Just like that, the regular season is done. Tennessee kicked off the month of March with a big win over Florida, coming up with a big comeback to take care of the Gators on senior day. John Fulkerson’s 14 point effort made a clear difference for the Volunteers, who badly needed that win to stop their tumble down the projected NCAA seed list.
That second half offered a glimpse of hope for Tennessee fans, who have watched this team continue on an up-down trajectory in conference play with no consistency in sight. At one point in the first half they trailed to the tune of 31-17, but Keon Johnson, Victor Bailey and Fulkerson were able to find the offense and get things turned around.
Heading into the weekend, Tennessee was a projected No. 7 or No. 8 seed in most places. What did that win do for them? Let’s take a look around.
Joe Lunardi, ESPN: No. 6 seed playing VCU
Jerry Palm, CBS: No. 5 seed awaiting a 12 vs. 12 matchup winner
Chris Dobbertean, SBNation: No. 5 seed playing Winthrop
Tennessee clinched the double-bye in this week’s SEC Tournament, landing as the No. 4 seed. They’ll await the winner of the (5) Florida vs. Vanderbilt/Texas A&M matchup. The Volunteers are slated to play in the second game on Friday in Nashville, likely coming sometime around 2 p.m. ET.
A win on Friday could give Tennessee another shot at Alabama, which would give the Volunteers a big opportunity to improve their standing tournament committee.
The SEC Tournament kicks off on Wednesday night with Vanderbilt and Texas A&M at 7 p.m. ET.