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Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/23/14)

Tennessee is seeking its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, on Sunday night, as the Vols take on Mercer at 6:10 p.m., on TNT. Get the full preview: Vol Hoops Central: Mercer (NCAA Tournament). On Saturday, Cuonzo Martin and the Vols' starters met with the media, here's what they had to say: Vols Pre-Mercer Press Conference.

Check out this feature on Martin and how his has stayed strong and true to his beliefs throughout the season: Martin's Shining Moments Happen Daily.

Aside from their preparation for Sunday's Round of 32 matchup, the Vols had a little fun with Hall of Famer Reggie Miller of TNT and ESPN's Andy Katz on Saturday. They were each honored by being "Stunned" by the Vols' Three Wise Men: NCAA DIARIES: Miller, Katz Get Stunned



Here's what the media wrote heading into the rematch with the Mercer from last year's NIT:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Unlikely run? Vols one win from Sweet 16
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Time for a petition to 'Keep Cuonzo'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: SoCon-bound Bears eyeing 14-seed history
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Martin, Vandross boost Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols happy puzzle came together
- Raleigh News & Observer: Mercer and Tennessee meet again


Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/21/14)

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On Friday, the Vols took care of business against #6 seed UMass with a 86-67 Thumping Of The Minutemen. Check out the highlights here: 


Take a look at the best in social media with our #Storify & Diaries: #Vols Romp On Friday including Friday's NCAA Diaries:


Here's a look at media coverage from the Vols mashing of UMass on Friday as Tennessee advanced to the Round of 32. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols rout UMass in NCAA tournament
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Massacre: Stokes leads Vols past Minutemen
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Cinderella Bears no secret to UT Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols know Mercer is no free pass

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/21/14)

GAMEDAY is here! The Vols take on sixth-seeded UMass at 2:45 p.m., in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Get your full preview and info right here: Vol Hoops Central: UMass (NCAA Tournament). The Vols had and action packed 24 hours following their victory over Iowa in Dayton, check it out: NCAA DIARIES: The Last 24 Hours


On Thursday, Tennessee met with the media to preview the game with the Minutemen, here's what they said: Vols' Pre-UMass NCAA Press Conference



Cuonzo Martin was on the radio with Paul Finebaum, listen to it here: Finebaum Show

Take a look at coverage from the media from both Tennessee and Massachusetts: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Elated UT Vols not worried about fatigue
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dayton detour wasn't a bad thing for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Turnaround not worrying Tennessee
- The Tennessean: UT not looking past UMass


Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/20/14)

The Vols pulled off the overtime comeback win over Iowa last night in Dayton. Read all about it here: Vols Top Iowa, 78-65, To Move On In NCAAs. Plus check out our video diaries from inside the Vols' locker room and a Storify of social media coverage of a wild night and morning for the Vols: Diaries & #Storify: Vols Win NCAA Thriller


If you haven't hears what Cuonzo Martin and the Vols had to say about the classic, read it here: Postgame Quotes: Vols 78, Iowa 65 (OT) or watch it:

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Things: Vols outlast Hawkeyes




VFL Tobias Harris' Inspiration


If Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris ever needs inspiration, he never has to look outside his own family.

His 90-year-old grandfather, Lt. Col. John Mulzac, is a role model.

In 1942, when the armed forces were segregated, Mulzac joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He became one of America's first black military pilots, a group known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

"He always told us as kids that we could do anything in this world if we put our mind to it," Harris said, a smile on his face. "He's been definitely an inspiration to me, and I love him to death."

On Wednesday night, Mulzac plans to turn on his TV in the Brooklyn, N.Y., home he shares with his wife of 67 years and watch the Magic face the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.


Read the full story from the Orlando Sentinel: Tobias Harris is inspired by his grandfather, a Tuskegee Airman

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/19/14)

The Vols start their journey tonight as one of 68 teams, dreaming of winning a national championship. Get your full game preview right here: Vol Hoops Central: Iowa (NCAA Tournament).

Take a look at the team's first two days in Dayton in: Vols NCAA Tourney Diaries: Days 1 & 2

On Tuesday, the starters and Cuonzo Martin met with the media to discuss the game, read every word of what they said: Vols Pre-Iowa Press Conference Quotes or watch here:


Here's what the media is writing on Wednesday: 

- CBS Sports.com: Iowa-Tennessee Preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: NCAA matchup: Tennessee vs. Iowa
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Destination Dayton: Fans want a win
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols enjoying return to NCAA stage
- Sioux City Journal: Iowa faces challenge in Tennessee
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Iowa, Tennessee stories are similar reads






Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/18/14)

The Vols Arrived In Dayton For The NCAA Tournament on Monday night. 


Prior to leaving, here's a look at what the five starters told the media: Vols Meet With Media Before NCAA Departure.



Here's the latest from the media on the Vols:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols scoff at play-in skepticism
- Chattanooga Times Free Press:  Tennessee in the NCAA tourament, headed to Dayton
- Knoxville News Sentinel: NIT wasn't fun; this week should be
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols know, respect Hawkeyes
- Maryville Daily Times: Vols' Stokes, McRae earn AP SEC honors

Vols Calls Set For Monday Night at 8 p.m. ET


Tennessee head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, Lady Vols head basketball coach Holly Warlick and UT baseball player Andy Cox up the guest lineup for "Vol Calls"  on the Vol Network tonight (Monday, March 17). The show will also feature a scouting report on Tennessee's opponent Wednesday - the Iowa Hawkeyes. The show originates from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central with co-hosts Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs. Fans may tune in across the state on the Vol Radio Network or listen online at utsports.com. Listeners can ask a question by dialing 1-800-688-8657 - Verizon customers can dial #TENN - or submit a question via Facebook at VolNetwork-IMG.

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/17/14)

The Vols will make their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio against Iowa. Get the full details right here: Vols Are Dancing in Dayton, Face Iowa
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Check out what it was like when the Vols found out they were dancing again:


Here's what the media wrote about the Vols: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee in the NCAA tourament, headed to Dayton
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: NCAA tournament regional breakdowns
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee's NCAA tournament history
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 68 (or so) words on all 68 NCAA teams

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (3/15/14)

The Vols advanced to the SEC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2010 with a 59-44 Win over South Carolina on Friday. Check out the highlights: 

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the team as well: 

On Saturday, the Vols look to take down the #1 team in the land, Florida: Vol Hoops Central: #1 Florida - SEC Semi.

Here's the latest media coverage:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' defense topples Gamecocks; Gators await
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: What Gators do best is win
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols rocked the bus, then South Carolina


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