March Madness is finally here, a month where the impossible is expected, and anything can happen. Tennessee basketball travels to Nashville on Thursday to kick off The SEC Tournament. Will Tennessee get round three against the Kentucky Wildcats?
There are two matchups today in the SEC Tournament: Ole Miss vs. South Carolina and LSU vs. Georgia. Tennessee basketball will take on the winner of Ole Miss and South Carolina, which should be relatively easy. The Vols beat both teams during the regular season; however, they will be without star point guard Zakai Zeigler this time.
However, the road to the SEC championship goes through the No. 1 seeded Alabama Crimson Tide. Tennessee basketball beat Alabama at home earlier this season. Still, it’s difficult to beat an elite team two times in a row, especially now on a neutral site. Although it’s technically a neutral site, the SEC Tournament is being played in Nashville, which means that it will likely feel like more of a home game for the Vols than anyone else in the Tournament.
The key matchup that I’m looking for, and hoping for, is a rematch against the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats are on the opposite side of the bracket, so the only way for the Volunteers to play them would be in the SEC championship. Kentucky beat Tennessee twice this year, both at home and on the road, but the tide will change if the Vols get yet another chance to play them.
I stated earlier in the article that it’s challenging to beat a good team 2 times in a row, but something even more irregular is beating an elite team 3 times in a row, especially when that team is much better than you are. Tennessee basketball is the far superior team to the Kentucky Wildcats. If given the opportunity to play them again, I do not doubt that the Vols will take care of business in Nashville.
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