Wow. The Tennessee Volunteer basketball team was awarded a much-coveted No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite closing the regular season on a 4-6 skid and losing the first game in the SEC Tournament.
To put it in perspective, Tennessee is behind No. 1 seeds Duke, Connecticut, Memphis, and Villanova, and even with Co-No. 2 seeds Texas, Ohio State, and UCLA.
Pretty good company.
The Vols will play the Winthrop Eagles [?!] of the Big South Conference [?!] on Thursday. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Witchita State – Seton Hall game.
This is big news. Most of the pundits figured that the Vols’ poor close to the regular season would result in a No. 4 seed, perhaps No. 5. There is apparently a huge difference between No. 2 and No. 4. John Pennington broke out the calculator to find out how much of a difference and found the following:
- No. 2 seeds win 95% of their first round games.
- No. 4 seeds win 78% of their first round games.
Those are the numbers. How will they play out? Who knows? Just enjoy the ride.
Here’s a couple of bloggers that cover the Winthrop Eagles:
That’s really all I can find at the moment. If I’m missing some, send me a link!