One of the best days in sports is relevant right away: the first game of the NCAA Tournament features the other half of Tennessee’s pod in Indianapolis, with Colorado State and Michigan squaring off at 12:15 PM ET. The Vols and Lancers will follow around 2:45. The Vols are seventh […]
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Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, Tennessee has made the NCAA Tournament 16 times. Fifteen of those have come in the last 25 seasons, including 11 of the last 17. We’re getting used to this. What we’re not accustomed to yet is advancing beyond the Sweet 16. […]
Celebrating the Vols’ SEC Championship, then wondering why the Vols are a 3-seed and peering down the path of the South Region.
We’ve got a podcast being uploaded shortly to discuss all things SEC Tournament and the bracket, and you can once again join us in the madness with our Gameday on Rocky Top 2022 bracket challenge! We’re again playing at CBS this year, it’s free to play, and who knows…you too […]
In KenPom, the distance between the second-best team in the country (Arizona) and the 12th-best team (Villanova) is 2.67 points. It’s an abnormal amount of parity, one that leaves little separation between the bottom of the #1 seed line and the #3 line. It’s why I’ve thought, for a while […]
After six days off, Tennessee returns to the floor tonight against Mississippi State (6:00 PM ET SEC Network) in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. Victory would send the Vols to round three against Kentucky or Vanderbilt on Saturday. In Thursday’s latest Bracket Matrix, Tennessee is the second #3 seed, […]
You want your best basketball to emerge at this time of year, and behold: the first half yesterday was without question the Vols’ best 20 minutes of the year. And then the second half highlighted some of the things that have hurt Tennessee the most throughout these 30 games. But […]
This is the tenth year of SEC expansion, with Missouri and Texas A&M joining the fray in the 2012-13 season. It felt like it would be an immediate upgrade: the Tigers went 30-5 the year before, earning a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the first year of league […]
Tennessee’s win over Auburn was the program’s 13th victory over a Top 5 team in the last 17 seasons: seven for Bruce Pearl, six for Rick Barnes. And there may be additional opportunities this season, as early as two weeks from now in Tampa. Yesterday felt like a celebration of […]
There will come a time when Rick Barnes is no longer our coach, riding off into an orange sunset, maybe some gold around the edges. Whenever that happens, we’ll hope whoever is next can continue the program’s momentum. And because of Rick Barnes and Bruce Pearl, we’ll know such a […]