# 13 Tennessee Flights Basketball takes a hike in Colorado on Saturday

# 13 / # 15 Tennessee (5-1) vs. Colorado (6-2)
Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. HC / 12:00 a.m. MT
Boulder, CO | CU Events Center | Television: Fox Sports 1

Tennessee Volunteers - UT FlightsBoulder, CO – The 13th-ranked Tennessee men’s basketball team heads west for a rare non-conference road game on Saturday, facing Colorado at 1:00 p.m. CT at the CU Events Center.

Fans can watch Tuesday’s game on FOX Sports 1, online at FOXsports.com, or on any mobile device through the FOX Sports app. Jacob Tobey (play-by-play) and Sed Bonner (analysis) will have the call.

Fans can also tune in live on their local affiliate Vol Network to hear Bob kesling and Bert Bertelkamp calling for action. The show is also available on channel 138 on Sirius, channel 191 on SiriusXM and channel 962 on the SiriusXM app.

Tennessee hit the road after an 86-44 victory over Presbyterian on Tuesday night. First-year student Kennedy Chandler tied the one-game program record for interceptions with seven in the win, in addition to scoring 15 points and accumulating seven assists. Second year Justin powell tied with Chandler for first in team scoring with 15 points to him, coming through a 3-point 5v5 shot. Powell became just the ninth player in program history at make five or more three without missing in one game.

Saturday marks the Flights’ first real non-conference road game since January 25, 2020 in Kansas, and Tennessee is chasing their first victory in a real non-conference road game since December 15, 2018 in Memphis. Under Rick barnes, Tennessee have only played a total of 11 real non-conference road games.

History of the Tennessee / Colorado series

UT leads their all-time streak with Colorado, 3-0, dating back to 1980. Prior to the opening of last year’s UT season, the programs had not met since 1981.

Last year’s clash occurred less than 72 hours before the denunciation. See “Last Meeting” note below.

Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle was Tennessee’s Administrative Assistant / Director of Basketball Operations under Head Coach Jerry Green during the 1997-98 season. This team finished 20-9 and secured a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Saturday’s game will only be the second game of the Centennial Flights in State. Tennessee won a 64-63 victory at Boulder on December 8, 1981.

To complete this ongoing three-game series contract, Tennessee and Colorado will meet for a neutral site showdown next season at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

About Tennessee Basketball Flights

The Vols’ 20.2 assists per game rank fourth nationally and lead the SEC. Tennessee also has the SEC’s best attendance-to-revenue ratio (1.73, ninth nationally).

47% of Tennessee’s points this season have been scored by Freshman Flights (229 of 492).

UT’s backcourt duo Kennedy Chandler and Santiago vescovi is averaging 29.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game while shooting .394 from the 3-point range.

Senior Victor Bailey Jr. comes out Tuesday from an outing of 14 points, a season high. The veteran Pac-12 played his first two seasons in Oregon and has 842 career points.

Junior flights Josiah-Jordan James was sidelined with a left hand injury (shooting). He’s missed UT’s last three games.

The Vols recorded 42 pass deflections in Tuesday’s win over Presbyterian, including 27 in the second half.

Draping lines

The Vols embark on a six-day, two-game, 3,909-mile road trip that takes them from Rocky Top to Boulder, Colorado, then to New York before returning home.

At 5,400 feet above mean sea level, the CU Events Center has the fifth highest elevation among Division I arenas. KenPom.

Tennessee produced a pair of professional Colorado sports legends Todd Helton and Peyton Manning.

A victory would be

Push Tennessee’s all-time record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference at 21-12.

Give the Flights their fifth real Barnes-era road victory (Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Memphis).

About Colorado buffaloes

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle is in his 12th season as head coach of the Buffaloes. During the 1997-98 season, Boyle was an assistant at Tennessee on former Flights coach Jerry Green’s team.

Boyle compiled a 239-145 record as Colorado’s head coach. The Buffaloes recorded 22 wins over ranked opponents during his tenure.

Former Mississippi and Southeast Missouri state head coach Rick Ray is also on the Colorado staff. Tennessee compiled a 4-1 record against Ray while at Mississippi State.

Of Colorado’s eight games this season, only two have been against major conference teams – a pair of Pac-12 conference games against Stanford and UCLA. The Buffaloes beat Stanford, 80-76, on Sunday before losing to No.5 UCLA on Wednesday, 73-61.

The Buffaloes’ other loss came in southern Illinois on Nov. 19 at the Paradise Jam, 67-63.

Second-year forward Jabari Walker, who was named to the 2020-21 All-Pac-12 team Pac-12 and selected as honorable mention to the 2021-22 preseason All-Pac-12 team, leads the Buffaloes in terms of scoring (14.9 points per game). ) and rebounding (9.5 rpg) through eight games.

Just behind Walker in scoring is senior forward Evan Battey, a preseason All-Pac-12 selection who averages 13.5 points per game.

Colorado have retained the same five starters in each of their eight games this season: Walker, Battey, senior goaltender Elijah Parquet, second-year goaltender Keeshawn Barthelemy and second-year forward Tristan da Silva.

Tennessee’s last encounter with Colorado

In their first game in 276 days, the 12th-ranked Tennessee basketball team beat Colorado in a tight defensive affair, 56-47, to open the pandemic-hit 2020-21 season on December 8. 2020.

The match took place on a Tuesday evening and took place (out of necessity due to COVID cancellations) the previous Saturday, less than 72 hours before the start of the denunciation.

Tennessee saw a balanced effort across the board, with nine of 10 Flights that saw the action appear on the scoresheet, while Jeriah Horne led Colorado with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

John fulkerson and Santiago vescovi led the Big Orange with 11 points each, while Yves Pons was a beast on the boards, shooting 10 rebounds, a high for the team. Vescovi also added a record five assists.

Second year Josiah-Jordan James had the most balanced game for the Vols, totaling eight points – reversing his four attempts from the charity strip – six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Junior red shirt Victor Bailey Jr., who made his debut for Tennessee after missing the 2019-20 season as a transfer from Oregon, got the start and was explosive early on, draining his first three shooting attempts to score eight points in the first half time. Keon johnson and Jaden springer combined for 10 points in the second half and was the key to the late withdrawal from the Vols.

The Vols came out of their forties roaring, opening the night with a 12-2 streak in the game’s opening four minutes. James and Fulkerson led the way with five and four points, respectively, in that opening streak.

The Buffaloes responded to UT’s initial punch, coming in just four points with less than a minute left in the half. However, the suffocating Tennessee defense and a convenient 3-pointer from Vescovi took the Vols into the locker room with a 31-24 lead.

Tennessee’s starting lineup included five lefties at Bailey Jr., Fulkerson, James, Pons and Vescovi.

Bailey has PAC-12 experience

Senior Tennessee Guard Victor Bailey Jr. spent his first two college seasons in the Pac-12 while attending Oregon.

Bailey played 73 games in his two years in Oregon, including eight starts, and averaged 7.0 points in 17.9 minutes per game. In his sophomore in 2018-19, he scored 13 double-digit times and lost a high 20 points on UCLA.

Between his stints in Oregon and Tennessee, Bailey is 2-1 in three games against Colorado. He averaged 6.3 points while shooting 35% from the field against the Buffs.

KC the playmaker

In addition to being Tennessee’s second-leading scorer (14.3 points per game), the freshman phenomenon Kennedy Chandler has 31 assists, a high in the squad.

Chandler’s assists have led directly to 75 points this season, and the junior guard Santiago vescovi benefited the most, being 21 points short of Chandler.

Chandler’s presence has allowed Vescovi to play with the ball this year, a change from the past two seasons, in which Vescovi has been the main ball manager for Flights. Vescovi is playing at an All-SEC level in his new role.

Under Rick Barnes, UT Flights are 76-25 AA A team rated AP

Tennessee have played 101 ranked team games (AP poll) under the direction of the head coach Rick barnes, and the Vols are 76-25 (.752) in these contests.

Next stop for UT Basketball Flights

Following Saturday’s game, the Tennessee men’s basketball team will travel directly to New York City in preparation for the Jimmy V Classic vs. Texas Tech. Kick-off at Madison Square Garden is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. CT.

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