Nickname: Volunteers Coach: Bruce Pearl Location: Knoxville, Tennessee Record at Tennessee: 46-18 Conference: Southeastern Career record: 363-102 Overall Record: 24-10 Conference Record and Finish: 10-6, 2nd East Seed, Region and Bid: 5, South, At-large Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 15 NCAA Tournament Record: 11-15 (.423) Final Four Appearances: 0 NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL SEMIFINALIST (2000) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR Final Associated Press ranking: 25 Final Ratings Percentage Index: 12 Record vs. teams in the field: 6-5 Starters: F -- Wayne Chism (6-9, 245, Fr. -- 9.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg) G -- Dane Bradshaw (6-4, 205, Sr. -- 5.6 ppg, 4.5 apg) G -- Ramar Smith (6-2, 185, Fr. -- 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg) G -- JaJuan Smith (6-2, 196, Jr. -- 15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg) G -- Chris Lofton (6-2, 200, Jr. -- 20.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg) Key Reserves: F -- Duke Crews (6-8, 233, Fr. -- 8.5 ppg) F -- Ryan Childress (6-9, 238, So. -- 5.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: After running over Long Beach State and scoring 121 points in their first-round track meet, Tennessee edged past Virginia, 77-74, to move on to a regional semifinal matchup against top-seeded Ohio State. It's just the second time in school history the Vols have won two games in the tournament. Star guard Lofton scored 45 points in the first two games, although he was just 4-of-16 from the field against Virginia. One plus has been the re-emergence of JaJuan Smith, who has accounted for 40 points on 14-of-24 shooting - including seven 3-pointers - in the first two games. Tennessee faces a daunting task against Ohio State but it can take solace from the fact that it lost a 68-66 decision at Columbus earlier in the season, so intimidation should not be a factor. Lofton will have to regain his touch because the Vols can't match up inside with 7-footer Greg Oden. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs (1) Ohio State in San Antonio
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Updated Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007
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