3-0 UT Men’s Basketball Makes the Way to the Nation’s Top 10 as they Win Against Appalachian State


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On Tuesday, December 15th, #10 Tennessee men’s basketball team crushed Appalachian State at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Winning by 41 points and securing a final score of 79-38, the Tennessee Vols proved that they are coming back into the season, and that they are coming back strong.

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The Appalachian State game was another great addition to the past two games Tennessee basketball has won. Continuing on their road to success, the Vols have yet to lose a game. Their wins against Colorado and Cincinnati this year have also helped to pave a successful start to their season.  

During Tuesday’s game, Tennessee started off strong with a 13-0 lead against Appalachian state for the first few minutes.

By halftime, Tennessee was leading by 23 points, the score being 36-13.

Individual players from Tennessee’s basketball team on average scored many more points than players from Appalachian State’s basketball team. 

For example, key players from the Appalachian State Mountaineers only scored 8-9 points in Tuesday’s game. Appalachian State sophomore Kendall Lewis scored 8 points and senior Michael Almonacy led the team scoring 9 points.

However, for the Mountaineers, Tennessee was too strong of a force to be reckoned with. With highly talented players such as John Fulkerson, Josiah-Jordan James, Victory Bailey Jr., and Jaden Springer, Tennessee was able to leave the Mountaineers in the dust. With each of these key players from Tennessee scoring 11, 12, and even 13 points individually, the Vols were able to secure the win.

According to ESPN, Tennessee was, “Much more successful and more accurate in scoring field goals, 3 pointers, and free throws in the game.” 

The Vols were in fact more accurate than the Mountaineers in these three fundamental categories. Tennessee scored 33/67 of their field goals, averaging 49.3% accuracy, while Appalachian State made 12/43 of their field goals, only scoring 27.9% of their goals. 

In addition, Tennessee made 33.3% (6/18) of their three pointers, but Appalachian State only made 23.8% (5/21) of their three pointers.

Lastly, the Vols successfully made 77.8% (7/9) of their free throws while the Mountaineers made 60% (9/15) of their free throws.

All in all, the Tennessee Volunteers are off to a great start to their 2020-2021 season. Ranked 10th in the nation and 3-0, they might be on the road to the top 5. 

Make sure to stay tuned for Tennessee’s next home game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Friday night at 7:00 PM, December 18th.