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Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee Volunteers athletic logo

University University of Tennessee
Conference SEC
East Division
Location Knoxville, TN
Head coach Bruce Pearl (4th year)
Arena Thompson-Boling Arena
(Capacity: 21,000)
Nickname Volunteers
Colors Orange and White

             

Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
Pre-tournament era champions
1916
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1967, 1981, 2000, 2007, 2008
NCAA Tournament second round
1967, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
NCAA Tournament appearances
1967, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1936, 1941, 1943, 1979
Conference regular season champions
1936, 1941, 1943, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 2000, 2008

The Tennessee Volunteers basketball team represents the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee in NCAA men's basketball competition. (Women's teams at the school, which has a completely separate women's athletic program, are known as "Lady Volunteers".) The Volunteers currently compete in the Southeastern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008. The Volunteers are currently coached by Bruce Pearl.

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History

The Volunteers have had 16 NCAA tournament appearances with an overall record of 11-16. A record of 8-6 in the first round, 3-5 in the second, and 0-4 in the regional semi finals. They have also been invited to the National Invitation Tournament 11 times. They have won nine regular season SEC championships in 1936, 1941, 1943, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 2000, and 2008. The 1972, 1977, 1982, and 2000 seasons were all shared championships with another team from the Southeastern conference. Their conference tournament record is 54-43 record with 4 championships in the years 1936, 1941, 1943, and 1979. Historically Volunteer basketball has produced several successful National Basketball Association players including Allan Houston, Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Dale Ellis, Tony White, Ron Slay, and Larry Robinson. Bernard King is one of only two players in the Volunteers history to ever have a jersey retired (the other being Ernie Grunfeld). He finished his career averaging a "double double" per game of 25.8 points and 13.2 rebounds.

In March 2009, the University of Tennessee athletic department made a statement saying that they would claim the 1916 National Championship, but would not hang a banner for such an occasion. Tennessee finished that year with a 16-0 record, the only time in Tennessee basketball history that a team has gone undefeated.

Bruce Pearl Turnaround

After the Buzz Peterson era was less than a successful endeavor, Tennessee hired Bruce Pearl from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2005. Pearl's assistants Tony Jones, Steve Forbes, Jason Shay, and Ken Johnson round out the winning staff that has helped bring the Vols to the NCAA tournament three years in a row. In the 2006-07 season The Volunteers were ranked 4th nationally in attendance with an average of 19,661 fans in Thompson-Boling Arena, which has a capacity of 21,758. Since coach Bruce Pearl arrived in March 2005 the attendance has increased by an average of 7,436 per game. Bruce Pearl's style of fast pace, physical press defense, and up tempo game has fans waiting to watch every game.

NCAA Tournament Results

The Volunteers have appeared in 18 NCAA Tournaments.

Year Result
1967 Regional Fourth Place[1]
1976 First Round
1977 First Round
1979 Second Round
1980 Second Round
1981 Sweet Sixteen[2]
1982 Second Round
1983 Second Round
1989 First Round
1998 First Round
1999 Second Round
2000 Sweet Sixteen
2001 First Round
2006 Second Round
2007 Sweet Sixteen
2008 Sweet Sixteen
2009 First Round
2010 Second Round

Players of note

Also, Kevin Nash, who went on to a highly successful career in professional wrestling, is a former Vols basketball player.

Retired Jerseys

Retired Basketball Jerseys

Bernard
King
53
1974-1977

Ernie
Grunfeld
22
1972-1976

See also

Notes

  1. ^ In 1967, the Volunteers lost their only two NCAA tournament games.
  2. ^ In 1981, the Volunteers received a bye into the second round.

References

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Tennessee Volunteers

University University of Tennessee
Conference SEC
East Division
Location Knoxville, TN
Head coach Bruce Pearl (5th year)
Arena Thompson-Boling Arena
(Capacity: 21,000)
Nickname Volunteers
Colors Orange and White

             

Uniforms
Home jersey
Home
Away jersey
Away
Pre-tournament era champions
1916
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2010
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1967, 1981, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010
NCAA Tournament second round
1967, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
NCAA Tournament appearances
1967, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1936, 1941, 1943, 1979
Conference regular season champions
1936, 1941, 1943, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 2000, 2008

The Tennessee Volunteers basketball team represents the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee in NCAA men's basketball competition. (Women's teams at the school, which has a completely separate women's athletic program, are known as "Lady Volunteers".) The Volunteers currently compete in the Southeastern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2010. The Volunteers are currently coached by Bruce Pearl.

Contents

History

The Volunteers have had 18 NCAA tournament appearances with an overall record of 12-17. A record of 9-7 in the first round, 3-5 in the second, and 1-4 in the regional semi finals. They have also been invited to the National Invitation Tournament 11 times. They have won nine regular season SEC championships in 1936, 1941, 1943, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 2000, and 2008. The 1972, 1977, 1982, and 2000 seasons were all shared championships with another team from the Southeastern conference. Their conference tournament record is 54-43 record with 4 championships in the years 1936, 1941, 1943, and 1979. Historically Volunteer basketball has produced several successful National Basketball Association players including Allan Houston, Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Dale Ellis, Tony White, Ron Slay, and Larry Robinson. Bernard King is one of only two players in the Volunteers history to ever have a jersey retired (the other being Ernie Grunfeld). He finished his career averaging a "double double" per game of 25.8 points and 13.2 rebounds.

In March 2009, the University of Tennessee athletic department made a statement saying that they would claim the 1916 National Championship, but would not hang a banner for such an occasion. Tennessee finished that year with a 16-0 record, the only time in Tennessee basketball history that a team has gone undefeated.

Bruce Pearl Turnaround

After the Buzz Peterson era was less than a successful endeavor, Tennessee hired Bruce Pearl from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2005. Pearl's assistants Tony Jones, Steve Forbes, Jacob Nichols, Jason Shay, and Ken Johnson round out the winning staff that has helped bring the Vols to the NCAA tournament five years in a row. In the 2006-07 season The Volunteers were ranked 4th nationally in attendance with an average of 19,661 fans in Thompson-Boling Arena, which has a capacity of 21,758. Since coach Bruce Pearl arrived in March 2005 the attendance has increased by an average of 7,436 per game. Bruce Pearl's style of fast pace, physical press defense, and up tempo game has fans waiting to watch every game. On March 26, 2010, the Vols made the Elite Eight for the first time ever by defeating Ohio State 76-73. The Vols were then defeated by Michigan State by one point, 70-69, on a Spartan foul shot with 1.8 seconds left in the game to fall short of their first Final Four.

NCAA Tournament Results

The Volunteers have appeared in 18 NCAA Tournaments.

Year Result
1967 Regional Fourth Place[1]
1976 First Round
1977 First Round
1979 Second Round
1980 Second Round
1981 Sweet Sixteen[2]
1982 Second Round
1983 Second Round
1989 First Round
1998 First Round
1999 Second Round
2000 Sweet Sixteen
2001 First Round
2006 Second Round
2007 Sweet Sixteen
2008 Sweet Sixteen
2009 First Round
2010 Elite Eight

Players of note

Also, Kevin Nash, who went on to a highly successful career in professional wrestling, is a former Vols basketball player.

Retired Jerseys

Retired Basketball Jerseys

Bernard
King
53
1974-1977

Ernie
Grunfeld
22
1972-1976

See also

Notes

  1. ^ In 1967, the Volunteers lost their only two NCAA tournament games.
  2. ^ In 1981, the Volunteers received a bye into the second round.

References


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