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2017–18 Tennessee Volunteers basketball team

The 2017–18 Tennessee Volunteers basketball team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Volunteers were led by third-year head coach Rick Barnes.[1] The team played its home games at Thompson–Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 26–9, 13–5 in SEC play to earn a share of the SEC regular season championship. As the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament, they defeated Mississippi State and Arkansas before losing to Kentucky in the championship game. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the South region. There the Volunteers defeated Wright State before being upset by Loyola–Chicago in the Second Round.

2017–18 Tennessee Volunteers basketball
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
SEC regular season co-champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 13
2017–18 record26–9 (13–5 SEC)
Head coachRick Barnes (3rd season)
Assistant coachRob Lanier
Assistant coachDesmond Oliver
Assistant coachMichael Schwartz
Home arenaThompson–Boling Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 19 Auburn 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 13 Tennessee 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 23 Florida 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
No. 18 Kentucky 10 8   .556     26 11   .703
Missouri 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     25 12   .676
Texas A&M 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
LSU 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Georgia 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Vanderbilt 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
2018 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Vols finished the 2016–17 season 16–16, 8–10 in SEC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They lost in the second round of the SEC Tournament to Georgia.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes Ref
Robert Hubbs III 3 G 6'5" 207 Senior Newbern, TN Graduated
Kwe Parker 12 G 6'0" 181 Freshman Fayetteville, NC Transferred to Cape Fear Community College [2][3]
Lew Evans 21 F 6'7" 235 RS Senior Salt Lake City, UT Graduated
Shembari Phillips 25 G 6'3" 192 Sophomore Atlanta, GA Transferred to Georgia Tech [4]

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes Ref
James Daniel III 3 G 6'0" 175 RS Senior Hampton, VA Graduate transfer from Howard. Eligible to play immediately. [5]
Chris Darrington 32 G 6'1" 179 Junior Toledo, OH Junior college transfer from Vincennes University. Eligible to play immediately. [6]

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Yves Pons
SF
Paris, France INSEP Paris 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Feb 28, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports: 
Derrick Walker
PF
Kansas City, MO Sunrise Christian Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Feb 2, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 80
Zach Kent
C
Middletown, DE Blair Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Oct 30, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  247Sports: NR  ESPN: NR
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Rivals.com 2017 Tennessee Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Source: [7]

RosterEdit

2017–18 Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jordan Bone 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 176 lb (80 kg) So The Ensworth School Nashville, Tennessee
G 1 Lamonte Turner 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) RS So IMG Academy Florence, Alabama
F 2 Grant Williams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 241 lb (109 kg) So Providence Day School Charlotte, North Carolina
G 3 James Daniel III 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 172 lb (78 kg) RS Sr Howard Hampton, Virginia
G 4 Jacob Fleschman (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 168 lb (76 kg) So Westlake High School Austin, Texas
F 5 Admiral Schofield 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Zion-Benton Township High School Zion, Illinois
F 10 John Fulkerson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Fr Christ School Kingsport, Tennessee
F 11 Kyle Alexander 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Orangeville Prep Milton, Ontario, Canada
G 12 Brad Woodson (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Riverdale High School Murfreesboro, Tennessee
G 13 Jalen Johnson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Wesleyan Christian Academy Durham, North Carolina
F 15 Derrick Walker 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Academy Kansas City, Missouri
G 23 Jordan Bowden 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Carter High School Knoxville, Tennessee
G 24 Lucas Campbell (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Jr Christian Academy of Knoxville Knoxville, Tennessee
G 32 Chris Darrington 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Jr Vincennes University Toledo, Ohio
F 33 Zach Kent 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Fr Blair Academy Magnolia, Delaware
F 35 Yves Pons 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Fr INSEP Academy Fuveau, France
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
F/C Kyle Alexander John Fulkerson Zach Kent
F Grant Williams Derrick Walker
G/F Admiral Schofield Yves Pons Jalen Johnson Lucas Campbell (W)
G Jordan Bowden Lamonte' Turner Chris Darrington Jacob Fleschman (W)
PG Jordan Bone James Daniel Brad Woodson (W)

Source:[8]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 2, 2017*
7:00 pm
Carson–Newman W 86–44 
 18  Williams   12  Williams   8  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (5,014)
Knoxville, TN
November 5, 2017*
12:30 PM
at Clemson
Exhibition for Hurricane Relief
W 71–67 
 24  Williams   7  Tied   4  Daniel  Littlejohn Coliseum (4,112)
Clemson, SC
Regular season
November 10, 2017*
7:00 pm
Presbyterian
Battle 4 Atlantis campus-site game
W 88–53  1–0
 22  Schofield   7  Williams   5  Fulkerson  Thompson–Boling Arena (15,047)
Knoxville, TN
November 14, 2017*
7:00 pm
High Point W 84–53  2–0
 16  Bone   12  Williams   10  Daniel  Thompson–Boling Arena (12,343)
Knoxville, TN
November 22, 2017*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 18 Purdue
Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals
W 78–75 OT 3–0
 22  Williams   11  Alexander   3  Bone  Imperial Arena (1,306)
Nassau, Bahamas
November 23, 2017*
12:30 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 5 Villanova
Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals
L 76–85  3–1
 20  Williams   8  Williams   5  Turner  Imperial Arena (2,102)
Nassau, Bahamas
November 24, 2017*
2:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. NC State
Battle 4 Atlantis 3rd Place game
W 67–58  4–1
 14  Williams   13  Alexander   4  Williams  Imperial Arena (1,329)
Nassau, Bahamas
November 29, 2017*
7:00 pm
Mercer W 84–60  5–1
 21  Williams   4  Tied   10  Daniel  Thompson–Boling Arena (13,642)
Knoxville, TN
December 3, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
at Georgia Tech W 77–70  6–1
 24  Turner   11  Alexander   4  Bone  McCamish Pavilion (6,529)
Atlanta, GA
December 9, 2017*
2:15 pm, SECN
No. 24 Lipscomb W 81–71  7–1
 19  Williams   8  Williams   6  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (14,051)
Knoxville, TN
December 17, 2017*
3:00 pm, ESPN
No. 20 No. 7 North Carolina L 73–78  7–2
 15  Williams   9  Turner   4  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (21,678)
Knoxville, TN
December 20, 2017*
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 21-T Furman W 66–61  8–2
 21  Bowden   13  Schofield   4  Daniel  Thompson–Boling Arena (13,095)
Knoxville, TN
December 23, 2017*
12:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 21-T at Wake Forest W 79–60  9–2
 17  Bowden   6  Schofield   5  Bone  LJVM Coliseum (11,362)
Winston-Salem, NC
December 30, 2017
1:00 pm, SECN
No. 19 at Arkansas L 93–95 OT 9–3
(0–1)
 21  Bone   7  Schofield   5  Bone  Bud Walton Arena (18,696)
Fayetteville, AR
January 2, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 23 Auburn L 84–94  9–4
(0–2)
 25  Turner   8  Williams   3  Bowden  Thompson–Boling Arena (14,755)
Knoxville, TN
January 6, 2018
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 23 No. 17 Kentucky
Rivalry
W 76–65  10–4
(1–2)
 20  Schofield   9  Schofield   6  Daniel  Thompson–Boling Arena (21,678)
Knoxville, TN
January 9, 2018
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 24 at Vanderbilt W 92–84  11–4
(2–2)
 37  Williams   9  Schofield   4  Daniel  Memorial Gymnasium (11,510)
Nashville, TN
January 13, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 24 Texas A&M W 75–62  12–4
(3–2)
 15  Bowden   8  Schofield   4  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (19,612)
Knoxville, TN
January 17, 2018
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 21 at Missouri L 55–59  12–5
(3–3)
 15  Williams   5  Tied   3  Tied  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
January 20, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 21 at South Carolina W 70–63  13–5
(4–3)
 25  Turner   6  Turner   3  Tied  Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
January 23, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 22 Vanderbilt W 67–62  14–5
(5–3)
 19  Bowden   6  Tied   4  Daniel  Thompson–Boling Arena (14,127)
Knoxville, TN
January 27, 2018*
4:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 22 at Iowa State
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 68–45  15–5
 20  Turner   10  Tied   3  Tied  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
January 31, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 18 LSU W 84–61  16–5
(6–3)
 17  Daniel   8  Schofield   8  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (13,425)
Knoxville, TN
February 3, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 18 Ole Miss W 94–61  17–5
(7–3)
 17  Tied   12  Schofield   6  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (18,316)
Knoxville, TN
February 6, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 15 at No. 24 Kentucky
Rivalry
W 61–59  18–5
(8–3)
 16  Turner   8  Bowden   4  Bone  Rupp Arena (23,332)
Lexington, KY
February 10, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 15 at Alabama L 50–78  18–6
(8–4)
 16  Williams   7  Tied   2  Bone  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
February 13, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 18 South Carolina W 70–67  19–6
(9–4)
 22  Williams   5  Tied   4  Bone  Thompson–Boling Arena (13,126)
Knoxville, TN
February 17, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 18 at Georgia L 62–73  19–7
(9–5)
 14  Turner   13  Alexander   7  Bone  Stegeman Coliseum (10,028)
Athens, GA
February 21, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 19 Florida W 62–57  20–7
(10–5)
 23  Williams   8  Schofield   4  Tied  Thompson–Boling Arena (16,016)
Knoxville, TN
February 24, 2018
1:00 pm, SECN
No. 19 at Ole Miss W 73–65  21–7
(11–5)
 25  Schofield   7  Tied   8  Bone  The Pavilion at Ole Miss (8,149)
Oxford, MS
February 27, 2018
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 16 at Mississippi State W 76–54  22–7
(12–5)
 24  Schofield   7  Tied   4  Tied  Humphrey Coliseum (7,548)
Starkville, MS
March 3, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 16 Georgia W 66–61  23–7
(13–5)
 23  Schofield   9  Alexander   7  Bowden  Thompson–Boling Arena (21,678)
Knoxville, TN
SEC Tournament
March 9, 2018
7:00 pm, SECN
(2) No. 13 vs. (7) Mississippi State
Quarterfinals
W 62–59  24–7
 15  Turner   11  Williams   3  Tied  Scottrade Center (14,596)
St. Louis, MO
March 10, 2018
3:30 pm, ESPN
(2) No. 13 vs. (6) Arkansas
Semifinals
W 84–66  25–7
 19  Bone   7  Tied   4  Tied  Scottrade Center (18,729)
St. Louis, MO
March 11, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN
(2) No. 13 vs. (4) Kentucky
Championship game
L 72–77  25–8
 22  Schofield   10  Schofield   4  Tied  Scottrade Center (18,973)
St. Louis, MO
NCAA Tournament
March 15, 2018*
12:40 pm, truTV
(3 S) No. 13 vs. (14 S) Wright State
First Round
W 73–47  26–8
 19  Turner   12  Schofield   9  Turner  American Airlines Center (15,802)
Dallas, TX
March 17, 2018*
6:10 pm, TNT
(3 S) No. 13 vs. (11 S) Loyola–Chicago
Second Round
L 62–63  26–9
 14  Schofield   5  Turner   5  Bone  American Airlines Center (18,642)
Dallas, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV 24 20 21-T 19 23 24 21 22 18 15 18 19 16 13 13 Not released 
Coaches NR NR^ NR RV RV 20 20 20 22 23 21 21 19 14 17 19 17 12 12 16

^Coaches' Poll did not release a second poll at the same time as the AP.
*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rick Barnes". utsports.com. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Guard Kwe Parker to transfer from Tennessee after one year with Vols". ESPN. Associated Press. March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Smist, John (June 26, 2017). "Cape Fear signs Tennessee transfer Kwe Parker". WECT. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tennessee G Shembari Phillips transferring to Georgia Tech". USA Today. Associated Press. June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Goodman, Jeff (May 22, 2017). "Volunteers land NCAA's 2015-16 leading scorer James Daniel". ESPN. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Buckey, Brian (May 4, 2017). "Former Scott HS basketball player commits to University of Tennessee". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "2017 Tennessee Basketball Commits". 247sports. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "Tennessee vs Ole Miss Box Score". Tennessee Vols Athletics. Retrieved February 3, 2018.