Between them, they scored 31,482 points and helped bring home six SEC regular-season championship trophies.
They played in 34 wins over Kentucky, 62 over Vanderbilt and 891 overall.
"Reading some of those numbers, that's crazy,'' an impressed J.P. Prince said Saturday. "Like one guy averaging 20 rebounds. It's not all about scoring.''
Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena was about more than Tennessee beating Vanderbilt and holding firm in the SEC East race. It also was about honoring the past.
Prince and the current Vols held up their end with a 69-50 win over the Commodores. That fit the mood for honoring UT's All-Century Team, which was introduced at halftime.
Thirteen of the 20 members were present, along with dozens more lettermen from across the decades.
"It's a great honor,'' said Dyron Nix, who led the SEC in scoring 21 years ago. "It's good to feel the love from the old fans.''
UT coach Bruce Pearl made sure his current team was immersed in the spirit of the weekend.
"Our guys,'' said Pearl, "were so impressed by the accomplishments of these men.
"I wish we could have had a few more spots on that team because a few more guys were deserving.''
Dale Ellis, a 1983 consensus All-American, enjoyed mingling with old teammates.
"Being back in Tennessee is always nice,'' said Ellis. "Nothing's changed.''
Reggie Johnson's career bridged the Ernie Grunfeld-Bernard King teams and the Ellis years.
"We had a real good run when we were here,'' Johnson said. "We had some good teams and it's hard to single out one memory.
"The most important thing is we won the (SEC) championship. We did what we had to do.''
King was welcomed by a thunderous cheer. Grunfeld wasn't able to attend, nor was all-time scoring king Allan Houston.
Chris Lofton, who is playing in Turkey, was represented by his mother Kathy and uncle.
Lofton was on the 2005-06 team that also included All-Century members C.J. Watson and Dane Bradshaw. Watson couldn't attend because of his NBA schedule.
"I can't put into words what an honor it is,'' said Bradshaw. "The fans (who voted) obviously had a big thing to do with it.
"This was truly a special ending to my career.''
Pearl instructed the team on the importance of representing the program on a historic day against a historic opponent. Pearl and his entire staff were decked out in orange blazers to honor the late Ray Mears, who placed special value on the Vanderbilt rivalry.
The team got a kick and a history lesson out of the highlights shown at the banquet Friday night.
"It was fun,'' said Prince, "just watching the way they ran offenses and how the game has changed over the years.
"I'd have been pretty good if we didn't have a 3-point line back in the day. It was just fun seeing those guys and how they still watch us.
"That's going to be us 20 years from now.''
Free-Throw Woes: Old Vols Billy Justus and Jimmy England probably averted their eyes in the stands as UT went 6-of-14 at the free-throw stripe in the first half, at one point missing seven in a row.
England is UT's career leader at 88.1 percent and Justus wasn't far behind at 84.9 percent.
All-Century Team: Along with King, Grunfeld, Ellis, Lofton, Nix, Watson and Bradshaw, the others on the team are A.W. Davis, Mike Edwards, Allan Houston, Johnson, Billy Justus, Bernie Mehen, Ron Slay, Herman Thompson, Gene Tormohlen, Paul "Lefty" Walther, Tony White, Ron Widby, Carl Widseth.