Vols seeded 9th, take on Michigan in first round of NCAA tournament

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Tennessee drew a No. 9 seed in the West Region of the NCAA touranment after a roller-coaster season and will face No. 8 seed Michigan (20-13) in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday.

The Volunteers (19-14), who advanced to the regional finals for the first time last season, earned their sixth straight NCAA bid for the first time in program history.

Tennessee received a lot of attention during the season after coach Bruce Pearl revealed he'd mislead NCAA investigators during a probe into recruiting. The Vols opened the season winning seven straight, beating Villanova to win the preseason NIT and upsetting Pittsburgh.

They also swept Vanderbilt and beat Memphis, but suffered embarrassing losses to Charlotte and College of Charleston and went 8-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Should the Vols beat the Wolverines, they would likely face Duke. The Blue Devils are the top seed in the West Region.

Be sure to tune into WVLT news tonight at 11 as we'll have complete coverage of the Vols' NCAA tournament selection.

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  • by papa Location: knoxville on Mar 14, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    they should not have been picked after the way they played this season
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM
    Please, The Lady Vols will learn what their NCAA tournament road looks like Monday night at 7 pm. ESPN will carry the women's selection show. Sports Overtime
  • by Please on Mar 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM
    What about the Lady Vols?
  • by Jen Location: Clinton on Mar 13, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    Confused... Headline says Vols are seeded 8th, story says Vols are seeded 9th and face the 8th seeded Wolverines... So just wondering which it is


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