Tennessee baseball SEC Tournament preview

The Tennessee baseball team stands for the national anthem before a NCAA baseball game at Lindsey
The Tennessee baseball team stands for the national anthem before a NCAA baseball game at Lindsey / Angelina Alcantar/News Sentinel / USA

Tennessee baseball is preparing for its trip to Hoover, Alabama, where it will take its shot at the SEC Tournament after winning the regular-season championship. 

As a result, the Vols have been awarded the No. 1 overall seed after a dominant season and winning eight straight SEC series to end the season after losing two out of three in their opening conference series. The Vols' slow start didn't hinder their ability to open the scorebook as they finished the season 46-10 and 22-8 in the SEC. 

The Vols are scheduled to face a conference rival out of the gate and will play the winner of Florida and Vanderbilt, who will play at 4:30 PM CT on Tuesday. After that, the bracket gets tricky for the Vols with the SEC's unique bracket. 

If Tennessee wins on Wednesday to begin their SEC Tournament, they will face the winner of Texas A&M and Mississippi State/Ole Miss. If the Vols win that game, they will take Friday off and prepare for the tournament's final two days. 

This route provides a unique advantage for the Vols, as they only need to play four games over five days to win the SEC Tournament. The SEC Tournament is a single elimination, so if the Vols slip, they could have a short week in Hoover, just like the Lady Vols softball team in their SEC Tournament after losing their opening game to LSU. 

You can catch all of the Vols' games in Hoover on the SEC Network, which will host the SEC Tournament this week. The Vol Network will also be on-site to call the game if you would rather listen to the hometown call over the SEC Network's coverage. 

Tennessee also has a lot at stake if it can go the distance and win the SEC Tournament. The Vols are battling for the No. 1 overall seed in the Men's College World Series bracket. This would put Tennessee in a great spot to make its fourth trip to Omaha in the past four seasons.