There’s been a lot of debate since the NCAA bracket reveal over whether or not the Tennessee Vols would’ve been a No. 1 seed had they beat the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Tournament finals on Sunday.
Plenty of folks think Tennessee was going to be a No. 2 seed regardless of whether or not they beat Auburn. While another group of folks think a win against the Tigers would’ve vaulted the Vols to a No. 1 seed.
Well, thanks to a report from Andy Katz, we know that Tennessee would’ve been a No. 1 seed if they would’ve won the SEC Tournament.
Just taped a segment with @marchmadness committee chair Bernard Muir for the March Madness 365 podcast and he said the Oregon win bumped out UNC Greensboro. Had Tennessee beaten Auburn today then the Vols would have swapped with Gonzaga on the one line.
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) March 18, 2019
This makes plenty of sense since the Vols beat Gonzaga during the regular season. And the Zags also lost their conference championship game (to Saint Mary’s).
Plus let’s face it — the Vols had the better resumé.
In fact, the argument can be made that Tennessee deserved to be a No. 1 seed even with the loss to Auburn.
All of Tennessee’s losses were to teams ranked in the top 20 of the NET. They beat Kentucky twice and Gonzaga on a neutral court. UNC, Mich St and Mich have worse losses. It’s close but I’m sticking with the Vols on the 1 line.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 17, 2019
Either way, things worked out okay for the Vols. Tennessee ended up with a fairly decent draw.
Tennessee couldn’t have asked for a better draw as a 2.
1 – UVA
3 – Purdue
4 – K-State
For a bad day for the Vols, a silver lining shining through.
— Travis Haney (@travhaney) March 17, 2019
Though let’s be honest — in the NCAA Tournament, all bets are off.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
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