KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Just seven months after playing in the NCAA regional semifinals, Tennessee is being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.
Rarely has a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance been held in such low regard. Then again, this Tennessee team bears only a passing resemblance to the squad that made that postseason run.
Tennessee returns only four scholarship players from the team that went 24-13 last season. The Volunteers also have a new coaching staff, as Donnie Tyndall arrived from Southern Mississippi after Cuonzo Martin left for California. All those new faces may explain why SEC writers predicted Tennessee to finish 13th in a 14-team league.