Tennessee Vols morning report: Men’s basketball remains No. 1

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team remaining No. 1 and Rick Barnes’s Monday press conference lead our Volunteers news for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

It’s just another Tuesday in Knoxville. Tennessee basketball remains at the top of the NCAA as the gauntlet of their schedule gets set to begin later this week, and our coverage for today is heavy around that program.

This morning’s update on Rocky Top includes the updated news on the men’s basketball rankings. We also have a recap of Rick Barnes’s media session from Monday, which, like we said, is why the men’s basketball program is the dominant story.

There’s no new football coverage to bring you. However, we do have a baseball update not even related to this year. So on this light news day, let’s get started with all of the basketball coverage leading the way.

Men’s basketball remains No. 1Grant Ramey, GoVols247

The Tennessee Vols basketball program remained No. 1 in both polls for the fourth straight week. Although the Duke Blue Devils gained votes in both polls, UT had 40 first place votes to their 24 in the AP Poll, and they had 30 first place votes to Duke’s two in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll. However, the Vols will finally be tested this week with their ranking. After facing the South Carolina Gamecocks at home, they travel to Rupp Arena Saturday to take on the No. 5 ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

"Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) hosts South Carolina (12-11, 7-3) on Wednesday (6: 30 p.m. Eastern Time; TV: SEC Network) while the Wildcats host No. 19 LSU on Tuesday at Rupp Arena, all building up to Saturday night’s primetime game in Lexington.The game between Tennessee and Kentucky (20-3, 9-1) is the first matchup of two top-five SEC teams since Kentucky played at Florida in 2003."

Rick Barnes addresses media Monday ahead of busy week – UTSports

Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes spoke to the media Monday ahead of the Vols’ schedule against South Carolina and Kentucky. He said he doesn’t expect his team to look ahead of the Gamecocks and noted that while Yves Pons still has swelling, he is expected to do more as the week goes on. Here’s a bit of what else he said.

Tennessee baseball to play in Round Rock Classic in 2020 – Noah Taylor, VolsWire.com

The Tennessee Vols baseball team will play in a regional tournament in Round Rock, Texas to begin the 2020 season. This tournament appears as if it will have a postseason format.

"The Vols will be joining Stanford, Texas Tech and Houston and will face each other once each from Feb. 21-23.Texas Tech is currently ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll after finishing in the College World Season in 2018, while No. 9 Stanford fell in the NCAA Regionals."