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.