KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tennessee extends its program record win streak to 18 games while improving to 22-1 overall and 10-0 in SEC play following Saturday's
win over Florida in front of 22,261, another sellout crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Vols started slow from the field missing their first 5 shots. Tennessee's first field goal would come almost three minutes into the game on an Admiral Schofield 3-pointer. The top ranked Vols would then really tighten the screws taking the Florida offense deep into the shot clock.
A couple suspect foul calls on Tennessee would energize the Gators who's cut the Big Orange lead to just six at the break, 36-30.
Thanks to a pair of Lamonte Turner three pointers, the Vols would extend their lead in the second half to 48-36. Despite not having Yves Pons in the lineup after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday, Tennessee was able to hold its own inside matching the Gators on the boards throughout. SEC and national player of the year candidate Grant Williams would lead the Vols on the offensive end with 16 points. Admiral Schofield added 14 and Jordan Bowen provided a big 13 points off the bench Saturday. Another balanced attack for UT with at least seven players getting into the scoring column.
The Vols welcome another team they've already defeated, South Carolina, to Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday night. Then it's off to Lexington for a top-5 match-up against rival Kentucky on Saturday.
UT's Offense Can't Be Stopped: Despite Florida allowing a league-best 63.4 points per game, the Vols were able to best that by 10 points with 73 points on Saturday. During the last meeting on Jan. 12, Tennessee exceeded that average with 78 points. UT also knocked down 54 percent of its field goals on the night, when the Gators came in allowing opponents to shoot 42 percent from the floor.
Streaks Stay Alive: With Saturday's win, Tennessee extends its program-record win streak to 18 games, marking the longest of Rick Barnes' 32-year head coaching career and the longest active win streak in Division I. The home win also marked the 22nd victory in a row at Thompson-Boling Arena, which is the longest home win streak of the Barnes era.
Perfect in SEC: The Vols are now 10-0 in SEC play, their best start since the 1976-77 season. The Big Orange's streak in regular-season SEC games extends to a program-record of 14 games. UT is now 7-1 all-time as the AP's top-ranked team.
Up Next: Tennessee is back inside Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday when the Vols welcome the South Carolina Gamecocks to Knoxville. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.