Region – Seed: Midwest – Play-In for No. 11 Seed
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Tennessee Volunteers have underachieved the entire season. They were supposed to challenge Kentucky and Florida for an SEC title, but in no way did they do that. Part of the reason for that is because Florida has been one of the most dominant teams in college basketball. The other part is Tennessee not being as good as its talent would suggest.
Still, the Volunteers are in the tournament and that is really all that matters.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jordan McRae (18.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Jarnell Stokes (10.4 rpg)
Leading Passer: Jordan McRae (2.6 apg)
Bad Losses: Texas A&M (twice)
Good Wins: Xavier, Virginia
Jordan McRae was one of the best scorers in the SEC during the regular season and he was also one of the best scorers in college hoops. He will, of course, have to put up his near 20 points per game if the Volunteers want to even get to the round of 32, but he will not be able to do it alone.
The SEC is very tough. No matter how underrated it is and no matter how many people think it is one of the weaker power conferences, it still has many talented teams. Florida and Kentucky get the most hype –I am sure many people have heard a thing or two about that– but teams like Tennessee deserve more credit.
No, the Volunteers do not have one of the best records in the country, but they are a good basketball team.
The Tennessee Volunteers are dancing!