Tennessee Men's Basketball History

2016-17 Season

Record: 16-16
SEC Finish: 8-10 (9th SEC)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Rick Barnes (2nd season)

Seniors Lew Evans and Robert Hubbs III provided steady leadership, and the highest-scoring freshman class in school history (1,140 points) accounted for close to half of the team's statistical production as the Volunteers navigated a schedule that was rated among the most difficult in the nation. For the second straight season, Tennessee defeated rival Kentucky in Knoxville. The Vols also picked up SEC road wins at Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Auburn. Hubbs, the team's leading scorer, capped his four-year UT career by surpassing the 1,000-point mark, and freshman forward Grant Williams burst onto the scene to earn SEC All-Freshman Team honors after leading the Vols in rebounding and blocks. Williams' 61 total blocks were the second-most in a season in program history.

2015-16 Season

Record: 15-19
SEC Finish: 6-12 (12th SEC)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Rick Barnes (1st season)

First-year head coach Rick Barnes took an undersized and unyielding group of Volunteers whose average height was 6-4 and guided it to thrilling victories over rivals Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt en route to a 15-win season. With the versatile Armani Moore stuffing the stat sheet and converted shooting guard Kevin Punter Jr. handling duties at the point, Tennessee thrived at home but struggled to find success on the road—until a thrilling march to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville helped UT end its season on a high note and establish momentum for the future.

2014-15 Season

Josh Richardson

Record: 16-16
SEC Finish: 7-11 (10th SEC)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Donnie Tyndall (1st season)

This group of overachieving Volunteers - which was picked in the preseason to finish 13th in the SEC - scrapped its way to a 10th-place finish in the final league standings. One of the youngest and least experienced teams in the nation, the Vols defeated a pair of ranked opponents in Butler and Arkansas while also winning five SEC road games. Senior guard Josh Richardson earned first-team All-SEC acclaim and became UT's first two-time selection for the SEC All-Defensive Team.

2013-14 Season

Players celebrate during the 2013-14 NCAA Tournament

Record: 24-13
SEC Finish: 11-7 (4th SEC)
Postseason: NCAA Sweet 16
Coach: Cuonzo Martin (3rd season)

Tennessee won eight of its final 10 games - with the losses coming against SEC champion Florida and Big Ten champion Michigan - and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in eight seasons. Senior guard Jordan McRae and junior forward Jarnell Stokes earned first-team All-SEC honors, and junior guard Josh Richardson was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. Stokes tied Bernard King's school record for double-doubles in a season, with 22.

2012-13 Season

Jordan McRae

Record: 20-13
SEC Finish: 11-7 (2nd SEC)
Postseason: NIT First Round
Coach: Cuonzo Martin (2nd season)

After starting the season 11-10, the Vols rallied to win eight of their last nine regular-season games - including victories over Kentucky, Missouri and No. 8 Florida - to finish fifth in the SEC. Junior guard Jordan McRae earned first-team All-SEC honors, while sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes led the SEC in rebounding and landed on the All-SEC second team.

2011-12 Season

Cameron Tatum

Record: 19-15
SEC Finish: 10-6 (2nd SEC)
Postseason: NIT Second Round
Coach: Cuonzo Martin (1st season)

Tennessee's first season under head coach Cuonzo Martin exceeded expectations. Picked to finish 11th in the conference, UT earned the No. 2 seed in the SEC tournament and won 8 of 9 SEC games to end the regular season. Jarnell Stokes earned SEC All-Freshman honors, and junior Jeronne Maymom was second-team All-SEC.

2010-11 Season

Tobias Harris

Record: 19-15
SEC Finish: 8-8 (5th East)
Postseason: NCAA First Round
Coach: Bruce Pearl (6th season)

Tennessee got off to a running start, opening the season 7-0 and upsetting then No. 7 Villanova in the championship of the NIT Tip-Off Classic. However, the rest of the season proved tumultuous as the Vols suffered several narrow losses to finish 19-15 on the year.

2009-10 Season

Wayne Chism

Record: 28-9
SEC Finish: 11-5 (3rd East)
Postseason: NCAA Elite Eight
Coach: Bruce Pearl (5th season)

This group of Vols became the first Tennessee men's basketball team to advance to the Elite Eight, coming from behind to defeat Ohio State 76-73 in the Sweet Sixteen. They fell just short of the Final Four, losing to Michigan State by a single point at 70-69. Overall, UT was 28-9 on the season, 11-5 in the SEC, and lost only one game at home.

2008-09 Season

Tyler Smith

Record: 21-13
SEC Finish: 10-6 (1st East)
Postseason: NCAA First Round
Coach: Bruce Pearl (4th season)

The Vols celebrated their 100th season of varsity basketball, fourth-year head coach Bruce Pearl recorded his 400th career victory, Tyler Smith recorded the first triple-double in school history, the Big Orange logged the 22nd 20-win season in school history, UT played its way to the SEC Eastern Division Championship, and the Vols advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship Game for the first time since 1991.

2007-08 Season

Chris Lofton

Record: 31-5
SEC Finish: 14-2 (1st East)
Postseason: NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Coach: Bruce Pearl (3rd season)

UT set a school record for wins with a 31-5 record while winning its ninth SEC title with a 14-2 conference mark. The Vols earned the first No. 1 ranking in school history and then advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Chris Lofton was named second-team All- America and was joined on the first-team All-SEC squad by Tyler Smith. Bruce Pearl was named SEC coach of the year and earned Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year honors.

2006-07 Season

Dane Bradshaw

Record: 24-11
SEC Finish: 10-6
Postseason: NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Coach: Bruce Pearl (2nd season)

The Vols advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament while posting the second-most wins (24) in school history. Chris Lofton was named a consensus second-team All-America and earned Associated Press SEC Player of the Year honors. UT posted a 16-0 record at Thompson-Boling Arena.

2005-06 Season


Record: 22-8
SEC Finish: 12-4
Postseason: NCAA Second Round
Coach: Bruce Pearl (1st season)

First-year head coach Bruce Pearl was named The Sporting News' National Coach of the Year in leading the Vols to a 22-8 record and the SEC Eastern Division championship. UT received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in school history. Chris Lofton earned second-team All-America honors after breaking almost all of UT's 3-point records.

2004-05 Season


Record: 14-17
SEC Finish: 6-10
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Buzz Peterson (4th season)

Chris Lofton made 93 3-pointers, the most-ever by a freshman in the Southeastern Conference. C.J. Watson led the SEC in assists against league teams for the second time in three years. UT won its 200th game in Thompson-Boling Arena with a 78-68 victory over Georgia on March 5.

2003-04 Season


Record: 15-14
SEC Finish: 7-9
Postseason: NIT First Round
Coach: Buzz Peterson (3rd season)

Scooter McFadgon broke a 35-year-old school record with his 91.2-percent free-throw shooting while ranking fifth in the nation. The Vols made their second NIT appearance in a row.

2002-03 Season


Record: 17-12
SEC Finish: 9-7
Postseason: NIT First Round
Coach: Buzz Peterson (2nd Season)

Tennessee returned to the postseason with an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. Ron Slay led the SEC in scoring with 21.2 points and was named the SEC Player of the Year while earning third-team All-America honors.

2001-02 Season


Record: 15-16
SEC Finish: 8-9
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Buzz Peterson (1st Season)

Buzz Peterson was named the 16th head coach in Tennessee history on April 4, 2001. Vincent Yarbrough finished a close second in the SEC scoring race with 18.1 points per game. Marcus Haislip was the 13th overall pick in the NBA Draft.



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