Emergence of Tennessee Guard Jordan McRae Has Vols Back in the Tournament Hunt

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Sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes has been the leader for the Tennessee Volunteers all season long.

After head coach Cuonzo Martin was forced to make the decision to redshirt fellow inside producer Jeronne Maymon, the weight of the world fell upon Stokes’ shoulders. Albeit he is still averaging just under a double-double, it quickly become apparent that the Vols were going to need others, most notably on the perimeter, to step up.

Jordan McRae has answered that call.

On the season, McRae has emerged as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.0 points per game thus far. Over the course of the past two weeks, McRae’s numbers are simply skyrocketing and in turn, Tennessee has now found themselves in a position to scoop up a berth within the NCAA Tournament.

At 17-11 overall, the Vols sit directly on the bubble as the final week of the regular season is set to take its course. A disappointing loss on the road at Georgia over the weekend snapped a six-game winning streak for Tennessee, but their efforts to make a late push into the tournament have not gone unnoticed.

As for McRae, the 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 29.8 points per game over the past four contests, an incredible mark that has certainly helped the Volunteers hit their best stride of the season.

With a week remaining in the regular season, McRae will look to keep up his stellar production while the Volunteers as a whole look to avoid a trap game at Auburn on Wednesday.

 

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