KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Volunteers face Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday at UD Arena at 9:10 p.m. (ET).
The Volunteers (21-12, 11-7 SEC) are vying for the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region, which leads to Indianapolis, Ind. The winner of Wednesday's game meets No. 6 seed UMass on Friday in a second-round game in Raleigh, N.C.
The Vols are returning to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence. Tennessee has won five of its last six games and has held its last four opponents to an average of just 47.4 points per game.
The Hawkeyes (20-12, 9-9 Big Ten), guided by head coach Fran McCaffery, finished sixth in the Big Ten. Senior guard Roy Devyn Marble, a first-team All-Big Ten performer, leads Iowa in scoring with 17.3 points per game while shooting .364 from 3-point range.
This is Tennessee's 20th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, its seventh in the past 10 years and its first under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. This is the first time the Vols will appear in the "First Four" and the first time they will meet Iowa in the "Big Dance."
Tennessee trails its all-time series with Iowa 2-1. The Vols won the most recent meeting, posting an 80-68 victory Dec. 29, 2000, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Vols and Hawkeyes both competed at the Battle 4 Atlantis earlier this season in the Bahamas, but the teams did not meet.
Tennessee owns a 16-20 record in NCAA Tournament play. UT is 0-2 in two previous tournament appearances in Dayton (2001, 2009).
2 Vols named All-SEC
Less than 24 hours after officially landing a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Tennessee basketball team received more good news Monday, as junior Jarnell Stokes and senior Jordan McRae earned All-SEC status from the Associated Press.
Stokes was a first-team selection, and McRae was named to the second team. Last week, Stokes and McRae both received first-team All-SEC honors from the league's head coaches.
Tennessee joined Florida and LSU as the only league teams with multiple AP first- or second-team All-SEC selections.
A forward from Memphis, Tenn., Stokes averages 14.7 points and a team-best 10.3 rebounds this season. He has a career-best 19 double-doubles on the year and also leads the team in blocks with 34.
McRae, a guard from Midway, Ga., leads the Vols in scoring (18.6 ppg), assists (2.5 apg) and 3-point percentage (.371). His 32 blocked shots are second-most on the team, trailing only Stokes.
McRae (1,442) and Stokes (1,057) both joined UT's 1,000-point club this year.
The Volunteers (21-12, 11-7 SEC) face Iowa (20-12, 9-9 Big Ten) in an NCAA Tournament first-round clash Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. ET in Dayton, Ohio. The game will be televised nationally on TruTV.
2014 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC TEAMS
u-Julius Randle, Kentucky u-Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Casey Prather, Florida
Jabari Brown, Missouri
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
Trevor Releford, Alabama
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU
Patric Young, Florida
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Chris Denson, Auburn
Kenny Gaines, Georgia
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Charles Mann, Georgia
Rod Odom, Vanderbilt
Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss
James Young, Kentucky
Player of the Year — Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
Coach of the Year — Billy Donovan, Florida
Newcomer of the Year — u-Julius Randle, Kentucky