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Where Tennessee Basketball Lands In Way-Too-Early Bracketology

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The college basketball season is just one week in the rearview which makes this both transfer portal and “way-too-early” season. We took a look at way-too-early top 25 rankings last week. Today we’ll take a look at a way way-too-early projected bracket for the 2025 NCAA Tournament.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his initial bracketology projections on Tuesday. So where do the Vols land?

Tennessee is projected as a five-seed in the West Regional. The Vols are matched up with 12-seed Bradley in the opening round of the tournament with a potential Round of 32 matchup against either four-seed Creighton or 13-seed Hofstra.

Other top seeds in the West Region with Tennessee include one-seed Houston, two-seed Gonzaga and three-seed Arizona.

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Tennessee is one of nine SEC teams projected to make the 2025 NCAA Tournament at this extremely early stage along with one-seed Alabama, three-seed Auburn, four-seed Texas, six-seed Florida, eight-seed Mississippi State, nine-seed Texas A&M, 10-seed South Carolina and 11-seed Missouri.

It’s still extremely early in the college basketball offseason and the Vols’ current roster is a perfect example of that. Tennessee currently has eight scholarship players for next season with five roster spots still available.

The Vols landed their first player in the transfer portal on Monday afternoon, landing highly touted transfer wing Darlinstone Dubar from Hofstra. Dubar is a wing scorer who can play the four and averaged 17.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on 54% shooting from the field and 40% shooting from three-point range.

There’s still plenty of work for Tennessee to do in the transfer portal. They hosted Belmont transfer Cade Tyson on a visit over the weekend and are hosting Charlotte transfer Igor Milicic Jr. on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to for full Tennessee basketball offseason roster management news.

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