KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball team look for its first win of the season against the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Tuesday night.
Tennessee and Appalachian State both lost their season-opening games over the weekend.
UT’s 82-69 loss to Chattanooga on Friday night snapped second-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes’ streak of 14 consecutive season-opening wins.
"Even in the game against Chattanooga, and we explained to them, we had the lead in the first half, we weren't winning that game," Barnes said at a news conference on Monday. "We had the lead, but we weren't winning that game because we weren't doing anything that we had practiced."
Freshman guard Jordan Bone scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting in Friday's loss.
"I think he's tough," Barnes said of Bone. "It's my job to get him tougher."
Bone’s point total ranked sixth among offensive outputs by a Vol in his freshman debut.
|42||Bernard King||Wisconsin-Milwaukee||Nov. 30, 1974|
|29||Ed Gray||UT-Martin||Nov. 26, 1993|
|28||Ernie Grunfeld||North Texas State||Nov. 30, 1973|
|24||Dan Federman||Rollins||Nov. 29, 1980|
|23||Cornelius Jackson||Morehead State||Nov. 24, 1996|
|21||Jordan Bone||Chattanooga||Nov. 11, 2016|
Tennessee shot just 33 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers against Chattanooga, which was a 29-win team a season ago that made the NCAA Tournament.
Appalachian State lost 86-74 against Davidson on Saturday night despite having a 37-33 lead at halftime. Four Mountaineers players scored in double figures in the loss, but none had more than 11 points.
Tennessee has a 4-0 record against Appalachian State.
Tipoff at Thompson-Boling Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. The game airs on the SEC Network.
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