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Vols To Open Season Vs. VCU In Annapolis

Vols To Open Season Vs. VCU In Annapolis

Posted on 10 June 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee basketball team’s first regular-season opponent under new head coach Donnie Tyndall will be VCU, as the Volunteers face the Rams Friday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. ET as part of a unique doubleheader event known as the Veterans Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The inaugural Veterans Classic – which celebrates Veterans Day and will be played at Navy’s Alumni Hall – also will feature a matchup between Navy and Michigan State (9 p.m. ET).

As part of the event, the Vols will have the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. From touring the `Yard,’ to watching noon meal formation and eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, the team will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy. The Vols also will enjoy other unique experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions.

“First of all, I’m appreciative of Tennessee having the opportunity to be part of an event like this,” Tyndall said. “This is something that I believe our fans can be excited about, and it’s also going to be a great opportunity for our players – not only to provide a challenging test for our team early in the season, but also to give them a better appreciation of what life is like for the young men and women who attend our service academies.”

The Veterans Classic will take place each year through 2017, with Navy hosting and participating, along with other top teams from across the country. The doubleheader officially tips off CBS Sports Network’s 2014 college basketball schedule.

Under head coach Shaka Smart, VCU posted a 26-9 (12-4 A-10) record last season and made the program’s fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Rams advanced to the Final Four in 2011 and reached the third round in both 2012 and 2013.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Smart and everything he’s accomplished at this point in his career,” Tyndall said. “I love the way his teams compete, and our ability to match their intensity level will be a big key for us when we face them.”

Tennessee leads its all-time series with VCU 4-0, dating to 1981. The most recent meeting saw the Vols post a 77-72 victory in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden in New York City Nov. 24, 2010.

The Veterans Classic marks the Volunteers’ second straight season-opener away from Knoxville. Tennessee opened last season at Xavier. Prior to that contest, the Big Orange had opened 13 straight seasons at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Each of UT’s last nine head coaches, dating to the legendary Ray Mears, won their first-ever regular-season game with the Vols.

In addition to facing VCU on a neutral court next season, UT hosts Butler and Kansas State, plays NC State on the road and joins Georgia Tech, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Rider, Santa Clara and Xavier in the eight-team field at the Orlando Classic Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 27-30) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.

For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee basketball program, visit UTsports.com/basketball and follow @Vol_Hoops on Twitter and Instagram.

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Vols land Tariq Owens

Vols land Tariq Owens

Posted on 23 May 2014 by Allen

Tyndall

The Tennessee basketball program’s 2014 signing class continued to grow Wednesday, as head coach Donnie Tyndall announced the signing of Tariq Owens.

A 6-10, 210-pound forward from Odenton, Md., Owens plans to enroll at UT this summer. He will be a freshman next season and have four years of collegiate eligibility.

“Tariq is a very long, athletic and versatile post player,” Tyndall said. “For a guy his size, he has a really impressive skill level. He can step out and make 15- to 18-footers, and he certainly has the potential to impact the game at the defensive end early in his career.”

Owens initially signed with Ohio University last November, but he was released from his NLI following a coaching change there.

Owens attended St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md., before spending a post-graduate year at Mt. Zion Prep School in Baltimore. He was coached at Mt. Zion by Rodrick Harrison.

Prior to the 2013-14 season, Owens was rated by Scout.com as a four-star, top-100 prospect nationally. Rivals.com currently rates Owens as the eighth-best prospect in the state of Maryland.

Owens played AAU ball for the Baltimore’s Finest program.

He is the eighth member of Tennessee’s 2014 signing class, which has been assembled in less than one month. Owens joins signees Devon Baulkman, Willie Carmichael, Ian Chiles, Jabari McGhee, Eric McKnight, Detrick Mostella and Kevin Punter.

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Tyndall signs Willie Carmichael

Tyndall signs Willie Carmichael

Posted on 14 May 2014 by Allen

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Willie Carmichael, a 6-8, 210-pound forward from Apopka, Fla., has signed official paperwork to attend Tennessee and join the men’s basketball program, head coach Donnie Tyndall announced Wednesday.

Carmichael will be a freshman next season with four years of collegiate eligibility.

He had previously signed to play for Tyndall at Southern Miss but was granted a release after the coaching transition that brought Tyndall to Tennessee.

“Willie Carmichael is my type of frontline guy,” Tyndall said. “He’s tough, athletic and hard-playing. As he gets stronger, he will have a greater and greater impact on our team – both defensively and as a rebounder.”

Carmichael attends Wekiva High School in Apopka, where he was coached by Scott Williams. Carmichael was rated as the 25th-ranked prospect in the state of Florida by FloridaHoops.com.

This past season, Carmichael helped power Wekiva to a 25-5 record, a District 4 second-place finish and the Florida Class 7A regional semifinals. The Orlando Sentinel named him the 7A State Player of the Year.

As a junior in 2012-13, he averaged 11.2 points and 6.9 rebounds while recording six double-doubles and leading the Mustangs to the Florida Class 8A quarterfinals. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011-12.

He played AAU ball for the Florida Tarheels Elite program.

Carmichael is the fifth member of a UT signing class that includes Devon Baulkman, Jabari McGhee, Detrick Mostella and Kevin Punter.

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Ian Chiles

Ian Chiles officially joins Vols after transfer from IUPUI

Posted on 14 May 2014 by Allen

Ian Chiles

Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall announced Wednesday that graduate transfer Ian Chiles has signed an institutional aid agreement to transfer to UT and play for the Volunteers next season.

A 6-1, 200-pound guard from Louisville, Ky., Chiles recently graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He plans to enroll at UT this summer and take graduate-level courses. He will have one year of eligibility.

As a junior last season, Chiles led IUPUI in scoring (15.8 ppg; third in the Summit League) and minutes played (33.1 mpg) while also averaging 3.2 rebounds. He started 22 of the 25 games in which he appeared, shooting .419 from the field and .314 from 3-point range.

“Ian brings a strong, physical and experienced lead guard to our team,” Tyndall said. “He’s a guy who can create for himself off the dribble and also get to the paint and make his teammates better as a playmaker.

“With his experience at the Division I level, he’ll have an opportunity to come in and provide leadership from Day One.”

In 61 career games played at the Division I level, Chiles has scored in double figures 41 times, and he has scored at least 20 points 10 times. He scored a career-high 28 points vs. Evansville Nov. 12, 2013.

Chiles was a prep standout at Ballard High School in Louisville (same high school that produced Tennessee and NBA legend Allan Houston) and attended Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Ill., as a freshman in 2010-11.

He then transferred to IUPUI, where he made the five-man Summit League All-Newcomer Team as a sophomore in 2011-12.

Chiles was a preseason All-Summit League selection prior to the 2012-13 campaign, but an injury forced him to redshirt that season. He returned to action in time to average a team-best 15.5 point per game during IUPUI’s exhibition trip to Italy in the summer of 2013.

His older sister, India Chiles, was an All-American outfielder for the Tennessee softball program, lettering from 2004-07. India Chiles also earned Academic All-America distinction during her time as a Lady Vol.

Ian’s older brother, Adam Chiles, lettered in basketball as a guard at Murray State from 2002-05. Adam was a three-year teammate of current Tennessee assistant coach Chris Shumate at Murray State.

Other recent graduate transfers to enjoy one season of hardwood success at Tennessee include John Fields (2011) and Antonio Barton (2014).

Tennessee’s 2014 signing class is now six student-athletes deep: Chiles, Devon Baulkman, Willie Carmichael, Jabari McGhee, Detrick Mostella and Kevin Punter.

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Vandy gets Baylor and Vols get Kansas State in 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Vandy gets Baylor and Vols get Kansas State in 2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Posted on 07 May 2014 by Allen

SEC

The second annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge will feature 10 games played over four days from Dec. 3-6 in a matchup of two premier college basketball conferences.

All 10 of the Big 12′s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in this year’s event.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 10 games of the event. Each of the games will also be available via WatchESPN.

“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of inter-conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

Start times and network designations will be announced at a later date.

2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge schedule:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Auburn at Texas Tech
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Arkansas at Iowa State
LSU at West Virginia
Baylor at Vanderbilt
TCU at Ole Miss
Friday, December 5, 2014 Florida at Kansas
Texas at Kentucky
Missouri at Oklahoma
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Oklahoma State at South Carolina
Kansas State at Tennessee

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Tyndall

Tyndall named UT’s new basketball coach

Posted on 22 April 2014 by Allen

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University of Tennessee vice chancellor and director of athletics Dave Hart announced today the hiring of Donnie Tyndall as the Volunteers’ 19th men’s basketball coach. He will be introduced at a press conference at 2 p.m. ET at Pratt Pavilion.

The 43-year-old Tyndall joins Tennessee from Southern Mississippi, where he posted a 56-17 record (.767) in two seasons. He has averaged more than 21 wins during his eight seasons as a head coach with an overall record of 170-102 (.625), including six seasons at his alma mater, Morehead State, from 2006-07 through 2011-12. Tyndall played at MSU from 1990-93.

“We are excited to add Donnie Tyndall to the Tennessee family,” Hart said. “He has a proven track record of success and has won at every level at which he has coached. Donnie brings tremendous positive energy and a strong work ethic to this important leadership role, and we look forward to his impact on our men’s basketball program.”

Tyndall’s 2013-14 Golden Eagles squad posted a school-record 29 wins (29-7), a share of the regular season Conference USA championship, a perfect 15-0 home record and an RPI in the low 30s. Southern Miss played an up-tempo brand of basketball that ranked first or second in 2014 in C-USA in efficiency (110.0), points per possession (1.1), steals per game (8.2, 17th nationally), assists per game (14.1) and field-goal percentage (.463).

Attendance at Southern Miss home games rose 23 percent in Tyndall’s first season. And in his second year in Hattiesburg, season-ticket sales saw an additional spike of more than 20 percent.

“I am humbled, appreciative, and thankful for this tremendous opportunity,” Tyndall said. “We have great tradition at the University of Tennessee and with our men’s basketball program, and we will work tirelessly to take our program to new heights.”

Tyndall took over at Southern Miss after leading Morehead State to a 114-85 record (.573), including a 70-40 mark in Ohio Valley Conference games. In the season immediately prior to his arrival, the Eagles finished with an RPI rating of 321. Five years later, his efforts yielded a year-end RPI of 77.

In 2006, Tyndall took over a Morehead State program that finished 4-23 the previous year. He improved the Eagles’ record in each of his first five seasons and led the school to 20-win seasons from 2008-11. MSU had reached the 20-win mark just twice in its history before his arrival.

When Tyndall was named head coach at Southern Miss prior to the 2012-13 campaign, he assumed the reins of a team that was among the youngest in the country and led them to a 27-10 (12-4 C-USA) record and a trip to the NIT quarterfinals. The 12 C-USA victories were the most since USM joined the league, and he was honored by his peers as the NABC District 11 Coach of the Year.

Tyndall’s squad only continued to reach new heights in 2013-14, breaking the previous year’s C-USA wins record by going 13-3 in league play. Southern Miss reached the NIT Quarterfinals in his two seasons at Southern Miss, including wins over Toledo and Missouri in this year’s tournament.

His first Morehead State team tripled its win total from the previous year. And in year two, despite being picked to finish 10th in the OVC, MSU finished third in the conference, earning him OVC Coach of the Year acclaim.

The Eagles’ trajectory skyrocketed during the 2008-09 season, as Tyndall led his alma mater to a 20-16 finish, an OVC championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 1984. Morehead State defeated Alabama State before falling to Louisville in the second round.

Tyndall followed that effort with a 24-win season in 2009-10 and then a 25-win campaign in 2010-11. The 2011 team, led by first-round NBA Draft pick and current Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried, captured the second OVC title of Tyndall’s tenure. Tyndall was once again tabbed as the NABC District Coach of the Year, and the 13th-seeded Eagles shocked Rick Pitino’s fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the second round of NCAA Tournament.

Faried’s impressive development under Tyndall shined that year, as he won his second consecutive OVC Player of the Year award, earned consensus All-American status and broke Tim Duncan’s career NCAA rebounding record before being selected 22nd overall by Denver in the 2011 NBA Draft. In three NBA seasons, Faried has averaged 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

After honing his craft in the junior college ranks in the mid-1990s, Tyndall landed his first Division I assistant coaching position at LSU in 1997. He later served in the role of associate head coach at Idaho (2001-02) and Middle Tennessee (2002-06).

Tyndall’s tenure on John Brady’s staff at LSU included the assembly of three top-25 signing classes – including the No. 1-ranked class in 1998. He coached five LSU players who earned All-SEC honors and four players who went on to play in the NBA. In 2000, he helped guide the Tigers to the SEC Championship, the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament and a year-end ranking of No. 10 nationally.

At Middle Tennessee, Tyndall helped usher the Blue Raiders to four consecutive winning seasons. As recruiting coordinator, he built a pair of national top 25 signing classes in 2003 and 2004. His recruiting prowess had been previously put on display during his lone year on staff at Idaho, as the Vandals’ 2002 recruiting class was rated 15th in the country.

Tyndall’s first head coaching experience came at St. Catharine College near Springfield, Ky. He coached the team to a 30-5 record and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NJCAA national tournament. For his efforts, he was recognized as the 1997 Region 7 National Coach of the Year, the Kentucky Junior College Coach of the Year and the Kentucky-Tennessee Junior College Coach of the Year.

A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Tyndall earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehead State in 1993 and received his master’s degree from LSU in 2000.

He has two daughters: Taylor Elise and Grace Elizabeth, and he is engaged to Nikki Young.

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Dave Hart address Cuonzo Martin’s exit from UT

Dave Hart address Cuonzo Martin’s exit from UT

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Allen

KNOXVILLE, TN - Vanderbilt Commodores vs Tennessee Volunteers

Cuonzo Martin is gone. After months of speculation Martin has bolted for California and the Vols have no men’s basketball coach. UT Athletic Director Dave Hart held a press conference today and addressed the situation.

“Cuonzo Martin is an outstanding person; he was a terrific role model for our student-athletes, specifically our male basketball players. I know I and everybody connected with the athletics department, university, wish him nothing but success at Cal. I would be happy now to, in just a few moments, try to answer questions that you have. Obviously we will immediately get into a national search seeking a replacement for Cuonzo as our head basketball coach.

No searches are ever identical in nature, I said this when we were in a football search. That is just a statement of fact. We will move as quickly as we can, as quickly as we reasonably can to get a replacement on board. To what the timetable is, is often times difficult to nail down. We are late in the sense that we are right on top of signing day and the Final Four has come and gone. But we will immediately get in now to that search process.”

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Dave Hart announces Cuonzo Martin will remain at UT

Dave Hart announces Cuonzo Martin will remain at UT

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Allen

KNOXVILLE, TN - Vanderbilt Commodores vs Tennessee Volunteers

After months of silence regarding Cuonzo Martin’s job security Tennessee AD Dave Hart made an announcement about Martin’s future and that his basketball coach will remain in Knoxville after flirting with Marquette over the weekend.

“We are proud that Cuonzo Martin will continue to lead our men’s basketball program. His three Tennessee teams have finished in the upper echelon of the SEC, and each of those teams entered the month of March in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. His third team excelled in the postseason.

“We have high standards and expectations for continued improvement and results in every sport in our program. Having said that, our strong finishes within the conference the past three years, prioritizing academics, representing the University with class and operating within the parameters dictated by the University of Tennessee and the NCAA matters greatly. Additionally, the social culture of the men’s basketball program has vastly improved under Cuonzo’s leadership.

“We are working on modifications to Cuonzo’s current contract and will release details of those adjustments when finalized.”

If I was Martin I would’ve given Hart the middle finger and walked away. But if he is getting a pay raise I can see way he’d stick around. He has lived in Bruce Pearl’s shadow since day one and next year he will get to coach against him now that Pearl is at Auburn.

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Vols get Iowa in First Four NCAA Tournament Game

Vols get Iowa in First Four NCAA Tournament Game

Posted on 16 March 2014 by Allen

Jarnell Stokes

The Tennessee basketball team made into the NCAA tournament, just barely. They will face Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday at UD Arena at 9:10 p.m. (ET).

The Volunteers (21-12, 11-7 SEC) are vying for the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region, which leads to Indianapolis, Ind. The winner of Wednesday’s game meets No. 6 seed UMass on Friday in a second-round game in Raleigh, N.C.

The Vols are returning to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence. Tennessee has won five of its last six games and has held its last four opponents to an average of just 47.4 points per game.

The Hawkeyes (20-12, 9-9 Big Ten), guided by head coach Fran McCaffery, finished sixth in the Big Ten. Senior guard Roy Devyn Marble, a first-team All-Big Ten performer, leads Iowa in scoring with 17.3 points per game while shooting .364 from 3-point range.

This is Tennessee’s 20th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, its seventh in the past 10 years and its first under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. This is the first time the Vols will appear in the “First Four” and the first time they will meet Iowa in the “Big Dance.”

Tennessee trails its all-time series with Iowa 2-1. The Vols won the most recent meeting, posting an 80-68 victory Dec. 29, 2000, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Vols and Hawkeyes both competed at the Battle 4 Atlantis earlier this season in the Bahamas, but the teams did not meet.

Tennessee owns a 16-19 record in NCAA Tournament play. UT is 0-2 in two previous tournament appearances in Dayton (2001, 2009).

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Florida eliminates Vols from SEC Tournament

Florida eliminates Vols from SEC Tournament

Posted on 15 March 2014 by Allen

KNOXVILLE, TN - Vanderbilt Commodores vs Tennessee Volunteers

Facing their first double-digit deficit since the second game of the season, the No. 1-ranked Gators slapped a smothering defensive effort on the red-hot Volunteers in the second half and rode that aggression to a 25th straight victory Saturday and win in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals. UT came out in the Smokey Gray uniforms but it didn’t help.

The Vols All-SEC performers Jordan McRae (15 points), Jarnell Stokes (13 points) combined for 28 points. Senior Jeronne Maymon added 10 points and hie rebounds before fouling out on a technical foul with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Tennessee led for much of the afternoon, including nearly 20 minutes spanning the two halves. But once the game tightened up in the second half, it was back and forth. The Gators continued to counter the Vols throughout the final 20 minutes.

Patric Young scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin was good for 14 points and four steals. UF used a 7-2 run, keyed by sophomore Michael Frazier II’s lone 3-point make of the afternoon, to retake the lead with less than five minutes to play, then hit key free throws down the stretch — including two technical free throws, thanks to UT forward Jeronne Maymonn — to salt the game away.

Florida advances to play Kentucky in the Finals Sunday in Atlanta.

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Vols take out Gamecocks to advance in SEC Tournament

Vols take out Gamecocks to advance in SEC Tournament

Posted on 14 March 2014 by Allen

KNOXVILLE, TN - Vanderbilt Commodores vs Tennessee Volunteers

After winning two games in the SEC Tournament for first time since 2006, South Carolina’s run came to an end as they fell to Tennessee, 59-44, in the quarterfinals at the Georgia Dome.

Jarnell Stokes scored 22 points, matching his season high, and Tennessee beat South Carolina 59-44 on Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinals, adding a strong defensive effort to the Vols’ NCAA tournament hopes.

From the start, Tennessee flexed its muscle both in the paint and on defense. The Gamecocks missed their first eight shots before sophomore forward Laimonas Chatkevicius got them on the board with a jumper just over six minutes into the contest. Carolina missed its next three shots though as they were only hitting 8.3 percent through the opening eight minutes of play as the Volunteers held a 12-2 lead.

Brenton Williams led the Gamecocks with nine points but made only 3 of 13 shots in his final college game.

Jordan McRae had 14 points for Tennessee. Stokes had 15 rebounds, three below his career high.

South Carolina, the No. 13 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Auburn and Arkansas but struggled in the matchups against the Vols.

Tennessee led 28-18 at halftime, marking the fourth straight game the Vols have held opponents to no more than 20 points in the first half.

Defense has been the constant in the Vols’ winning streak. Tennessee has allowed an average of only 49.8 points in the five straight wins. It won its last three regular-season games by a combined margin of 93 points and was in command against the Gamecocks despite an unimpressive offensive showing.

South Carolina didn’t score in the opening six minutes. Following seven missed shots, the Gamecocks’ first points came on a jumper by Laimonas Chatkevicius with 13:54 remaining in the half.

The Gamecocks pulled to within seven points at 30-23 on a three-point play by Chatkevicius early in the second half. McRae answered with a powerful jam, sparking a 13-2 run that stretched the lead to 18 points at 43-25.

Tennessee wore the white uniforms with neon orange trim that it debuted in its final regular-season game against Missouri.

Led by Stokes’ monster start (12 points and 8 rebounds), the Vols led 28-18 at halftime. Tennessee limited South Carolina to just seven made field goals as the Vols’ defense held the Gamecocks to just 25.9 percent from the floor.

The Vols jumped out to a 6-0 lead in holding South Carolina without a point for the game’s first 6:06. That was the fourth time this season that Tennessee held an opponent without a point for at least five minutes.

The Vols will play Florida on Saturday at 1 PM ET for the right to move on to the Finals on Sunday.

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Vols land two on All-SEC Team, Vandy’s Odom named to Second Team

Vols land two on All-SEC Team, Vandy’s Odom named to Second Team

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Jimmy

SEC

The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men’s basketball coaches’ postseason awards Tuesday to cap off another exciting season of SEC basketball.

Florida’s Billy Donovan earned SEC Coach of the Year honors while Florida senior Scottie Wilbekin was selected the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Florida’s Patric Young earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Kentucky’s Julius Randle took home SEC Freshman of the Year and Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith was tabbed SEC Sixth Man of the Year.

This is the second consecutive SEC Coach of the Year honor for Donovan, who led the Gators to an SEC record 18 wins in league play and a 29-2 overall record. The Gators earned their fifth SEC championship under his direction and the sixth in school history.

Wilbekin averages 12.9 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals while usually guarding the opposition’s top perimeter player. Wilbekin becomes the second Gator in the last four seasons to earn SEC Player of the Year honors, joining Chandler Parsons in 2011.

Young earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the third consecutive year, sporting a 3.38 grade-point average in Telecommunications. This year the senior from Jacksonville, Fla., added SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors to his accolades after averaging 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Randle has hauled in 324 rebounds which stand as the fourth most in UK freshman history. The Dallas, Texas, native has also poured in a team-high 477 points on the year and his 18 double-doubles rank third nationally.

Finney-Smith comes off the bench to average 9.4 points and team-high 6.9 rebounds for the top-ranked Gators.

First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive Player, 6th Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league’s 14 coaches. Ties were not broken.

A complete list of the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason awards follows:

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Casey Prather, Florida – F, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.
Jabari Brown, Missouri – G, 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Chris Denson, Auburn – G, 6-2, 181, Sr., Columbus, Ga.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-5, 210, So., Alpharetta, Ga.
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss – G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss.
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri – G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Rod Odom, Vanderbilt – F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.

SEC All-Freshman Team
Shannon Hale, Alabama – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Johnson City, Tenn.
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-9, 241, Fr. Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina – G, 6-5, 205, Fr., Lancaster, S.C.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt – C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year:  Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida

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Jarnell Stokes named SEC Player of the Week

Jarnell Stokes named SEC Player of the Week

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Jimmy

Jarnell Stokes

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes and Florida’s Michael Frazier II were named co-SEC Players of the Week. Stokes, a 6-foot-8, 270-pound junior forward from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in wins over Auburn and Missouri. He had 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal against Auburn.

In SEC regular-season play, Stokes led the conference in field-goal percentage (.567), total rebounding (11.3 rpg), offensive rebounding (4.4 orpg) and double-doubles (18, tie).

With his latest honor from the conference Stokes has now 4 SEC Player of the Week awards and 1 SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 23, 2012.

The Vols have won four straight and are in good position to make the NCAA Tournament. They will likely face Arkansas on Friday in the SEC Tournament after receiving two byes with the #4 seed in the conference. Should UT advance they would get Florida on Saturday.

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2014 SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

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2014 SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Allen

SEC

After the dust settled and after a few big matchups yesterday the SEC has revealed the bracket for the 2014 men’s basketball tournament that will be held in Atlanta beginning on Wednesday. Alabama upset Arkansas yesterday afternoon to move Alabama into the 10th seed bumping Vanderbilt to the 11th spot where they will face Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt made a run last year all the way to Saturday with upsets over Arkansas and Kentucky. This year they will get Mississippi State, then Ole Miss, and Georgia if they can keep winning.

The Vols get the toughest side of the bracket with a likely matchup against Arkansas and potentially Florida if they can keep winning.

Florida got the #1 seed followed by Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee who all get byes until Friday.

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Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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