Tennessee opened the 1976-77 SEC season this night with a 73-69 win over Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym in Nashville.
The Vols swept Kentucky and Vanderbilt that season and won the SEC with a 16-2 record. The only losses in the conference were at Georgia and at Florida. It was a memorable time. The win over Kentucky came in the Vols’ first visit to Rupp Arena.
Tennessee and UCLA played a Sunday afternoon contest at the Omni in Atlanta, with the Bruins winning 103-89.
The “Bernie and Ernie Show” was in full swing, with a ticket to Tennessee games at Stokely Center being a priceless commodity. For the season, the Vols shot 53.5% from the field.
The Vols finished 15th in the AP poll and 8th in UPI.
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017