Tennessee basketball receives SEC tournament title rings

Tennessee basketball receives SEC tournament title rings


Tennessee basketball’s SEC Tournament championship rings have arrived.

The Vols received the rings after an afternoon workout at Pratt Pavilion Thursday that was documented on social media in video and photos.

In March at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Tennessee was the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament bracket and swept Mississippi State, Kentucky and Texas A&M to the title, the program’s first conference tournament championship since 1979.

The Vols defeated Mississippi State 72-59 in the quarterfinals and then beat Kentucky 69-62 in the semifinals. After defeating Florida, No. 1-seed Auburn and No. 4-seed Arkansas, Texas A&M advanced to the championship as the No. 8 seed on Sunday.

The Eagles seemed to run out of gas when they met the red-hot Vols.

Santiago Vescovi scored 17 points, Kennedy Chandler added 14 with seven assists, and Josiah Jordan James had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Chandler and Vescovi combined to shoot 8-for-16 from the 3-point line and between them had 12 assists to power the Vols. James went on to score 16 points from the 3-point line while John Fulkerson led the way on the board, grabbing 11 rebounds to go with eight points.

The Vols started the game on a 14-0 run, scoring 14 points in the first four minutes and 44 seconds.

It was Tennessee’s third SEC title game in its last four contests, following losses to Kentucky in 2018 in St. Louis and Auburn in Nashville in 2019.

It was Tennessee’s 13th all-time SEC Tournament title game appearance, among seven appearances from 1936-50. In the year After winning the 1979 championship, the Vols went to the championship game in 1991, losing to Alabama in Nashville, and in 2009, losing to Mississippi State in Tampa, 64-61.

In the year Tennessee beat Kentucky 75-69 in overtime in Birmingham in 1979, the Vols’ last SEC Tournament championship. In the year In 1943, Kentucky’s 33-30 win over Louisville snapped a 36-year streak. In the year In 1941, Tennessee defeated Kentucky 36-33 in Louisville for its second conference tournament title. In 1936

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The season ended with a 27-8 overall record, as the Vols were upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by the No. 3 seed, losing to 11-seed Michigan.

The 2022-23 season begins Nov. 7 against Tennessee Tech at Thompson-Boling Arena. Other non-conference games include Florida Gulf Coast, McNeese State, Alcorn State, Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay, along with a Big 12-SEC challenge game against Texas. The Vols will play neutral-site games against Colorado (Nashville) and Maryland (Brooklyn, New York) and will play three games in three days over Thanksgiving week in the Bahamas, starting at Butler.

The SEC slate includes games against Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Missouri, road games at Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M and home-and-home dates against Kentucky, Auburn, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State.



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