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Vols excited to get back into the Big Dance

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Knoxville, Tn - The Tennessee men will have just a four day wait between games, and they probably wish they had a little longer.

That's because they're playing Iowa in the NCAA's First Four up in Dayton. Don't expect Tennessee to be unmotivated for the game, though. The Vols missed the Big Dance the last two years, and they have the fire power and the bracket to make a good run this time around.

Add that to the fact that they're playing their best basketball of the season, and we could be in for a good March for an excited group of guys in Knoxville.

"They were excited," said Head Coach Cuonzo Martin. "They were excited, and more than anything not because of who the opponent is. We're playing a talented opponent. But just to be in the NCAA Tournament. I think they were really excited about that and somewhat relieved."

Senior forward Jarnell Stokes added, "As we practiced today, we just pictured how it was last year when we saw those NIT people in our gym. Guys were mad, about ready to fight each other, and it was very ugly. So, we were very happy today to actually be playing for something meaningful."

The Vols play Iowa Tuesday night at 9:15. That game will be on TRU TV. The winner gets a shot at sixth seeded Massachusetts.
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