Tennessee Schools in Jeopardy of Missing Men’s NCAA Tournament
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state of Tennessee might get shut out of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Volunteer State has no schools included among the top 85 teams in the RPI heading into Wednesday’s Tennessee-Vanderbilt matchup in Nashville. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are recovering from offseason roster turnover, while Memphis struggles with injuries.
Barring a late-season surge by one of those teams or an upset in a conference tournament, the state of Tennessee likely won’t have any NCAA tournament representation. The last time that happened was in 2002, when Memphis won the NIT.
Plenty of Tennessee schools from traditional one-bid leagues are performing well – most notably Belmont, Chattanooga and UT Martin. But none figures to enter its conference tournament as the favorite.
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