Will Wade almost won a Southern Conference championship during his second and final season as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach in 2015. In his second season at LSU, a Southeastern Conference title is there for the taking. After winning games last week at Kentucky and at Georgia, Wade's Tigers are 21-4 overall and tied for the SEC lead with Tennessee at 11-1. LSU will host Rick Barnes and the Volunteers this Saturday afternoon, but they must first dispose of visiting Florida on Wednesday night. "We haven't really talked about it that much," Wade said Monday when asked about the conference chase. "We've talked about giving championship-level effort with championship-level habits. We've talked more about ingredients that go into what would become winning the SEC. "Our guys are certainly aware of things and where things stand. When we were getting on the plane after we beat Georgia, everybody was walking past me and had their phone on the Tennessee-Kentucky … [Read more...] about Will Wade, LSU no longer under the radar in SEC basketball race
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Mark Wiedmer Mark Wiedmer Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — For 122 days, Ben Howland's words were golden, beyond dispute or rebuke. At media day for Southeastern Conference men's basketball this past October, Howland was asked why he picked Tennessee to win the league rather than highly favored Kentucky. "That's easy," the Mississippi State coach replied. "They return everybody from the team that won the conference a year ago. And they beat Kentucky twice last year. How are they not the favorite?" For the first 24 games of this season, the Volunteers made Howland look like a genius. They started 23-1. They put together a 19-game winning streak that set a program record and included a victory over then-No. 1 Gonzaga in Phoenix. They won their first 11 games in SEC play, forging a résumé that lifted them to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for four straight weeks. Then came Saturday night in Rupp Arena against No. 5 Kentucky, which is … [Read more...] about Wiedmer: Vols’ regular-season SEC title no longer so certain
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KNOXVILLE — The news that Trey Smith will once again be sidelined after doctors discovered blood clots in his lungs is devastating for the Tennessee sophomore offensive lineman and clearly a blow to the team's overall talent. But as the Volunteers (3-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) prepare to play at South Carolina (3-3, 2-3), the loss of their starting left tackle could be an emotional rallying point. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and his players have not spoken with media since the program announced Thursday that Smith will be out "indefinitely," with Pruitt's comments on the matter that day coming via a released statement. It's fair to assume, however, the Vols will play with Smith on their minds as they try to win their second conference road game of the month when they take on the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium at 7:30 Saturday night. "I think it's a great opportunity for us," Pruitt said earlier this week. "It's a hard place to win, in Columbia, especially at night. … [Read more...] about Can the Vols add their second SEC road win this month?
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