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Sunday's Lady Vol Basketball Briefing (3/31/13)

The No. 2 seed Lady Vols take on No. 6 seed Oklahoma in Chesapeake Energy Arena at 4:35 p.m. ET Sunday. Check out what the media is saying about the matchup.

Knox News Sentinel: Lady Vols will find out how well their game travels
Knox News Sentinel: Lady Vols mission will require more improvement
Tulsa World: OU must overcome Vols' image
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Simmons seeks complete game
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Media Day in Oklahoma City
espnW: No. 6 seed Sooners steal spotlight
espnW: Oklahoma City regional breakdown
The Oklahoman: Q&A: Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale reflects on last meeting with Tennessee

Thursday's Lady Vol Basketball Briefing (3/28/13)

The Lady Vols hit the road to Oklahoma City for the Sweet 16 to face Oklahoma on Sunday in a 4:35 p.m. ET contest.

Here are some of the latest stories from the media:
Associated Press: Lady Vols' Simmons emerges as more complete player
Knox News Sentinel: Not unfamiliar territory for Lady Vols, opponents in Oklahoma City regional
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Lady Vols get back to practice
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma women's basketball: Pat Summitt shaped Sherri Coale, Sooner players

Happy Birthday - March 27: Coleman, Lofton, Manning, Wade

Lots of birthdays on March 27 among the Tennessee Athletics family. 

Celebrating are junior defensive back Justin Coleman from the football team.

Justin Coleman

All-time basketball great Chris Lofton from the basketball program.

Recent women's basketball graduate Alicia Manning.

Former Vols star defensive back and longtime NFL pro Jonathan Wade.

Tuesday's Lady Vol Basketball Briefing (3/26/13)

The Lady Vols posted 68-52 win over Creighton to advance to the Sweet 16 for the 31st time in 32 seasons. Check out our Lady Vol Diaries from Monday: 

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Inside Tennessee: Lady Vols secure Sweet 16 slot
- UT Daily Beacon: Lady Vols march on to Sweet 16

Tennessee women's basketball signee Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-6 Russell received the award during a surprise ceremony at her school Wednesday morning. To read more about Russell and her award, please go to the link below.

Oregon Live:
Mercedes Russell Named Gatorade National Player of the Year


Happy Birthday - March 17: Graves, Patterson, Suffridge

On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, we wish Happy Birthday to women's basketball SEC Freshman of the Year Bashaara Graves.

Also celebrating All-SEC football player and probable NFL First-Round Draft Pick Cordarrelle Patterson.

From the archives, the Vols only three-time football All-American Bob Suffridge was born 97 years ago on March 17, 1916.

Warlick Adapting Well To Role As "The Boss"


Basketball writer Mechelle Voepel of espnW assesses the job first-year Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick has done this season of leading the Lady Volunteers. After losing all five starters from 2011-12 and missing three starters this year for a combined 50+ games, Warlick still guided the Big Orange to an SEC regular-season championship at 14-2, a 24-7 overall record and a ranking in the nation's top 10 entering the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Voepel used the following pull-out quote from long-time Georgia head coach Andy Landers:

What Holly [Warlick] did was incorporate some freshmen and some players who'd played totally different roles a year ago and made them a very, very good basketball team. ... Holly took what she had and basically rebuilt Tennessee this year into a Southeastern Conference champion."

To find out the answers to Voepel's questions of "How has Holly Warlick's first season gone as head coach of the Lady Vols?" and "Who's the boss?" please click on the link below.

-- espnW: Adjusting to life as a head coach

Vol Calls, Lady Vol Illustrated - Monday Night

Vol Calls and Lady Vol Illustrated return to the airwaves tonight. Vol Calls starts at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the Vol Network. Basketball sophomore Josh Richardson will be a guest on site at 8:10 p.m. Also, Men's head coach Cuonzo Martin, women's assistant coach Kyra Elzy and football associate head coach Steve Stripling will guests on Vol Calls. 

On Lady Vol Illustrated, Elzy will be the guest as well at 7:30 p.m. 

SEC Tournament Bound

With their 17th SEC regular season title, the Lady Vols head to Duluth, Ga., as the No. 1 seed in the 2013 SEC Tournament. En route to the Peach State, the Lady Vols swept the league yearly honors as head coach Holly Warlick was recognized as SEC Coach of the Year, junior Meighan Simmons earned SEC Co-Player of the Year, and rookie Bashaara Graves picked up SEC Freshman of the Year accolades. Both Simmons and Graves were named the All-SEC First Team, while Graves also headlined the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Tennessee has won the last three tournament titles and carries a nine-game league tournament win-streak heading into this year's event. Through the years, UT has amassed a 69-17 record in postseason league play while claiming 16 conference tournament crowns.

See what media had to say about the Lady Vols' yearly honors and this weekend's conference tournament.

SEC Tournament Previews
UTSports.com: Lady Vol Hoops Central
Knox News Sentinel: Holly Warlick says Isabelle Harrison 'doubtful' for SEC tournament
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Dean Lockwood: 'Humble and hungry'
espnW: Tennessee is No. 1 seed in SEC tourney
Clarksville Online: Clarksville's Bashaara Graves and Kamiko Williams prepare to lead UT Lady Vols in SEC Tournament Friday
Daily Beacon: Lady Vols chase conference tournament title

SEC Yearly Honors
Knox News Sentinel: SEC sweep for Lady Vols: Warlick (coach), Simmons (co-player), Graves (freshman)
Daily Beacon: Lady Vols honored, focused on SEC Tournament
Rocky Top Talk: Titles and Trophies: Tennessee Lady Vols Sweep POY, Coach of the Year
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tradition transition: Tennessee Lady Vols' top spot earns Holly Warlick honor

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Vol Calls returns to the airwaves on Monday night. Join us at Calhoun's on the River as assistant women's basketball coach Dean Lockwood will be an in-person guest. Also joining the show will be softball co-head coach Ralph Weekly. 

Listen in at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

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