The Tennessee Volunteers (45-16) came up short on Sunday in the SEC Championship, but they’ve still secured one of the top overall seeds in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Vols were selected as the No. 3 seed overall, trailing No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Texas. Vanderbilt took the No. 4 seed.
It was announced on Sunday night that Tennessee would be one of the 16 host sites for the tournament this season. It’s the first time Tennessee has hosted a region since 2005. Should the Volunteers go on to win the Knoxville regional, they will host a Super Regional to follow.
So who will join the Volunteers in Knoxville this weekend? Here’s the seed list.
(1) Tennessee (45-16)
(2) Liberty (39-14)
(3) Duke (32-20)
(4) Wright State (35-11)
The Volunteers will begin with (4) Wright State on Friday night at 6 p.m. ET. Wright State is the highest scoring team in the country, and won a series against Tennessee in Knoxville just last season.
Duke, the No. 2 seed, won the ACC Championship over the weekend, their first in 60 years.
The Knoxville regional will be paired with the Eugene Regional, which consists of (1) Oregon, (2) LSU, (3) Gonzaga and (4) Central Connecticut.
The NCAA Tournament consists of 64 teams. The opening weekend will see 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals. 16 winners will emerge from those, where they will then be paired up for eight best of three series. The remaining eight will make up the College World Series field.