The Vols didn’t miss a beat in their first Big Dance since 2011, handling Iowa in the #11 seed play-in round then upsetting #6 UMass and kicking out #14 Mercer on their way to the Sweet Sixteen. They fell just two points short of knocking off #2 Michigan, which would’ve really put them in the national spotlight. Unfortunately that’s likely the most attention they get for at least a few years, as a stunning mass exodus of their coach and important players left Tenn scrambling to bring in transfers to fill out the roster. Jordan McRae, Jeronne Maymon, and Antonio Barton graduated, Jarnell Stokes left for the NBA, AJ Davis and Darius Thompson transferred, and coach Cuonzo Martin bolted for the job at Cal, causing two decommits. They’ll be relying heavily on freshmen this season with no foundation on which they can grow.
The Tennessee Volunteers operate under coach Donnie Tyndall at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. The orange and white enjoyed their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2011, the last of six consecutive trips under Bruce Pearl. They’ve made 20 appearances total. The farthest they ever went was the Elite Eight in 2010 where they lost to Michigan State. The Vols look to return to national prominence; in the Pearl days, fans were accustomed to frequent top-10 rankings in the nation. The most notable of the 31 Vols who made the NBA are Bernard King, Dale Ellis, Allan Houston, Tom Boerwinkle, Tobias Harris, and CJ Watson. Don’t miss this season of Tennessee basketball--Gold Coast Tickets wants to get you in for the best price!