Tennessee basketball is now a No. 1 seed in the latest bracketology update from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
On Tuesday morning, the Vols moved up to the fourth No. 1 seed after Kansas lost Monday at Baylor and fell to a No. 2 seed.
NCAA.com’s Andy Katz also has Tennessee as a No. 1 seed. The Vols are a No. 2 seed, according to CBS’ Jerry Palm but Palm’s rankings have not been updated since Kansas’ loss. The Jayhawks also lost to TCU at home on Saturday and lost at Kansas State last week.
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Tennessee has never been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was a No. 2 seed in 2008 and 2019, advancing to the Sweet 16 both times.
The Vols have made the NCAA Tournament four straight seasons under Rick Barnes. UT earned a No. 3 seed in 2018 and 2022, falling in the second round both times.
Tennessee rose to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll on Monday, its highest ranking this season. The Vols have been ranked in the top five of that poll 17 times under Barnes, after being ranked in the top five 17 times in the previous 70 years, dating to 1948.
No. 4 Tennessee (16-3, 6-1 SEC) hosts Georgia (13-6, 3-3) on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network) at Thompson-Boling Arena. It hosts No. 10 Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday (6 p.m. ET, ESPN).
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