Where Tennessee basketball ranks in ESPN's updated Bracketology

Tennessee basketball takes over the one-seed in Joe Lunardi's updated Bracketology, with Arizona as the new two-seed.

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Tennessee basketball is on a tear right now as they tear through the final weeks of the SEC schedule. The Vols won its first outright regular season SEC Championship since 2008 and have one final matchup against Kentucky to end the year.

Tennessee has been firmly ranked as a two-seed in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology prior to its win over South Carolina. With the Vols adding three Quad 1 wins to their resume over the last week and a half, Lunardi has moved the Vols ahead of Arizona for the final one-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Lunardi has the Vols facing the winner of Norfolk State or Central Connecticut, who will participate in a play-in game. Other notable teams in the West bracket are 8-seed Texas, 4-seed Illinois, 7-seed Gonzaga, and 2-seed Arizona.

Although Tennessee is in the West bracket, the Vols will play their first two games in Charlotte, North Carolina, before heading to Los Angeles for the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight.

Playing rounds three and four in Los Angeles does not benefit the Vols, and a motivated Arizona who is now looking to upset the Vols if they meet for a spot in the Final Four. But unless Tennessee collapses against Kentucky and in the SEC Tournament, they are all but locked into the West region.

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The Vols have been playing like one of the best four teams in the country and deserve to at least have the recognition of a one-seed going into the final weekend of the regular season. Will they continue their dominance going into the SEC Tournament? We will have to see what Rick Barnes and the Vols have for their SEC opponents starting Saturday with their date with Kentucky.