KNOXVILLE — Trae Golden said he'd be unable to do what most of the country has done the past two days.
Tennessee's point guard expected before the season began that he and his team would be in the NCAA tournament, a belief the Volunteers maintained on Selection Sunday after turning around a middling season with a late run.
Once it wasn't chosen for the big tournament, Tennessee ended coach Cuonzo Martin's second season with a National Invitation Tournament first-round flameout.
"Right now it's tough," Golden said of watching the NCAA tournament after the Vols' loss to Mercer on Wednesday night, "just because you see a couple of teams and tilt your head sideways wondering why you didn't make it.
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