- The NCAA unveiled its 2022 tournament bracket on Sunday
- Tennessee fans are not happy with their seeding
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Selection Sunday always comes with a little bit of controversy.
Often times, deserving teams are left out of the bracket while others might get in with lesser resumes. The committee seems to change its criteria for a bid with each passing season. There’s no clear benchmark for an automatic bid, so these decisions can feel biased for those on the losing end.
One of those teams in 2022 is the Tennessee Volunteers.
While the Vols made it safely into the tournament field, fans feel that they should’ve been seeded a line higher. As it stands, UT is on the No. 3 line, but after winning the SEC Tournament over the weekend, many folks believe a No. 2 seed was in order.
And they’ve been comparing resumes to one blue blood, in particular, as an argument.
The Duke Blue Devils got one of the four No. 2 seeds though they fail to match Tennessee’s resume on nearly every metric.
And the college basketball world has been quick to point out the snub.
Fans, Media React To Tennessee Seeding
The Volunteers finished 26-7 on the year, winning 14 SEC games. That was good for the second-best conference mark in, arguably, the nation’s toughest league.
The Vols went 16-0 at home, while knocking off tournament teams Auburn, Arizona, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, and LSU. They also lost by a combined six points to Texas and Texas Tech away from home, accounting two of their seven Q1 losses.
In all, Tennessee landed 11 quad one wins, making them just one of four NCAA teams to record double digit victories in that category. The Volunteers were 16-7 combined in Q1 and Q2 matchups while having no losses outside of that first quadrant.
Compare that to Duke, who won six Q1 games, finished 12-5 in Q1 and Q2 contests, and has one Q3 loss. This while playing in a “down” ACC that only boasts five tournament teams. One of those is play-in team Notre Dame, while the other three are eight seeds or higher.
The CBS Sports crew goes further into this argument. It’s actually baffling if you stop and think about it.
The Tennessee Vols ended up being a three seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.@GaryParrishCBS says that's too low. And has the statistical evidence to prove it. https://t.co/LIIQXELHGz pic.twitter.com/rNGodRnvwR
— Eye On College Basketball Podcast (@EyeOnCBBPodcast) March 14, 2022
Duke has more losses outside of the Q1 than the other three No. 2 seeds (and Tennessee), combined.
The Vols have a more difficult strength of schedule, better NET ranking, and higher quality wins. Yet, the committee opted to give the nod to Duke in Coach K’s final season on the sidelines.
Tennessee fans, expectedly, weren’t happy. Check out some of the social media reaction below.
Come on how in the world is @Vol_Hoops a 3 seed? they deserve & earned a spot on the 2nd line having won 12 of 13 in the toughest conf. @SEC
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 13, 2022
This is the one. This is the worst I've seen of it. Damning as hell for the committee. The more I see, the more I think Tennessee is one of the worst mis-seedings in tournament history. https://t.co/fFV3MvKW7z
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 14, 2022
Tennessee fans: I asked NCAA Tournament selection committee member Dr. Chris Reynolds why the Vols didn't get a top-two seed in the bracket despite having 11 Q1 wins and zero losses outside of the first quadrant.
Here's his response … pic.twitter.com/fOZbweHp16
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 14, 2022
Tennessee being a No. 3 seed and Duke being a No. 2 seed is an absolute joke on every level.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 13, 2022
Duke has no business being a two seed. Complete joke. Pathetic by committee.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 13, 2022
Still can’t believe that Tennessee is only a No. 3 seed and Texas A&M didn’t get in at all.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) March 14, 2022
The only reason to have Duke a two seed over Tennessee is to cater to Duke and Coach K in his swan song. That’s it. The committee can run whatever else they want out there but there is no other rational explanation.
— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagi) March 14, 2022
Also, Tennessee being a three seed once again proves beyond a reasonable doubt: The brackets are set before Sunday's title games.
No benefit to winning on Sunday at all.
Sad, but true.
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 13, 2022
Tennessee is now a #2 seed AT WORST. Should be under consideration for a #1 seed. And Joe Lunardi just said they remain behind Auburn and Kentucky “because they were behind them in pecking order all year so head to head doesn’t matter.” Is that a serious argument?
— Chad Withrow (@TheChadWithrow) March 13, 2022
Rece Davis is dying for an answer regarding Tennessee, but it seems like Joe and nobody else truly has one.
If Championship Sunday doesn’t matter, then why the hell are these schools that are already in the NCAA tourney even playing. pic.twitter.com/mpqWpU0DzF
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) March 13, 2022
Tennessee is a No. 3 seed.
There are NOT eight better resumes than the Vols’ resume. That’s a mistake.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 13, 2022
The NCAA selection committee doesn’t rank teams, it selects programs based on pedigree. Baylor got a 1 because it won last year. Duke and Villanova got a 2 because they’re Duke and Villanova. And Lunardi knows this but won’t admit it because his “secret formula” is NCAA leaks. https://t.co/NC4a3wpXj3
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 14, 2022
Tennessee wondering how they didn’t land a top 2 seed pic.twitter.com/VKDc59pJDY
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) March 13, 2022