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UT’s Martin Happy With Vols’ Current Standing

When Tennessee visits LSU tomorrow night, the Vols will enter the game in a tie for fourth-place in the SEC.  If Vanderbilt can knock off Florida tonight in Nashville, the Vols will also have an outside chance of actually landing the #2 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament.

Head coach Cuonzo Martin is good with his team’s current position… especially considering the low preseason expectations:

“We’re in a good place right now as a team because we continue to get better, and that’s a good sign.  We didn’t have the luxury with a new coach of getting out of the gates with some confidence, getting your head up.  We had to have some tough losses, and eventually we started to learn from it…

We are fighting for our lives.  You have to get better every day.  There’s plenty of work to do.  Our guys are hungry right now.

We’re fighting.  We don’t have any luxury or margin for any error to be happy or be successful or thing we’ve done something special.  But we have every right just like everyone else to win ball games.”

The Vols are out of the NCAA Tournament hunt, but are still playing for an NIT bid.


Jeff Claiborne
Jeff Claiborne

Martin is yapping a lot for a coach whose team isn't even assure of an NIT bid.  Fighting for their lives?  What does that even mean?


Win the SEC tourney and they are in. I know the odds are staggering but stranger things have happened.

jake eskew
jake eskew

John, when is the last time a team has finished second in the SEC and not gone to the NCAA tourny?

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

jake eskew...


Alabama at 12-4 had the second-best record in the SEC last year and won the West Division.  But their 80+ RPI and several bad early season losses kept them from going dancing.


Tennessee -- at best -- could finish 10-6 in league play and their RPI would likely remain in the 70s.


Thanks for reading,



 @John at MrSEC

 But VCU with one win and two losses vs. the RPI top 50 should go instead of a team with three top wins vs. top 50...

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