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Vols excited to get back into the Big Dance

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  • Announced attendance of 40,000 to Neyland Stadium.

    Tennessee's open practice has attendance of 40,000

    Tennessee's open practice has attendance of 40,000

    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the Volunteers' open practice Saturday should allow his team's 32 newcomers to enter the season with at least some idea of what it's like to perform in front of a big crowd at Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers tuned up for their Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State with a workout that drew an announced attendance of 40,000 to Neyland Stadium. Fourteen of Tennessee's newcomers were here for spring practice and got to play in the Orange White Game, which had ...
    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the Volunteers' open practice Saturday should allow his team's 32 newcomers to enter the season with at least some idea of what it's like to perform in front of a big crowd at Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers tuned up for their Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State with a workout that drew an announced attendance of 40,000 to Neyland Stadium. Fourteen of Tennessee's newcomers were here for spring practice and got to play in the Orange White Game, which had ...
  • Vols will host Kentucky

    Vols face ex-coach Pearl, host Auburn on Jan. 31

    Vols face ex-coach Pearl, host Auburn on Jan. 31

    Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl returns to Thompson-Boling Arena as an opponent Jan. 31 when the Volunteers host Auburn. Pearl led Tennessee to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his six seasons before getting fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011. Auburn hired Pearl in March, and he returns to coaching this season. The date of the Auburn-Tennessee game was announced Friday as the Vols revealed their entire 2014-15 season. Tennessee already had announced its non-conference schedule ...
    Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl returns to Thompson-Boling Arena as an opponent Jan. 31 when the Volunteers host Auburn. Pearl led Tennessee to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his six seasons before getting fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011. Auburn hired Pearl in March, and he returns to coaching this season. The date of the Auburn-Tennessee game was announced Friday as the Vols revealed their entire 2014-15 season. Tennessee already had announced its non-conference schedule ...
  • Four Vols freshmen lose their black helmet stripes

    Four Vols freshmen lose their black helmet stripes

    Monday's double-session began with the removal of four stripes of Team 118 freshmen.
    Monday's double-session began with the removal of four stripes of Team 118 freshmen.
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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