Here is almost everything you need to know about the Tennessee-Vanderbilt basketball rivalry. The obvious omission is who will win today's game.
- Kevin Stallings was nearly Tennessee's coach. In the 1997 search to replace Kevin O'Neill, Stallings, then at Illinois State, was all but a done deal for Tennessee when he got cold feet. It's a long story.
- One year later, Stallings' Illinois State team bounced UT out of the 1998 NCAA tournament in the first round. The year after that, Stallings landed at Vanderbilt and has proceeded to go 10-14 against Tennessee, including a sweep last year.
- Prior to his 85-76 win here last year Stallings had lost four straight in Knoxville by an average of 18.2 points per game.
- Today is the first meeting in the series since the death of Roy Skinner in October. Skinner's coaching tenure at Vandy roughly coincided with Ray Mears' at UT. The two elevated the rivalry to a new level in the 1960s and '70s.
- The Vols have beaten Vandy more times - 108 - than any other foe. Georgia is second at 90.
The Commodores have beaten UT 69 times, ranking third behind Kentucky (144) and Alabama (72).
- Vanderbilt's leading scorer, John Jenkins, is a Tennessean surrounded by an international cast: Jeffery Taylor from Sweden; Festus Ezeli from Nigeria; Steve Tchiengang from Cameroon.
A.J. Ogilvy, an Australian, turned pro after his junior year but the 'Dores don't seem to miss him terribly.
Jenkins, of Hendersonville, is the only home-grown starter for either team today.
- UT freshman Tobias Harris has recorded five double-doubles, including one in each the past three games. Wayne Chism had a team-high eight last year.
- The most points ever scored by a player in a Vandy-UT game was 35 by the Vols' Danny Shultz in 1964.
A Vol has scored 30 or more points 14 times, most recently Tyler Smith in 2009; a Commodore has done it six times, most recently Shan Foster in 2008.
- Tennessee has appeared in 18 NCAA tournaments, with a record of 16-18. Vanderbilt has gone dancing 11 times, with a 9-12 mark.
Each has appeared in one Elite Eight and six Sweet 16s.
- UT has cached nine regular-season SEC titles, the most recent in 2008, and has won four SEC tournaments.
Vanderbilt has three regular-season titles, the most recent in 1993, and one SEC tournament title.
- Vandy won the 1990 NIT. UT has finished third twice, most recently in 1985.
- Tennessee has 1,481 all-time wins. Vanderbilt has 1,459.
- The Vols have produced eight Associated Press SEC players of the year and two Olympians - Ernie Grunfeld and Allan Houston.
Vanderbilt has six SEC players of the year and one Olympian, Jeff Turner.
- Three Commodores have been named first-team Academic All-America. UT has two, Bill Justus and Lang Wiseman.
- Tennessee's longest winning streak in the rivalry is 11 games, in the 1940s. Vandy's longest streak is six, in the 1950s.
- A Vandy win today would be four of the past six. A Tennessee win would be seven of the past 11.
- Scotty Hopson quietly became the 43rd member of UT's 1,000-point club last week. He's at 1,026 points and has a ways to go to catch all-time leader Allan Houston's 2,801. Jeffery Taylor recently became the 41st 1,000-point Commodore. Shan Foster's 2,011 is the standard.
- Vanderbilt hits 72.4 percent of its free throws this season, second-best in the SEC. Tennessee is seventh in the SEC at 68.0 percent. However, the Vols were a combined 63.8 percent in close losses to Arkansas and Florida.
- Watch the glass. Vanderbilt has out-rebounded UT the past four meetings.