Nov 17, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Ariel Massengale (5) brings the ball up court against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 87 to 76. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Lady Vols Prevail Over Georgia Tech

From ABC News


Before every game, Tennessee assistant coach Dean Lockwood tells Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison how many rebounds he wants from each of them.

Lockwood needs to start setting his sights higher.

Graves and Harrison each pulled down 18 rebounds — career highs for both — as the fourth-ranked Lady Vols remained unbeaten Sunday with an 87-76 victory over Georgia Tech.

“We definitely exceeded what he told us (he wanted) before the game,” Harrison said.

Tennessee outrebounded Georgia Tech 65-38 and matched its sixth-highest single-game rebound total in school history. Tennessee hadn’t collected as many as 65 rebounds in a game since Nov. 23, 1996. The Lady Vols had 33 offensive rebounds, their highest single-game total since Jan. 10, 2000.

From the Times Free Press

Tennessee again finds itself in a position that’s become all too familiar for mid-November.

The brutal stretch of the schedule behind them, the Volunteers again need to win out to reach a bowl game.

The precarious situation was unkind to Tennessee the past two seasons, and these Vols, under first-year coach Butch Jones and coming off three losses to top-10 teams by 35, 28 and 32 points, need to beat Vanderbilt at home on Saturday and win at Kentucky in two weeks to avoid a similar fate.


From The Tennessean

Tennessee’s past few losses have turned into runaways because of the Volunteers’ inability to stop the run.

The Vols are allowing 5.5 yards per carry and 225.9 yards rushing pergame to rank last in the Southeastern Conference in both categories. Even the maligned 2012 defense that statistically ranked among the worst in school history allowed fewer yards rushing per game (188.9) and yards per carry (4.8).

They’re on pace to allow the most yards rushing per game of any Tennessee team since the 1986 squad gave up 232.1 per game. Tennessee hasn’t yielded as many as 5.5 yards per carry over an entire season since at least 1950, the earliest year the school has those statistics on file.


From The Denver Post

With a sellout crowd and a national television audience looking on Sunday night, Manning’s gloved hand and two short touchdown runs by rookie Montee Ball gave the Broncos a 27-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“The (offensive) line deserves a lot of credit,” said Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio. “They were under fire all week because Peyton got hit quite a bit (in San Diego). But they responded, and I was proud of them.”

This was an AFC West showdown between teams with a combined 17-1 record.

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