The Tennessee Vols lost the SEC Tournament Championship game Sunday to Kentucky, but they landed a 3-seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA Tournament committee ranked the Vols as the No. 10 overall team in the field of 68. Tennessee is favored by 13.5 points in its opening matchup against 14-seed Wright State – Thursday at 12:40pm ET.

ESPN’s panel of college basketball analysts like the Vols chances of making a deep tournament run.

A trip to the Sweet 16 would include Tennessee beating Wright State. Then beating the winner of 6-seed Miami and 11-seed Loyola-Chicago. Tennessee would play its Sweet 16 game in Atlanta, presumably against 2-seed Cincinnati.

Former Indiana coach Tom Crean is as high on the Vols as any – taking them to the school’s first ever Final Four. The top-side of the South Region bracket is loaded with talented teams: 1-seed Virginia, 4-seed Arizona and 5-seed Kentucky.

Expectations are high on this squad. Anything less than a trip to Atlanta for the Sweet 16 will be a disappointment. After that – the Vols are playing with house money.

Tennessee made the Elite Eight in 2010 under Bruce Pearl and came a couple points away from the Final Four – which is the furthest tournament run in school history. Cuonzo Martin took the Vols to the Sweet 16 in 2014.

Full 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket

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