Tennessee Vols morning report: Men’s SEC Tournament seeding

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) /

The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball seeding in the SEC Tournament and spring practice lead our Volunteers news for Monday, March 11, 2019.

A rough weekend for the Tennessee Vols has now come to an end. It began with bad news on the women’s basketball front and followed up with bad news on the men’s front, and we’re going to get to all of that today.

Our morning update on Rocky Top includes losses by both teams and the fact that those losses mean something even more. We also have coverage of football news to bring you. However, the diamond on both sides had much better news.

Meanwhile, we have numerous other recaps in tennis, track and field and women’s golf to bring you. And we have a preview of a Swimming and Diving event. So it’s a huge day of news, which we’ll begin with men’s basketball.

Tennessee basketball a 3-seed in Men’s SEC Tournament – SECSports

A road loss to the Auburn Tigers Saturday cost the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team a share of the regular season SEC Championship. It also knocked them down to a No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament with a 26-4 record and 15-3 league record behind the Kentucky Wildcats, who split the series with UT and has the same record, and the No. 1 seed LSU Tigers, who are 16-2. Tennessee will play either the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Vanderbilt Commodores or Texas A&M Aggies at 9 p.m. Friday night.

"Teams will be seeded No. 1 through No. 14 in the SEC Basketball Tournament bracket based upon the final regular season Conference standings. Teams that finished No. 1 through No. 4 in the final regular season standings shall receive first- and second-round byes and teams that finish No. 5 through No. 10 will receive first-round byes in the SEC Basketball Tournament."

Tennessee football continues spring practice – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

The Tennessee Vols football team was back on the field Saturday for another spring practice. It was the second practice of this spring.

"The Vols worked in helmets and shorts, and three periods of position drills were open for the media. The highlights from the open-viewing portion of Saturday’s practice include routes-on-air with the quarterbacks and wide receivers, drill work for the linebackers (featuring freshmen JJ Peterson and Quavaris Crouch) and offensive line (including five-star freshman offensive tackle Wanya Morris) and a brief glimpse at the spirited one-on-one drills between the receivers and cornerbacks watched closely by head coach Jeremy Pruitt."

Lady Vols must wait for NCAA Tournament decision – WBIR Staff

Tennessee women’s basketball suffered a blowout loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Friday’s SEC Tournament match-up. Now, outside of the top 50 of the RPI, they have to wait until next Monday to see if they will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.

"The Lady Vols finished the season with a 19-12 record, 7-9 in conference play during the regular season. After the loss to Mississippi State on Friday, the team made its best pitches in the locker room."

Tennessee baseball wins series vs. Fresno State – Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com

The No. 21 ranked Tennessee Vols baseball team won their series against the Fresno State Bulldogs. They took the games on Friday and Saturday while Fresno State won on Sunday.

"The loss is the Vols’ first of the season after starting 15-0. Tennessee will host UNC Asheville Tuesday and Wednesday before SEC play begins Friday at Auburn."

Tennessee softball wins series vs. Florida – WVLT TV

Ranked No. 7, the Tennessee Lady Vols softball team shocked the world by taking two of three from the No. 4 ranked Florida Gators on the road over the weekend. They won on Friday and Saturday before losing on Sunday.

"The Lady Vols picked up dominant wins in the first two games of the weekend, outscoring the Gators 12-1 while hitting seven home runs to take the series. With the victories, UT claimed its first series in Gainesville since 2007 when the then-No. 1 Lady Vols won Games 1 and 3."

Women’s tennis defeats Texas A&M, LSU – UTSports

The Tennessee Lady Vols tennis team won two straight games over the weekend against ranked SEC opponents. They defeated the No. 21 ranked Texas A&M Aggies 4-2 Friday and the No. 15 ranked LSU Tigers 4-0 on Sunday to move to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

"Tennessee’s win over LSU caps off an 11-match homestand that began on Feb. 10 and saw the Lady Vols compile a 9-2 (2-1 SEC) record. Tennessee has just four home matches remaining this season."

Men’s tennis falls at Texas A&M – UTSports

The No. 25 ranked Tennessee Vols men’s tennis team fell on the road to the No. 28 ranked Texas A&M Aggies Saturday. With the loss, they fell to 10-3 and 1-2 in the SEC.

"The Vols return to Knoxville having gone 1-1 on the weekend, picking up a win on Thursday against No. 24 LSU, 4-3. Texas A&M (10-3, 4-0) picks up its seventh consecutive victory and moves to 5-1 at home this season."

Track and field has four podium finishes at championships – NCAA.com

Four Tennessee Vols track and field athletes had podium finishes at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships. High jumper Darryl Sullivan led the way with a second place finish.

"Arkansas’ women and Florida’s men won national titles. The Gators have now won consecutive indoor national crowns."

Williams wins Gator Invitational; Women’s golf finishes fourth – Golfstat.com

Tennessee women’s golf junior Micheala Williams had the best finish of all performers at the Gator Invitational. Meanwhile, the Lady Vols finished fourth overall while the Florida Gators, the only team to shoot under par, finished first.

Vols set for Zone B Diving Championships – DiveMeets

Tennessee is sending six divers to compete in the Zone B Diving Championships at Auburn, Ala. The meet is set to run Monday through Wednesday.