Tennessee Basketball Receives SEC Tournament Title Rings

The Tennessee Basketball SEC Tournament championship rings have arrived.

The Vols received the rings after an afternoon workout at the Pratt Pavilion on Thursday afternoon, documented by video and photos on social media.

At Tampa’s Amalie Arena in March, Tennessee finished second in the SEC Tournament bracket and passed Mississippi State, Kentucky and Texas A&M en route to the title, the program’s first conference tournament championship since 1979.

The Vols beat Mississippi State 72-59 in the quarterfinals and then beat Kentucky 69-62 in the semifinals. Texas A&M advanced to the championship on Sunday as the 8th seed, defeating Florida, 1st seed Auburn and 4th seed Arkansas.

The Aggies appeared to be out of gas the moment they found the Vols red-hot.

Santiago Vescovi scored 17 points, Kennedy Chandler added 14 with seven assists and Josiah-Jordan James had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Chandler and Vescovi combined to shoot 8-of-16 from the 3-point line and had 12 assists between them to fuel the Vols (26-7). James went 3-of-7 from the 3-point line en route to his 16 points, while John Fulkerson led the way on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds and eight points.

The Vols started the game with a 14-0 streak, scoring 14 points in the first four minutes and 44 seconds.

It was Tennessee’s third appearance at the SEC title in the past four tournaments, following losses to Kentucky in St. Louis in 2018 and Auburn in Nashville in 2019. Prior to the current run, the Vols went to three tournament title games in the previous 38 years.

It was the 13th SEC Tournament title game of all time for Tennessee, with seven appearances between 1936-50. After winning the 1979 tournament, the Vols went into the championship game in 1991, losing to Alabama in Nashville, and in 2009, losing 64–61 to Mississippi State in Tampa.

Tennessee beat Kentucky 75-69 in overtime at Birmingham in 1979, in what had been the Vols’ last SEC Tournament championship. That title broke a 36-year streak that dates back to a 33-30 win over Kentucky in Louisville in 1943. Tennessee beat Kentucky 36-33 in 1941 in Louisville for their second conference tournament title, after beating Alabama by 29-25 in Knoxville in 1936.

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The season ended with a 27-8 overall record as the Vols placed third in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Michigan at number 11.

The 2022-23 season begins November 7 against Tennessee Tech at Thompson-Boling Arena. Other non-conference games include Florida Gulf Coast, McNeese State, Alcorn State, Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay, along with the Big 12-SEC Challenge game against Texas. The Vols will play at neutral venues against Colorado (Nashville) and Maryland (Brooklyn, NY) and will play three games over three days at Battle 4 Atlantis over Thanksgiving weekend in the Bahamas, starting with Butler.

The SEC list includes home games against Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Missouri, away games in Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M and home dates with Kentucky, Auburn, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

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