Tennessee is sending Chris Lofton’s No. 5 jersey into the rafters Saturday when the Vols take on Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Lofton is one of the best players in program history and had one of the most storied careers in SEC history as he helped propel Tennessee to national prominence under head coach Bruce Pearl.
The Maysville, Kentucky native is the fifth men’s basketball player to have his number retired at Tennessee, joining Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Dale Ellis and Allan Houston.
It’s fitting for Tennessee to retire Lofton’s number against Kentucky. The Wildcats didn’t offer the instate Lofton out of high school and the shooting guard turned in one of his best performances in a 2006 win at Rupp Arena.
Take a look at Chris Lofton’s Tennessee career by the numbers.
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- The number of SEC Player of the Year honors Lofton earned, winning the award in 2007
- The number of seasons Lofton earned All-SEC honors
- The number of seasons Lofton earned All-American honors
- The number of seasons Lofton made at least 100 triples.
- The number of 30-point performances in Lofton’s career
- Lofton’s career scoring average
- Lofton’s scoring average during his junior season
- The number of points Lofton scored in the Vols’ 2006 win at Rupp Arena, the Vols first since 1999
- Lofton’s career three-point percentage, the second highest in program history
- The number of threes Lofton made in his senior season, a program record
- The number of three-pointers Lofton made in his career, a SEC record that still stands
- Lofton’s career point total, the fourth highest in program history