The Tennessee Volunteers have a great basketball tradition. Although much of their success is on the women’s side of college basketball where Pat Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight NCAA Tournament championships, the men’s team has had its share of great moments as well.
The Vols have been to the NCAA Tournament 20 times in school history. Seven times they have gone to the Sweet Sixteen and in 2010, the Vols made it to the Elite Eight. The Vols are 19-21 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Tennessee has been to the NIT 13 times and has a 13-13 all-time record in that tournament. The Vols have been to Madison Square Garden twice for the semifinals, once in 1969 and again in 1985.
Tennessee has had many great players come through the program such as Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Dale Ellis, Allan Houston, Reggie Johnson, Chris Lofton, and many more. Tennessee basketball is one of the best in the powerful SEC and they will be for years to come.
The Thompson-Boling Arena opened in 1987. It holds nearly 22,000 fans and is one of the SEC’s biggest and best venues. In fact, the TBA is the largest on-campus single-sport arena in the nation. It has gone through a couple of renovations since it first opened, making it a very modern looking college basketball venue.
Tennessee is part of the SEC, which is perhaps the best college sports conference. Fans of the Big Orange are as passionate about their Volunteers as any you will find in the country. Every game is a big game, rivalry or not. When the SEC teams come to town though, the atmosphere ramps up to another level. The Tennessee student section, pep band and cheerleaders create a fantastic college basketball atmosphere.
Tennessee is part of the SEC which includes teams such as Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. When these teams come to Thompson-Boling Arena, it is a must see event. There is not a much better way to spend a Saturday than watching SEC basketball. If you can do it in a great and historical venue such as the TBS, why wouldn’t you?
As soon as you walk into the arena, you know you are in a great place. All of the NCAA Championship banners and retired jerseys and hang from the rafters and the court is named “Pat Summitt Court” after the legendary coach of the women’s team.
There are no bad seats at the TBA and you will enjoy watching a great SEC game while enjoying all your favorite concession items such as pizza, BBQ, hot dogs, popcorn sodas and more.
You do not want to miss out on any of the excitement of Tennessee Volunteers basketball this season at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Bring the kids out for great college basketball experience. Order your tickets today! If you don’t yet know the words to “Rocky Top” after a game at the TBA you will!
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