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VOL HOOPS CENTRAL: SEC Tournament

March 11, 2013


TENNESSEE vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE
March 14, 2013   |   3:30 p.m. ET
Bridgestone Arena   |   Nashville, Tenn.

TENNESSEE IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
  • The Vols are 60-48 (.556) all-time in the SEC Tournament.
  • Since the tournament was renewed in 1979, the Vols are 25-33 (.431).
  • Tennessee's four SEC Tournament titles are the third-most of any league member.


  • Only Kentucky (27) and Alabama (6) have won the SEC Tournament more times than Tennessee.
  • Only Kentucky (119 wins) has more SEC Tournament victories than the Vols.
  • UT's .556 winning percentage in the SEC Tournament is third-best among league teams.

NOTING THE VOLS
  • For the second straight year, Tennessee won eight of its last nine games to end the regular season.
  • This is the sixth time the SEC Tournament has been played in Nashville. UT owns a 7-5 record in SEC tourney games played in the Music City.
  • The Vols are 14-3 (.824) in the state of Tennessee this season.
  • If the Vols win Thursday, they will face No. 4 seed Alabama Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
  • Cuonzo Martin is 3-4 in conference tournaments as a head coach (three MVC Tournaments and one SEC Tournament).


TENNESSEE WHEN SEEDED FIFTH...
  • Tennessee has been the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament just once previously. The Vols went 1-1 as the fifth seed when the event was held in Knoxville in 1989.
  • The SEC had just 10 teams that season.
  • The Vols beat fourth-seeded LSU 95-77 that year before being eliminated with a 76-71 loss to top-seeded Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena.


KOSMALSKI NAMED UT's SEC LEGEND
  • Former Vols center Len Kosmalski (1972-74) has been selected as Tennessee's SEC Legend for this year's SEC Tournament.
  • A native of Maple Heights, Ohio, Kosmalski lettered three seasons for the Volunteers and is Tennessee's No. 31 all-time scorer with 1,212 career points.
  • A starter on UT's 1972 SEC Championship team, Kosmalski earned first-team All-SEC acclaim in 1972, 1973 and 1974. The 7-0, 245-pound center averaged 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds during his days on Rocky Top before embarking on a professional basketball playing career.
  • In 1974, he was picked in both the ABA (Utah Stars) and NBA (Kansas City-Omaha Kings) drafts. He played two years for the Kings, appearing in 76 games.


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