They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Central, UT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Central, UT. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Central, UT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Central, UT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Central,UT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A recent decision by Texas Governor Greg Abbott led to a ban of the social media website TikTok on state-owned devices and networks, including the University of Texas system. However, the site remains accessible at Moody Center, which is on the UT campus.The site is still accessible for students and staff with personal devices via cellular data, but for those without data at UT-Austin, the Mood...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A recent decision by Texas Governor Greg Abbott led to a ban of the social media website TikTok on state-owned devices and networks, including the University of Texas system. However, the site remains accessible at Moody Center, which is on the UT campus.
The site is still accessible for students and staff with personal devices via cellular data, but for those without data at UT-Austin, the Moody Center’s public Wi-Fi network has a signal strong enough to be accessed from outside of the building.
The land that the Moody Center is on is owned by the University of Texas system, but the building is operated by the Oak View Group. For 60 days each year, the university is in charge, holding basketball games and graduation ceremonies.
A Moody Center spokesperson declined to comment on how the venue was affected by the governor’s order.
The Moody Center’s network is currently still available during those events, allowing access to the site during events.
The LBJ Presidential Library, located on the UT Austin campus, also prohibits access to the site via its networks, due to its status as a federal property. President Joe Biden signed a ban on the site for federal networks and devices in December 2022.
The network is also banned on Texas A&M’s network, a decision applauded by U.S. House Rep Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a press release issued Wednesday.
“The CCP will use any means at their disposal to infiltrate America’s best universities. Texas A&M’s decision to ban TikTok on campus Wi-Fi will help stop the CCP in their tracks, prohibiting them from exploiting students’ data and stealing valuable research,” McCaul said. “I urge other universities to take this threat as seriously as Texas schools like A&M and UT, which continue to set an example for the rest of the nation.”
McCaul was asked if he wants a wider ban on China-based websites, and if he sees any threat to students’ data from other social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands and headquartered in Beijing, with additional offices around the world.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Having hosted its own "We Back Pat" game on Thursday evening in Knoxville, RV/RV Tennessee (15-6, 7-0 SEC) will travel to Columbia to face off at 2:02 p.m. CT (3:02 p.m. ET) on Sunday vs. Missouri (14-5, 3-3 SEC) in the Tigers' home event during the SEC's 12th celebration of "We Back Pat" Week.UT and MU will meet for the 17th time in a series that dates back to 1978, with the Lady Vols holding a 13-3 advantage and winning the past five meetings between the programs.Through seven ga...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Having hosted its own "We Back Pat" game on Thursday evening in Knoxville, RV/RV Tennessee (15-6, 7-0 SEC) will travel to Columbia to face off at 2:02 p.m. CT (3:02 p.m. ET) on Sunday vs. Missouri (14-5, 3-3 SEC) in the Tigers' home event during the SEC's 12th celebration of "We Back Pat" Week.
UT and MU will meet for the 17th time in a series that dates back to 1978, with the Lady Vols holding a 13-3 advantage and winning the past five meetings between the programs.
Through seven games, UT remains tied atop the SEC standings along with South Carolina and LSU, while Missouri is tied for seventh with Mississippi State. Kellie Harper's squad enters on an eight-game winning streak and has been victorious in 13 of its past 15 contests, with its only two losses coming vs. (then) No. 9/9 Virginia Tech (59-56) on Dec. 4 and at No. 2/2 Stanford on Dec. 18 (77-70).
A UT win vs. MU would push the Big Orange to 8-0 in league play and stand alone as the best league start since the Lady Vols opened at 13-0 in 2014-15 en route to a 15-1 league record and regular-season title. The current 7-0 start matches last year's opening run.
On Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee remained perfect in SEC play by defeating Florida by 18, 74-58, with the dynamic duo of Rickea Jackson (16 pts, 7 rebs.) and Jordan Horston (14 pts., 10 rebs.) leading the charge. UT outscored UF 18-4 in points off turnovers, 44-26 in the paint, 42-5 in bench points and 20-11 in second-chance points to improve to 11-2 at home this season, including 4-0 in league games.
Following an 11-1 start this season in non-conference action, Missouri has lost three in a row and four of its last seven games, with the losses all coming against ranked teams (#21/23 Illinois, RV/22 Arkansas, #3/4 LSU, #1/1 South Carolina). The Tigers had the night off on Thursday after falling last Sunday to No. 1 South Carolina, 81-50, in front of 15,444 fans at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for UT Tyler’s new Medical Education Building. The facility will be built in Tyler’s midtown medical district and eventually house the new UT Tyler medical school.This will be East Texas’ first school of medicine and the UT System’s 7th medical school.Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill approving the new school last year in an effort to expand health care access to rural parts of the state.“We’re trying to expand an...
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for UT Tyler’s new Medical Education Building. The facility will be built in Tyler’s midtown medical district and eventually house the new UT Tyler medical school.
This will be East Texas’ first school of medicine and the UT System’s 7th medical school.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill approving the new school last year in an effort to expand health care access to rural parts of the state.
“We’re trying to expand and improve access to health care in rural regions of Texas,” Abbott said, “And that’s one thing this medical school does.”
Gov. Abbott, UT System Chairman Kevin Eltife, UT System Chancellor James Milliken and UT Tyler President Kirk Calhoun joined hundreds of community members to mark the start of the $308 million project.
The Medical Education Building, a planned five-story, nearly 248,000-square-foot facility, will be constructed on roughly five acres in the heart of Tyler’s medical district in Midtown. It will support interdisciplinary education for graduate medical students, resident training and nursing as part of a medical education program expansion throughout the UT Health East Texas Health System. It will include classrooms, simulation labs, clinical and operating room training spaces, and multipurpose event and lecture spaces for the UT Tyler School of Medicine and graduate medical education programs.
“Today is another great day for East Texas as we see tangible steps forward in our longtime efforts to enhance health care access and quality in the region by training new professionals,” said Eltife. “This building will launch UT’s first medical school in East Texas, which stands to serve and care for this community for generations to come.”
With a planned skybridge connection to the UT Health East Texas Hospital, the new medical school will enable hands-on learning of residents in the adjacent hospitals. It will provide outpatient and specialty clinical services with exam rooms, specimen collection and processing, and imaging facilities as well as blended programming and clinical spaces for patient care. Other medical disciplines and services will include women’s imaging, women’s health, diagnostics, orthopedics, sports medicine, pulmonary care, and a surgery center to support medical residents in the graduate medical education programs.
“It’s no secret that as Texas and especially East Texas continue to grow and thrive, we will need many more doctors and other health care professionals,” said Milliken. “We’re grateful that our state and university leaders are taking the steps necessary to address this need. As a result of their commitment, the UT System and UT Tyler will deliver the outstanding education and patient care that all East Texans deserve.”
“This is an enormous milestone for UT Tyler and for all of East Texas,” said Calhoun. “We are excited to take the next step in creating a physical home for the School of Medicine, and on behalf of UT Tyler, I want to thank the UT System and the East Texas community for the continued support of our health care education advancements.”
The UT Tyler School of Medicine has received unprecedented community support from the beginning. Some of the financial support that makes construction of this facility possible includes:
While the building isn’t expected to be ready until the spring of 2025, the new medical school will officially begin this fall, with its first class of students.
Until the new building is complete, students will take classes at the UT Health Science Center on Highway 271.
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The sixth-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team completes a two-match road swing Sunday with a top-15 tilt at No. 14 Wake Forest. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. ET from Wake Forest Tennis Center.Tennessee (4-1) looks to get back in the win column in Winston-Salem against the unbeaten Demon Deacons (4-0). Live stats of the match can be found here and a live stream of Sunday's action can be accessed ...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The sixth-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team completes a two-match road swing Sunday with a top-15 tilt at No. 14 Wake Forest. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. ET from Wake Forest Tennis Center.
Tennessee (4-1) looks to get back in the win column in Winston-Salem against the unbeaten Demon Deacons (4-0). Live stats of the match can be found here and a live stream of Sunday's action can be accessed here.
LAST TIME OUT Tennessee lost to Michigan in Ann Arbor Thursday evening, 4-1. Johannus Monday's straight-set singles win on court two over Michigan's sixth-ranked Andrew Fenty served as the Vols' point.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST When Tennessee (4-1) and Wake Forest (4-0) face off Sunday afternoon, it will mark the series' 19th edition, dating to 1975. The Vols hold a 13-5 advantage in the series. The Vols won 12 consecutive matches over Wake Forest from 1982-2014. The two squads meet for the second consecutive year and for the second time in the past six seasons. In 2022, Emile Hudd clinched a 4-3 victory for the then-top-ranked Vols over the then-10th-ranked Demon Deacons in Knoxville.
In its last 113 home matches, Wake Forest holds a 109-4 record, dating to the start of the 2017 dual season. A Tennessee win Sunday would be just the fifth Demon Deacons' home loss in the past seven campaigns and would snap Wake Forest's 30-match active home win streak, dating to last dual season when it compiled a 26-0 mark at home. Wake Forest is 4-0 this year, with all four wins coming at home.
GRADUATE STUDENT EMILE HUDD ON WAKE FOREST MATCHUP… "All the guys are excited to get back out there and compete again," Hudd said. "We want to bounce back after Thursday and this is a great opportunity to play against a good team. We had a tough match against Wake Forest last year and expect the same this year. It will be an exciting match."
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VOLS AGAINST THE RANKED Sunday's road contest at Wake Forest serves as Tennessee's 20th match against ranked competition since the start of the 2022 dual season. In each of those 20 contests, the Vols have been ranked inside the ITA top-6 and are 11-8 in top-25 matches during that span.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN During Woodruff's tenure as Tennessee's head coach, the Vols boast a 27-12 (.692) mark in true road matches.
STOP THAT STREAK Along with holding a 109-4 record in its last 113 home matches, Wake Forest owns a 30-match active home win streak. Tennessee looks to put an end to that streak and hand the Demon Deacons and fifth home loss since the 2017 dual season.
WINSTON-SALEM FACTS • Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the birthplace of the famous Krispy Kreme Doughnut. The doors of the first Krispy Kreme store opened on July 13, 1937.
• The Empire State Building was modeled after a prototype in Winston-Salem. The Reynolds Building, Winston-Salem's 21-floor, 314-foot Art Deco skyscraper was completed in 1929.
• With a 2023 population of 255,524, Winston-Salem is the fifth-largest city in North Carolina and the 92nd largest city in the United States.
UP NEXT Upon Tennessee's return to Knoxville, it will compete in the 2023 ITA Kickoff Weekend, serving as a host of the event. Play for the Vols begins with Louisiana on Friday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. ET in Goodfriend Tennis Center and continues Saturday, Jan. 28 against either Oklahoma or Charlotte.
The ninth-ranked Tennessee men's basketball team wraps up a two-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.MORE INFOGAMEDAY TIMES & BROADCAST INFORELATED LINKSBuy Tickets ...
The ninth-ranked Tennessee men's basketball team wraps up a two-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
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Fans can catch Saturday's game on ESPN and online or on any mobile device through WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN App, or online at espn.com/watch. Courtney Lyle (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) will have the call.
Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp describing the action.
Tennessee (15-3, 5-1 SEC) bounced back from its first conference loss of the season with a 70-59 win at Mississippi State on Tuesday. Playing without starters Santiago Vescovi and Tyreke Key, the Vols got high production from sophomore Zakai Zeigler and freshman Julian Phillips in the win. Zeigler played all 40 minutes and scored a career-high 24 points—16 in the second half—while Phillips posted his third double-double of the season with an 18-point, 11-rebound line.
Saturday marks this season's lone regular season meeting between Tennessee and LSU after the teams met twice last season, with each team winning on its home court. The Vols are searching for their first win in Baton Rouge since 2015, having suffered losses in each of their previous four games at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
After a brief two-game road swing, Tennessee is back inside Thompson-Boling Arena for a pair of home games next week—first against Georgia on Wednesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
THE SERIES • Tennessee leads its all-time series with LSU, 66-50, dating to 1933. • When the series is contested in Baton Rouge, the Tigers own a 28-26 advantage. • The Vols have lost four straight at the PMAC, with their last victory in Baton Rouge coming in 2015. Thus, no active Vol has ever won in Baton Rouge. • LSU has controlled this series in recent years, winning six of the last eight clashes overall. • Each team won on its home court last season. • First-year LSU head coach Matt McMahon is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he starred on the hardwood at Oak Ridge High School under coach Chuck Carringer. • McMahon was a graduate assistant on the Tennessee basketball staff under head coach Buzz Peterson in 2001-02.
SCOUTING REPORT • The Vols have held the No. 2 spot in the NCAA's NET ratings since Jan. 3. • Tennessee ranks among the top 10 nationally in five different statistical categories. • These Vols have won eight games by 30 or more points. • During conference play, Tennessee leads the SEC in scoring defense (57.3 ppg), field-goal percentage (.496), free-throw percentage (.803), rebounding defense (28.7), assists (17.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.30). • The Vols have won five straight SEC true road games (and eight straight SEC games away from home; 2022 SEC Tournament). • Tennessee leading scorer Santiago Vescovi missed Tuesday's game after reaggravating a left shoulder injury last Saturday vs. Kentucky. • Zakai Zeigler is averaging a league-best 6.8 assists during SEC play. • Starting forwards Olivier Nkamhoua and Uros Plavsic have combined to shoot .667 in SEC play (46 of 69). • Julian Phillips is one of only four freshmen in the SEC—and 16 across Division I—averaging at least 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. • UT's bench is giving the Vols 22.8 points per game.
THE NATION'S BEST DEFENSE • For the eighth straight week, the Volunteers own the best adjusted defensive efficiency in the country per KenPom, allowing only 83.2 points per 100 possessions. For more on UT's defense, see Page 3. • Tennessee owns the best overall field-goal percentage defense (.336) and 3-point defense in Division I (.217). • In 18 games, Tennessee opponents have managed to make only 88 3-pointers—just 4.9 per game. • Nine times this season, the Vols have held their opponents to 50 points or less. • Only three opposing players have scored 20 or more points against the Vols this season. • Tennessee trailed at the break only three times this season and is outscoring its opponents 35.1 ppg to 25.2 ppg in first-half action (+9.9 ppg). • In SEC road games, the Vols are undefeated and allowing only 53.3 points per game.
ABOUT LSU • LSU (12-6, 1-5 SEC) has lost five straight games since winning its SEC opener over Arkansas on Dec. 28. Saturday's matchup with No. 9 Tennessee marks the Tigers' third straight game against a ranked opponent, as LSU fell at No. 4 Alabama last Saturday and at home to No. 16 Auburn on Wednesday. • Currently ranked No. 106 in KenPom and No. 122 in the NET, LSU is 1-5 in Quadrant I games this season, but have only suffered one loss outside of Quadrant I—a home loss to Florida on Jan. 10. • LSU is 9-2 at home this season. Tennessee has lost four straight games in Baton Rouge, last escaping with a victory in 2015. • Matt McMahon is in his first season at LSU after seven successful seasons at Murray State. McMahon is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee—located roughly 30 minutes from Knoxville. He served as a graduate assistant with Tennessee's team during the 2001-02 season. • 2022 OVC Player of the Year KJ Williams followed McMahon from Murray State to LSU—one of three players to do so after the 2021-22 season. Williams is LSU's leader in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) and has scored in double figures in all but two games. • LSU Director of Player Development Ronrico White is a Knoxville native and the son of Vol great Tony White—the 1987 SEC Player of the Year and third-leading scorer in Tennessee history. Ronrico White starred locally at Bearden High School before playing four years as Chattanooga. He entered college coaching prior to the 2017-18 season and served on staffs at Emory & Henry College, Gardner-Webb and Murray State before starting at LSU prior to this season.
LAST MEETING WITH THE TIGERS • No. 24 Tennessee led wire-to-wire and avenged an early-season loss to No. 13 LSU on Jan. 22, 2022, at Thompson-Boling Arena. • Santiago Vescovi led Tennessee with 16 points, including five made 3-pointers. Making his second straight start, Uroš Plavši? had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and six rebounds. • In what was a matchup of two of the nation's top-five teams in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency, Tennessee held LSU to a season-low 50 points. • Tari Eason led LSU offensively with 16 points. • Tennessee opened the game with a 14-0 run over the first six minutes. The Vols forced LSU to miss its first seven field goal attempts, as the Tigers did not score until the 13:38 mark. • Coming out of the halftime break with a 29-24 lead, Tennessee opened the second half with a 13-4 run. In the opening six minutes of the second half, LSU scored just two points and made just one of its first nine shots.
FORMER LSU SIGNEE PHILLIPS SET TO SUIT UP IN MARAVICH CENTER • Tennessee freshman and 2022 McDonald's All-American Julian Phillips initially signed with LSU before the dismissal of Will Wade led to Phillips' release and subsequent decision to sign with the Vols. • Phillips was the No. 2 power forward and No. 12 recruit in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite, at the time of his release on March 18. • He signed with Tennessee on May 16, extending UT's streak of consecutive years signing a McDonald's All-American to four.
PHILLIPS' FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IMPROVED DURING SEC PLAY • Prior to SEC play, freshman forward Julian Phillips was shooting .347 from the field. But in conference games, he has boosted that shooting percentage to an efficient .605. • Overall this season, Phillips is giving the Vols 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He has attempted a team-high 80 free throws—making them at an .813 clip. • He ranks second among all major-conference Division I freshmen with 2.28 offensive rebounds per game.
UNDER-THE-RADAR AWAKA EMERGING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE • Despite not being a highly-ranked prospect, true freshman forward Tobe Awaka quickly earned a role in the Tennessee rotation with his relentless physicality and willingness to rebound and defend. • The New York native's first big opportunity came against Maryland in Brooklyn on Dec. 11. With Jonas Aidoo sidelined with an illness, Awaka gave the Vols seven points and eight rebounds in a season-high 17 minutes. He was +17 in the neutral-site win. • Incredibly, Awaka ranks second among all Division I players with a total rebounding percentage of 25.2 percent (trailing only UConn's Donovan Clingan). • In games in which he plays 15 or more minutes, Awaka is averaging 8.3 rpg.
STARTING OFF HOT • In four of Tennessee's first six SEC games, the Vols' opponents have been scoreless at the first media timeout. • During league play, Tennessee's average lead at the first media timeout is 6.1 points (9.3 to 3.2).