Tennessee left in the hands of the committee, but Cuonzo Martin thinks his team deserves to be in

Tennessee guard Armani Moore (4) goes up for a basket and draws a foul from Alabama forward Nick Jacobs (15) during the quarterfinal round of the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Friday, March 15, 2013. Alabama won 58-48 over Tennessee. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Armani Moore (4) goes up for a basket and draws a foul from Alabama forward Nick Jacobs (15) during the quarterfinal round of the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Friday, March 15, 2013. Alabama won 58-48 over Tennessee. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

There’s a room in Indianapolis, filled with paperwork, computer screens and coffee cups. That’s where Tennessee basketball’s fate rests.

The NCAA tournament selection committee has been at it since early in the week, constructing a bracket that will be dissected by millions of scalpels from Berkley to Boise and Philly to Cali.

In Knoxville, today’s Selection Show (TV: WVLT, 6 p.m.) will be watched with bated breath. A 58-48 loss to Alabama in Friday’s SEC tournament quarterfinals assured that.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Vols’ resume included an RPI of 59 and a strength of schedule of 53, according to realtimerpi.com. Against teams projected to be in the bracket and those joining UT on the bubble, the Vols own a 6-9 record with wins over Massachusetts, Wichita State, Florida, Missouri, Alabama (1-2) and Kentucky (1-1) and losses to Oklahoma State, Georgetown, Virginia, Memphis and Ole Miss (0-2).

Is it enough?

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin has lobbied that it is.

“We beat top-25 teams, four if I’m not mistaken and beat top-50 teams, top-100 teams,” he said Friday. “Our resume stacks up against the best when you’re talking about a bubble team, per se.”

Martin, though, won’t be in the room when the committee pencils in the tournament’s final teams.

The Vols sit in a broad bubble including Oklahoma, California, St. Mary’s, Wichita State, Boise State, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, La Salle, Virginia, Maryland, Southern Miss., Kentucky and Massachusetts.

That’s 14 teams jockeying for four or five cherished invitations.

Those left out will trudge into to the National Invitational Tournament.

Therein lies a problem for UT. First- and second-round games in the NCAA women’s tournament are scheduled at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday and Monday of the upcoming week. If the Vols land in the NIT, they will likely receive a generous seed and offered a home game.

The women’s tournament limits that opportunity.

Because the NCAA will take over Thompson-Boling — dressing it up with tournament paraphernalia and scheduling shootarounds and media events — Wednesday would be the only day for the Vols to host a men’s first-round NIT game, according to two UT sources in the program. The sources requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

Otherwise, Tennessee might be sent to the road.

The Vols hope it doesn’t come to that. According to Martin, the team will practice at 4 p.m. today at Pratt Pavilion. They will then gather privately to learn their future.

The Decision Makers: The NCAA selection committee is chaired by Mike Bobinski, who is shifting from being athletic director at Xavier to the same role at Georgia Tech, and comprised of Peter Roby (AD at Northeastern), Joe Castiglione (AD at Oklahoma), Ron Wellman (AD at Wake Forest), Scott Barnes (AD at Utah State), Doug Fullerton (Big Sky Conference commissioner), Jamie Zaninovich (West Coast Conference commissioner), Judy MacLeod (Conference-USA associate commissioner), Joe Alleva (AD at LSU) and Mark Hollis (AD at Michigan State).

Experts are Split: As of Saturday afternoon, America’s two most closely followed “bracketologists” disagreed on Tennessee’s destiny.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, the inventor of mock bracket madness, slated the Vols as the third team out of the bracket behind Virginia and Maryland. Lunardi’s last for teams in the field are Boise State, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss and La Salle.

CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, meanwhile, had the Vols going to a tournament play-in game as one of the final four teams in.

If UT does earn a bid today, it is almost assured to be as a play-in team. The Vols would be a 12 seed and play either Tuesday or Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Wrapping Up the SEC: Ole Miss may have cemented its spot in the bracket with a 64-52 win over Vanderbilt in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinals. The Rebels will face Florida, a 61-51 winner over Alabama on Saturday, in today’s (TV: WATE, 1 p.m.) title game.

Ole Miss (25-8) now owns an RPI of 58 and a strength of schedule of 127. The Rebels remain on the bubble thanks to a non-conference schedule highlighted by a victory against Rutgers.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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eb502us#225637 writes:

I disagree.

We had a decent record but most of our big wins in an a below average SEC were the result of timing. We beat KY in their first game after the Noel injury (and they've been pathetic since). We beat UF without two of their best players and we beat a Mizzou team that can't beat anyone on the road. So three of our best wins aren't all that.

Bottom line is that we are a better than average SEC team which isn't saying much.

beartn#223846 writes:

I think there are as many arguments for us being in the field as their are for us not being in the field. If Ole Miss wins tomorrow, I think we are definitely out. With the players we have coming back, plus Maymon, plus the stud shooting guard recruit, I hope next year's team doesn't wait until the last 10 games of the season to play well. I expect that we will have a more consistent season next year and not sweat out Selection Sunday again.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

I disagree.

We had a decent record but most of our big wins in an a below average SEC were the result of timing. We beat KY in their first game after the Noel injury (and they've been pathetic since). We beat UF without two of their best players and we beat a Mizzou team that can't beat anyone on the road. So three of our best wins aren't all that.

Bottom line is that we are a better than average SEC team which isn't saying much.

Witch Doctor read some of your previous BBall predictions....Id stay away from commenting too much about something you missed all season long..lol
Bones never lie.

eduardo writes:

If it is between us and kenlucky going...I know who my money is on!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

I watched a lot of basketball....
every borderline team can come up with arguments to be in.

movol53 writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

I disagree.

We had a decent record but most of our big wins in an a below average SEC were the result of timing. We beat KY in their first game after the Noel injury (and they've been pathetic since). We beat UF without two of their best players and we beat a Mizzou team that can't beat anyone on the road. So three of our best wins aren't all that.

Bottom line is that we are a better than average SEC team which isn't saying much.

I'm really tired of hearing that we just happen to beat KY after they lost a guy; it was an even match at Rupp which KY won. Also, KY had the number one recruiting class again this year so if everyone is THAT good why did losing one of those GREAT players make that much difference?? I can see that happening if a team has no other GREAT recruits / players but KY is loaded. And yes, we beat FLA when they were down two players but then again everyone that beat us this year beat us without Maymon. I don't understand your point. You play the teams that are playing together at the scheduled time; whether they have all of their players or not. The Lady Vols having been playing with only 7 - 8 player most of the year. Do they get to "replay the teams that beat them" when they had 2 -3 players out due to injury??? NOT!!!! Yes, they have been up and down this year (UT men) but hey did win 9 of the last 11?? I believe; so over the last third of the season they are one of the hottest teams in the nation. If they make the NCAA I hope they win at least 2 - 3 games; I don't see anymore than that realistically. GO VOLS!!!!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

I still believe the day(s) will come when 48 are seeded and some set number play in for the final 16 spots....

Just too much subjectivity with the way it's done now.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

I still believe the day(s) will come when 48 are seeded and some set number play in for the final 16 spots....

Just too much subjectivity with the way it's done now.

I agreee . Give a spot to every team that wins either the regular season (my choice) title or tournament title. Then let the computer determine the remaining teams. A simple program could compare performance over the whole division 1 and come up with the seedings. Too much opportunity for those who don't like a conference to vote out good teams. This aint rocket science.

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to eduardo:

If it is between us and kenlucky going...I know who my money is on!

My money would be on Kentucky, just so the NCAA can increase TV ratings for lightly watched play-in games. 99% of basketball fans would watch just to see Kentucky get beat.

If Kentucky gets in and Tennessee doesn't, I'm yelling 'FOUL'. But I wouldn't be surprised.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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Witch Doctor say everything gives you a reason to whine...want some cheese with that? haha
Bones never lie.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

The reason for the finger crossing, praying and breath holding is simpe: Martin and company did not have the team ready to play againstg Alabama, for whatever reason. If they were getting grades for performance, coaches would get an "F" in "Half-Time."

Not ready for an SEC TOURNAMENT game???? Remember when UT played GA in Atl, earlier? Same kind of lethargy. Season could have been put away then. Not ready.
Martin and his fellow coaches' legacy, this year, most key games.

In-game adjustments tough for these coaches? Bama had UT game-planned UT well enough to win; how come UT could not plan well enough to beat Bama. Diddling with the lineup was the UT Coaches' gameplan…going to players who have been streaky, and tweaking a lineup that had won 9 of 11 in the closing weeks. Now THAT's a brilliant gameplay---change what has worked like nothing else they have tried. Use streaky players instead of steadily iimproving winners. The streakers were streaky vs. Bama, too.

Martin and company were outcoached in Nashville, vs. Bama. Had Martin et al had a scheme to take away mid-range and drives down the lanes, UT would have won. These coaches believe that if Man2Man 'D" is not working, Okay...let's try Man"D" harder.

Last year UT was unable to make enough adjustments in- game down the stretch to win enough to get into the NCAA. Commentators were making the same kinds of polite "wondering that the XXXXX" comments then that the commentators were Making in Nashville, before and during the 2nd half, this year about Martin's and ther other coaches' coaching abilities.

Being unable to successfully adjust at halftime---which Martin & company have had trouble doing both years---is cause for wonder as to whether these coaches can hack it---even in a watered down SEC. Martin and his braintrust decided that since Man2Man "D" did not work in the first half vs. Bama, they’d try Man2Man "D" harder in the 2nd. And since getting the ball up high to Stokes did not work in the first half, try getting the ball to Stokes up high even harder in the 2nd half---despite the fact he was double-teamed and going against a 7-footer, who outweighed him.

Gets old each year for commentators politely second guessing UT coaches. Changes needed to be made in-game, before half-time, in the last few games of the regular season, SEC tournament and NIT last year…just like this year.

Here we go again???? All they had to do was take care of business versus Alabama…or any of three other times in the past five weeks.

If UT wins down the stretch do not convert to NCAA success, it is not good enough to be where UT Basketball needs to be.
I hate to think this, but I believe it: Bruce Pearl et al would have won that game.
Martin is supposed to be a great guy. Too bad he and his people are not great basketball coaches. Good coaching and good leaders are not mutually exclusive.

bobe4544 writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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Well said. I think we have Martin for five total years. After next year we will see how he does.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to bobe4544:

Well said. I think we have Martin for five total years. After next year we will see how he does.

The coach who you are giving so much hating just had a season where he had to replace the star player after thinking he would be there to build the team around. Also beat the hated Cats by the most points ever and the ranked Gators. What the heck are you thinking??? Obviously not at all.

Truly wait until next year with Maymon back and an all star point guard.

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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How stupid.

A 30 point win over Kentucky isn't even "decent"? Missouri? UMass? Wichita State?

"How Martin can still have a job is beyond belief"? Yeah coming in, picking up the pieces of what the UT brass blew up at the end of 2011, recruiting guys like Jarnell Stokes and Robert Hubbs, taking a team predicted to be bottom feeders in 2011-12 to a 2nd place SEC finish, taking a team without its best player all year to be in a position to possibly get an NCAA bid. Yeah, he's horrible.

Absolutely idiotic comment you left there, notfunanymore. Try to wait until a few brain cells are active before commenting again, OK?

golfman1975 writes:

It is a down year in NCAA basketball...not just the SEC. I don't see 64 teams in the tournament that doesn't include us. We have a good resume...not great but we do deserve to be dancing.

The1 writes:

TN deserves to be in? I dont think so. they'll receive a first round beat down if they go. Save the travel dollars.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

UT is saying all the things you typically hear of a bubble team that isn't very confident but must put up a front.

If we get into the Dance, great! If we do not and we go to the NIT, hopefully we're a #1 seed and do not have to travel until Madison Square Garden. We are hard to beat at home this year more so than last year so if we do end up in the NIT then hopefully we have a smooth path to the NIT Final Four. Silver linings folks, got to take some silver linings out of this up and down season somehow.

Giverny writes:

Its interesting to see what Martin 'thinks'....if only Brookings, Carnegie, RAND or one of the more distinguished Think Tanks needed the perspective of a walking , talking (well I guess you could consider that talking) 'box of rocks' thinks Martin would be in demand....

Of course the chances of that happening are about the same as Purdue 'calling him home'...

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

It's all a bit dicey...and this decision committee? Not exactly a who's who of names or schools.

Makes me nervous.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to reg_mza#219136:

UT is saying all the things you typically hear of a bubble team that isn't very confident but must put up a front.

If we get into the Dance, great! If we do not and we go to the NIT, hopefully we're a #1 seed and do not have to travel until Madison Square Garden. We are hard to beat at home this year more so than last year so if we do end up in the NIT then hopefully we have a smooth path to the NIT Final Four. Silver linings folks, got to take some silver linings out of this up and down season somehow.

Our upperclassmen have been streaky this year. BUT we have improved as a team much over last year. It doesn't show in our wins and losses because of the "streaky" play. However we did improve on the won/lost record also.
Our road record and a couple of home losses are to blame for our delemma.
It's been said quite often that Golden was to blame for our inconsistency but it's deeper than that I think. His team's play also has been a problem. Spacing, handling his passes, being at the right spots, making weak passes, and etc. Mostly things you can improve right? The losses were mostly mental lapses and slipping back into old thoughts.
BUT more than that this team has an ego problem. I'm a psychiatrist now I guess. We either think too highly of ourselves or not enough. We're up and down that way.
That said, we have to play with a fire in our gut. We don't seem to be except maybe McRae. Alabama's guards not only had some talent they had 10 times the energy our guards had. Golden just seems overwhelmed too often. BECAUSE we need a guy that want's control of the team. I think Golden would rather just have it passed to him so he can play freely.

Oh well. Next chapter later. Next year we'll have a couple of guards in here that can take over the game. Meanwhile I hope Golden and co. will play like they're in charge. We'll see about that soon whichever tourney we attend.

cloudodust writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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Shoot, half the field will be One and Done. Gives you a 50-50 shot at getting this right...

Sir_Spanky writes:

I knew Florida would beat Alabama by 10 as soon as we lost to Alabama by 10. CM, you just can't allow the same stuff to go on over and over again like you did in that game and expect a pass.

SevenT writes:

If one thinks Tennessee is in you are living in Homerville and not the real world.

Florida, Ole Miss, Missouri, Alabama and possibly Kentucky.....Kentucky could very easily be left behind due to their poor showing in the tournament.

Tennessee?? forget it be happy with the NIT

ccantrell#227456 writes:

Can't spell MARTIN without "NIT".

rusty_shackleford writes:

Any team not in the tourney has no one to blame but themselves. College basketball stinks!

orangecountyvols writes:

ReeseHall,

Very well said. Let's be interested in what happens next and not be concerned with what the over bearing 'thru and thru' and 'notsofunny' know it alls rattle on with.

Other Vol fans, we've in the past made some comments about Jimmy Dykes appearing to be overly critical of Tennessee. IMO, lately Jimmy has been pretty complimentary of the Vols. He has repeatedly said in his opinion the Vols were in.

Maybe, maybe not. The committee on the other hand just might look at it like 'what have you done lately' and consider the unimpressive 2nd half against MSU and the Alabama game. Then again, throw in the love affair with Kentucky and that may be their choice.

Basketball is a zany affair. Maryland blows a 16 point lead to UVA and loses, Duke loses to Virginia, then Maryland turns around and beats Duke in the tournament.......next loses to UNC.
In the big picture this year, being # 1 was the kiss of death. Next game for those rated no. 1 turned out to be a loss.

It's nice to be in the NCAA tournament but at some point every one will lose except for the ones climbing the ladder with scissors in hand.

jmaples54 writes:

in response to Giverny:

Its interesting to see what Martin 'thinks'....if only Brookings, Carnegie, RAND or one of the more distinguished Think Tanks needed the perspective of a walking , talking (well I guess you could consider that talking) 'box of rocks' thinks Martin would be in demand....

Of course the chances of that happening are about the same as Purdue 'calling him home'...

to me this whole season, nit or not, was worth it to give the (alleged) best program in college history, the WORST BEATING we have ever given them.

erny, how do you "see" what coach martin "thinks?"

if ccm is a "box of rocks," then based on what i know about him, and how you represent about yourself, you must be a bag of hot air, nothing more.

JuanDoe00 writes:

Where's "Berkley"? Is where the Goldn Bers play in "Cali"?

bigdisbig writes:

The Vols had some ups and downs this year but overall I feel they overachieved with the loss of Maymon. Cuonzo HAS to go after a good big man if he wants to compete for championships. As far as I am concerned this season is done. I don't think they have a chance at the NCAA and the NIT is just a waste of time for the losers bracket so......BRING ON FOOTBALL!!

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to SevenT:

If one thinks Tennessee is in you are living in Homerville and not the real world.

Florida, Ole Miss, Missouri, Alabama and possibly Kentucky.....Kentucky could very easily be left behind due to their poor showing in the tournament.

Tennessee?? forget it be happy with the NIT

Uh...the reason they would be left out is because they are not very good. Tennessee loses the player they were counting on the most at the start of the year and wins 20 games. Ky loses a player and the other Mcdonald's "All Americans" can't seem to hang. A 30 point loss to UT is one thing but losing to a below average Vandy team by 20 is pathetic. I think they have one or two wins that are considered "big" this year.

hikerdude writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

ReeseHall,

Very well said. Let's be interested in what happens next and not be concerned with what the over bearing 'thru and thru' and 'notsofunny' know it alls rattle on with.

Other Vol fans, we've in the past made some comments about Jimmy Dykes appearing to be overly critical of Tennessee. IMO, lately Jimmy has been pretty complimentary of the Vols. He has repeatedly said in his opinion the Vols were in.

Maybe, maybe not. The committee on the other hand just might look at it like 'what have you done lately' and consider the unimpressive 2nd half against MSU and the Alabama game. Then again, throw in the love affair with Kentucky and that may be their choice.

Basketball is a zany affair. Maryland blows a 16 point lead to UVA and loses, Duke loses to Virginia, then Maryland turns around and beats Duke in the tournament.......next loses to UNC.
In the big picture this year, being # 1 was the kiss of death. Next game for those rated no. 1 turned out to be a loss.

It's nice to be in the NCAA tournament but at some point every one will lose except for the ones climbing the ladder with scissors in hand.

Don't know if a compliment from Jimmy Dykes is a good thing or not. He is an idiot. I'd almost rather listen to Vitale.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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With your (never worn a jock in your life) logic..all these teams "choked" TN, Bama, Maryland, So. Miss, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Virginia, and oh ...Kentucky. FIRE CALIPARI !!! Wow looks like the unemployment rate is going up more. And when 34 teams are one and done this week....lots of chokers and lots of job openings.

laraccoon writes:

in response to SevenT:

If one thinks Tennessee is in you are living in Homerville and not the real world.

Florida, Ole Miss, Missouri, Alabama and possibly Kentucky.....Kentucky could very easily be left behind due to their poor showing in the tournament.

Tennessee?? forget it be happy with the NIT

i would think you would be more worried about ending up in the same bracket as Louisville , you know , that team you cant beat at anything .

bleedinorange99 writes:

If we had shown up, we wouldn't have to have this conversation. We had the spotlight on us and we blew it. If we don't get in we have no one to blame but ourselves.

shoelessvol#236864 writes:

We have a realistic shot at getting in the tournament. This is based on strenght of schedule and our 9-2 finish. Had we beaten Alabama it would have been a no-brainer. SEC should get four teams in even in a down year. Between us and Alabama we get in due to schedule and not necessarily head to head. Kentucky has NO chance of getting in unless the committee is drunk!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

UT out-hustled/schemed 20 out of 32 games this year and without their best player(Maymon)..Good job coach&team many had you left for dead after a slow start.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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Your team obviously is out so you want company.

8inarow writes:

It pains me so to see the Vols family going after each other like this!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

If one thinks Tennessee is in you are living in Homerville and not the real world.

Florida, Ole Miss, Missouri, Alabama and possibly Kentucky.....Kentucky could very easily be left behind due to their poor showing in the tournament.

Tennessee?? forget it be happy with the NIT

@seven,
I won't "be happy with the NIT", but I'm afraid you are correct.

Jordan McRae having an awful game at a key moment probably did them in.

That said, UT could maybe make the Sweet 16 in the right draw, but we will never know.

Bama will be one and done: they shot their was with UT.

SevenT writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

Uh...the reason they would be left out is because they are not very good. Tennessee loses the player they were counting on the most at the start of the year and wins 20 games. Ky loses a player and the other Mcdonald's "All Americans" can't seem to hang. A 30 point loss to UT is one thing but losing to a below average Vandy team by 20 is pathetic. I think they have one or two wins that are considered "big" this year.

True, Kentucky had one of the most pathetic seasons in a very long time

Funny, they still managed to finish higher than Tennessee

oldbasshead writes:

All I have to say is the VOLS did not take advantage of the situation when it was available and they don't deserve anything. they may get something given to them but they didn't earn it oe there would be no question now.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to SevenT:

True, Kentucky had one of the most pathetic seasons in a very long time

Funny, they still managed to finish higher than Tennessee

Funny, your team, with all those award winners, STILL will get left out of the dance ( I mean, if it's a FAIR selection process)

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to shoelessvol#236864:

We have a realistic shot at getting in the tournament. This is based on strenght of schedule and our 9-2 finish. Had we beaten Alabama it would have been a no-brainer. SEC should get four teams in even in a down year. Between us and Alabama we get in due to schedule and not necessarily head to head. Kentucky has NO chance of getting in unless the committee is drunk!!

I think someone said it best when they said that not only is it a down year for the SEC, but for the whole NCAA. Does anyone REALLY think that Gonzaga is the #1 team in the land? I mean, in the empirical sense....could Gonzaga run roughshod through the Big East or the ACC? I don't think so. #1 has been a curse more than a blessing this season. And Indiana, who before Gonzaga was the flava' o' the month, got beat soundly by Wisconson in the Big (fill in the blank) tourney. I think THAT, more than anything else, could be the catalyst that gets UT in the tournament.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Don't know if a compliment from Jimmy Dykes is a good thing or not. He is an idiot. I'd almost rather listen to Vitale.

I really don't understand the hate on Jimmy Dykes. I mean, the games that I've seen him call this season, he's been fair in my estimation. Doesn't mean he's always been positive about UT....I mean, what's he supposed to do, say that UT misses free throws with more style and grace than any other team in the NCAA? Get real.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to The1:

TN deserves to be in? I dont think so. they'll receive a first round beat down if they go. Save the travel dollars.

Wow... I bet there's a lot of people in Lynchburg, VA, that would disagree with you. You think they care their team lost 20 games? They're going dancing, and I guaran-damn-tee they aren't saying "wish they weren't going, they're going to get their arse handed to them..."; cuz, that would be STUPID!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

It's 50/50

no1djkb#278630 writes:

Listen that was a aswful performance by this Tennessee team and for Coach Martin to say they deserve to be in? Give me a break. The only thing you have proven is that you can't play hard on a consistent basis when it counts. I am a Martin supporter and have been for day one but I am also a realist. If you don't make the dance, you only have yourself to blame. You better not feel slighted

bigdisbig writes:

Ole Miss just won the SEC tourney. No matter what you think Cuonzo.......start preparing for the NIT ..... Vols are OUT.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

I think if McRae had lit up the gym, but Bama had still won, UT might be in.

As it is, the committee will see "no star power" for UT and give the seed to someone they think will provide more tv eyeballs....and that is really what it comes down to.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

Ole Miss just won the SEC tourney. No matter what you think Cuonzo.......start preparing for the NIT ..... Vols are OUT.

After that performance against Alabama they deserve to be out.

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