NCAA Tournament March Madness

#5 Tennessee

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Projected seed: 1 (automatic qualifier)

Tennessee has put together a season that has them staring down a prime spot in the tournament. A couple of blemishes on their record don't take away from the big picture; they've shown their capabilities against top-tier competition. Signature wins over teams like Alabama, Kansas, and an away victory against Kentucky illustrate this squad's pedigree. The resilience shown in bouncing back and snagging a redeeming win after their earlier Alabama loss speaks to the mental toughness of this group. Moreover, their only loss against a true top-dog came in a competitive game against Purdue, proving that they can hang with the best of the best. The Vols' defense has been a cornerstone of their success, suffocating opponents and creating matchup nightmares. If Tennessee can close out their season strong against formidable opponents like Kentucky and on the road at South Carolina, they'll cement their argument for top seeding come March, given their robust portfolio of quality wins and consistently strong play on both ends of the court.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6Tennessee Tech321W80-42
11/10@Wisconsin24W80-70
11/14Wofford168W82-61
11/20(N)Syracuse63W73-56
11/21(N)Purdue1L71-67
11/22(N)Kansas18L69-60
11/29@North Carolina6L100-92
12/5George Mason103W87-66
12/9Illinois9W86-79
12/12Ga Southern289W74-56
12/16(N)NC State82W79-70
12/21Tarleton St104W65-46
1/2Norfolk St245W87-50
1/6Mississippi58W90-64
1/10@Mississippi St21L77-72
1/13@Georgia97W85-79
1/16Florida23W85-66
1/20Alabama11W91-71
1/27@Vanderbilt243W75-62
1/30South Carolina15L63-59
2/3@Kentucky14W103-92
2/7LSU88W88-68
2/10@Texas A&M44L85-69
2/14@Arkansas114W92-63
2/17Vanderbilt243W88-53
2/20@Missouri175W72-67
2/24Texas A&M44W86-51
2/28Auburn7W92-84
3/2@Alabama11W81-74
3/6@South Carolina1552%
3/9Kentucky1474%