KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee basketball team won't play on day one at the SEC basketball tournament, but that doesn't mean they will relax.
The Vols have received a first-round bye and await the winner of Wednesday's game between No. 12 seed South Carolina and No. 13 seed Mississippi State.
"When you're in a setting like this and not sure of the first opponent because you don't know who is going to win the game, it's more about how Tennessee plays the game," said head coach Cuonzo Martin.
"Sometimes it's not a great thing to sit out that first game and that other team gets familiar with the rim and the setting. I've seen it both ways. We've just got to get out of the gates aggressive. That's the most important thing."
The Vols are the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
There are differing projections on whether the Vols need an SEC tournament victory on Thursday to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
The only sure-fire way to receive an NCAA invitation is to win the SEC tournament.
Tennessee has not won an SEC tournament title since 1979.
On Tuesday, two UT players received All-SEC honors.
Junior guard Jordan McRae was named 1st team all-conference while sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes was named 2nd team All-SEC.