The trip will make Tennessee the fourth school Barnes has taken to the tournament, joining Providence, Clemson and Texas. The Vols are a three-seed in the South region and will play the No. 14 seed Raiders in the Round of 64. Which of these teams, other than Kentucky, have the best chance to get to San Antonio?
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"It's always a great accomplishment to be in the NCAA Tournament", UT junior Admiral Schofield told reporters at the team's watch party in the Scottrade Center.
Tennessee, in its sixth year under head coach Holly Warlick, lost in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament after making the Elite Eight three of four years before. "I go back to the first spring meetings I had in my first year, and Commissioner (Greg) Sankey said we were going to improve basketball". He should be far fresher for the NCAA Tournament, however. They haven't been defeated since 2014 in the tournament - 11 straight victories. They made it six times in an eight year span from 1976-83, and they made it four straight years from 1998-2001. The most recent was a close 61-59 defeat where the Wildcats failed to score 60 points in a game for the only time this season.
Teams: No. 4 Kentucky vs. That's a fairly easy road to the Sweet Sixteen. And by playing in Lexington, Tennessee will likely have a lot of fans following. Tennessee has two quality wins over United Kingdom, as well as a win over the Florida Gators.
Of the 12 times the Vols have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament since the expansion, they've only advanced to the second round seven times.
Tennessee will play No. 14 Wright State on Thursday at 12:40 p.m. ET in Dallas.
Wright State gets it done on the defensive end of the court, where it is ranked in the top 55 in basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings. "They believed they could do it, they did it" Barnes said "Now we are in the big event, you go one game at a time".
Tennessee holds ideal records in Birmingham, Columbus, Providence, and Raleigh in the tournament.