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Basketball Vols don't want to settle for NIT this season

2:50 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin has established himself as a rising star in his profession during his first four years as a head coach, but he still hasn't led a team to the NCAA tournament.

The Volunteers expect that to change this season.

Tennessee opens practice Friday with six of the top seven scorers back from a team that went 19-15 overall and 10-6 in the Southeastern Conference last season. The Vols reached the NIT last year to end a string of six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, but they're ready to start a new streak this season.

Key returnees include senior forward Jeronne Maymon, junior guard Trae Golden and sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes. The Vols begin the season Nov. 9 against Kennesaw State.

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