in the second half before the Vols turned up their defensive intensity. If there's one concern coming out of this lopsided victory, it's that Tennessee must play quality defense for 40 minutes.

FULKERSON'S RISE

The most encouraging element for Tennessee was Fulkerson's performance.

Fulkerson played well early in his freshman year but dislocated his right elbow and fractured his right wrist in December 2016 and hasn't been quite the same. He also underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in May 2017.

This game was just the second time Fulkerson scored in double figures since the start of the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-9 forward reacted to his breakthrough performance by shifting the attention to his teammates.

"It feels good finally to see all the hard work that we've all put in, just to see all of our success," Fulkerson said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

In the poll released Monday, Tennessee was just one point behind Michigan for second place, with Duke at No. 1. Tennessee's chances of moving up to the No. 2 spot likely depend on how Michigan fares Sunday against Binghamton.

UP NEXT

Tennessee Tech visits Tennessee State on Thursday.

Tennessee hosts Georgia on Saturday.

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Matchup
Tennessee Tech Overall
W/L 4-9
ATS 2-4
Pts For 72.0
Pts Against 81.3
Total 3-3
Tennessee Tech Away
W/L 0-7
ATS 1-4
Pts For 59.4
Pts Against 88.9
Total 2-3
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
12:00 PM
at Tennessee L 96-53 L (33) O (145.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
Savannah State W 91-80
12-15
3:00 PM
at Kennesaw State L 73-68
12-9
2:00 PM
Hiwassee W 97-60
12-6
6:00 PM
Warren Wilson W 118-60
12-1
1:00 PM
at Chattanooga L 71-60 L (6) U (139.5)
11-28
6:00 PM
Winthrop L 82-70
11-23
6:00 PM
Louisiana-Monroe W 79-73 W (6) O (136)
11-18
5:00 PM
at Michigan State L 101-33 L (34) U (154)
11-16
6:00 PM
at North Carolina L 108-58 L (35.5) O (157.5)
Avg. Points For 72.7
Avg. Points Against 80.4
ATS 1-4
Over/Under 3-2
Tennessee Overall
W/L 11-1
ATS 5-4-1
Pts For 85.5
Pts Against 66.4
Total 6-4
Tennessee Home
W/L 9-0
ATS 3-3-1
Pts For 85.2
Pts Against 60.6
Total 4-3
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
12:00 PM
Tennessee Tech W 96-53 W (-33) O (145.5)
12-22
11:00 AM
Wake Forest W 83-64 L (-19.5) U (147.5)
12-19
6:00 PM
Samford W 83-70 L (-22.5) O (147)
12-15
11:00 AM
at Memphis W 102-92 W (-8) O (156.5)
12-9
2:00 PM
at Gonzaga W 76-73 W (3.5) U (160.5)
12-2
11:00 AM
Texas A&M-CC W 79-51
11-28
5:30 PM
Eastern Kentucky W 95-67 T (-28) U (165)
11-23
8:50 PM
at Kansas L 87-81 L (3.5) O (151.5)
11-21
4:00 PM
Louisville W 92-81 W (-7.5) O (145.5)
11-13
8:00 PM
Georgia Tech W 66-53 L (-15.5) U (139.5)
Avg. Points For 85.3
Avg. Points Against 69.1
ATS 4-4-1
Over/Under 5-4
Scoring
Tennessee Tech
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Jr. Clay (G) 32:006-9 66.7%1-1 100%3-4 75%1153042-3716
Hunter Vick (G) 32:003-9 33.3%3-6 50%0-0 0%0341023-219
Garrett Golday (F) 21:003-7 42.9%2-4 50%0-0 0%0201024-198
Courtney Alexander II (F) 31:003-9 33.3%0-1 0%1-5 20%51010031-297
Micaiah Henry (C) 28:003-5 60%0-0 0%0-8 0%2201022-356
Malik Martin (F) 21:003-13 23.1%0-4 0%0-0 0%2201031-426
Tyler Thompson (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%1-3 33.3%0000000-21
Jared Sherfield (G) 18:000-3 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%1300001-230
Cade Crosland (G) 15:000-2 0%0-2 0%0-0 0%0011111-50
Maverick Smith (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0100000-20
Spencer Chandler (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Chris McNeal (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Caden Mills (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Chase Ridenour (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Corey Tillery (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Johnnie Vassar (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Reece Wilkinson (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Tennessee
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Grant Williams (F) 25:0010-11 90.9%0-0 0%5-6 83.3%17232223825
Admiral Schofield (F) 29:007-8 87.5%2-2 100%0-0 0%13113103816
Jordan Bone (G) 26:006-11 54.5%1-2 50%3-3 100%001000102816
John Fulkerson (F) 19:006-7 85.7%0-0 0%3-4 75%14122331015
Yves Pons (F) 24:003-3 100%0-0 0%2-3 66.7%1411113298
Kyle Alexander (F) 22:004-5 80%0-0 0%0-0 0%1511331298
Jordan Bowden (G) 21:000-6 0%0-1 0%5-6 83.3%2662013285
Lucas Campbell (G) 4:001-3 33.3%1-2 50%0-0 0%0100000-23
Derrick Walker (F) 13:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%131011160
Jalen Johnson (G) 11:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0210002110
Jacob Fleschman (G) 4:000-2 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%011000110
Brock Jancek (F) 2:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0100000-10
D.J. Burns (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Zach Kent (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Lamonte Turner (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Brad Woodson (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
Money Line
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Money Line
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12/29/2018
9:45 AM
TENN(-19.5)
-110
TNTC
-110
Total
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12/29/2018
9:45 AM
68½
-110
68½
-110