Tennessee entered this season ranked twelfth within the Associated Press Top 25 ballot — and because the media’s choose to win the SEC. Fast-forward to Saturday, and the Vols are nineteenth within the AP ballot, and fourth within the league standings, 4 video games again of first-place Alabama.So is it honest to label UT disappointing?By definition, possibly.But the Vols are nonetheless excellent and really able to advancing deep into the bracket of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. They will not be projected to make the Final Four on condition that they won’t be a No. 1 seed. But if the five-star freshmen play like future first-round NBA Draft picks, which has been the case generally currently, no person must be stunned in the event that they do.”There are issues we’ve got to scrub up,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes mentioned after Wednesday’s 93-73 victory over South Carolina.
And he is proper, clearly.But the entire issues that created excessive preseason expectations for Tennessee — i.e., an achieved coach, confirmed veterans, and two NBA-level freshmen within the type of Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer — stay in place. And while you mix that truth with the truth that UT’s adjusted defensive effectivity ranking ranks third nationally, there are many causes to consider the Vols shall be a troublesome out subsequent month for nearly anyone beneath nearly any circumstances.Tennessee is No. 19 in Saturday morning’s up to date CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 every day school basketball rankings. The Vols are 3-1 of their previous 4 video games with wins in that stretch coming in opposition to Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina. They’ll attempt to full a regular-season sweep of Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.
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