Mar 13, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; An interior view of the court in Bridgestone Arena before a game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first round of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

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The 2013/14 SEC tournament will begin on Wednesday night with two first round matchups.

Auburn and South Carolina will play each other for the chance to face Arkansas in the second round on Thursday. The winner of Thursday’s matchup will play Tennessee in the third round on Friday.

The Vols were a #5 seed last year. They advanced past the second round with a win against Mississippi State, before losing in the third round to Alabama.

Tennessee’s loss to Alabama essentially ended their NCAA tournament hopes last season.

This year the Vols have a little more momentum heading into the SEC tournament. Tennessee has won their last four games by an average margin of 25 points.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams said he believes the Vols, with their convincing win against Missouri, “got the job done” as far as locking down an NCAA tournament bid goes.

While that might be true, the Vols would certainly prefer to win a game or two in the SEC tournament to solidify their resume.

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