Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- For the third time this season, No. 3 Tennessee will take on an ACC opponent Saturday, as the Vols host Wake Forest in Thompson-Boling Arena for the second game of the home-and-home series.
Tennessee (9-1) won the first game in the contract, 79-60, at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum last year. Jordan Bowden dropped a team-high 17 points behind a perfect 5-of-5 performance from deep. Admiral Schofield finished with 14 points and six boards in the contest. UT is 2-0 against its other ACC foes this season, defeating Georgia Tech at home and beating Louisville in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Wake Forest had a slow start to the year but has started to pick up momentum during the last few weeks. The Demon Deacons (6-3) enter Saturday's game off a win against a good Davidson team that will compete for a conference title. WF's leading scorer on the season is junior guard Brandon Childress, averaging 16.8 ppg along with 4.3 apg.
The Vols are currently riding a five-game winning streak. On Wednesday night, the Big Orange came out on top against Samford, who is enjoying one of its best starts in program history. Jordan Bone finished with 24 points and 11 assists–both of which were career highs–and accounted for 47 total points. He's one of only three Vols all time to post 20 points and 11 assists in a game, joining Allan Houston and Tony Harris.
• Tennessee leads the all-time series with Wake Forest 10-2, dating to 1947.
• Dating to 1967, the Volunteers have won four straight in this series. Tennessee was ranked in the AP top 25 for three of those four games.
• The Vols are 110-99 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A WIN WOULD...
• Extend Tennessee's win streak to six games.
• Extend UT's home win streak to 15 games. It's the longest such streak of the Barnes era.
• Preserve Tennessee's perfect record this season at Thompson-Boling Arena.
• This is the second game of a two-year, home-and-home contract.
• Wake Forest sophomore center Olivier Sarr is one of Yves Pons' best friends, and they talk almost every day.
• 2018 SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams (Charlotte) and sophomore wing Jalen Johnson (Durham) are both North Carolina natives, as is Rick Barnes(Hickory).
• This is the 10th ACC game the Vols have played during the tenure of fourth-year head coach Rick Barnes. Tennessee is 6-3 in the previous nine.
• During his 32 seasons as a head coach, Rick Barnes has guided his teams to 105 total weeks in the top 10.
• Many UT students are gone during this holiday break. Tickets for most remaining Tennessee home games are available at AllVols.com.