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Recap: Mississippi St 57, Tennessee 72
Line Movements
Date: January 19, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jarnell Stokes scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Saturday as Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 72-57 to avoid starting 0-4 in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since 1993-94.

Josh Richardson added 16 points and Jordan McRae had 12 points as the Volunteers (9-7, 1-3) snapped a four-game losing streak. Trae Golden had 10 points and nine assists.

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The Vols lost three of their first four SEC games last year but rebounded to finish second in the league with a 10-6 conference record. The last time Tennessee started 0-3 in league play was 1997-98, when it went on to finish 20-9 overall and reach the NCAA tournament.

Jalen Steele scored 15 points, Fred Thomas had 14 and Craig Sword added 10 for Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2).

This game reunited Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin and first-year Mississippi State coach Rick Ray, who worked together as assistants on Matt Painter's Purdue staff in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

McRae ended a string of four consecutive games in which he had exceeded 20 points. He was the first Vol to score at least 20 points in four straight games since Chris Lofton in 2008.

The 6-foot-5 junior's surge had included consecutive 26-point performances against Memphis and Mississippi, 21 points against Alabama and 23 points against Kentucky. But the Vols had lost each of those games. In Tennessee's last two losses, McRae had been the only Vol to score in double figures.

This time, McRae had more help.

Stokes, who had scored a total of 10 points in Tennessee's last two losses, got more aggressive under the basket Saturday and responded with a double-double. After being held to single-digit scoring in three straight games, Richardson made his first five shots against Mississippi State and had 11 points by halftime.

Derrick Reese made back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half to help Tennessee regain its momentum after Mississippi State cut the Vols' lead to five points. Freshman guard Armani Moore came off the bench and pulled down 11 rebounds, seven more than his previous career high. Golden ended a slump that resulted in his removal from the starting lineup by reaching a season high in assists.

Golden assisted on dunks by McRae and Stokes during a 13-2 run that also included a trio of 3-pointers from Reese.

Tennessee made a concerted effort to drive to the basket more often. The Vols outscored the Bulldogs 26-6 in points in the paint during the first half.

Mississippi State stayed relatively close in the first half because of Steele's productive homecoming. Steele, a Knoxville resident who grew up about 10 minutes from Tennessee's campus, went 6 of 10 and scored 13 points in the first half while his teammates combined to score 16 points and shoot 7 of 22.

But a leg injury forced Steele to sit out most of the second half, and the Bulldogs struggled without him. Steele returned to the game with less than four minutes left, and the Vols had pretty much put the game away by that point.

During a timeout, Tennessee honored San Diego Padres third baseman and former Vols baseball star Chase Headley for winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award and leading the National League in RBIs this season. Tennessee later introduced the Vols' entire new football coaching staff, and head coach Butch Jones bumped chests with the Smokey mascot on his way to midcourt.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MISSST  +600   +11.5   123 
 TENN  -800   -11.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MISSST  +600   +11.5    
 TENN  -800   -11.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MISSST  70%   65%   n/a 
 TENN  30%   35%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 19
 
    St Johns at DePaul
12:00 PM EDT
    Maryland at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    James Madison at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Connecticut at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Memphis
12:30 PM EDT
    St. Bonaventure at Temple
1:00 PM EDT
    Nebraska at Penn State
1:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Mississippi
1:45 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Texas Christian
1:45 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Bradley
2:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Florida
2:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas
2:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
2:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Purdue
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
2:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Arizona State
2:30 PM EDT
    Columbia at Cornell
3:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at Kansas State
4:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Louisville
4:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Tennessee
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at UCLA
4:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Providence
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at Wichita State
4:00 PM EDT
    Boise State at Air Force
4:00 PM EDT
    California at Stanford
4:30 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Michigan St
6:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas-Little Rock at W. Kentucky
6:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Alabama
6:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Denver
6:30 PM EDT
    Yale at Brown
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Cincinnati
7:00 PM EDT
    UNLV at Colorado State
7:00 PM EDT
    Western Carolina at Chattanooga
7:00 PM EDT
    Georgia State at Old Dominion
7:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Wyoming
7:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Georgia
8:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Indiana State
8:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin at Iowa
8:00 PM EDT
    Oregon State at Southern Cal
8:00 PM EDT
    Youngstown St at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Wright State at Valparaiso
8:00 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at Butler
9:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Washington
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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