Tennessee’s late-season swoon took the Vols out of NCAA Tournament contention after projections had them in as late as early February.
And while the Vols took a step in the right direction this year, they’ll have to sit at home this postseason for the third straight year, marking the first three-year NCAA Tournament drought for the program since 2003-05.
But with Tennessee playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation, that means UT fans will see a lot of familiar teams and faces this March. Eleven UT opponents made the field of 68, with the Vols going 4-10 against them on the season after playing a few of them multiple times.
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Going by the official 1-68 ranking the NCAA put out shortly after the selection show, the Vols faced No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Gonzaga, No. 5 Kentucky (twice), No. 9 Oregon, No. 14, Florida, No. 26 South Carolina (twice), No. 29 Wisconsin, No. 31 Arkansas, No. 33 Vanderbilt (twice), No. 46 Kansas State and No. 52 ETSU.
The Vols recorded wins over ETSU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Kansas State and had losses against UNC, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina (both times), Wisconsin, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.
Here’s a look at the full bracket via CBS: