A 2 seed in the South. Couldn’t of asked for a better seed and region to be in. The Vols play Friday vs Colgate Raiders. Colgate is one of the best 3 point shooting teams in the nation, and well Tennessee seems to struggle against 3 point teams. One man on Colgate names Jordan Burns, is one of the top Guards in the country, averaging 20 points a game. In the Patriot league Championship game he got 35 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assist and went 9 for 12 from 3 point range, they are an overall well put together team, and as you know the Patriot league teams are very dangerous come March.
Tennessee starts play in Columbus, OH, if Tennessee wins round one then in the 2nd round they will play the winner of Iowa vs Cincinnati, which Cincinnati is only an hour and a half south west, Virtually a home game for the Bearcats. With all that being said there are a couple things here. Cincinnati is a good team, but they play in a very weak conference, the AAC only has Houston in it. The Bearcats haven’t played anyone this year worth anything besides Houston. A Cincinnati that lost to Ohio State to open the season, Mississippi St handled them with ease, and East Carolina who finished the season 10-21 and missed the tourney. Houston beat them twice in the regular season and then the Cats beat them to win the AAC tournament. Bearcats have the AAC player of the year in Jarron Cumberland, But that’s all they have, Keith Williams averages 10 points a game and he’s the closet to Cumberland. Iowa is a decent team, and I personally have them beating Cincinnati in the first round. Iowa is a depth team, not one player with a great average, but they’re all around 15 points a game, even the players off the bench.
The South region is the easiest region in my eyes. Virginia is the number 1 seed, which they have been off and on all season. There is not a team in this region that I see and I get worried about playing. This should be a cake walk to the Final Four for the Vols. If they get to the Final Four the Midwest has some scary teams in it, that would make an interesting matchup, with North Carolina, Kentucky, Houston, Kansas and of course Auburn.
This should be a great month of basketball and I’m excited to go to Minnesota and watch my Vols cut the nets down!