The University of Tennessee basketball team held its annual postseason awards banquet Friday at the Knoxville Marriott to honor one of the most successful teams in the 99-year history of the program.
The Vols posted a school record number of wins, achieved the program’s first No. 1 national ranking, won their ninth overall Southeastern Conference title and then advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Tennessee finished the season with a 31-5 overall record, easily breaking the previous school record of 26 wins in a season. The Vols’ 14 league wins are the school’s most since the SEC went to a 16-game schedule.
Third-year head coach Bruce Pearl was named the league’s coach of the year and the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year while Chris Lofton and Tyler Smith each earned first team All-SEC recognition, and JaJuan Smith was a second team pick.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.