Another disappearing act

Tennessee's basketball team was pure magic at the close of the regular season, winning seven of its last eight games. The only magic the Vols displayed in the SEC Tournament, though, was their annual disappearing act.

Thursday night's 76-67 overtime loss to LSU marked the ninth time the Big Orange has vanished after its tourney opener since the league expanded to 12 teams in 1992. Tennessee is the only program who has not advanced past the quarterfinals during that span.

All told, the Vols are 7-16 in SEC Tournament games since expansion, a winning percentage of just 30.4.

Here's a recap:

1992: Beat South Carolina 70-63, lost to LSU 99-89

1993: Beat Auburn 78-76, lost to Kentucky 101-40

1994: Lost to Mississippi State 73-69

1995: Lost to Alabama 55-43

1996: Beat Alabama 77-65, lost to Georgia 74-63

1997: Lost to Auburn 67-54

1998: Beat LSU 73-62, lost to Arkansas 102-96

1999: Lost to Mississippi State 62-56

2000: Lost to South Carolina 75-68

2001: Beat Auburn 73-66, lost to Ole Miss 86-73

2002: Beat Arkansas 68-61, lost to Alabama 91-72

2003: Lost to Auburn 66-53

2004: Lost to Alabama 84-49

2005: Beat Arkansas 65-46, lost to Kentucky 76-62

2006: Lost to South Carolina 79-71

2007: Lost to LSU 76-67, OT

Since expansion, not one Vol coach has posted a .500 record in SEC Tournament play. Here's the breakdown:

Wade Houston: 2 wins, 3 losses

Kevin O'Neill: 1 win, 3 losses

Jerry Green: 2 wins, 4 losses

Buzz Peterson: 2 wins, 4 losses

Bruce Pearl: 0 wins, 2 losses


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