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Furman Versus No. 20 Tennessee Set For Wednesday Night On The SEC Network

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Furman vs. Tennessee Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman men's basketball team goes for its sixth consecutive victory when it travels to face No. 20 Tennessee in its non-conference finale Wednesday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

Wednesday's game is set to tip-off at 9 p.m. and will be televised live on the SEC Network. Fans can listen to Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy call all the action on FoxSports 1440AM, through the TuneIn Radio app and via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.

The Paladins (9-3), ranked No. 12 in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, claimed their fifth straight victory and seventh win in their last eight games with a 90-84 triumph at three-time defending CAA regular season champion UNCW on Sunday afternoon. Senior Devin Sibley scored 24 points to pace four Paladins in double figures as Furman handed the Seahawks their first non-conference home loss since December of 2013. Junior Andrew Brown added 18 points, while forward Matt Rafferty contributed 16 points and nine rebounds.

Wednesday's contest will be a homecoming for Sibley, who played his prep hoops for Karns High School in the Knoxville area. The guard collected Southern Conference Player of the Year honors last season after scoring 17.7 points per game while helping the Paladins to a 23-12 overall record, 14-4 league mark and the school's first share of the SoCon regular season title since 1991. He has averaged 15.7 points per game this season to rank third in the SoCon.

The Paladins and Vols have met 10 times on the hardwood with Tennessee winning each of the previous meetings. Tennessee downed the Paladins, 68-51, in the last meeting at Thompson-Boling Arena on December 31, 1994. Furman is 67-131 all-time against current members of the SEC with its last win coming versus South Carolina, 91-75, at Timmons Arena on December 21, 2010.

The Vols enter Wednesday's game at 7-2 after dropping a 78-73 decision at home against fifth-ranked North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Tennessee's only other loss came in November against top 10 foe Villanova.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information