Tennessee was predicted to win the Southeastern Conference men's championship and by a panel of select regional and national media representatives.
Tennessee also announced that it has sold out 2007-08 men's basketball season tickets for the first time in program history. The 16,000 season tickets sold easily breaks the previous record of 13,929 set in 1987, the first season Thompson-Boling Arena was open.
The 30 media voters unanimously selected the Volunteers to win the SEC Eastern Division in the preseason poll on Tuesday in advance of the SEC basketball media days, which start Wednesday.
The Vols were voted to top Kentucky, followed by defending national champion Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South Carolina.
Arkansas was selected to win the SEC Western Division, followed by Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi.