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Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Number Two Seed... Really?

I just got through watching the NCAA selection show, and there were lots of surprises. Packer and Nantz whined about the "love" being given to the Missouri Valley Conference... Well, the whining from those guys really wasn't much of a surprise. What WAS a surprise was this - Texas A&M and Air Force got in. Cincinnati was left out. And the Vols got a #2 seed in Greensboro.

Let's talk about the Vols for a minute. I don't think there is anyone outside of the Volunteer faithful that believes that we deserved a #2 seed after losing 4 of our last 6 games. Clearly, our RPI weighed heavily in the decision that the committee made. It didn't hurt that we defeated conference champions Murray State and S Alabama and big 12 reg season champ Texas. Going 2-0 against Florida helped too.

However, other tournament teams had equally compelling resumes, and I'm just not comfortable backing into a top 8 seed. (Does anyone in the other 49 states think the Vols at this stage of the season are better than North Carolina or Gonzaga?)

So I wonder what other factors involved seeding. The national "wow" factor of Coach Pearl and his miracle Vols? The fact that we'll probably bring 7500 fans to Greensboro?

I mean, let's face it. This team didn't win the regular season OR the conference tournament. This team is good, and has surpassed expectations, but given all circumstances, a 3 or 4 seed at best was warranted for the Vols.

Now, having said all of that, I'm awfully excited about the upcoming tournament. I'd love to see a Sweet 16 matchup with those Tarheels. If the Vols play as they are capable, they'll make it that far. If they continue to lack that intensity, and if they have indeed "lost their legs", it's going to be a long weekend in Carolina.


.: posted by Dave 6:24 PM

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