Tennessee one of 8 teams in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

An NCAA Sweet 16 team and an NIT Final Four qualifier join Tennessee's men in the Puerto Rico Tip-off in November.

The eight-team field was announced Wednesday.

North Carolina State projects to return four starters from a 24-13 team that reached the Sweet 16 in Mark Gottfried's first season.

Massachusetts made it to the NIT semifinals last year en route to a 25-12 record.

UNC Asheville is the only other 2012 NCAA tournament team in the field that plays Nov. 15-18 in San Juan.

The other teams are Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Akron.

The bracket has not been announced.

Information on fan travel packages — including hotel accommodations, game-day transportation, an all-session pass to the games and access to a reception with the players and coaches — will be released later.

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dlukinbeck writes:

NC State is predicted preseason top10 and possibly top of the ACC. At least one is def a heavyweight

luvmatersoup writes:

I can't wait!!! Go Big Orange!

AtopTheHill06 writes:

Wolfpack will be a challenge, but UT should take this tourney.

westknoxrepub writes:

It's not as brutal as last year's tournament, but anyone who thinks we're going to win this thing must not have watched last years basketball season or realized we have a mediocre at best recruiting class.

VolGrad writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

It's not as brutal as last year's tournament, but anyone who thinks we're going to win this thing must not have watched last years basketball season or realized we have a mediocre at best recruiting class.

Yeah, really. I mean, we finished 2nd in the conference behind Kentucky and under a new coach, no less.

usafvol writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

It's not as brutal as last year's tournament, but anyone who thinks we're going to win this thing must not have watched last years basketball season or realized we have a mediocre at best recruiting class.

Did you actually watch any games last year?

kyvol98 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

It's not as brutal as last year's tournament, but anyone who thinks we're going to win this thing must not have watched last years basketball season or realized we have a mediocre at best recruiting class.

We are all still waiting for a post of yours to achieve "mediocre" status.

Yawn.....

lomas98 writes:

Since we have never won one of these "preseason" tournaments, I will never assume we can just take it. some will see the field and say "this will be easy". All 8 teams will be as hungry as TN to have a chance to show the country what they got. As with any of these, whoever is the least distracted while over there will end up the winner. I was in the Bahamas last year during the Atlantis tournament and UConn and FL St were the favorites and both of them lost early.

lomas98 writes:

in response to lomas98:

Since we have never won one of these "preseason" tournaments, I will never assume we can just take it. some will see the field and say "this will be easy". All 8 teams will be as hungry as TN to have a chance to show the country what they got. As with any of these, whoever is the least distracted while over there will end up the winner. I was in the Bahamas last year during the Atlantis tournament and UConn and FL St were the favorites and both of them lost early.

Guess I should correct myself before people start slamming me with evidence. We did win the Preseason NIT during Pearl's last season. Forgot about that one. Historically we have not fared as well as everyone initially thought in these.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Yeah, really. I mean, we finished 2nd in the conference behind Kentucky and under a new coach, no less.

Yeah, we rode it all the way to a 2nd round exit in the NIT. Once Stokes goes it's all downhill from there unless Martin decides he wants to recruit players who can compete with Kentucky and Florida.

SummittsCourt writes:

So a chance to take down the wolfpack in football and basketball this season...SWEET!

brod writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, we rode it all the way to a 2nd round exit in the NIT. Once Stokes goes it's all downhill from there unless Martin decides he wants to recruit players who can compete with Kentucky and Florida.

westknox, why don't you take the trip? you could use some time in san juan.

Razzle writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, we rode it all the way to a 2nd round exit in the NIT. Once Stokes goes it's all downhill from there unless Martin decides he wants to recruit players who can compete with Kentucky and Florida.

I think you're just a disgruntled Florida fan. Can't wait to sweep your gators again.

Basketvol writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, we rode it all the way to a 2nd round exit in the NIT. Once Stokes goes it's all downhill from there unless Martin decides he wants to recruit players who can compete with Kentucky and Florida.

Yes, it is your opinion that "once Stokes goes it's all downhill," but your original comment was about THIS year's tournament and THIS year's "mediocre" team. Last time I checked Stokes was playing THIS year. So what exactly is your point? My point, the Vols have a very good chance of winning this tournament if they can stay focused while on the island.

born2ride writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, we rode it all the way to a 2nd round exit in the NIT. Once Stokes goes it's all downhill from there unless Martin decides he wants to recruit players who can compete with Kentucky and Florida.

I agree. Except for Stokes, the players Martin has recruited are not high enough quality for us to compete with UK, Florida and Vandy.

5-7 in football and an NIT loss to MTSU in basketball are not reasons to celebrate.

underthehill writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

It's not as brutal as last year's tournament, but anyone who thinks we're going to win this thing must not have watched last years basketball season or realized we have a mediocre at best recruiting class.

I watched this team last year including the MTSU game and I have no doubts the experienced front line and improved outside shooting will make UT a better team than the one that finished 2nd in the SEC last year..UT has a chance to dominate teams on the boards and with the defense they play ..they have as good a chance as any team to not only win this tournament..but to win the SEC..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

C'mon basketball. Hurry...uh well there is pro tourney

RobbieTee writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Boston's Rondo is always beautiful to watch, agreed. But if Golden wants to be like Rondo, then he should have went to Kentucky where Rondo got trained up. Rondo will not have a summer/fall camp but rather direct T to the Cat's Kitty Box to become the all star.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Big opportunity for the vols to make an early statement..GBO!

VolGrad writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Yeah, we rode it all the way to a 2nd round exit in the NIT. Once Stokes goes it's all downhill from there unless Martin decides he wants to recruit players who can compete with Kentucky and Florida.

What a dipstick. We didn't need Stokes to beat Florida either time last year. He wasn't even playing when we beat them the first time, and he only played 11 minutes and had 2 reb and 4pts in the 2nd game at Florida.

Not too many people competed with Kentucky last year, and we were one of the very, very few that played them within 3 pts. That was Stokes first game. And he had 17 minutes, 4 reb and 9pts. Not bad for 17min of action, but it wasn't like his performance was what kept it close. They blew us out the 2nd time after opening the game hitting their first 9 shots. You're such a whiner.

crappieking writes:

in response to TROLLING_IS_FUN:

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Idiot troll alert!!!!

johnlg00 writes:

Although I go along with those who think the Vols will be better this year with the return of all but one starter and a more experienced bench, I still see this season as a crucial sign of how well Martin will do in the long run. Last year's team was a completely unknown quantity. The productivity and competitiveness of the former bench-warmers was a bit of a shock to prognosticators, conference coaches, and many if not most Vol fans.

That said, this year's Vols won't have the luxury of flying under the radar. Opponents will know the Vols are worthy of their best shots. If the Vols are to be the strong contenders most of us think they will be, they will have to prove that they can live up to the higher expectations they will see this year. Playing successfully as a favorite requires a rather different mindset than pulling "upsets" as an underdog.

I like most of what I have seen from Martin, but, as the old saying goes, if you are not improving, you are getting worse. As proud as most of us were of how the Vols competed most of the time, some of the crucial areas in which both the coaches and the players must improve are game management, decision-making, and offensive efficiency, to name a few. Should be an interesting season. GO VOLS!!! GO ZO!!!

VolzsFan writes:

"On paper, they're the best team in this league going into this season," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "I told somebody toward the end of last season, I thought Tennessee and Kentucky should be the two best teams in the league (in 2012-13)."

Billy knows hoops. You ens do not. Nuff said.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/m...

Basketvol writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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That's a pretty good summary of the situation. Thanks!

brod writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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this is true. we can't make a recruit go to ut. they have to want to go to ut. donavan is a great recruiter. and yes, the weather doesn't hurt, and the beach doesn't either. there isn't a lot of basketball talent in the state of florida, but donavan has built a great program there. he likes to recruit out of tennessee.

GONAVY writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Tell me how you really feel :)

RobbieTee writes:

in response to GONAVY:

Tell me how you really feel :)

There you go, GONAVY. That was funny.

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