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    Photo Credit: Donald Page/UT Athletics

    Tennessee held one of its Junior Day events over the weekend, welcoming a strong group that included primarily top in-state targets as well as a few from around the nation as the Vols look to build on a 2018 class that is off to a good start with five-star offensive lineman Cade Mays and four-star ‘athlete’ Alontae Taylor already in the fold.

    Seven of the top 13 players in the state (per 247Sports’ rankings) were confirmed visitors โ€“ Mays, Taylor, safety Brendan Harris, defensive tackle D’Andre Litaker, offensive lineman Maxwell Iyama, receiver Justin Oden and athlete Jaylon King.

    Here are some various scenes from social media that went up from the event:

    2018 DT D’Andre Litaker

    Litaker, 2018 LB Justice Dingle and 2018 ATH Jarek Campbellย 

    2018 WR Tyree Olge-Kellogg

    2018 RB Christian Turner

    Prospects affiliated with NPA (National Playmakers Academy)ย 

    2018 ATH commitment Alontae Taylor

    2018 WR Justin Oden and others

      Photo Credit: Nick Davis/RTI

      The basketball Vols are undefeated under Rick Barnes when they are able to reach one milestone within a game: Tennessee is undefeated when scoring 90 points.

      Tennessee is a perfect 8-0 over Rick Barnes’ 61 games as head coach of the Vols when they eclipse the 90-point threshold. The Vols were 2-0 last season when they did so and are 6-0 this season when scoring that many points. In fact, this season has seen the Vols score 90 or more points more times than any other season since the Bruce Pearl-led 2007-08 squad did it eight times in a season.

      And the common thread in all of those games? The Vols hit their three-point shots.

      Tennessee has made 43 percent of their three-pointers in those eight games. The Vols have hit 71 of their 165 threes in the eight games they’ve put up 90 or more points and have made seven or more threes in seven of those eight games.

      As a team this season, the Vols have made a mere 33.7 percent of their threes. Tennessee isn’t the best three-point shooting team around, but good things tend to happen whenever they actually do make their threes.

      The Vols have also never scored 90 or more points in a true road game under Barnes. Five of the eight instances have been at home, and the other three have been in tournaments (SEC, Barclay’s Center Classic, and Maui Invitational).

      If Tennessee can score 90 points, they’ve shown they’re unbeatable under Barnes. And the Vols have been able to reach that milestone more this season than they have in almost a decade. Tennessee may not be the most consistent offensive team, but they are averaging their most points per game since the 2008-09 season this year. And that team shot even worse from behind the three-point line, connecting on just 31.5 percent of their threes.

      The Vols likely have at least one more shot at eclipsing the 90-point mark this season. Tennessee still has LSU on their schedule on March 1st, and the Tigers have allowed 90 or more points nine times this season.

      Tennessee’s season has been fairly up and down all year, but this is one consistent stat that shows the Vols can win if they reach that 90-point threshold.

        Photo Credit: Craig Bisacre/UT Athletics

        Robert Hubbs III was back to his old self on Saturday during Tennessee’s 90-70 win over Missouri, but his performance came with a new look.

        The senior guard scored 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, had eight rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in over 30 minutes of action against the Tigers, but it was his new cornrows that had a lot of people talking during and after the game.

        Coach Rick Barnes, in typical fashion, had some jabs for him about his new look. Here’s the banter that went on following the game (via WBIR):

          Photo Credit: Nick Davis/RTI

          The one thing the Vols simply could not do on Saturday afternoon was lose to Missouri. Tennessee came into Saturday’s match-up having lost three of their last four games, including their most recent game against Kentucky which saw the Vols get dominated 83-58 by the Wildcats.

          Tennessee needed to get back on track, and they did so in a big way over one of the worst teams in the SEC.

          The Vols (15-12, 7-7 SEC) rolled over the Missouri Tigers (7-19, 2-12) by a final score of 90-70. Tennessee dominated from start to finish and had a 24-point lead at one point in the second half. The Vols put up their highest point total since they scored 91 points against Mississippi State back on January 21st. Tennessee put on an offensive showcase while Missouri finished with more turnovers (14) than assists (11).

          Here are three observations from the Vols’ resounding 90-70 victory over Missouri.

          The Golden Trio

          Tennessee’s offense got back on track in this one, and it was thanks in large part to the Vols’ “Big Three” of Robert Hubbs, Admiral Schofield, and Grant Williams.

          Williams led the way with 25 points while Hubbs totaled 21 points and Schofield put up 17 of his own. Hubbs also finished with 8 rebounds and two assists. The three Vols combined to score 63 of the Vols’ 90 points and shot a combined 54.3 percent from the floor. Shembari Phillips (10) was the only other Vol to finish with a double figure scoring effort.

          Threes Finally Fall

          After shooting an abysmal 18.8 percent from behind the three-point line against Kentucky, the Vols responded by nailing 8 of their 21 threes and had an even better percentage before bench players began tossing up threes late in the game.

          The Vols aren’t the greatest three-point shooting team in the conference, but when they’re able to hit a few, their offense tends to come alive. And that’s just what happened this afternoon against Missouri, as the Vols eclipsed the 90-point mark for the sixth time this season on Saturday.

          Vols Avoid Destructionย 

          The one thing Tennessee could not do on Saturday was lose. The Vols came into Saturday’s match-up with an RPI of 47 while Missouri’s RPI was 251. A loss likely would’ve ended any and all hopes the Vols had of making the NCAA Tournament.

          But the Vols didn’t lose. In fact, they put together one of their better performances of the season.

          Missouri came into this game having won two of their last four games and grabbing their first two conference wins of the season in the process. The Vols had lost three of their last four before the game. But Tennessee rolled to their largest margin of victory in an SEC game on the season, and they got back to .500 in conference play with the win.

            Photo Credit: @thelifeoftkee on Twitter

            Over the course of the offseason, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the top names to know in the 2018 class ย These players either have an offer or significant interest from Tennessee and seem to have at least some interest in the Vols in return.

            Wide Receiver Tykee Ogle-Kellogg
            6-5, 195 pounds
            Alcoa, Tenn. (Alcoa)

            Early top offers:ย Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Louisville

            Early rankings:

            247Sports: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
            ESPN.com: N/A
            Rivals.com:ย N/A
            Scout.com: N/A

            Scouting report:ย If the Vols are looking to add their next big play threat in the wide receiving corps to replace Jauan Jennings in the coming seasons, they need look no further than a few miles away from their own campus.

            Tykee Ogle-Kellogg, a huge receiver who plays for Alcoa right here in East Tennessee, isn’t just bigger than everyone else on the field at 6-foot-5; he’s also more talented than everyone else around him. Kellogg has a large frame and knows how to use his talents to make some acrobatic catches for the Tornadoes of Alcoa.

            But it’s not just a matter of Kellogg being the bigger, better player on the field. No, Kellogg has tremendous awareness and just seems like a natural on the field as he twists and contorts his body in the air to pull down deep passes. Not only does he do that, but he also returns kicks, takes jet sweeps, and more for Alcoa.

            Kellogg burst onto the scene as a junior last season, and he’s picked up several big time offers since then. And his highlight film shows why. The first three catches on his film show his ability to nab deep passes in traffic, and there’s several times on his film where the refs threw a flag for pass interference on the defenders and Kellogg still came down with the catch.

            Interest is just starting to pick up for Kellogg, and expect that to only increase as he attends camps and heads into his senior season.

              Photo Credit: Mason Burgin/RTI

              Though it feels like the season just ended, Tennessee is just about a month away from starting spring practice.

              Heading into last season, Tennessee didn’t have a ton of questions about personnel, but it’ll be a different story in 2017. Several positions are wide open and they’ll be some new names and faces on the field this year. The competition for some of those roles begins in March when the Vols take the field for spring practice.

              Here’s a look at 10 questions the Vols will begin to address in spring practice this year.

              All classes are listed as what the player will be in 2017 unless otherwise notedย