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Hoops Central: #22 Tennessee vs. USC

Hoops Central: #22 Tennessee vs. USC


The 22nd-ranked Tennessee men’s basketball team is set to compete in its second game in as many days in the Bahamas, taking on USC in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals Thursday at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET.

 
Fans can catch Thursday’s game on ESPN2 and online or on any mobile device through WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN App, or online at espn.com/watch. Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) will have the call.
 
Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Brian Rice and Bert Bertelkamp describing the action.
 
Tennessee (3-1) defeated Butler Wednesday in its opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, 71-45. The Vols outscored the Bulldogs by 21 points during the second half, thanks largely in part to Santiago Vescovi’s 13 second-half points. Julian Phillips (11) and Zakai Zeigler (10) also contributed double-figure scoring totals.
 
USC (4-1) advanced to Thursday’s semifinal matchup against Tennessee by defeating BYU on Wednesday, 82-76.
 
Depending on the result of the Vols’ Thursday’s semifinal game, Tennessee will face either Kansas or Wisconsin on Friday. In result of a win, tip-off for the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. If USC wins Thursday, Tennessee will play at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 on Friday.
 
THE SERIES
• The Big Orange lead their all-time series with Southern Cal, 4-3, dating to 1967. The programs have never met at a neutral site.
• The Vols own a 22-13 all-time record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference. UT fell to Colorado earlier this season.
• Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes owns a 34-24 all-time record vs. current members of the Pac 12, including a 1-3 mark against USC.
• See Page 4 for a recap of the most recent meeting between the Vols and Trojans.
• When Tennessee made its first appearance at the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2013, USC was also in that field under the direction of first-year head coach Andy Enfield. The Vols and Trojans did not meet at that tournament.
• Real talk—when it comes right down to it, is Will Ferrell really that funny?
• Tennessee now owns a 5-2 all-time record at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
 
SCOUTING REPORT
• Senior wing Josiah-Jordan James is shooting an SEC-best .526 from 3-point range this season (10 of 19), but he sat out Wednesday’s game with left knee soreness. His status for Thursday is questionable.
• Tennessee entered this week’s tournament averaging…

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