Sometimes, better late than never is actually just too late. This applies to the Tennessee Volunteers (16-10, 8-6 SEC), who have just rattled off five straight victories in some pretty impressive fashion. Whether it was to a then 25th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, or in a quadruple-overtime thriller, the Vols have made a pretty big splash over the last two weeks.
And nobody likes hot teams late in the season more than the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. Those fine folks forget a year’s worth of debacles as long as you play great towards the end of the season. However, even with those living in the moment creatures, the victories may have come too late in the season.
Tennessee still has four games and the conference tournament still on the docket, so all hope is not lost. But they would need to continue on their blistering pace if they want a pair of dancing shoes come March.
Their next two games are at home, with another other two being away, and coming out of that stretch with three victories can surely help bolster what was a weak resume just two weeks ago.
Except…one of those games is against the Florida Gators, a team which they will be a heavy underdog to. The the other three are against the Georgia Bulldogs (whom they already lost to this season), a bad Auburn Tigers team, and the consistently inconsistent Missouri Tigers.
Can they earn three victory out of those four? I think not. Maybe they Vols can make some noise in the SEC Tournament, but to think they are more of the team who won their last five games, and less of the team who lost five of six at one point, would be irresponsible.
The Volunteers still have a chance. Even though it is the slimmest of chances, it is still a chance, and that is all a program can hope for at this point in the season.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone