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Tennessee ready to thrive as 'tougher breed'

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin has preached toughness throughout his coaching career. This season he's taking that approach to a new level.

He isn't merely telling his players they need to be tougher than their opponents. He's putting it out for public consumption.

Tennessee enters the 2013-14 season with "A Tougher Breed" as its slogan. The motto appears in Tennessee's media guide and is included on some of the Volunteers' practice gear.

After reaching the NIT each of the last two seasons, Tennessee believes it can get to the NCAA tournament by being tougher than its opponents.

The Vols also will be older than most teams. Tennessee opens the season Nov. 12 at Xavier with four players who made at least 16 starts for a team that went 20-13 last year.