Talking Points: What a Weekend for the Tennessee Volunteers

Quickie Talking Points this morning.

Rocky Top Reward
Everything that happened this fantastic weekend, from UTSports.com.

Vols lock up first-round bye, 68-61 " GoVolsXtra
"We have more to prove, we remember where we were picked," said Golden, referring UT being forecast at 11th at SEC Media Day. "We're still playing with a huge chip on our shoulder."

Mike Strange: Jarnell Stokes saw something better than 11th place " GoVolsXtra
"It was a 28-game hug," Golden said. "It's been a long season."

David Climer: Tennessee Vols look like tournament team | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
By beating Vanderbilt 68-61 on Saturday for its eighth win in the past nine games, UT gave the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee one more thing to ponder.

Vols focused on Ole Miss/Auburn winner as pundits boost UT to 'bubble' status " GoVolsXtra
ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi sent an e-mail to the News Sentinel on Sunday afternoon projecting UT at No. 70 — two spots out of the field — heading into the final week of play before the NCAA men's basketball tournament's selection Sunday. "A win at the SEC tourney makes NCAA possible,'' Lunardi penned, "two wins makes it probable.''

VolQuest.com - The Martin Plan
Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin acknowledged Saturday night that he didn't dream at the start of the season that his team would finish 10-6 in the SEC. But the most impressive result of Saturday's win wasn't just that Martin's team hit the double-digit mark in SEC wins. It wasn't just that the Vols secured a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. It's not just that the Vols have won 8 of their last 9 and are only the second team in the last 13 years to finish the regular season with 4 straight wins. Associated Press Martin's substance over style marketing created a big time atmosphere Saturday against the 'Dores. It's that Saturday's 7-point win over Vanderbilt in Thompson-boling Arena was more than a game. It was an event. A huge event.

Legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt faces future | timesfreepress.com
The two yellow Labradors belong to University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. The pooches, Sally and Sadie, are "her prized possessions," says Tyler, Summitt’s son.

John Adams: Cutting of nets provides special moment " GoVolsXtra
Remember what Summitt said in preseason when asked about her decision to continue coach ing despite being diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type? "I want to cut down more nets," she said with a smile.

Mike Strange: SEC coaches each had game, some more than others " GoVolsXtra
They've got the X's and O's down pat. They know a good shot from a bad one. In short, they can all talk a good basketball game.

Sunday Baseball Briefing - Tennessee
Tennessee picked up its first victory over a ranked team since 2010 with a 5-4 triumph over No. 16 Texas at Minute Maid Park as part of the Houston College Classic on Saturday. UT junior Zack Godley threw a career-high...

ON TOUR: Williams, Sandgren Win Back-to-Back Titles - Tennessee
Former Vols Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren won their second consecutive professional doubles title in Texas on Sunday afternoon.Williams and Sandgren rallied to beat fourth-seeded Thomas Fabbiano of Italy and Di Wu of China 6-7 (6), 7-5, [10-6] to take...

SEC could maintain Alabama-UT Vols tradition | timesfreepress.com
The Southeastern Conference may have a home for traditionalists after all. SEC athletic directors lobbying to maintain permanent cross-divisional football matchups such as Alabama-Tennessee and Auburn-Georgia feel better about their cause compared to a week ago.

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