NCAAM: Tennessee vs Arkansas
Tennessee is 19-6 (10-3 SEC) and winners of five straight games and eight straight conference games entering Saturday’s showdown at No. 23 Arkansas.
With its recent run of success and Tuesday’s win over No. 4 Kentucky, Tennessee is rising up bracketologies with two and a half weeks left in the regular season.
According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, Tennessee is the highest-ranked four-seed. In the South Regional, Lunardi has Tennessee facing 13-seed Vermont in the first round in Pittsburgh. If the Vols got past the Catamounts they’d see the winner of fifth-seed Michigan State and 12th-seeded Davidson.
Other top seeds in Tennessee’s region includes Arizona (No. 1), Duke (No. 2) and Baylor (No. 3)
There are currently six SEC teams in Lunardi’s field with Florida on the wrong side of the bubble. Auburn is a No. 1 seed, Kentucky is a No. 2 seed, Alabama is a No. 5 seed, LSU is a No. 6 seed and Arkansas is a No. 6 seed.
According to CBS’ Jerry Palm, Tennessee is also a No. 4 seed in the South Region. According to Palm, however, the Vols would face South Dakota State in Milwaukee.
If Tennessee got past the Jackrabbits, they’d face either No. 5 seed UConn or 12-seeds Memphis or Oregon.
The other top seeds in the South Region include Arizona (No. 1), Wisconsin (No. 2) and Baylor (No. 3)
Tennessee could keep climbing in Bracketology with a win at Arkansas Saturday.