CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg has the Vols making the Final Four this season. Kellogg made his prediction in an article published today on CBS Sports.
Here were his full comments, including his other three picks for the Final Four.
“I’m throwing Florida in as a Final Four team, I’m throwing Virginia in -- you know, the Cavaliers, on the heels of being the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed, I think they’ll bounce back in a big way,” Kellogg said. “And then Gonzaga, which I think has a really solid group coming back. And finally, I’m going Tennessee for my fourth team. They’re experienced, well-coached and hungry.”
Tennessee is set to return everyone outside of reserve point guard James Daniel this season. SEC player of the year Grant Williams returns, along with Admiral Schofield, who tested the NBA Draft waters this spring.
Jordan Bone, Jordan Bowden, Lamonte Turner, Kyle Alexander and the rest of the crew will once again join Williams and Schofield. Four-star big man D.J. Burns will also enter the equation.
Rick Barnes addressed dealing with those expectations last week, telling the media that he’s doing everything he can to keep his team grounded. It’s a stark contrast from the situation he was in last year, motivating his team after being picked to finish 13th in the SEC.
Tennessee begins their season with an exhibition game against Tusculum on October 31st.